It's been months since I've been able to write, not because there wasn't anything to write about, but because I've been flooded. My intellectual/socially critical nostrils barely break the waterline before I'm dragged down into the gloomy depths of Covid terror, isolation, and the reality that we are indeed living in a country informed by two parallel universes. The 2020 Election in all of its surreal, ultimately homicidal dissonance rages on, two months after the free and fair outcome has been rendered. Our Capitol has been ravaged by an organized horde of murderous anarchists. But for the courage and quick thinking of a Capitol Policeman who had the foresight to lead the mob away from the Senate chambers, dozens of bodies would have had "Ds" and "Rs" after their names.
Next week, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States in front of more US troops than are stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, combined. D.C Looks like Santiago at the height of its revolution or Havana in 1959. New video from the insurrection of January 6 only deepens our horror that whatever we thought we saw live as it was happening was so much worse. We live in a time where there are metal detectors in front of the entrances to both houses of Congress. But worse, there are members who refuse to go through them. There are members of Congress who are fearing not only the barbarians with horns, furs and zip ties, who literally shit on the floor of our Capitol, but some of their fellow members who have sworn allegiance to Q-Anon over their oaths of office. They worry with good reason whether their Alt-Right colleagues will shoot them dead.
It's no secret how we got here and there are hundreds of books and think tank studies that can be reviewed and debated. Question is, what's next? From my view, unless the Alt Right movement is purged and utterly destroyed along with its communications/media infrastructure, we're going to be in an asymmetrical civil war for decades to come. It won't be an all-out "blue-gray" confrontation, but a series of smaller terrorist events; an assassination here, a blown-up power plant there. Cyber hacking and kidnapping. Unless there is a concerted, national focus on true law and order, holding people accountable from Trump, Giuliani, Beavis and Butthead, Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to the QAnon Shaman, this nascent civil insurrection will bring the country to its knees. This means prosecution and punishment to the full extent of the law, no exceptions. And holding the media machine that fuels it accountable for its content.
It can be done, but I doubt the resolve of the Biden Administration and the Democratic Congress. Over decades, they have shown an incredible inability to read the room. If past is prologue, they lack the vision and more importantly, the courage to uphold the laws and mores that truly make America great. Instead, there is too much empathy, compassion and taking the high road when commitment and guts are required. America is collectively holding its breath, relieved that adults will finally be back in charge, but on edge because the momentum of the people who constructed nooses and chanted "Where's Nancy?" and "Hang Mike Pence" hasn't slowed down a bit. It's just laying low. This is a pivot point in our history much like the the run up to the Civil War in 1861 or the McCarthy era where we cannot afford to make a wrong turn. The question remains whether January 6 is the equivalent of Fort Sumpter or a one-off pressure valve blowing off steam. Regardless, the anger remains. We'll see.