Light & Verity

Quoted: Joanne Freeman

Michael Marsland

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“Accountability—the belief that political power holders are responsible for their actions and that blatant violations will be addressed—is the lifeblood of democracy. Without it there can be no trust in government, and without trust, democratic governments have little power.”

—Joanne B. Freeman, the Class of 1954 Professor of History and American Studies, arguing in a December 10 Washington Post op-ed essay that Congress needs to do more to address the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol.

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