Saturday, January 9, 2021

Ransack

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


I was working from home the other day and turned on NPR to listen to whatever was on and found out that a giant mob had overrun the police and rushed into the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. I expected something like this at some point, but it didn't reduce the sense of shock.

I have to admit I laughed at the ridiculousness of it, especially when I saw the photos of middle aged grandpas and guys wearing dead animals on their heads roaming around in the Senate chamber and offices. It wasn't really funny though. Four people died in a lost cause. It was a senseless, yet also distinctively American moment in history.

As the late election approached, I thought there were three likely outcomes possible, two of them bad, and only one with stability. A Trump victory would have brought immediate street violence to every town and city in America. A Biden victory with the Republicans retaining a slim majority would have enabled balance of power and would have been stable, though probably unproductive. We are living the third possibility, a Biden win with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, which has already brought a different type of violence. This is only the beginning of our troubles.

Biden is a mainstream liberal, and except for silly behavior at times, is relatively moderate compared to others in his party. The problem is, that the Democratic Party has been radicalized right down to the grass roots, and he's in his upper 70s and I doubt he can restrain them. They will very quickly attempt legislative initiatives that will be intolerable to the heavily armed, conservative segment of our society.

Any amount of trouble you can imagine will come of this. Right wingers already ransacked the Capitol and sent Congress fleeing to a secure location, and this is only the beginning. We are really in for it. 

Stay safe, friends.

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