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Yes, We Can and Should Move on From January 6

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People on the left are big mad at former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the remarks she made during last week’s appearance on “The View,” in which she opined on everything from Critical Race Theory to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. But it was her remarks about January 6 that rankled feathers among the so-called progressive crowd.

During the conversation with the harpies, Rice addressed the incident at the Capitol:

“I want to be very clear. I said January 6 was wrong. I called it an assault on law and order and an assault on democratic processes. So full stop. It was wrong. Law enforcement will determine what happened there and those who violated the law ought to be punished.”

She continued:

“For the first time since I was the national security advisor on September 11 [2001] – I cried that day.”

When asked about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s remarks when he said lawmakers should “be talking about the future and not the past,” she responded:

“I think what Senator McConnell might be referencing is, ‘Yes, it’s time to move on a lot of ways,’ she told the panel. “I’m one who believes that the American people are now concerned about their kitchen-table issues – the price of gasoline, inflation, what’s happening to kids in school.”

The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by LZ Granderson in which she took issue with Rice insisting that the United States move on from the events of January 6. She writes:

She was suggesting we should move on when we have judges with January 6 cases receiving “all kinds of threats and hostile phone calls,” according to U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. Move on when right-wing mastermind Steve Bannon gives the House select committee investigating the events of January 6 the middle finger and 202 House Republicans side with him. Move on when the political organization of Donald Trump paid more than $4.3 million to January 6 organizers and we still don’t know who knew what when.

Granderson continued, arguing that since Rice heads the Hoover Institute, “she should be advocating that Americans lean in to investigating the promoters and inciters of the insurrection, not move on,” and pointed out that the anti-Trump House Select Committee is “just beginning to follow the money trail of a domestic terrorist attack that left more Americans dead than the Benghazi attack in 2012.”

Then, the author went full “this is literally Hitler” when she insisted that “moving on quickly from an attempted coup without a full investigation could be as dangerous in its consequences as what came after the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923.”

That’s right, folks. Granderson thinks the January 6 riot might be just as bad as the Beer Hall Putsch, which resulted in 20 deaths. As I’ve said before, the far-left LOVES Hitler, so it comes as no surprise that one of their media activists would conjure the Nazis to smear people they don’t like.

After her foray into “everything is Hitler,” the author asked: “How does a nation claiming to be democracy’s biggest champion just move on from January 6?” and then brought up comments made by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on his podcast:

“It’s not going to happen like you think it’s going to happen. OK, it’s going to be quite extraordinarily different. And all I can say is, strap in.”

Oh, the horror! It sounds to me like Bannon is trying to incite another riot, right? Couldn’t possibly be that Granderson and her ilk are trying to use his words to score cheap political points – perish the thought!

The reality is that America has already moved on from January 6.

No, this doesn’t mean they have forgotten about it. This also doesn’t mean that they don’t think it was a big deal. However, this event has not affected the American psyche in the same way as 9/11.

When people wake up in the morning, they’re concerned about education, the economy, and other pressing issues. We can be sure that the vast majority of Americans are not talking about January 6 at the kitchen table. Rice is right – this incident, while abhorrent, is not at the top of the minds of everyday Americans, nor should it be.

It is not difficult to see what is happening here. As Rice said, Americans are focused on the “price of gasoline, inflation, [and] what’s happening to kids in school.”

And guess who is causing problems with fuel, the economy, and education? You guessed it: President Joseph Robinette Biden and his merry band of congressional Democrats. Granderson and other notable leftists are not hyper-focusing on January 6 because it was such a momentous event – they merely wish to use the riot to distract from pertinent issues that are negatively affecting everyday Americans.

Caterwauling about January 6 doesn’t make gas prices go down. It doesn’t ensure that children aren’t being indoctrinated into leftist ideology. It doesn’t fix the inflation and supply chain issues. To go even further, it does not erase the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it does not mitigate the fact that Biden’s migrant crisis does not seem to be waning anytime soon.

To put it simply, the left needs January 6 to distract from the fact that they have not accomplished anything other than mishandling disasters since they took control of the executive and legislative branches earlier this year. The supposed concern over the assault on the Capitol is based on politics, not principles.

So far, it does not appear to be winning any real support for the Democrats. But realistically, can we blame them for trying?