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Our Cries and Screams during an Insurrection
As tomorrow the Senate will begin its second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, I thought today I would share with you our reaction to watching the events of 6 January 2021.
Too Much News
I will admit that Denise and I often disagree about the amount of news I consume. When in the states I watched MSNBC for at least 3 hours a day. There were my 2 hours with Nicole Wallace…who thought I could ever fall in love with a Republican. I also typically watched Rachel Maddow…though I did tire of her multiple lead-ins and occasional references to byzantine architecture. When we lived in Florida, it was worse…since I began my day with Morning Joe.
I also subscribe to the online versions of the N.Y.Times and Washington Post. I admit I didn’t subscribe until 2 years into the Trump presidency. Thank you, Mr. Trump, for encouraging me to support a free press.
6 January 2020
I was very concerned about violence leading up to and following the last election. I had watched an episode of The Circus in which they had interviewed Trump supporters, with guns, who earnestly talked about rising up to “take back our democracy” if their guy lost. They believed. They were serious. Their perception, though diametrically opposed to mine, was as real to them as mine was to me. So I had planned to watch CNN that day. Given the time difference, Denise and I had just finished dinner when it began.
Screaming at the TV
We watched in horror. Our landlord sent us a text, about 15 minutes into the craziness, and asked if we were watching. “Sadly,” I responded, we were. And as we continued to watch we went back and forth between crying and screaming questions, “Why aren’t you tear-gassing them?” “Why aren’t they bringing in more reinforcements?” “How can they allow them to stroll through the halls?” Denise had taken the official Capital tour just a few years ago. She wasn’t permitted to enter the Senate chambers. How could this happen?
Besides our many questions, we had one recurring observation. “If these people were black, they would have been shot by now.”
“Why,” You Ask
To the many that ask what prompted us to leave the US…this is part of the answer. It is NOT all of the answers… but then again, I never considered becoming an expat until the United States elected the Former President.
I continue to read my digital papers every day. I don’t consume nearly as much TV “news” (or perhaps more accurately, “news commentary”). But when I see photos like the one above, I still cry.
Final Note: I realize the views above may offend some readers. But I read a post by another “Substacker” about the importance of honesty…even if it means readers unsubscribe.
As has become increasingly clear over the last 10 years, we all choose to live within our own opinion bubbles. Not only are we psychologically predisposed to this behavior, but it is reinforced by Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. (If you haven’t watched The Social Dilemna, I recommend you take the time.)
Feel free to offer your comments, thoughts, and observations below. I have tried to be respectful…I trust you will too.