I’ve been trying to come up with a way to capture where we are as a country, a year after one of the darkest days in our history.
I now say January 6th was a double tragedy.
It was an assault on our democracy that we all saw play out in chilling fashion, on screens and smartphones, in real time.
And it has morphed into a deeply polarizing debate over what happened, how bad it was, who is to blame, and whether the investigation of those events is excessively partisan.
In short, 1-6 turned out to be the polar opposite of 9-11, a tragedy that brought our country together, while the shameful events of last January have led to a more divided America.
In some ways, our hate-filled polarization is worse than the death and destruction inflicted at the Capitol, because it strikes at the heart of our republic.