One of the great things about being semi-retired is that I'm able to turn on C-Span in the middle of the day and watch live broadcasts of the historic hearings in Congress. Watching James Comey and Jeff Sessions and Sally Yates testify is a fascinating lesson in democracy and in the critical role the news media has to keep the public accurately informed. Thank God we live in a nation where the government does not control the media and cannot operate in complete secrecy.
I greatly appreciate the opportunity to hear these people present themselves.. These hearings are moments of high drama and hugely entertaining. More importantly, they reveal the humanity and character of the people who serve us in conducting the nation's business.
I give thanks for C-Span for allowing me to witness these events for myself and to form my own impressions before I tune in to the high-volume debates that so often take the place of news coverage. Today, we have an opportunity to witness history in the making for ourselves, in a way that no generation before us has ever enjoyed. Most people are too busy to watch these hearings, and that's understandable. I'm not campaigning for people to drop everything and tune in to Washington events. I'm just glad that my own situation permits me to see as much as I do.