South Africa, Chile and Argentina all established Truth and Reconciliation commissions that worked quite well in the wake of exponentially greater crimes against constitutional order and human rights than occurred in Washington on January 6. Notice the first half of the commissions' name: truth, which precedes reconciliation. Reconciliation precedes unity.
Nothing precedes factual truth acknowledged by both sides. Factual truth: Biden got 81m+ legitimately counted votes. Trump got 74m legitimately counted votes. Biden won legitimately. If American Thinker can do it, you can too:
“American Thinker and contributors Andrea Widburg, R.D. Wedge, Brian Tomlinson, and Peggy Ryan have published pieces on www.AmericanThinker.com that falsely accuse US Dominion Inc., Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., and Dominion Voting Systems Corporation (collectively “Dominion”) of conspiring to steal the November 2020 election from Donald Trump. These pieces rely on discredited sources who have peddled debunked theories about Dominion’s supposed ties to Venezuela, fraud on Dominion’s machines that resulted in massive vote switching or weighted votes, and other claims falsely stating that there is credible evidence that Dominion acted fraudulently. These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact. Industry experts and public officials alike have confirmed that Dominion conducted itself appropriately and that there is simply no evidence to support these claims. It was wrong for us to publish these false statements. We apologize to Dominion for all of the harm this caused them and their employees. We also apologize to our readers for abandoning 9 journalistic principles and misrepresenting Dominion’s track record and its limited role in tabulating votes for the November 2020 election. We regret this grave error.”
Newsmax published a similar statement. Hugo Chavez can rest easy in his grave, undisturbed by Trump, Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
We start from the premise that nonwhite votes counted in cities count the same as white votes counted in exurbs and rural counties, or we go nowhere. The 3/5 compromise is constitutionally dead, no matter how hard Republican state legislatures try to revive it with voter ID and suppression laws, polling place and ballot dropbox closures, as Texas governor Greg Abbott did in Harris County.
We start from the premise that the USA will be a fully multiracial democracy or it will not be a democracy at all. Prerequisite for this premise: the political banishment of white nationalism that adheres to the core of Nazi ideology: the existence of superior races inherently entitled to rule (“you people in (nordic) Minnesota have the best genes; it’s the racehorse theory…” — Trump at rally, 9/19/20).
Listen to Frau Merkel. She’s just trying to do for America what America did for Germany starting in 1942: save it from itself. Quite a role reversal.
There is no case in human history of a democracy formerly dominated by a majority racial or ethnic group successfully transitioning peacefully to robust rule of law multiracial democracy as the former majority becomes a demographic minority. To survive as a democracy, that is, to survive at all as a unified state, the USA must become the first case in human history to see its formerly dominant racial majority accept that it will be a demographic minority within a fully multiracial democracy.
We start from the premise that Raffensberger and Sterling in Georgia did their jobs properly, or we go nowhere.
We start from the premise that the Trump-appointed and other judges who laughed Giuliani & Co. out of court 60+ times properly reviewed the absence of evidence in their cases, or we go nowhere.
We start from the premise that ALL political leaders who supported or incited the insurrectionists be held legally accountable, from fist-pump Hawley, to Valley Forge Cruz, to take down names and kick ass Mo Brooks, to Trump. Why? Because the law says so:
“(a) As used in this chapter, the term “riot” means a public disturbance involving (1) an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons, which act or acts shall constitute a clear and present danger of, or shall result in, damage or injury to the property of any other person or to the person of any other individual or (2) a threat or threats of the commission of an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons having, individually or collectively, the ability of immediate execution of such threat or threats, where the performance of the threatened act or acts of violence would constitute a clear and present danger of, or would result in, damage or injury to the property of any other person or to the person of any other individual.”
(b) As used in this chapter, the term “to incite a riot”, or “to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot”, includes, but is not limited to, urging or instigating other persons to riot, but shall not be deemed to mean the mere oral or written (1) advocacy of ideas or (2) expression of belief, not involving advocacy of any act or acts of violence or assertion of the rightness of, or the right to commit, any such act or acts. (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2102)
The Constitution says nobody is above the law, including powerful elected legislators and ex-presidents.
While 80%+ of the Republican Party swallows the Big Lie of election fraud, and 45% of Republicans surveyed support the insurrectionists, no part of the three stage truth, reconciliation, reunification process will properly proceed. Mitch McConnell took a halting step in the right direction by acknowledging that the insurrectionists were fed lies. Republicans that live in the QAnonified, OANNified and Newsmaxified alternate universe, demagogically fed by 147 of their spineless leaders on January 6, must rip up their diplomas from the Kellyanne Conway School of Alternative Facts and rejoin the science and reality-based community, reconciliation will remain a distant dream. There is no disinfectant for the electoral infodemic propagated by Trump, Hawley, Cruz, Brooks, Gosar & Co but fact-based truth and legal accountability for those who incite insurrection against legitimately held elections.