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“A Republic, madam … if You Can Keep it!”
Ben Franklin — Constitutional Convention, 1787
“Because truth cannot be seen in a “narrow band,” contemporary context is insufficient … without historical perspective. Therefore, an attempt must be made to use ALL ‘the colors of the spectrum’ ….”
So reads the “motto” on my guest’s citizen-historian website — “The Noah Commentaries” (must remember to ask him “who’s ‘Noah?'”).
This week, the “House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th” produced their ninth public hearing on their continuing investigation into the complicated events swirling around the “physically-armed mob, storming the Capitol of the United States on January 6 ….”
The now-proven instigator of that “unique in US history” Insurrection — former President of the United States, Donald Trump — not only still maintains the Big Lie that created January 6 — that his 2020 election “was stolen from him” — he is now avidly planning to run for President AGAIN … in 2024 … on the basis of THAT same “Big Lie!”
A former US president … whose own MAGA staff — Republicans and true “Trump-believers” one and all — are now, successively, testifying and agreeing, under oath, that “President Donald Trump on January 6th committed the most heinous act a president can commit under the Constitution — an outright seditionary act … of attempting to a literal coup against the citizens of the United States!”
And yet, about half the country is still “with him” on his planned run for reelection!!
THIS is what presents us tonight with the greatest Constitutional Crisis in the history of the Republic. And why, I turned to Marvin Jones to try to get to bottom of the Crisis … to try to figure out “what” — if anything — we, as voting citizens, can actually DO about it … while there’s time.
Join us ….
Richard C. Hoagland
Marvin D. Jones
Two family members were a great influence in Marvin's life. His great aunt, who was born in 1882, told him about King David and King Solomon. She also taught him about Presidents. His mother always offered encouragement regarding his studies, and she made it clear that leaders make a difference. Both taught him about the Holocaust while still in single digits.
His fourth and fifth grade teacher made history come alive. He helped students understand how to look at things like those who were there.
President Kennedy offered a history lesson in real time. Marvin watched his press conferences, State of the Union Addresses, and other speeches. But JFK's decision to go to the Moon--on the basis of fifteen minutes worth of spaceflight experience--captured his imagination. In fact, it still does.
Reading, listening to historians, journalists, and politicians has become a habit. It cannot be broken.
Marvin comes from a family that has served in every branch of the Armed Forces, although they are predominantly Army, as was he. Because American involvement in Vietnam was winding down, he was sent to what was then West Germany . Upon return to the States, he finished what he began overseas at University of Maryland University College and received a bachelor's in government.
Among other things, Marvin worked in a junkyard, a research firm doing work for the United States Government, and on litigation support projects as a document analyst, qc, member of the clean-up crew, and a team leader. His last job was in Massachusetts Veterans Services, which was through a Federal grant program.
Marvin is now retired and lives in Western Massachusetts. And his lifelong interest in history continues.
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THE NOAH COMMENTARIES
a.) Because truth cannot be seen in a narrow band, contemporary context is insufficient without historical perspective. Therefore an attempt is made to use all the colors of the spectrum.
b.) The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats. REPUBLICS ARE RARE. Like coal, they can be reduced to dust. But those well-organized—even when under great pressure—become diamonds.
Phil Collins Against All Odds
3. Scene from Any Given Sunday (“Inches”)
4. Midnight Blue, Melissa Manchester