But there can be no doubt that on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from mid-morning through early afternoon history,
And then, sounding like a voice crying out in the wilderness, he warned us with chilling words of Russia's designs on the United States and again appealed to our patriotism and love of our country:
"But we're talking about a foreign government that, using technical intrusion, lots of other methods, tried to shape the way we think, we vote, we act. That is a big deal. And people need to recognize it. It's not about Republicans or Democrats. They're coming after America, which I hope we all love equally. They want to undermine our credibility in the face the world. They think that this great experiment of ours is a threat to them. So they're going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible. That's what this is about and they will be back. Because we remain — as difficult as we can be with each other, we remain that shining city on the hill. And they don't like it. "
And then immediately after the hearing there was the painfully mortifying image of poor Paul Ryan falling on his sword yet again for Donald Trump, supplicating the American people to accept the scraped-from-the-bottom-of-the-barrel excuse for Trump's lack of ethics on the fact that Trump "is just new to all this," and is "learning as he goes."
"Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took in....Maybe if I did it again, I'd do better...I didn't have the presence of mind... I don't know if I would have said to the president with the presence of mind, sir, that's wrong. In the moment, it didn't come to my mind. What came to my mind is be careful what you say. "
And I thought, Oh, my goodness! James Comey is kicking himself over what he should've, could've, would've said - just like I do all the time! In that sweaty, awkward, intimidating but critical moment James Comey choked - Just like I would've!
I actually felt quite a bit of empathy for James Comey in his admission of his human frailty at that moment, even as I wished that he would have been braver, more heroic, more in possession of the courage of his convictions than I or most people for that matter would have been in his shoes.
Eric Zorn, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, evidently also understood what happened to James Comey in that decisive moment and has coined the term "Comey Moments" for those times "when you find yourself facing the choice of taking a risk, sticking by your principles and speaking out at a critical time, or going along to get along."
I think having such a term in one's psychological lexicon could be empowering the next time one faces such a moment. So maybe James Comey can take some consolation that in his moment of weakness he may have helped the rest of us be a little stronger in our future "Comey Moments."
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