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Everyone’s Drunk Uncles Came to Town

I am not a political writer. There are so many bloggers here that are far superior in that arena. I can only speak from my heart, and it can be hard to choke those words onto a page. I believe in fair and equitable discourse and by writing about politics, I think the possibility of an honest exchange and dialogue does not always happen.

Yesterday, in my country, I saw the worst of our citizens attempt to stage a coup. It was a nightmarish display of the worst incited behavior imaginable. The hallowed halls of our legislature were ransacked by armed criminals. All in an effort to usurp the very democratic principles on which our country is founded.

The madness that unfolded in our capital yesterday was orchestrated and encouraged by our 45th President, the office sworn to “preserve, protect, and defend” our Constitution. It was a deplorable display played out for all the world to see and the majority of law abiding citizens could do nothing but sit and watch in horror. It was something I never could have imagined I would ever witness.

The aftermath will be damaging for years to come. I sat up and watched Congress complete the work they were there to do. Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States, and Kamala Harris the next Vice-President. As I watched, it was obvious to me there are players in our government grooming themselves to be the next threat to our democracy – and that is frightening.

So what happens now? With 13 days remaining in office, what becomes of a President who turned his back on the rules of law that govern our country? There are remedies, but they are a governed by the rule of law and those remedies take time. I fear so much of this damaging behavior will be swept under the rug because of time. And I find that the most distressing concern of all. I hope I am wrong.

The majority of the rioters who breached the Capital yesterday, walked away unscathed and without punishment. They were a mob. A few will be identified, but most will not. They walk away proud in some bizarre and twisted way.

We are not perfect. Our government is not perfect. The last four years have proven that beyond a doubt. It is where we go from here that will matter most. I wish I could say I am confident we will do the right things to protect the very essence of who we are – or who we thought we were. A lot of Americans chose to show their true colors in our Capital yesterday. They left patting themselves on the back for a job well done while the rest of America wept.

42 thoughts on “Everyone’s Drunk Uncles Came to Town”

  1. I agree with you. We are not perfect, but that was an awful demonstration of rights. If we don’t like the outcome of political things, then those that are dissatisfied, need to work harder to change that. It’s called process.

    What we desperately need, is an active third party that will put some brakes on the runaway two party system we have. People have gotten so entrenched in it, that we have become like rabid professional football fans. Not caring how the game is played, as long as our side wins.

    So sad.

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    1. Ron, it has been one of the saddest moments I have witnessed. There were so many warning signals totally ignored by the very people we put into office to take care of us. This has been a long time coming and all of it predictable. It is a shameful time for America. I pray we the people stand up and hold our elected official accountable. When there is no repercussions for bad acts, they continue on.

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  2. Do not despair. We have had similar problems before, but, surely this was a tragedy.
    Might you remember 1968? President Johnson ordered thousands of Federal troops to protect the White House and Congress – with machine guns!! Thank God the order to fire was not given.
    Many people have supported President Trump these past four years because of his stated policy of putting Americans back to work and trying to rid Washington of corruption and his support of Pro-life. Yet, many, many of these folks would not ever condone much of his behavior and rhetoric. He was – is- the imperfect messenger. Sadly, he has shown himself to not be a Leader. His rhetoric whipped up the disenfranchised, the off-balanced and those simply wanting to make things “better”. Predictably, any crowd without a clear purpose and leadership can turn into a mob. Almost certainly, too, there was the manipulation of the crowd by agitators seeking to create chaos. Having spent some time on the “other” side of the barricades, I can testify that it doesn’t take much to turn peaceful into dangerous and ugly. Those police officers and troops that held the line yesterday are today battered and bruised – physically and emotionally. Pray that they do not loose heart.
    Where do we go from here? Well, the answer to how to make things better will not come from any politician or pundit. It will come from within us only when and if we refuse to see one another as Democrat, Republican or Interdependent; when we truly see each other as not being a member of a demographic but as brothers and sisters. And as Fellow Americans. If we can do this – and it’s a Big If – then we can at least hope that our country can be One Nation under God. It starts with us.
    Pray. Do not worry. Do good.
    Bill

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    1. Bill, I agree with you that we have to stop identifying ourselves as Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever. We have to stop placing labels on others or, as has happened the last four years, taking to social media to gaslight or call people names. We are hurting ourselves in how we treat one another, as if we’re fighting a clan war to the death because we are RIGHT, dammit. It’s time people got off their high horses and uninformed egomaniacal pedestals and started treating this country and all of its people with honor and respect for our differences in politics, religion, ethnicity, etc. Until we can all lay down our weapons and civilly talk it out about those differences, nothing will change.

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    2. I vaguely remember the incidents of 1968. It was a tumultuous time in our country following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. if I recall, Johnson tried to use great restraint, but I do not profess to remember it well. I can understand why people voted for Trump even though I did not myself. He had the opportunity to make a difference except that he did not possess the qualifications and experience to make good on most of his promises. Anyone that stood quietly and let this all unfold over the course of his presidency is complicit – on both sides of the aisle and in the social media arenas as well. Our government failed its people in so many ways. Some fingers can be pointed at individuals, but the failure to encourage honest and authentic solutions to our problems will be our demise. I believe we can make differences if all players are willing, but as you mentioned that’s a big IF. Our structure and accountability at the highest levels are shattered and fractured. It is not a wound easily healed.

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  3. I ought to offer an outsider view, from across the Atlantic. What was shown on TV yesterday did a great deal of damage to the reputation of America. It played like a country unable to properly defend the very heart of its democratic process, The Capitol. Rather than arrest most of the culprits, heavily-armed police mostly stood by as they left, and it took a long time for those remaining to be removed from where they could still do harm.
    In the crowd, Nazi flags could be seen, and one man who got inside was wearing a T-shirt that had ‘Camp Auschwitz’ printed on it. That’s a Nazi slogan, pure and simple. The crowd came from states all over America, and left the worrying idea that there is an undercurrent of Far-Right Nazi sympathy in a lot of the Trump fan-base.
    As for Trump, he should have been arrested for Inciting Sedition, and thrown in jail.
    It was all a complete disgrace.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I understand what America showed to the world, Pete. We are painfully aware. It was a sad day in the history of our country. I strongly agree that without repercussions and strong leadership and change, this undercurrent of hate will continue to churn until we implode and destroy ourselves. When that happens, it will be too late for reckoning. Those who stood by and watched are complicit in all that unraveled yesterday. Some realize it. Some are oblivious.

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    2. Pete, the “alt-right”, ir white supremacists are everywhere. It is very frightening that trump has given them ” permission” in the last four years to rise up and be heard. The hate and evil that has been spreading is growing by leaps and bounds. I just hope we can find our way to heal our very divided country. Your observations are VERY true.

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  4. Hear, hear! You said it, especially your conclusion: “They left patting themselves on the back for a job well done while the rest of America wept.” Not to be negative but that is a chasm of difference that I see no way to bridge. Where we go from here will be interesting to observe. Joe and Kamala cannot get here fast enough and I pray they can get this country back on its feet. Somehow.

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    1. Ally, I hope so, too, but I must admit I worry we have allowed this hate to fester and grow untethered for far too long. The monster is out of its cage and no one knows how to contain it. The only way we can stop hating each other is to talk and listen and work toward understanding so we can architect solutions. We are a long way from that I fear. But I always hold hope. I could not survive without it.

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  5. I love the title of your post. Drunk uncles indeed! I saw a photo of a shirtless man, face painted, with Viking headdress and I thought, “Ummm, okay, we’re supposed to take you seriously?”

    I am hoping that the FBI or Justice Dept. will be involved in identifying as many of the Capitol intruders as possible (there are cameras everywhere) and punishing them to the full extent of the law. I also wish that both Twitter and Facebook would ban Trump for life – those entities could do us all a big favor.

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    1. I recently watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I remember those being interviewed showing scenes across the world where social media had been the tool responsible for rioting and unrest. I remember thinking “not here”. I was so wrong. I certainly hope the perpetrators of this horrendous historic blemish on our country will be apprehended and punished.

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    2. The problem with censuring Trump – or anyone for that matter – is there is the risk of making them a martyr. Let them speak and then rise or fall on their own words. What we are facing today surely did not start with Trump.
      I sometimes wonder whether, to a certain extent, our problems with public civility did not begin to exponentially escalate with the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle and pervasive “un-social” media. Comments are twitted and posted with seemingly little thought to their content or the affect it may have on others. And it is all done with little or no real consequences.
      Until we stop pointing fingers and look to ourselves for blame and solutions, this national divide will continue. We are being played.

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      1. Pointing fingers was an unfortunate choice of words. What I should have said was that when and if our courts find someone guilty and culpable, then they must be held accountable or else we end up making a further mockery of our people and our government. We must work together and labeling people makes that harder than it should ever be. I hold the social media companies culpable as well. They knew what would transpire. They built it into their algorithms.

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  6. Among Trump’s disgusting qualities he is a scam artist who practices distraction. Yesterday’s ‘protest’ turned deadly insurrection was just another ploy to hold onto the presidency that he falsely claims was stolen. Before being president he has used litigation as a tool. Threatening law suits on an ongoing basis to out last people with less money. Happily that did not work with his 62 election fraud lawsuits. Why he thought it would work to hold onto the presidency only proves his small minded devotion to the tricks that got him to his reality tv show and eventually to the presidency. He is a hateful narcissistic bully. When his scams fail he simply throws the failed minions under the bus and moves on to his next scam. And that would include all of the folks taken in by his MAGA and stolen election scams. Most of the money collected by the stolen election scam went into his pockets.

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    1. I am not a fan of the President. I think he has done great harm to our country. He awakened and emboldened the sleeping giant of racism In this country, for it has always existed. Our country was built on it. In my opinion he was never qualified for the position and now we are left in the ashes wondering if they are capable of producing a Phoenix. I am not sure how we heal from this. It is a big hill we must now climb.

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  7. I didn’t find out until this morning as I cut off any type of news coverage when Covid came to town and things got so depressing for me that I began to consider suicide again as a viable option. What I’ve read and heard this morning is appalling. That guy still sitting in our highest office in the land is clearly insane and I’m not sure why he continues to be even considered our ‘leader’ (#NEVERmypresident). I saw this coming, I’ve seen it coming for a long time. I’m just really sorry it actually happened. America is weeping. We’ve lost.

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    1. First of all, Melanie, I am thankful you took care of yourself when the circumstances threatened your well being. I have lost many people to suicide, and I will always stand and hold up anyone who struggles. I hope you have professional avenues to keep you safe. I would be saddened if anything happened to you. The events of the last 36 hours have certainly opened eyes that seemed sealed shut for years. I hope we can pull ourselves together as a nation. We must first want to be better before steps can be taken to righten the ship.

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  8. The world weeks with you Maggie. . I wrote a poem about this because I was so shocked I hadn’t to I could not let it go.
    One American follower of mine told me he supported Donald Trump and would not follow me anymore. I replied that that was his choice and I had enjoyed our interaction.
    It’s a free world and if I don’t feel something is right I will say.
    God keep you all safe 💜💜💜

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    1. Willow, I have not read any blogs yet today as I have been overwhelmed, but I do want to read what you wrote. It is so hard for me to process and I know it was shocking to the world. It is unfortunate that we have become so unable to communicate in a way that allows us to have different ideas and not want to strike down those who think differently. I have family members that feel very differently than I, but hopefully we can speak and not destroy one another in the process.

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      1. I know what you are saying, that awful man will devide friends and families and split your nation. We have had similar problems over here with Brexit! I have to admit that I was shocked that that person has stopped following me I wonder if more will follow. It will not stop me saying what I think and how I see things. I do hope you are feeling better about everything today. ….it’s all so very sad. 💜

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        1. We cannot worry ourselves with the actions of others. We can only speak our truth. It will resonate with some and not with others. Unless we can exchange ideas and talk about our differences, the world will never heal. I believe we do our best to be kind and call out injustice where we see it. Otherwise, our voices lose their authenticity.

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  9. Thank you for writing from your heart. We have much deep healing work to do. Finding common ground is one thing that will help. It’s possible that media could help if people choose to use it that way. I hope we can make this healing a priority, but it is up to each individual to make that conscious effort, every day.

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    1. It amazes me how seemingly intelligent people have fallen for the conspiracy theories. We do have much work to do. It will take a lot of work to process my way through the muck before I feel steadied again. But I will get there and I will do my part to help heal. Small steps…

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  10. In a message he sent out today he said that he still disputes the outcome of the election even though he admitted that there will be “an orderly transition on January 20.” But then he went on to say “it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.” His intent is to continue to sow divisiveness, discontent, and to continue to instigate the same behavior we saw on Wednesday from his MAGA mobs. He will not go quietly into the night, nor will those who believe his delusional lies. I’m afraid we Americans well reap what the Electoral College sowed in 2016 for many years to come.

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    1. I agree with you. He will not just disappear once his tenure is finished. His tact will now be retribution and I can foresee him instigating further unrest.

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    1. So many countries have seen this and worse, I know. How we ever allowed one person to divide us so deeply is shameful. I grieve now, but there is still a fire inside to try to rebuild what we lost.

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  11. i totally agree with you, Maggie. it is beyond belief to see a president inciting such horrific actions. it is an outright assault of what this country was founded. one of the saddest moments i have witnessed. it pains me.

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    1. It is a sad and unsettling time, Wilma. The hate, the conspiracy theories – all designed to divide us, for divided we are weaker and more vulnerable. How do we rebound from this?

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  12. I remember the faces of those same gleeful men standing around a lynching victim. I am devastated to realize they were encouraged to reemerge from their dark holes by a “leader.”

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