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Yep. It’s January 6 again.

But that was then. And this is now. And for the first time, I’m starting to feel better about where “now” is headed.

January 6, 2021 was the darkest day in American history.

But today is January 6, 2022. And I will promise you the sun is coming up. I started to see the corona peek above the horizon yesterday.

Merrick Garland, aka “The Quiet Storm.”  Don’t get fooled by his humble demeanor. That’s Gary Cooper with a necktie.

Be afraid, traitors. Be very afraid.

This is reaching critical mass. It is reaching a tipping point, morally, legally and politically.

The evidence is there. And it is incontrovertible.

That was an organized, premeditated, treasonous, cynical and ultimately violent attempt to groundlessly throw out the results of a free and fair election, overthrow the government of the United States and forcibly establish an autocracy.

The then president of the United States, in a pique of frustration, then incited a deadly riot. An armed insurrection. An attempted coup.

No? From the morning of January 6, 2021. “All the vice president has to do is just not certify the vote. Then we’ll still be president, and you’ll still be happy!” All while doing his best Red Skelton impression. Or his impression of Red Skelton doing Clem Kaddiddlehopper

All the vice president has to do?  All he has to do?  All he has to do is just overthrow our government?  Sure you want to be attached to that, Cultists? Sadly, you’re clearly ok with that. Fine. Just don’t ever call yourselves “Americans” again.

And three hours and seven minutes into a riot, all the president had to say to the criminals was, “We love you.”

It’s January 6, 2022. And while the sun is coming up, the lying traitors are going down.

Steve Bannon

Mark Meadows

Kevin McCarthy

Sean Hannity

Donald Trump, Jr.

Eric Trump

Ivanka Trump

Peter Navarro

Rudy Giuliani

John Eastman

Donald J. Trump

Criminals.

Footnote: If you don’t do another thing today, have the guts to go back and watch what Kevin McCarthy…KEVIN McCARTHY!…said about the insurrection in the hours and days that followed. He plainly, accurately and eloquently, laid the shame and blame squarely at the feet of Donald Trump.

That was before his toadie balls crawled up into his toadie chest. And for what?

We now return this country to our regularly scheduled Rule of Law and Rule of Facts.

One Response

  1. One of your best columns (the “Gary Cooper in a necktie” line is a classic) and right to the point. But have we really returned to the Rule of Law and Rule of Facts? I’m not so sure. Not a day goes by that we do not hear from someone who supports the former president and talks about how Jan. 6, 2021 has been overblown. Perhaps it’s time to move forward and return to really “Making this Country Great Again?” We must not ignore the history that is Jan. 6, 2021 but perhaps we can take it off the syllabus for a semester?

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I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

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My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.