Lin-Manuel Miranda presented a Hamilton cast performance of Dear Theodosia as part of Congressional events marking the first anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
“We must never take our rights and freedoms for granted, but we must remain committed to finding a way forward together,” Miranda said, appearing virtually, along with the cast members.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted the song’s lyrics: We will do well for you. If we lay a solid enough foundation, we will pass it on to him and give him the world..
The performance was followed by a discussion with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham, who put the January 6 attack and current political divisions in context with other moments in American history.
His words were a little warning. Goodwin said that “in my life, this is the most difficult time for democracy,” while Meacham said that he believes that “this is a chapter, not the end of the story. And if it is the end of history, we will have failed as a people that the world will condemn forever. “
But polls show a huge gap in beliefs even regarding what happened on January 6, with the revisionist taking up its root causes and conspiracy theories about the role of government. The importance of the day has also been downplayed, with one lawmaker likening the rioters to tourists on Capitol Hill.
Meacham said that what people have to do is “use the power of memory as an incentive, not a stick,” that is, presenting the situation as if it were on the right side of the story.
“We don’t build statues for people who knock down; we build statues for the people who create, ”he said.
Goodwin said he is hopeful that the Jan. 6 Committee can “retell the story” of that date, so that “more people can be convinced that this cannot happen again.”
– CSPAN (@cspan) January 6, 2022