Probably most importantly? Being allowed to present what you know in court.
By now, all the talking heads are losing their collective heads over the events of the past week. No one is excusing the horror show which happened in Washington, D.C. on January 6th. No one should. It was an act of barbaric lawlessness, the likes of which I never thought I’d see in my country. It will be a very long time before I get the image of that criminal fool with the buffalo horns standing at the Speaker’s chair.
Of course, I realize much worse was inflicted on our cities this summer. I’m also old enough to remember the 1960s. But, in the Capitol building…
Yet, there are those who, while certainly not excusing what went on, are lamenting that peaceful Trump supporters were infiltrated by worthless scum from Antifa and BLM. Scum who whipped protesters into a feral frenzy that resulted in the tragic deaths of five people.
I will not go so far as to say I agree with them. However, I will say that I would not be surprised if it actually happened. I just don’t think that proof is forthcoming.
And that is the problem. That has been the dilemma throughout the tumult of the past couple of months. I (and I’m not alone) know that something smells about the election and the efforts to cover up what went wrong. The problem is, can I prove it? And, can those who purport to have the proof, be allowed their day in court?
I am convinced that common sense, logic, and critical thought have long since left the building. Starting with the hysterical approach to the Chinese Flu all the way to how could a doddering old fool who couldn’t draw flies to a picnic be elected president, it boggles the mind.
“Never let a crisis go to waste.” That is exactly what tyrants like Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania did with the pandemic and mail-in voting.
Mind you, Donald Trump has done himself no favors here. I didn’t support him in the primaries and held my nose when I voted for him 2016 (yes, Hillary Clinton was that bad). Over the past four years, I wished he would just shut up on more than one occasion. He can give the impression that he’s a narcissistic bully. Not saying that I think he is, but he can put out that vibe.
Through it all, though, I felt the nation was in good hands, despite the infantile whining by butthurt Democrats and the Machiavellian machinations by Obama and his ilk. However, when the election of 2020 didn’t look like it was going his way (seriously, could this year have sucked enough?), he launched into a non-stop tirade about how it was all rigged against him.
In my heart, I know this to be true. But…can I prove it? Or can those who purport to have the proof, be allowed to show it to a judge? No. And no.
It sucks. Trust me, it sucks.
Taking all this into consideration, though, he refuses to go gently into that good night, determined to fight on. The result is that he is doing very real damage to his party’s prospects for 2024 and, maybe, 2022. Chillingly, I’d be surprised at this point if he’d even get the Republican nomination in four years.
If that was the case, I also wouldn’t be surprised if he formed his own party as a counter to the Republicans, when he would take many with him. The last time this happened was in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt formed the Bull Moose Party and ran against the Republican, Taft.
The result? Woodrow Wilson.
To sum up, I agree with much of what he says (not necessarily how he says it) and feel the helplessness that so many feel. But, to paraphrase a quote from Animal House, “War’s over, men. The Democrats dropped the big one.”
Only there’s no Bluto to decry Germans bombing Pearl Harbor.
My point is, realize that the GOP was screwed (once again…proof) and dust yourself off in preparation for days to come. Also realize that, for many of you, there is nothing that you can do about it. Work locally to effect change nationally.
Losing yourself in the rabbit hole of angst and despair which is the Internet will do you no good. Live your lives, love your family, friends, and those you hope can be more.
There is a tomorrow.