If I had to guess, I’d say the sin we’re being punished for is being unserious about our responsibilities as citizens in a democracy. Just a guess, like I said.
OK back on topic for just a moment, I noticed at least one person here sneering about McCarthy having done this because he’s still working in the government while Trump is president which makes you a BAD MAN. Now while I hate to be argumentative (haha just kidding I love to argue), I have to point out that this McCarthy is blandly, dismissively bucking the most insanely vindictive president we’ve ever had in the defense of a fine and blameless public servant. If you think that’s not a little special in terms of showing character then feel free to tell me about an episode in your own life that’s at all comparable or makes him look naughty and small by comparison. Trump is seeking, with all the power of the executive branch behind him, to destroy the life of anyone who does that. Seems like doing the right thing anyway isn’t something to sneer at.