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Letter: I encourage everyone to watch the Jan. 6th hearings Sept. 28

John Gunvalson of Gonvick, Minnesota, writes, "The January 6th attack on the Capitol may be just the beginning. This is a wake-up call for all of us. Can we expect another insurrection after the 2024 presidential election?"

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Our nation came very close to having a Constitutional crisis Jan. 6th, 2020. History may well judge the attack on the Capitol as a more serious threat to our country than was Sept. 11th, 2001.

The directors of the FBI and CIA, who were appointed by the former president, have stated under oath that our country’s biggest threat is domestic terrorism. We need legislation that will put safeguards in place to prevent this from happening again as our democracy is at stake.

The hearing will include testimony by the former president’s inner circle. Such testimony you may say is one-sided. There is no cross examination. But as Rep. Liz Cheney commented; “Former Attorney General Bill Barr is no shrinking violet.” He would be able to handle himself under cross examination.

The threat to our democracy has now overtaken the economy as the No.1 issue in the upcoming midterm election. A Quinnipiac University poll taken Aug. 31 indicates than an even number of Republicans and Democrats alike believe U.S. democracy is in danger of collapse with 69% of both parties answered "yes," while 28% of Democrats and 29% of Republicans answered "no."

The Economist Research Journal did a survey recently, asking the question; “Civil war in the next decade?” Among 2020 Trump voters, 54% indicated "likely," 38% indicated "unlikely." Even 40% of strong Democrats agree that civil war is likely.


The January 6th attack on the Capitol may be just the beginning. This is a wake-up call for all of us. Can we expect another insurrection after the 2024 presidential election? Don’t we have a responsibility to protect our free and democratic elections?

Democracy is dependent on having an informed citizenry. Without being able to vote on factual information, how can our system of government survive? How many expecting a civil war are willing to take up arms against their neighbors, as the presumed enemy dwells among us, or against our government as happened on Jan. 6th? What is our country coming to? How can conspiracy theorists believe they can defeat our U.S. military with AR-15 small arms, while our surplus armaments in the hands of Ukrainian citizenry stand up to Russian aggression?

I ask you in all humbleness to watch the upcoming hearing! Former vice president Mike Pence has indicated his willingness to testify. What is his take on the insurrectionists who were chanting “Hang Mike Pence” as they battered their way through doors, overwhelmed and brutalized the heroic Capitol police, and finally breached the halls of Congress? Many with military training carried zip ties for taking prisoners and had erected gallows. Reports are they were within 40 feet of Pence. If they had been successful in their mission hanging the vice president would the American public still ignore these public hearings? I’m not sure that I know the answer to that question.

John Gunvalson lives in Gonvick, Minnesota.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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