Looking at a Train Wreck

Have you ever seen something so horrifying that you wanted to look away and couldn’t? Have you ever covered your eyes but still looked between your fingers? Yeah, me too. I knew it wouldn’t be a smooth transition from this Presidency to the next. I expected the petulance and whining (or whinging as the UK bloggers would say) from the 45th President. I knew Trump wouldn’t make it easy. Yet I wanted to believe that decency and honor would come to the fore. Never would I have thought he would stoop to acts of treason! I was mistaken. I admit it. I was wrong. That a mob would storm the capital and actually gain entry to the building is beyond comprehension. I don’t know about you but the last time I was in D.C. you couldn’t even get near the White House fence! The fence – to take a photo! The security was tight. When there were protests in D.C. the military deployed and surrounded the capitol building. They were armed and they meant business. And when I say armed, I don’t mean guns with rubber bullets. They had lethal rounds and were prepared to shoot, shoot to kill, AMERICAN CITIZENS who were protesting as is their right.

However, when Trump called for his base to rise up and protest and disrupt the proceedings to accept the electoral votes, the military was conspicuously absent. Trump announced that the National Guard would be deployed but that turned out to be only for traffic control! Security of our Nation’s capitol was left to a municipal police force (no doubt they are trained and competent to handle city issues). Fortunately the Mayor of Washington, D.C. had the presence and forethought to call states bordering on the city and request assistance from their police and state guard. Thought it was a help, it didn’t arrive quite in time. The D.C. police tried unsuccessfully to halt an organized and militarized mob from going into the capitol building. The security forces within the building were not able to withstand the onslaught. The doors to the senate were barred. The security officers within the chamber had their guns drawn and were the last line of defense for those persons still in the room. It was horrific. It was sedition. It was unamerican. Where was the show of force to maintain “order” that was deployed for Black Lives Matter protests?

In my head I think that the persons who illegally entered with guns and bombs intent on harming US lawmakers should have been apprehended and tossed into jail. They should be charged with acts of treason. The full weight of the law should be brought to bear. In my heart I want justice, and mercy, and forgiveness, and righteous retribution and I figure that should come from God. But right now, my brain is saying that if our government agencies can figure out who sent a threatening letter to the president based on the postmark, the DNA from the envelope flap and using a handwriting expert, then by golly they had better be able to figure out who the guy was that posed with a gun and a Trump flag in the Rotunda and posted his photo on social media!

I’m outraged. I’m saddened. I’m flabbergasted. And I’m tired of all this stupidity! January 20th can’t get here soon enough. Also I apologize for the rant. There are a few things that get me riled and this level of insurrection is one of them. (Gah! I am my Mother’s daughter!)

88 thoughts on “Looking at a Train Wreck

    1. I’m not so sure that unexpected is the right word – it is more a matter of degree. Still I was hoping we were a slightly more civil society despite those vocal individuals who screamed louder.

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  1. I was horrified, too, Muri. I couldn’t watch. Instead, I prayed. The outcome wasn’t as bloody or horrible as I’d feared. The electoral votes were tallied. Joe Biden’s victory was upheld. Democrats flipped two seats with the runoff election in Georgia. 45 needs to leave the White House and go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Joe Biden should do something unprecedented–NOT pardon him. Then we need to get on with the business of governing. With our new Senate majority leader and those two extra blue votes, we should be able to rock and roll on all those bills that have sat around waiting to be taken to the floor for a vote.

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    1. Yeah, there is no point in trying to be conciliatory. His base is rabid (and any attempt to placate or make nice will only come back to bite you) so it is best to send him packing (and toss a bunch of his “mob” into jail with him). I hope the legislative session after Joe’s inauguration sees lots of bills that have been languishing be brought to the floor for a vote. Finally the grid lock ends!

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  2. Thanks for posting this. My emotions are so confused and running hot, that I have been afraid to even write about it. You said a lot for us today. I have been in countries, not third world countries, where you were warned when you got off the plane that the men standing around with machine guns meant it with the said “STOP”, because there would not be a second warning, as you would then be dead~! Among those countries, but not limited to them, were Italy, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Algeria, and even England. Should we not have the same rules at our most important buildings or airports.

    Another good man is dead this morning. A capitol guard protecting our most precious government building was hit over the head with a lead pipe. Had he been allowed to use his side arm, he could have saved his own life~! Our problems here are two, we are forbidding our protectors to use the same amount of force that the culprits use. Second, in this case here, the rules and persons of contact were controlled by the very persons who sent the dogs into the fight.

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    1. Yes SAM. The force protecting the Capitol Building was placed in a dangerous and awkward position of not being able to do their duty because their hands were tied by orders from the very person inciting the mob to action. This alone should result in a murder charge against Trump. And I’m sure there were cameras – let’s hope the pipe wielding rioter is charged with murder too. (deep breath) I need to go do a little prayer and meditation because this is still causing my BP to rise…

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  3. You spoke for many of us, as others have said. I saw journalists with their mouths hanging open as they watched video of people in riot gear breaking windows to access the Capitol building – with no resistance from anyone inside (where were the guards?). The point that Sam Voelker makes about the authority for the guards being responsible for sending in the assault is cogent and should not be disregarded.

    I have friends in Canada and the UK who were genuinely concerned for MY safety yesterday. I was shamed and appalled that it should be THAT alarming and happening in MY country. Gr-r-r-r!

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    1. True. We are now no better than some other areas of unrest in the world. MAGA has done the exact opposite of their slogan. I have a Belgium “brother” who is a journalist and he is so saddened by these events. He wonders what will be next since he sees this as the world going crazy.

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  4. I was also in shock on Wednesday and Thursday, and especially so on Thursday when a reporter asked a young woman why it was important for her to be in DC the day before — her response was “We’re storming the Capitol — this is a revolution.” Although the protection seemed very thin at the time, it’s now becoming apparent that there was more than we could see. It is frightening that one man can have such power over “his base,” but I am hopeful that the country will now have more resolve to return to the more basic values on which it was founded.

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    1. Me too. I think the majority of Republicans had a wake up call. Even Mitch O’Connell came around and condemned the violence and stated that there was no election fraud as he voted to accept the electoral college votes. It makes me very sad that it took this violence to make people see that the emperor has no clothes.

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  5. I had posted on face book in response to someone’s post. It was more like a post in and of itself. I said that this monster should be imprisoned, and hung from the noose that was displayed on the grounds of the Capitol. His picture should never be put up on the walls of the White House as is done of all the Presidents, and he should be charged with treason. Facebook sent me a message saying that they couldn’t accept that comment because it violates their rules and regulations. blah blah blah.
    We, the immigrants and expats came to this country to better our lives, to be in a country that was a safe haven, and where there were only civilized and kind and educated people. So not true!! I have been seeing this hatred, this prejudice and this inflammation of the crux of a decent society for several years. America will never be the same again in my eyes or opinion. There will always be hatred and anger in hidden and exposed corners of this land. The wounds are deep and one man, one deranged imbecile has ruined a beautiful country.

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    1. I agree with you! He is despicable. He has made the US a laughing stock among the world’s nations – a caricature of what we once were believed to be. Make America Great Again is a joke. Our standing is ruined. Perhaps there will be a silver lining. I’m praying that it is so – that all of this brings about real change. I want laws passed and enforced that protect our citizens no matter their race, religion, country of origin, and their gender. I hope also that this will get real dialogues to take place from the legislature to homes across this country. I want so much but really it is not going to happen unless we come together. As for social media, it has grown and outstripped the laws. Social media platforms are the wild west of technology. What one condones another rejects. As for America’s tarnished image in your eyes. I am truly sorry. This country has always had scoundrels and criminals – just not in the White House. His blatant misogyny, racism, fascism, nepotism, narcissism and disregard for the constitution has emboldened the lunatic fringe to crawl out from under their rocks….

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    2. It is truly a terrible and frightening thing, but in a week we will have a man who is almost the opposite of this man we have had for the past four years. Yes those thugs are still out there and I am afraid that there are even some good people who have been brain washed too. But unlike your statement: “America will never be the same again in my eyes or opinion.” I must disagree with you, the good people outnumber the bad and we will work even harder to hopefully bring our America back to the best place in the world to live. There are several in Government which must be removed as a start and hopefully when the thugs start to loose their demigods, they will go back into their holes.

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      1. Thank you for bothering to respond to some of my thoughts. I as a physician have seen the prejudice towards me in a male dominated society. Of course there are good people and good citizens. But even among the so called learned and well educated individuals, there is a vibrating thread of camouflaged hatred for the “foreigners”, for the brown skinned women who hold important positions and who are in the medical society, This has been my experience for decades. These same people who pretend to be awfully good and sanctimonious, tried to stop me from being given a fellowship based on my merit, and went far enough to try to audit my work. And when I was given the fellowship, and I was praised in the newspapers, and when the auditors found no problem with my work or my office and who commended my work, the physicians who had instigated this audit, were humiliated. Some of them apologized, and some left town. This was many years ago, almost 15 years ago or more. And acts of indecent and uncivilized behavior continues to be obvious as was seen two days ago. I am acutely aware that there are hundreds of thousands of good people, but the fact remains that there are enough rogues and thugs who will bring a good name down.
        There was a time, not too long ago when I would visit India, my cousins would say, “so and so got a visa to go to America. He is such fine person, and that’s why he is able to go there and make his life among Americans.” Now they say, why would anyone want to go to that country? It is not any better than ours.

        Just saying!!

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      2. Zakiah:

        Unfortunately we have such people all over the world. And even here in America there are parts of our great country that I even do not like to travel in. Trump gave these people a face, a direction, a voice and finally a force, bringing them out of their holes and uniting them as a force. I am also sorry to say that “the church” often is responsible and guilty as their hate voice. Bigotry is a terrible thing, and as you know India was long based on the cast system. I have also seen this in many other lands where I have worked and lived. But I still have faith in the good people of the world, people like you who not only improved on your life but also the lives of so many others.

        I must say that, for the most part, as an expat, I was treated very well in every country where I worked and have fine memories and lingering friends of all those lands.

        However even as an American citizen, I have worked in parts of the United States where I have no desire to ever return. There is a section here in Texas that has such a bad reputation of hate that the good people who do leave there, do not want to admit that this was their place of birth.

        I hope you have taken time to read my post which brought on this discussion of the subject. You will also find other places where I talk about this bigotry. So SAD that many of them carry a bible (giving this section the name “The Bible Belt”), and they say they are doing the work of God.

        https://mcouvillion.wordpress.com/2021/01/08/otherism/
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  6. Interesting that we are getting very different information to you

    1. white house had refused both military and FBI assistance even tho trouble was expected

    2. this was carefully planned over several weeks on social media

    3. we actually saw footage of those capitol police removing barricades to allow armed rioters full access!

    4. why blame social media outlets, but they could have shut it down, when it was orange man’s request …

    5. your 45th POCUS was never interested in usa, democracy or the people … he finally became star of his own show, a dictator who was allowed to do whatever he wished ..

    So I would blame him and then everyone else for giving him free reign for 4 years!

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    1. Amen. If anyone was surprised, they had to have been living under a barrel for the past five years. Our laws regarding the powers of — and electability of anyone running for the office of — the president need to be changed.

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            1. I agree with you! We’ve managed it in my area of rural Colorado. I think because we believe we need each other more than we need the government and, day-to-day that’s totally true. The government isn’t going to clear our walks when we’re out of town, or help us get in our crops when we have a late summer snow. We know it’s on us. ❤

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    2. I agree with most of this and it isn’t entirely false nor is it completely true – the 16 sec. video of the removal of the barricades was the police falling back after being over whelmed by the mob (100 to 1). The social media platforms loved the traffic his posts and tweets generated. They are complicit with the insurrection. Trump was never fit for the presidency… and though the GOP embraced him and were willing to subvert their own moral compasses, they have now been shaken into reality. He didn’t have free reign but he did do many things with the assistance of the GOP majority. But you are right that “dictatorship” (or as I’m sure some of his base would say President for Life) was part of his long range plan… I’m hoping jail is in his future.

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            1. Yeah. She was reluctant to move into the White House in the first place and I imagine she has had her bags packed since November. (unless I’ve misread her and she is under the thrall of her husband)

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          1. I have read that her delay in moving to DC was because of a revised pre-nup — she wouldn’t move until it had been signed. It may have had a clause requiring her to stay with him until he was out of office.

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            1. Hehe! She may not be the smartest but she is smart enough to make sure she is protected… Alas, I still don’t like her – she destroyed the “rose garden” which is now an ugly space devoid of joy or respite. It kind of reflects her…

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            2. You are too kind. I believe most fashion models have to be wearing clothes… But it is probably very true that she does not get any validation from her husband since he is the center of the universe and the it is all about him.

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            1. Yep. I hear she was also miffed that she didn’t get a fashion cover during her 4 years as FLOTUS. Seems Michelle Obama got lots of covers and that Kamala Harris is already on the front of Vogue! Maybe she is suffering from sour grapes…

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            2. Yep. I hear she was also miffed that she didn’t get a fashion cover during her 4 years as FLOTUS. Seems Michelle Obama got lots of covers and that Kamala Harris is already on the front of Vogue! Maybe she is suffering from sour grapes…

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    1. Thanks Martha. I am with you – the initial shock has worn off and now it is just an overwhelming sense of sadness. My meditating helped and I was able to bring my HR down to my normal 62 and of course my BP is back to my normal “barely alive” state. I think the chocolate helped too…

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  7. It’s not over. I live in a supposedly blue state. There is a man who stands at an intersection manning huge signs stating that “Trump will prevail” and “Honk for Trump and Jesus”. He has been there every day, all day, for weeks. Here’s the sad/scary part…people honk. I worry about people who worship a god who hates the same people they do.

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    1. South Orange County has a similar situation, right across from “Leisure World.” People don’t honk often, because it’s at a very busy intersection, but all the flags wave all day, and the rabble is roused! II think that Congress is attempting to do the right thing and remove the President, but it will take time, and he may de facto be out before they can take action. I’m hearing that they would still impeach him, because it would prevent him from ever ‘serving the public’ again!

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    2. I know, sadly it is far from over. Somehow I don’t think Jesus is very pleased having equal billing with Trump. Perhaps the recent events will wake up the moderate middle and they will take 3 giant steps back from Trump and fascism. It makes me terrified when the Trump supporters are opposed to “antifa” which of course is antifascists as in those opposed to fascism! I suppose that makes them pro-fascists! Anyway, I digress. The point is that no matter what the future holds, we must all answer to our maker at our deaths…

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  8. Well said my daughter. I agree with everything you wrote. I was not so much afraid as I was disappointed and sad. But we are strong and there are more people of goodwill than those who are in trumps cult the hard work ahead of us is trying to get the truth to be excepted and believed. That is going to be a difficult job

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    1. I do not think that the truth can ever be presented to those who refuse to believe it now, in any form that will change their minds. They have embraced the lies and they will not let them go. The best we can hope is that their numbers will dwindle and they will go back into their holes – shamed into silence by the swell of peer pressure. To be able to root out evil is not in the ability of mortals. That is going to take divine intervention… The best we can do is live well and support the ideals of democracy.

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  9. My gut is still in knots. Already a guy in a red hat said they aren’t done and they have a million men with guns. I hope the Biden team has changed to virtual for the ceremony.

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    1. That is my one unspoken worry. We need to stop the craziness before it kills democracy – from the inside out… Seems the capitol security forces were prepared for aerial bomb but not a mob of the president’s base base!

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  10. Yeah, I thought it was like watching a train wreck too. I saw footage of the crowd beating the policemen and smashing the windows and doors. I don’t understand why these Qanon people believe there must be bloodshed to get what they want when we live in a democratic nation. I don’t understand them at all. They can distrust the government yet they can trust such vile lies.

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  11. He’s setting a very poor example for other world democraies to follow… assuming America is supposed to be our guiding light in the democratic world … TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE, DISRESPECTFUL, AND UNINTELLIGENT…he has outdone all his stupid lies … sorry I need a drink of “Dettol”
    “The Great White Chocolate Jesus”

    I’m awake and alive
    It’s time to leave this hollow beehive
    I’ve been stung and I’m screaming
    I found the CURE, and I’m beaming

    Believe me. It’s worked
    My arrogant mind smirked
    That Dettol’s a great liqueur
    A real miracle cure

    Before I went to bed
    I did what the great white man said
    And smothered my daytime fears
    Even lathered behind my ears
    A dabble on my nose
    But couldn’t reach my toes

    Slept like a white chocolate Jesus
    Dreamt I was the great white bio-genius
    And I awoke cured from yesterday
    Fit and eager for my next isolation day

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  12. I was very glad I had the distraction of being in Florida at the theme parks and away from the news during this. I was afraid of something like this since he was elected. It was one of the most horrible moments in our history and the elected officials who are stonewalling the investigations likely have something they don’t want coming out. It’s amazing what people will go along with in the name of power.

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    1. Yep it was a terrible event and now we’ll see just how damaged the GOP is and whether there will be a rise of fascism and authoritarianism. I’m hoping the crazy and stupid will be replaced with smarter and more logical actions.

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      1. Yeah, unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be happening. I can remember Ted Kennedy saying that the GOP loved America too, but I don’t think that’s true any more. I think they love power and money and would throw the COnstitution in the fire to maintain it.

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  13. Those who “support their president” are basically those who have never bothered to get to know people of colour, on a personal level, or if they have, those have been the outliers who parrot the words of White Supremacy, in the hope that they will be able to achieve success through conformity.

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