To the editor:
The alarm that we felt watching the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection demands a thorough investigation. The attempt to stop the transfer of power that day with violence is unconscionable. The peaceful transition of power is an essential element of a functioning democratic government.
In voting against the creation of an independent commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, Sen. Chuck Grassley objected that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not agree to form a “bipartisan committee” to “look at the many other attacks on government buildings and officials that occurred in the months leading up to Jan. 6.”
Grassley said, “If we truly want to get to the bottom of antigovernment violence, intellectual honesty demands that we take a broader look at the destruction and violence that occurred in nearly every major city over the last year.”
The violent attack on the Capitol Police and the trashing of the Capitol are not comparable to the many peaceful protests that in a few cases turned into riots. We already know what protesters were marching for across the nation last summer: racial justice. We do not know the insurrectionists’ intent in tearing down our democracy.
Julie Stewart Ziesman