Bravery

I know a little about the kind of bravery we saw on display at the hearing of the House 1/6 Committee, but I don’t know it the way the witnesses do who testified today. What we saw this afternoon was extraordinary. Four people, each of whom came to do their jobs in different ways, probably for different reasons, were forced to decide between their personal honor and giving into pressure from their colleagues, friends, and people far more powerful than they were. But they came down on the same side, all four of them, standing up for what was right against anger and oppression and the exercise of raw power untethered to reality, morality, or democracy. What they did was brave. Full stop. There is no other way to see it or say it.

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