Twice now I’ve wept for my country. The first time was September 11th, 2001. And yesterday was the second time.
As the attacks of 9/11 were unfolding, I had a very clear sense of just how much we lost that day and how much was going to change. Nothing would be the same. We were “touchable” by terrorists and unspeakable acts of violence. I felt the magnitude of it all and I cried.
Yesterday as I watched domestic terrorists— AMERICANS— Storm our capitol during a joint session of Congress and wreak havoc, I cried again. But the tears were different this time around.
Again, I had a clear sense of the magnitude of the situation. We were again “touchable” by terrorism and violence. But this was American vs American violence. There’s no foreign enemy to unite us. The world won’t join us in solidarity. We’re a fragmented society and a pathetic version of our once touted democracy. A cold civil war is upon us, and I wept for the future.
I also wept because I was fucking angry.
We all know exactly how this happened. We’ve all been watching it ramp up for over four years. And the powers that be who had the duty and the ability to stop it— didn’t. They failed us.
It was him. He caused this. And his party enabled him.
His rhetoric. His LIES! His clear white supremacist agenda. His delusions. All led us to yesterday’s events.
And that SPEECH! That crazy, rambling, fucking rally speech he gave to the mob to incite the violence. He was at a goddamn rally about his perceived election loss, while the country has record unemployment and citizens dying in record numbers during a global pandemic.
They there he was. Fiddling. And spinning up a crowd of insurrectionists before insteucting them to march on the capitol.
The following are direct quotes from his speech at his “Save America” rally:
“We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. We will not let them silence your voices. We’re not going to let it happen. Not going to let it happen. With this administration, if this happens, it could happen [tearing down the Jefferson memorial]. You’ll see some really bad things happen. We want to go back, and we want to get this right because we’re going to have somebody in there that should not be in there and our country will be destroyed, and we’re not going to stand for that. But just remember this. You’re stronger, you’re smarter. You’ve got more going than anybody, and they try and demean everybody having to do with us, and you’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down our nation. You know what the world says about us now? They said we don’t have free and fair elections and you know what else? We don’t have a free and fair press.
“We’re going to have to fight much harder and Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us. If he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our constitution. Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, ans you have to be strong.”
It was no accident that there was no National guard present in DC for this rally/protest. The national guard who was so prominently a part of all of the peaceful BLM protests was noticeably and conspicuously absent yesterday. By design.
Capitol Police moved barricades and let in the protesters more easily. Capitol Police posed for selfies. (There are pics and videos of these shenanigans). And when push came to shove, they rolled right over as the mob pushed into the capitol building which had all our lawmakers AND the Vice President present.
Oh, and then when things started to get out of control, he refused to call the national guard. Refused. So that his “lovely people” could have unfettered access to disrupt the finalization of the election.
He incited violence. He incited insurrection. He is STILL spouting lies about his “victory”.
This is all on him. And the Republican cronies who enabled him every step of the way. We have been failed. By our leadership and subsequently placed in danger from threats foreign and domestic.
I’m disgusted. And angry. And sad.
I’m also astonished at how easily the capitol was breached. By a bunch of backwoods anarchists. What does thst say about our overall security? The security that billions of our tax dollars pay for.
I hope this put the fear of god into the house and senate. Maybe now they’ll start to take domestic terrorism a bit more seriously. I mean, Christ! Nashville was just bombed for fucks sake!