Who will write the history of Jan. 6?


Jan. 6 has come and gone. What was once an ordinary day has become a sad occasion of sacrifice and remembrance. That fateful date stands alongside Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001, as inflection points in U.S. history.

President BidenJoe BidenBiden coronavirus vaccine-or-test mandate goes into effect On the Money — Democrats grow less confident in Manchin Fed Vice Chair Clarida to resign over pandemic stock trades MORE eloquently summarized what we saw: “Rioters rampaging, waving for the first time inside this Capitol a Confederate flag that symbolized the cause to destroy America. . .a mob breaking windows, kicking in doors, breaching the Capitol. American flags on poles being used as weapons, as spears. Fire extinguishers being thrown at the heads of police officers. . . .Rioters. . .threatening the life of the Speaker of the House, literally erecting gallows to hang the Vice President of the United States of America.”

The histories of Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001, have been written. The surrender of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and the Japanese empire marked the end of fascism. As for Sept. 11, while the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were messy, the perpetrator of that attack, Osama bin Laden, was killed by U.S. special forces.

But the history of Jan. 6 has yet to be written. Ever since the emergence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, a battle has been underway for what President Biden likes to refer to as the “soul of America.”

On Jan. 6, the struggle entered a new, more dangerous phase. On that day, a sitting U.S. president did nothing for 187 minutes as the Capitol was attacked. The peaceful transfer of power, an extraconstitutional right once taken for granted, did not occur. Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcCarthy says he’ll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House Big lies threaten the stability of the United States Lawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversary MORE (R-Wyo.) set forth the choice Republicans face: “We can either be loyal to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGeorgia prosecutor says decision on Trump election interference case likely coming soon Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Russia have face-to-face sit down Hillicon Valley — Dems press privacy groups over kids’ safety MORE or we can be loyal to the Constitution, but we cannot be both.”

In his famous inaugural address, John F. Kennedy said that when it came to the Cold War, the country was engaged in “a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation.” Such is the case today when it comes to preserving our democracy. Yet many Americans seem either blissfully ignorant or accept Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. One may yell fire in a crowded theater, but if the fire alarm goes off repeatedly, patrons are likely to ignore it.

Democracy’s fire alarms have been ringing for years, becoming ever louder on Jan. 6. Yet many Americans go about their business thinking no danger lies ahead. That could not be further from the truth. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveKarl Rove: Republicans…



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