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The January 6 commission held a dramatic first hearing with lots of crocodile tears and a few real ones. As usual, the Democrats, and the two Democrat-friendly Republicans, seemed to agree on an emotional approach to the topic at hand to gain an advantage over their political opponents. However, they failed to ask and answer important questions. Also, they based their hearing on a false premise: “the Jan. 6 event was an insurrection.” No, it wasn’t. If the hundreds of thousands of Americans who attended the peaceful rally before the riot had wanted an insurrection, we would have seen a much larger, and probably an armed presence. That was not the case. Another thing: The commission emphasized how “our democracy” is in danger from people who think like those who breached the Capitol. It’s not hard to imagine that this is justification for government to crush Americans who disagree with it. Here are some primary questions that are unlikely to come up: First, who shot Ashli Babbitt and why? Perhaps she shouldn’t have been where she was and doing what she was doing, but she did not need to die. The American citizen and Air Force veteran was unarmed.

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