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Even the GOP may remember Jan. 6, 2021

Originally intended to be about Jack Bergman, this letter must include the events at the U.S. Capitol on June 6.

“Congressman” fits better than “Representative” because J.B. cares little about representing all of us. And then he votes after rioters stormed the Capitol at the call of his rogue President to overturn the results of a free and fair election. After death and destruction, Bergman returns to the House and votes the wishes of the rioters. Not to certify the election victory of Joe Biden/Kamala Harris.

The question must be asked: What color is the sky in Bergman’s world? Surely it’s the same color as in Donald Trump’s world. And it’s also surely not a physical world. It’s a world of wavering truths and alternative facts. In George Orwell’s “1984” the ruling party uses doublethink to stay in power: “…the essential act of the party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient…”

This helps explain why Trump’s many lies may sound true to uncritical listeners. But fact-checkers are enlisted by the mass media to examine claims with critical and unbiased eyes and ears. The Washington Post found 29,508 false or intentionally misleading claims by Trump as of Nov. 5. That’s roughly two dozen per day.

Trump’s second impeachment is underway. He was saved once by his Republican enablers, with no votes to impeach in the House and no witnesses permitted in the Senate. Now, the evidence is clear and fresh in the minds of all who saw and heard on Jan. 6 something they will never be able to forget: a mob’s armed insurrection. Even congressional Republicans may remember.

SAM EILER,

Alpena

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