Responding to the events of January 6, 2021
Second only, perhaps, to the effects of 9/11, our nation sat in rapt collective horror over the events that unfolded in our Capitol as our congresspeople attempted to make the final pronouncement on the outcome of the presidential election. I don’t need to explain what happened. We all saw it with our own two eyes. To quote the 90’s sitcom Seinfeld, “It was loathsome and hideous yet we could not look away.”
Thanks to yesterday’s events, the shadow of American has been seen. While some claimed shock and surprise, this terroristic act was not the least bit surprising to me. In fact, I have been seeing and predicting this very thing FOR MONTHS! The United States has become a ticking time bomb and yesterday was simply another example of a nation about to go off. You know, like those tiny earthquakes that happen before THE BIG ONE? Yeah….like that. What that likely means is that “THE BIG ONE” is yet to come.
I am at once saddened and disgusted by yesterday’s events. Saddened that it has come to this. Disgusted that it has come to this. The shadow(s) of our nation have been increasingly showing themselves and yet, we continue to do nothing about them. As a collective, we continue to sweep the sad realities of the so-called “American Dream” under the rug. Racism shows itself and we look the other way. People of color gather in protest and we call them violent and ungrateful. The poor reach out a hand for support and it is slapped away. People are dying by the thousands and we whine about having to wear a mask (grow the fuck up!). We claim our liberties are being infringed upon when we don’t even know what freedom means. Freedom doesn’t mean getting to do whatever you want simply because you want to. Freedom is a privilege that has a price and a HUGE part of that price is personal responsibility and self-restraint.
I could go on and on and on, but I won’t. If you are reading this post, it is likely we are of a similar mind anyway. My point is that none of us should be surprised when the shadows of our nation come forth to be seen. And we should not be surprised when we start seeing more of this. We are a nation that is broken and disabled by our own narcissism, self-centeredness and rugged individualism. Until we address the injustices that are inherent in late-stage Capitalism, we will only see more of the same. https://www.thedailybeast.com/local-maga-mobs-take-cue-from-dc-try-to-storm-state-capitols The rich getting richer. The poor getting poorer. A growing chasm of division. And those on the fringe finding ways to violently exercise their frustration.
While it will take years, perhaps lifetimes to heal our broken nation (if it even can be healed), the first step is simple: BE KIND and start thinking of someone other than just our own damn selves.