Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

As the U.S. Senate met recently to vote on whether they should “approve” a commission to investigate the riot which occurred on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, we half-hoped that those members of the hallowed halls on the Hill would actually do the right thing.

Half-hoped!

After all, peeling back the inconsistencies and falsehoods behind any situation as grave as the January insurrection should have always been the goal — or was it?

It shouldn’t matter which political party our U.S. senators represent. They should be able to discern between right and wrong and govern themselves accordingly.

We hold our senators to a higher level of truth and justice. But perhaps that’s just an idea … something that’s merely “blowin’ in the wind” as the ’60s superstar Bob Dylan considered in his same-titled song.

Many political pundits suggest that so few Republicans voted against the establishment of a commission because they did not want to muddy the waters. They want us to begin looking forward at the next election cycle, not backward when the Democrats swept the House, Senate and the White House.

Others say that the feel of the elephant in the room, that is, Donald Trump, led most GOP senators to vote against the commission. So, that would suggest that they would rather ignore the truth, it seems.

That’s the real tragedy. But as the old folks said, “what’s done in the dark will come to the light.”

There may not be a commission, for now, to dig deeply for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But one day, the facts — all of them — will surely be revealed to the American public.

Back in the 1950s, a popular television show featured a man with a cape of red, white and blue. His name was Superman and the slogan most frequently associated with him was “Truth, justice and the American way.”

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It just doesn’t seem to be the mantra for many of our 21st-century politicians. Now, the only thing that matters is winning.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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