On July 4 every year we celebrate our nation's independence. We revel in the freedoms that our democracy bestows upon us.

However, a large majority of Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives refused to support a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.

As residents of the 8th Congressional District, we ask our Congressman Pete Stauber to view the New York Times’ documentary video, "Day of Rage: An In-depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol.' Given his background as a police officer, we would expect he would condemn the actions of the insurrectionists and acknowledge that President Donald Trump was primarily responsible for the violence.

We fear for our democracy if mob rule continues to be excused on the basis of false reporting and Republican denial.

Joel and Catherine Koemptgen

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