Paying to Serve the Truth – Hartford Courant

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Let’s set our own discontent aside for a few paragraphs and consider what the members of the Continental Congress faced when they issued their Declaration of Independence 246 years ago.

With George Washington as commander, the Continental Army won the Siege of Boston in 1775, forcing the British to decamp to Halifax. The opposing armies reunited again seven weeks after Congress declared independence from the British Crown. The Battle of Brooklyn in late August 1776 establishes the principle that New York is not Boston. The British brought 400 ships and over 30,000 troops to western Long Island.

Washington did what he was going to repeat during the war, he withdrew. By early December, many believed the revolution was doomed to an untimely end. Fearing a British attack on Philadelphia, the Continental Congress moved to Baltimore. Their capture by the British would have ended their lives and the revolution.

We celebrate the deeds of the brave without always understanding the full measure of the sacrifices. The cost of courage has been on public display in Washington in recent weeks during the public hearings of the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion.

Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, mother and daughter of Georgia election workers, told the harrowing story of being named by Donald Trump as conspirators in a plot to deliver the state to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election Trump’s toxic spit Rudolph Giuliani accused Freeman and Shay of having USB drives with fake ballots they shared like “cocaine heroin vials.” It was a ginger mint.

Freeman and Moss had to flee their home. Moss’ grandmother’s house was invaded by Trump supporters threatening “citizen’s arrest”. Moss testified that she had received death threats. Freeman continues to live in fear. They volunteered to serve as poll workers during a pandemic. Their reward was a relentless torrent of abuse unleashed by the former president. Their appearance before the committee was an act of courage and public service.

On Tuesday, former Trump White House official Cassidy Hutchinson provided a gripping account of what she heard and saw before and during the mob assault on the Capitol. The New Jersey Republican is 25 years old and will forever be marked by the Trump world for her two hours of public testimony.

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Hutchinson served as a top aide to Trump’s fourth chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and worked close to the Oval Office. The details behind Hutchinson’s decision to testify in public may be almost as interesting as what she revealed.

A party loyalist, Hutchinson quickly rose from intern to indispensable aide to the center of power, acquainting himself with Washington’s most influential Republicans. Meadows seems to have included it in many sensitive contexts. Opinions will differ on Hutchinson’s most damaging revelations. His testimony confirmed Trump’s reckless disregard for the safety of others on January 6.

Hutchinson shed light on details of plans for a day of rage intended to halt or halt certification of Biden’s victory. Trump intended to incite the crowd with his first speech of the day, then with an appearance on Capitol Hill as his shock troops act out their conspiracy-fueled fantasies. When they entered the Capitol, Trump refused for hours to call them back.

Hutchinson testified that a senior Trump security official told him that the former head of Trump University tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential SUV when he was told he would not be driven to the Capitol. to address the cheering crowd. This story has been disputed but not refuted by others. Even in victory four years prior, Trump was a collection of perpetual grievances. Losing was always going to ignite fury.

What we probably won’t see are all the consequences for Hutchinson in the brutal world of Washington politics. She broke the code and spoke unflattering truths in service of the public interest. In politics, lifting the curtain on events is a great sin.

Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump in 2021 and her role as deputy chairman of the House committee will likely cost her the seat she holds from Wyoming. Cheney faces a former Trump supporter and critic in August’s Republican primary for the state’s only House seat.

Cheney understands the price she is paying for her service to the truth and to us. She will not retire to Baltimore. Like our stoic revolutionaries, Liz Cheney will endure and prevail.

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