As of December 19, the U.S. House of Representatives January 6 Committee had their final presentation. Their findings will be released to the American public with criminal referrals to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Four criminal referrals are against the former president of the U.S.; other criminal referrals will also be sent on other individuals.

The January 6 Committee has been investigating this “insurrection and dereliction of duty” for 18 months. There have been over 1,000 interviews and testimony with this committee about that attack that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2001.

There were nine House of Representatives members on this committee: seven Democrats and two Republicans. One Republican representative lost her bid to be re-elected in her state’s primary in Wyoming; the Republican representative from Illinois decided not to run for re-election.

They both believed the 2020 Presidential Election was not stolen and there was no widespread voter corruption taking place. Because of this, they will no longer be their states’ representatives.

It is important to note that this committee had to be implemented. The reason why is because we, the American people deserve to know the truth on how it happened, why it happened and who was responsible.

Many elected Republican representatives and other individuals were against the formation of this committee, citing that it was a “political witch hunt.” What also came out of the Presidential Election of 2020 was the so called “Big Lie” — that the election was stolen.

Let us remember, seven people died in connection with this attack on Jan. 6, 2021. Many who participated in the attack were arrested and some have already been convicted. We Americans of the United States must fully understand that our democracy was at stake on that date and we must make sure it cannot happen again.

Our nation, the United States of America, was founded on the principles of freedom, by life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the “Rule of Law.”

Let us remember our founding fathers’ dedication and sacrifices in creating a new nation of the people, by the people and for the people.

I will list a few quotes from our past presidents:
• “Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains taken to bring it to life.” (George Washington)
• “We in America do not have government by the majority; we have government by the majority who participate.” (Thomas Jefferson)
• “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

There are many Republican voters and others who are concerned about the present state of the Republican Party.

Here is a quote from Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower in March 1956: “If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to enhance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political part; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”

Thomas E. Carter
Rio Rancho