Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist


The Hon. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio's 4th District) had a great week with outstanding performances on July 28-29.

First up was a kangaroo court of a hearing held by Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. This was on Tuesday.

The Democrats had this set up as a witch-hunt. It was obvious they did not want to hear what Attorney General William Barr had to say. It reminded me of old films I have seen of Russian trials during the tenure of Stalin or German trials in the 1930s.

Jordan, the ranking minority member, bravely showed a video of the violence in Portland, Seattle and elsewhere.

From Fox News, “Jordan then played a powerful video montage featuring a variety of mainstream media members referring to recent protests as ‘peaceful,’ which included everyone from CNN’s Don Lemon to NBC News’ Chuck Todd dismissing violence amid images of burning buildings and attacks on law enforcement.

“The video – which irked Nadler – featured MSNBC host Ali Velshi famously declaring he was covering  ‘mostly a protest’ despite a building burning right behind him. 'It is not, generally speaking, unruly,’ Velshi said.

“Rachel Maddow, Chris Cuomo and Willie Geist also appeared in the Republican exhibit. The words ‘peaceful protest’ were uttered by more than a dozen pundits before footage of the widow of retired St. Louis police Capt. David Dorn speaking about her husband’s tragic death began.”

Likely half the country had never before seen what is going on in our cities right now. The rest of the hearing seemed to consist of Democrats stating questions in the form of opinions and then snatching their time back when the brave Barr told it like it is.

Hank (Guam is tipping over) Johnson (D-Georgia) came out swinging at Barr: “Your opening statement reads like it was written by Alex Jones or Roger Stone.”

The whole thing was an embarrassment for Democrats. It certainly looked like they had gone to school on Russian and German trial techniques of old.

But Jordan wasn’t done. On Wednesday at the “Tech giants hearing” he said this: Speaking during a remote House Judiciary subcommittee meeting on anti-trust law, Jordan rattled off a list of instances where major tech and social media companies either censored or removed posts from conservative lawmakers or thinkers before voicing his concerns about tech’s role in November’s upcoming election.

“I’ll cut right to the chase," Jordan said. "Big tech is out to get conservatives. That’s a fact."

It was a joy to watch big tech backpedaling.

Jim Jordan is great. He makes me almost want to move to Urbana or maybe Wapakoneta, at least in the summertime.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at jthompson@taii.com.