Are there any traditions around our newest national political holiday, yet?
I actually just saw a Rhode Island politician proclaiming on social media that we must “never forget” January 6. The dogged fixation on that day is one of the most-obvious attempts at political narrative building in the past year.
But if we’re going to have a new national political holiday, we’re going to have to figure out some traditions. Maybe we all gather to hear proclamations of unearned moral authority and exaggerated pledges to stand against imaginary threats?
Alternately, maybe we can read things that remind us of open questions. Joseph Hanneman covers a big one for Epoch Times:
Independent media and online sleuths sounded alarms about the presence of unindicted individuals among those who first breached the Capitol at about 12:50 p.m. These men played a central role in the breach, encouraged protesters to go to the Capitol, and directed people into the building. Yet they haven’t been arrested, indicted, or identified by the FBI as among the wanted. Who were they?
As Hanneman goes on to explain, one of them was Ray Epps. Despite being perhaps the most well-documented person inciting actions above and beyond mere protest on that day, the FBI actually ham-handedly removed him from its wanted list, and he has not been arrested or charged. Weird.
I’m also keeping an eye on the progress of charges against Zachary Jordan Alam. Since I analyzed hours of video from that day, it’s amazed me that he hasn’t been the poster-boy among those emphasizing the violence. Arguably, without his participation, some of the most dramatic scenes would never have occurred and Ashli Babbitt would not have been killed, yet he’s not a very familiar face in coverage. Also weird.