Lloyd Billingsley, The truth and reconciliation commission we really need.
“When this nightmare is over,” tweeted Robert Reich, “we need a truth and reconciliation commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.” The diminutive Clinton-Obama retread, with a JD from Yale, was expanding on an idea from MSNBC mouthpiece Chris Hayes.
He accused people who don’t take face masks seriously of “getting people killed,” and “the most humane and reasonable way to dealt with all those people, if we survive this, is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission.” Back in 2018, Hayes’ colleague Donnie Deutsch proclaimed that Trump voters were “like Nazis” and “If you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy.”
The Democrats’ truth and reconciliation commission would be a series of Stalinist show trials, designed to make all Trump supporters non-persons, by any means necessary. This threat obscures the need for a real truth commission to look at actual lies, obstructions and deceptions. A good place to start would be the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
That was a convenient place to conduct gain of function research the National Institutes of Health banned in 2014 because of the prospect that a manipulated virus could escape the lab. The NIH sent more than $7 million to the Wuhan lab including $3.7 million in 2019. Spending U.S. taxpayer dollars calls for public accountability, but Dr. Anthony Fauci has been evasive about China’s role in the release of the coronavirus. A truth commission could find out what Fauci knew and when he knew it, and also have a chat with Nancy Messonnier of the CDC.
In February, when a reporter asked if China had been telling the truth, Dr. Messonnier deferred to the World Health Organization, a publicity agent for China’s Communist dictatorship. A truth commission could find out what Messonnier knew, when she knew it, and why she declined to answer a legitimate question.
Like Fauci, Messonnier’s bio shows no advanced degrees in molecular or cell biology, which one would expect of a virologist. The CDC does reveal that Dr. Messonnier began her career with the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service which according to its defenders “works day and night domestically and globally to ensure epidemics in other countries do not hit American soil.”
A truth commission could find out what the EIS knew, when they knew it, and why they failed to prevent the Wuhan virus from arriving on American soil and causing such damage and death across America. Did anybody in the EIS, CDC or NIH perhaps lose their job over this massive failure? The truth commission could provide answers for the American people, still in the dark on many other matters.
Hunter Biden’s laptop reveals that the “Big Guy,” got a piece of the action from Hunter’s ventures in Ukraine, China and elsewhere. As it turns out, the FBI also had this same laptop, so why did they not reveal the contents when Democrats were trying to take down Trump over a phone call? A truth commission could get to the bottom of it, and maybe enlighten the public on another batch of emails.
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ presidential candidate in 2016, had more than 30,000 emails that legislators wanted to see. Clinton’s demolition crew bleached them out and smashed up the devices. Clinton violated several laws but FBI boss James Comey said no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges. A truth commission could see if the NSC has copies, since they can read everybody’s emails. Hillary’s would doubtless prove enlightening.
She was so concerned about the emails, our intelligence committee has told us, that she launched a scheme to spy on candidate Trump and smear him as a puppet of Putin. A truth commission could get to the bottom of that and fully expose the Crossfire Hurricane operation against President Trump. That done, they could turn to lingering mysteries about POTUS 44.
From David Garrow’s Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, the people know that Dreams from My Father, Obama’s founding narrative, is “without question,” a novel, and the author a “composite character.” On the other hand, many of the composite character’s records remain locked down.
In 2008, the State Department fired some contractors who looked into candidate Obama’s passport file, which contains key biographical information and reveals how the holder has traveled abroad. In 1981, the future president traveled to Pakistan after visiting relatives in Indonesia. It would be interesting to see the passport records on that trip, but a powerful senator found that troubling.
“I am deeply troubled that State Department contract employees sought access to Sen. Barack Obama’s passport files,” said Sen. Joe Biden, at the time head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Delaware Democrat became Obama’s vice president and now wants to be president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, with Obama campaigning on his behalf.
A truth commission could tap Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reveal the passport files. That would settle the matter, and a lot more. After all, the American people have a right to know the whole truth about all their presidents, particularly the one formerly known as Barry Soetoro. So as Obama advisor Robert Reich put it, bring on “every politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”