It never ceases to amaze me what distance does to one’s political perspective. I’m still on the road in Europe—week three and counting—and the January 6 hearings now occupying the attention of our great nation seem very very far away. This is not to say that they are not important to me аs an American, or that my distance from them somehow properly contextualizes them. It just prompted me to think about the importance of analytical context more broadly. I think the debate about the health of our democracy would benefit from some more contextualization.