Is This America?

I watched Wednesday’s news reports with jaw dropped open, stunned at what this country has become. I knew we had taken the low road, but this low? Really? What I saw were the very actions we, as a country, completely condemn when we see reports of them happening in other countries. And now, here we are – down to that very level.

I am baffled as to why there was not further protection of the Capitol building that day. As I understand it, the mayor of D.C. had requested National Guard presence – where were they? Oh, it says here that “the Pentagon prohibited the District’s guardsmen from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting with protesters unless necessary for self-defense, sharing equipment with local law enforcement, or using Guard surveillance and air assets without the the defense secretary’s explicit sign-off”. Ummmm.

Compare: National Guard presence at the Lincoln Memorial during the George Floyd protests and police only presence of January 6 at the Capitol: https://mashable.com/article/capitol-police-trump-riot-black-lives-matter-protest/

I give you a link because I cannot find images that I’m able to copy.

All of this approved by the man who is called the President of the United States. Today I have read some comments about how Trump was abused by his father, and how his father drummed into him to “never lose”. I have read this before, and I am sorry he had to go through that – yet, even that is not enough to allow me to consider any empathy, sympathy, or tolerance for the man. The very fact that our GOP Senate would not condemn him during the impeachment hearings, despite adequate evidence of wrong-doing, also contributed to what happened on Wednesday.

My mind is racing, my thoughts are jumbled, I am angry, I am out of tolerance, I see no reason to hold my tongue when disagreeing with supporters of this mad man. The gates have been opened, and I am ready to charge through them. To these supporters, I say: You have lived in your alternate reality for at least five years now, and it’s time for you to open your mind, your eyes, and your ears – to recognize that the excuses you have made, the lies you have tolerated, the horrid behaviors you have ignored, and face the reality, the real world.

Just get over it, would you? And join the rest of us in praying that there will indeed be a “peaceful transition of power” and not more violence, perhaps even bloodshed, on January 20.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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10 Responses to Is This America?

  1. Robin says:

    There needs to be a clapping and cheering button. Well written/said, Carol.

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  2. dawnkinster says:

    I can’t read this tonight, I’m so sick about all of it. I will try tomorrow.

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  3. dawnkinster says:

    I’m still struggling with all of this. How are you doing?

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    • Carol says:

      Feeling leery. Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Hoping this was a wake up call for our politicians. Wondering how we let ourselves get into this situation.

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    I can’t say that I’m surprised that these ungrateful idiots became a mob and attacked the Capitol. Clear thinking isn’t their forte. The whole event was horrifying, but seems like a fitting end to the worst presidency ever. Not that that in any way justifies it.

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  5. Lisa says:

    How did we get to this point? Here are some ideas. Too many times, words are used to incite anger and violence. Yes, Trump has had his fair share and I don’t condone some of the statements he makes, but Democrats have also played a major role in where we are today with their own divisive words and actions over the past few years.
    * Immediately after the 2016 election, left-leaning groups rampaged the streets destroying innocent citizens’ property because of election results. Democrats immediately began impeachment of a duly elected president and refused to “get over it” and work together. They advocated eliminating the Electoral College and packing the Supreme Court and Senate to ensure Democrat wins in the future.
    * Hillary Clinton called Republicans “deplorables” and was applauded for her statement. The media was relentless in their criticisms of Republicans and Trump from day one.
    * June 14, 2017: James Hodgkinson walked onto a baseball field at a practice session for a charity game and open fired on Republicans, wounding five simply because he hated them.
    * Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif: If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.
    * Kathy Lee Gifford posting a photo of a severed Trump head and unapologetic about it.
    * Madonna in 2017: I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.
    * Rep Ilhan Omar is allowed to tweet hateful and offensive comments against people of Jewish faith and make accusations but never seems to be held accountable for the anti Semitic rhetoric she incites.
    * Anyone who voted for Trump in 2016 was categorically demonized. Whites are labeled white supremacists. Blacks are labeled traitors. Women are labeled as insensitive to rape and sexism. The name calling never ends and continues.

    Single party political systems never succeed outside of a totalitarian regime. And I’m afraid that’s where we’re headed if the current climate doesn’t change. Neither side is innocent. The vicious, hateful rhetoric needs to be toned down and sweeping stereotypes of both parties need to stop. The rioters/vandals at the Capitol need to be legally held accountable. Contrary to the media reports, this was a small group in comparison to the hundreds of others who were there to peacefully protest, which was their right. Now, anyone who was associated with the protest has been labeled an insurrectionist and some who were not even part of the riot are having their lives ruined by the media…all because they were just present. And we wonder now why all this hatred has erupted into violence? Half of the country cannot be demonized by the other half and not expect push back. If you are out of tolerance, I completely understand. I hope you are out of tolerance with the hypocrisy, lies and horrid behaviors from both sides. This is not the America I remember, or want but it’s the America we’ve all made through our actions.

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  6. Laura says:

    I feel every single word of this post, Carol. Hoping and praying for a peaceful Wednesday this week.

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