It’s been a WEEK, as you know, so today my only thought is this: Amazon has finally price-matched my short story collection, Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, so grab one! They’re quick, odd, fun reads, just right for a little distraction.
It might be sunny, it might be cloudy, really it’s hard to tell. A little of each, maybe.
I am struggling for insight today, as the horrors of the terrorist attack and attempted coup are revealed, one by terrible one. This is where allowing people to fictionalize reality leads.
And that’s where we’re going today, then. Do not allow others to choose the words to describe reality. Too easily, terrorists become “protesters,” and an insurrection a “riot.” Clear-intentioned antifascists become meaningless “antifa,” which also allows room for the cutesy name of “profa” for fascists (or pro-fascists, but that is just painfully redundant. A person in favor of fascists is a fascist).
Suddenly no one knows who the bad guys are. Spoiler alert, it’s always the fascist.
The group that has gotten everyone to call them “pro-life” has executed prisoners at an incredible rate and just tried to murder members of Congress, killing 5 people, and failing to kill more not for lack of trying. The pro-police, Blue Lives Matter, thin blue line “just comply” crowd beat a police officer to death and sent something like 50 more to the hospital.
Stop letting them control the narrative. Challenge it every time.
Let’s say it clearly for anyone confused: we’re not letting an armed insurrection intended to overthrow an election go. We’re not pretending a domestic terror attack is no biggie. What happened was a coup, and Republicans incited and enabled it.
And continue to do so by not removing trump.
So my friends around the world, keep criticizing the way Republicans are trying to make us all pretend it never happened, the way they, like the person covering for an abusive spouse, say he’s learned his lesson and he’ll never do it again. The global incredulity helps.
We are well on track to a better country, but we need to cut out the rot. That means expelling complicit member of Congress, including those who refused to wear masks in order to deliberately infect their colleagues with COVID. We need criminal prosecutions.
No one is above the law, and we will prove it. Have a great Tuesday.
As the enormity of what those terrorists did on Wednesday sinks in, as their intent to assassinate members of Congress becomes clearer, it’s difficult to take a day as a normal thing. It feels like we are still in the midst of something, and President Biden cannot arrive soon enough.
The excuses and the normalization from Republicans are nauseating. The ones who have supported this Big Lie, the claim that a legitimate election was somehow stolen, when they know it was not, must see consquences.
This is not like 2016, where we have proof, even some of it from Republicans in Senate, that trump coordinated with Russia to “win.” And with a Justice Department not under his purview, we might discover just how extensive that help was.
No, these were lies created from nothing at all, examined and rejected in court after court after court. Did Putin aid in Wednesday’s coup?
I suspect we will find out.
So here we are, regular citizens of the United States, regular citizens of Russia, separated by thousands of miles and a system that will remove trump next Wednesday, whatever he says. I hope, some day, the same for you, freedom from an oppressive dictator, and the right to have a say in your own government. We’ve gotten a taste of what you live under these last four years.
And that’s it for me, here on this Monday, nine days from getting rid of trump. Have a great day.
I genuinely considered just plugging one of my books today (buy my books) but I think I’d rather get some thoughts out. I’m filled with rage.
Most of it is aimed at Republicans who, even right now, are trying to smooth over an actual, literal coup into something benign, something that is the natural result of people demanding to be treated like people and have access to health care and potable water. Even now they pretend that the lies they’ve been spewing have no connection to the people who committed an act of terror on our soil, at our Capitol, as they screamed those same words.
I want repercussions. I want consequences. I want people resigning, ethics investigations, criminal investigations. I want the rot cleared out from the law enforcement offices that aided these terrorists, who WERE some of these terrorists. I want people held accountable.
We are on the cusp of a new era, and these people only have themselves to blame that we no longer care about their excuses and feelings and epiphanies. What’s done is done, may they be punished harshly by the law and by society.
This didn’t just “happen.” It was planned. There were shirts made. There were weapons and explosives found. They erected a gallows. They brought zip ties.
They killed an officer.
So that’s where I am right now. I hope you have a good Friday and a good weekend, but really think about how we want to move forward. Wallpapering cracks doesn’t fix the cracks.
Sorry, but after the attempted COUP yesterday, an actual insurrection, I am too angry and still trying to process what happened. I don’t have the fun of a ten word prompt in me.
Armed white terrorists stormed our Capitol with the intention of kidnapping and killing members of Congress. And trump incited it and then encouraged them in the midst, telling them he “loved them.” These thugs did things like steal the Speaker’s mail, sit at her desk, and one person yelled out he’d pay someone a million dollars to kill her.
It was horrifying and ugly and disgusting, and completely, completely incited by trump. They found bombs and a long gun on the grounds; they erected a gallows.
And even after that, after these terrorists scaled scaffolding and tried to break into barricaded rooms, members of Congress repeated and reinforced the very propaganda that drove the insurrectionists on the floor of the Congress they’d just desecrated.
It was a terrible, terrible dark day, overshadowing the incredible work done in Georgia to flip the Senate blue. But they didn’t change that. They didn’t change the reality that President-elect Biden won the election and will be president. They didn’t change much of anything, really, aside from their own futures and the futures of the Capitol Police who may have aided them.
That’s it for me. I hope you have a far more peaceful Thursday.
I completely forgot about this post today, as wrapped up as I am in the Georgia Senate race and the attempted coup happening right now in Washington. And as I typed out that sentence, I realized the distraction is justified.
We are a mere two weeks away from the end of trump, and just about that to a new Senate, one where Mitch McConnell is the minority leader. Right now he’s hoping he’ll be remembered for opposing the assault on democracy he enabled for four years, but whatever gets this over and done.
Today will absolutely be dramatic, but the only thing that will save trump now is successfully overthrowing the government, and if we know anything about him by now, his best skill is failure. So we need only hang tight, stay safe and watch the nazis get hauled away by cops.
Anyway, that’s it for today, I’m just pleased I could pull together entire sentences. Have a great Wednesday knowing this is nearly over.
I am not sure how it’s only Tuesday, and yet somehow it is. The days have suddenly gotten very long, and not in that lovely summer sense.
Today is a historical turning point, and right now it could go either way. Keep us bogged in the mire, or throw us a rope out of this swap and into something so very much better.
Boy I hope it’s B.
It’s gray out today, threatening but not doing anything, and I’m not sure if it would be rain or snow. It’s quiet and it’s like the whole world is holding its breath, which, presumably, it is.
So if you’re in Georgia and can help make the world better today by turning the Senate blue, please, for the love of all that is not our government officials exploiting us and using us as chum for their own enrichment, go vote. We’re counting on you.
And that’s it for me today. Have a great Tuesday, if that really is the day we’re still on.
Here we are, freshly in 2021, on our way to something better, or so we hope. It’s been a rough haul, no question.
Tomorrow is the special election in Georgia, and just how much we can recover depends so much upon it. Mitch McConnell has already made clear he will hold us hostage, crippling the economy under soon President Biden if he has the power to do so.
I really hope Georgia refuses to give him that power.
McConnell believes that he can force Americans to blame Democrats for his actions, and it’s not outlandish, he’s gotten away with it for so long. He needs to go, and he can’t keep this hold over the Senate.
And once he’s gone, we need to ensure no one ever abuses power like this again.
These thoughts are not the thoughts I thought I’d have this morning but so it goes. If you’re in Georgia, please vote for Jon Ossoff and Rev. Rafael Warnock. Let’s make this country America again.