THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022
In search of a fuller discussion: We had several reactions to today's presentation by the January 6 committee.
We were struck, as we've been in the past, by the limitations of this format, in which all members of the committee share a single point of view.
We were also struck by how much of today's presentation, though not all, was repetition of material which had been presented before.
Most of all, we were struck by the depth of disorder exhibited by President Trump during the events in question. There can be no serious discussion of these events until the medical / psychiatric / psychological dimensions of this matter are brought forward and addressed.
The press corps has long agreed that no such discussion can ever take place. This may be the best that we as a people can manage to do at this time, but the depth of disorder on display here cannot be discussed in a fulsome way unless (carefully chosen) medical specialists are called into play.
The system we refer to as democracy is not a natural impulse of the human species. Presumably, this basic anthropological fact explains a great deal of the favorable public reaction to President Trump's behavior.
(It may also explain certain self-defeating aspects of the negative public reaction.)
Regarding President Trump himself, he seems to be very badly disordered. So do some of the people who surrounded him during these events.
The press has agreed that this state of affairs mustn't be discussed. As a species, we remain extremely childish. Our culture traps us within the intellectual framework of a very young child.
Something is wrong with President Trump! The public interest isn't well served when our "leaders" agree that this deeply consequential, tragic fact must never be discussed.
We're allowed to discuss Candidate Fetterman's stroke. But no, we can't discuss this!