Congressional Hearings Then and Now

Even as I write this, I’m listening to the impeachment hearings. I’ve borne witness to live testimony at every opportunity. I’m finding it riveting.

I’m really impressed with some of the dedicated public servants I’ve had the opportunity to hear. There really are bureaucrats out there who are well-meaning and full of integrity. That makes me feel as though our country may be able to recover from all this divisiveness and corruption. Someday.

Unfortunately, these testimonies have also shined a light on some of the cockroaches in our government. Those who are choosing not to testify are not participating in the process of revealing truth and clarifying the situation. Justice is not the end goal for these people. Their integrity will forever be in question, as far as I’m concerned. Clearly, they have something to hide.

Other cockroaches include those who are trying to stir up drama by using inflammatory phrases in the hopes that they’ll make good sound bites. Comparing this situation to a “drug deal” or an “inquisition” is not helpful, nor is it even remotely accurate. Implying that the closed-door depositions are somehow out of order is absurd. In all types of hearings, depositions are behind closed doors. The only time one sees a deposition is in the movies. Also, attempting to out the whistleblower is an effort to find a scapegoat to deflect attention from the subject of the impeachment.

But worst of all, without a doubt, are the tweets and the bullies who are attempting to intimidate witnesses. It makes this country look like a banana republic. It makes us look like thugs. And it makes me ashamed.

But even as I listen to these hearings, I remember the 8 year old me during the Watergate scandal. Little me threw more than one tantrum because the hearings pre-empted all her children’s programming. And it seemed to go on for an eternity. She was sooooooooo bored! She was furious at her mother for not being able to tell “someone” to restore decent television to the land.

What a difference maturity and life experience make. How radically one’s priorities shift over time. And thank goodness for Netflix.

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2 thoughts on “Congressional Hearings Then and Now

  1. Lyn

    Listening to today’s installment as I write this. (Missed most of yesterday due to doctors appointments where they were playing home improvement programs in the waiting rooms.) I agree with you on all but wish we didn’t have so many other viewing alternatives making it easier to tune out and ignore these historic moments. When programming was preempted in the past it was hard to avoid coverage of such proceedings and the general public seemed better educated about our government. Today the average person is more knowledgeable about the Kardasians than those we hire to run our country. This probably makes it easier to divide us. That said, when this is over I’ll indulge in my Netflix fix in hopes to wash the roach slime from my brain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t75kZmrwxg

    1. Given that the average American reads less than one book a year, I suspect that those who are inclined to ignore the hearings would find a way to do so, even if there were no viewing alternatives. I know very few people who are watching. It’s frustrating. I did miss today, though. Life does go on, like it or not. Best of luck with the roach slime.

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