January 6, 2021: I have been sitting in front of the television set doing absolutely nothing but having a stomach ache. I turned on the television at 4PM, expecting to relax with Judge Judy. Instead, I first saw Biden speaking calmly and wisely and calling on Trump to address the nation. "This is not dissent, this is insurrection. It must end now." And the buck must end with Trump.
Then I saw the storming of the Reichstag, 2021. White males being treated with kid gloves. Breaking in, scaling the walls, entering into the Capitol Building. Legislators hunkered down. Then Trump comes on, very gentle, low key--"I won by a landslide. This election was stolen. But go home in peace. I love you." What! "I love you?" Did he ever say that to his five children or his three wives? I love you. What does this mean.
White man with their dirty sneakers on a congresswoman's desk. White man toting around a dais. How are these selfies any different than the archival photos of Nazi's cutting Jewish beards? This is our Kristallnacht. How? I feel personally defiled by these actions and these photos.
I can't move. I can't eat. I can't go to the bathroom. It's like 9/11 all over again. Even worse. At least then, I was at CIH. I was with my colleagues. We all sat there staring at the television, watching over and over and over as the planes went over and over again into the World Trade Towers.
At least then, it wasn't us. Then it was the men we trained in our military, in our flight schools. Now it is us. Our home grown crazies. These are the men that our congressmen are fearful of offending.
At least then, Bush, however cowardly, however cozening he was to the Saudis, didn't tell the terrorists, "I love you." He let their relatives go home, giving them safe passage. But he didn't hold them hostage until the Osama came forth.
How can Guiliani, an officer of the law, urge the crowd to tell them to engage in "trial by combat." Isn't that grounds for debarment? Guiliani, who ruled NYC based on law and order, on showing arrests of alleged perps, is encouraging reckless disorder. How can Trump denounce Pence and encourage harm to come to him? Isn't this a criminal act?
Trump will pardon them all and pardon himself. There will be no closure. In the future, there will be boundaries put on pardons. But not this year.
Trump is not mentally ill. Trump is not senile. This is deliberate malevolence. This is what happens when you surround yourself with Wormtongue enablers. This is not King Lear--at least Lear had Cordelia. Trump only has evil children, who think only of enriching themselves.
Thank G-d it looks like there will be no escalation, that the majority of the insurgents have gone elsewhere. That the finale of the certification will go on at 8PM. That wonderful aides calmly took the certification ballot boxes and took them to safekeeping. Thank G-d. That person should be given a medal of heroism. Keeping his/her head and remembering what we are here for.
How long will this be remembered? Will the Trumpettes--the eldest three--be rewarded with political power. Will Javanka run for political offices? Will Eric or Donnie run for something. Will the Republicans finally disavow the Trumps?
We are in a pandemic. All of us who are trying to do the right thing are alone. We had to give up our social lives, our education, our therapies.
After 9/11, I went to many vigils. We stood there, singing, lighting candles. I engaged in volunteerism. At least I had the comfort of my neighbors. Now there is nothing I can do except stay and watch the television all by myself.
I can only hope the Jews will finally denounce Trump. This is NAZISM. I don't want to hear how good Trump was to Israel. It is another false equivalency. Trump is evil. Anybody who surrounds him as an enabler should inherit the wind.
All very well to say. But I am still feeling like I've been stabbed by a knife over and over.
And it was predictable. I said it in a previous post (SARUMAN TRUMP, 12/24) that he would whip up his goosesteppers for the certification. And he did.
9/11 was predictable too. CHristopher Buckley, in an essay published in the ATLANTIC in 1999, wrote about being on a cruise with many wealthy Arabs who were laughing about the possibility of using planes as weapons. He thought those "crazy bastards" might just as well do it. And they did, a little over a year later.
I can't move. I can't eat. I can't do anything but write or play FREE CELL.
Ben Franklin, when asked what kind of government we had after signing the Declarationof Independence, said, "A democracy, if you can keep it." Can we? Churchill said, "At the last minute, you can count on the Americans to do the right thing." But when is that?