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January 6 anniversary highlights America’s gaping post-truth wounds

A telling sequel to the riot of January 6 last year is how America is now wondering if it is heading towards a civil war, not metaphorically but literally. Part of that sounds like alarmism, especially considering how various national institutions both defended the November 3, 2020 presidential election and continued the invasion of the United States Capitol.

Also read: Americans Don’t Remember the Capitol Riot on January 6 as ‘One People’

But between Donald Trump’s continued grip on the Republican Party even as he continues to insist that “the real insurgency … took place on November 3,” and the fact that an extremely marginalized Liz Cheney was the only Republican lawmaker to join in an instant. of silence in the House to mark the first anniversary of the January 6 riot yesterday, there are many signs of the depth of what President Joe Biden yesterday called “a dagger in the throat of our democracy “.

The way America maintains itself is of course interesting not only to itself, but also to the whole world. That she was a beacon of democracy is a truism, although we must understand democracy here as a journey rather than a destination. America is still rich in resources for self-correction, to heal the most gaping social and economic wounds. But no “shining city on a hill” can be built on post-truth politics and today it is the Republicans who must take the initiative to mend this ulcer. They must intensify.