Thursday, January 7, 2021

It Could Never Happen Here

 But it did!

I am not OK. 

My country is not OK.

Our hearts are broken.

Healing starts today.

Because it must.

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  1. From the other side of the world I watched in horror as the Inciter In Chief and his team of enablers have directed your country to this.
    I really, really hope that the healing can begin.

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    1. We appreciate your support, Sue. I don’t know where we go from here. All the signs were there that this may happen; he said it out loud, but security was no where to be found. There were just a small contingency of police that were overwhelmed.

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  2. Arleen, I do hope the healing can start. It is 6.30 in the morning here (8th). We are not up to date with what happened so will watch news shortly. We know the Capitol was invaded but no more. I do hope this was the act that gets things sorted over there. Love and hugs.

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    1. Sue, most of us are frightened about what is next. Between the virus that is getting worse by the day and our government doing the same, our anxiety is off the wall. The consequences will reverberate for years to come.

      Thank you for your always kind words.

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  3. This started in the spring with businesses burning down and stores being looted and police cars being trashed. Yesterday was only an extension of that but for some reason folks act like it started yesterday. Same sh*t, different day. It will all go away.... when people start acting like adults. I think we've got some waiting to do. ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. This started four years ago. This coup was planned and put in place by people in our government who have been creating an army of citizens and spewing hate and division. It is not that hate and division did not exist before, it has been there always. We have got to do better and show kindness and respect to each other even if we don’t agree or we can’t move forward.

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  4. There are simply no words. Since we can't reverse it all we can do is try to make things better beginning now.

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    1. You are absolutely correct, Emma. There are people from both parties that are in agreement today about what happened yesterday. Maybe we can talk, maybe we can heal.

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  5. I could not agree with you more Arleen. Yesterday was heart breaking. Yes the healing must begin but it won't be easy with him still in power. I believe they have every reason to evoke the 25th Amendment for the safety of our country. I am thankful we only have 13 more days. Please take care my friend.

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    1. I watched with tears in my eyes and was both horrified and frightened at the scenes that were on the TV. I hope that Congress does something about him and his cohorts immediately. We need him gone so we can figure this out so we can how to fix this divide that he inflamed.

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  6. I had the TV on yesterday to see if Jon Ossoff had won the senate seat and then was glued to the screen watching the events in DC. After 4 years of coddling white supremacists and lying and whining constantly what happened yesterday is not surprising. It was strange though to see how little the police reacted to these white terrorists compared to the mostly black and brown crowd of protesters last June in DC – it was a huge difference, and for the world to see. What a humiliation for a country declaring to be for law and order. What a disgraceful moment in US history. This president will be remembered as a losing candidate enticing his fanatic base to attempt a desperate coup to change the results of a lawful election. This looked more like what happens in banana republics. It will take a long time for the US to regain the world’s respect.

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    1. I believe in miracles. I believe that we can heal, I believe we are a nation of good people. I believe it is up to us to treat people with respect and kindness. I believe there is help on the way. I believe that Trump should be in jail for high crimes and treason.

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    2. Dear Arleen, I too must believe in miracles because I believe in you.

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    3. What a sweet thing to say, Geo. You made my day so much brighter with your kindness.

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  7. There is only one talking point in the UK today. When you think about it, everything that happened over the last four years has led to this point. When I saw Trump being interviewed for the first time, I remember thinking, "Something's not right here..." I hope the healing can start very soon but the bright beacon of American democracy does not burn so bright as it once did.
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    1. Barry, he is a very bad man, yet, for some people, he is God-like. I saw a flag draped over a truck at the Capital and it said, "Jesus 2020." I don't understand their loyalty to him after all the cruelty he has shown to others. He is devoid of empathy, lies about everything, and will destroy anyone who questions him.
      He cares about no one and as we break records in Covid cases and deaths, he plays golf.

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  8. I also was shocked that the US Capitol wasn't more prepared for the vicious attack yesterday. Though Trump clearly provoked members of his cult-like following to commit these monstrosities, thus far, his only punishment is being banned from social media. This is the equivalent of a spoiled child being sent to bed without TV. Thank goodness President-Elect Biden will do everything he can to restore our Democracy as well as, our faith in mankind.

    Julie

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    1. First of all Julie, I love your new picture. You are a beautiful lady.

      I am sure much more will come out in the next week about the lack of security on that day. I kept yelling at the TV about where are the police, where are the swat teams, where is the National Guard? Trump did not do this alone. I will be so relieved when a decent man, who loves his country above himself, gets sworn in on January 20th

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    2. Thank you so much, but the photo is from 2018. Recently, a friend told me in all seriousness, "You look really good in a mask."

      I agree that President Elect Biden is a wonderful person, who will do everything in his power to put the pieces of our country back together. In the meantime, since the cabinet is too spineless to invoke the 25th Amendment, I hope they're able to distract Trump by drowning him in fast food and phony compliments.

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  9. With Trump severed from his base, as his is for the moment, I wonder if he will suffer from the viper he created when he next attempts to rejoin it. Probably not.
    There are so many to be held accountable...

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    1. I don’t understand why the people who broke into the Capital were allowed to walk out and go home. Many were there for hours afterwards and only 50 people were arrested, most for breaking curfew. It doesn’t make sense to me.

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  10. The whole world is horrified, whilst he goes to Twitter to establish his innocence. Unbelievable.

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    1. There is nothing that he won’t do to promote himself. He warned us before his election in 2016 that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and get away with it. Well, he did that Wednesday, only it wasn’t in NYC, but the Capital. Five people are dead and many are injured. If he gets away with this, like he has done with everything else in his life, there is no justice.

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  11. I just keep praying let this be it. Let this be the pinnacle of how bad it can be. Please let us get through the next two weeks...

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    1. This is what we are all doing, Liza. He is Covid in human form and the vaccine should be justice.

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  12. Goodness and decency will ultimately prevail, but in the meantime it's SO hard to watch.

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    1. We all hope so and listening to Biden and seeing his picks on his cabinet, I am encouraged. I do wish, though, that the TV would not keep showing the pictures of these people who stormed the Capital, because, like most other horrible criminals, they want the publicity.

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  13. We still have choices. Sending love from Alberta, Canada. cat.

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  14. Hi, Arleen!

    I have regained my composure enough to resume blogging, dear friend. My first order of business this morning was to reply to comments on my own blog including your compelling remarks. I will spend the rest of the day on the blog circuit catching up on the posts of friends. Your blog is my first stop, Arleen, because I am eager to join you and other readers in reacting to the raid on the Capitol. As a friend who is closer to my age than most, I know you can relate to what I have been going through these last three days. What we witnessed on our TV screens triggered memories and emotions that trace back to events that took place decades ago, long before the 9-11 terror attacks. Unlike my younger friends, you lived through the assassinations of Jack, Bobby and Martin in the 60s. This week I felt much the same as I did in the wake of those terrible events. Back then, as now, I was not okay. I had the agonizing feeling that something was fundamentally wrong in America, that evil seemed hell bent on defeating good and that good people were sitting on the sidelines and allowing it to happen.

    Like you I went to a very dark place Wednesday after witnessing the otherworldly events at the Capitol. As you expressed, the scene was like something out of a movie. The spectacle reminded me of the zombie apocalypse in a George A. Romero film. The ugly, deadly siege executed by a hooligan horde composed of delusional extremists from all over the country, whipped into a frenzy and called into action by their superhero, our illustrious president, amounted to Charles Manson and his Family on a national scale. It surprises no one that Trump has not accepted responsibility for the carnage, the desecration and defiling of our sacred Capitol, not to mention the loss of life that resulted. As Trump's army stormed the building, he reportedly sat watching his TV in amusement and glee at the havoc he wrought. Ironically, on Tuesday, the eve of this disgraceful episode in U.S. history, Mrs. Shady and I watched a documentary about a serial rapist. His M.O. was not only to ravage the bodies of his victims, but to make sure he left them with indelible emotional scars and a permanent sense of insecurity. He did this by going through their refrigerators and helping himself to their food, leaving uneaten portions strewn around the floors. He took trophies, specifically personal items like jewelry, pictures, driver's licenses, all with the aim of leaving his victims feeling totally violated and unsafe in their homes, everywhere they looked painful reminders of their terrifying ordeal. I saw the same thing happen Wednesday as thugs busted into the Capitol, ransacking offices, hugging statues, propping feet on desks, and taking trophies and souvenirs to prove to their friends back home they had made it to the inner sanctum. Those rioters raped and violated our Capitol and, by extension, they raped all of us, the American people who still care about our democracy.

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  15. I was mystified by one young woman crying and rubbing her eyes as she left the Capitol grounds. A reporter asked her what had happened and she sobbed that she was there for the revolution and that she had been rudely pepper sprayed upon entering the building. It dawned on me that the poor woman and perhaps many others fully expected to be welcomed with open arms by Trump, Hawley, Cruz and other friends, including Rudy, as they came through the doors of the Capitol to begin their revolution - slash - costume party - slash - football tailgate party. (I assume you saw the pictures of the Q-Viking.) I honestly believe it is all the same to them - a chance to raise hell, feel powerful and show everybody who's boss, who's #1. Heaven help us if these people continue to live in this delusional fantasy world of secret codes and conspiracies. This is America. Not a video game!

    Only a few days remain before the inauguration but they will surely seem like months because of the tense uncertainty we are all experiencing as we wait for the other shoe to drop, not knowing what Trump or his army of zealots have up their sleeves. I feel the way I did when we were sweating out the Cuban Missile Crisis. I hope we are not on the eve of destruction. Perhaps a new day is dawning and millions of reasonable Americans who voted for and tolerated the antics of this rogue president, will withdraw their support from him and any others like him. We can only hope they come to their senses in time.

    Forgive me for rambling on and on, Arleen, but you are the friend I feel most comfortable coming to at a time like this and sharing my feelings. Men cry, and I am not ashamed to admit that over the last three days I have spontaneously burst into tears more times than I can count. Let us hope for better, brighter days ahead, dear friend Arleen.

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    1. Thank you for writing this Shady; you echo my own fears and the fears of others who have been through previous turbulent times. This time is different, though, this is not one man with a gun; this is one cruel, very powerful man with a very large following and who are bent on destroying our Constitution. What I find odd is that in all probability probably none of them have ever read the Constitution, including their leader. They only know about the second amendment. What keeps me up at night is that it was so easy to storm the Capital with little interference and afterwards they hung around outside and only 14 to 50 people were arrested. Something had to be put in place for them to know that there would be little resistance and minimum security. Back up took very long to get there. Maybe I am missing something, but as I watched them stroll thru the Capital, I never saw “the Calvary” coming to help. It was like the Alamo. Now one of those brave policemen is dead and many are hurt. Those involved in this coup, including those behind the scenes, should be arrested for murder. This was a very planned attack and I don’t see how our Intelligence (supposedly, the best in the world) and Security missed it. We all heard about it on the news programs and social media.

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    2. I agree it certainly seems like the fix was on, Arleen. Someone ordered sparse security in and around the Capitol and hindered the response of reinforcements when the attack got underway. Many of the rioters milled around at their leisure. It's a wonder they weren't served refreshments and offered a guided tour of the facility. This assault was discussed on social media weeks in advance. Why didn't our intelligence sources know about it and take steps to thwart it? Seems like everybody in authority was ordered to stand back and stand down. I smell a big fat rat and I hope the truth comes out during the investigation.

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  16. I have never watched another country's news as closely as I have since before your election. My heart bleeds for all rational, responsible Americans who see their country turn in to a banana republic. I have lived in your country and one thing that struck me was the disparity in educational resources. A long term solution, I feel, would be to significantly increase the educational budget. I know Obama had a pilot project which showed amazing results. I suggest this because the rioters seem so ignorant and incapable of critical thinking, or any thinking at all for that matter. You, and all people of goodwill are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Susan, it would be easy to say that those people who stormed the Capital were uneducated as some who have been arrested have been CEOs, teachers, policemen and politicians and some with degrees from Yale and Harvard. They come from all walks of life but what they have in common is their radicalization and unwavering loyalty to a demagogue and “alternative facts.”.History has given us many of these characters and it always ends in the destruction of truth.

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    2. So depressing. What on earth motivates people to take the dark path. Certainly we have seen it throughout history. I was watching a documentary on the early days of Hitler before he became leader. He was a master of propaganda and fake news. Are the rest of us too passive? Should we be having large rallies and swamping social media with our views or does it only lead to more confrontation? I think the thing that worries me most is I don't know what do.

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  17. To every person who voted for him, made excuses for him, did the "what about ___? (fill in the blank), or believed the lies and propaganda on his chosen TV network, I say: "those rioters are you-and you are them." We knew he was a snake when we picked him up. He won in 2016 because some identified with his crassness and vulgarity, OR he was the 'lesser of 2 evils' OR that they could not stand to vote for Hillary Clinton (lock her up...for what?) People get the government they deserve. But a warning: Democracy is fragile and is not guaranteed.

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    1. Your last sentence, Eileen, says it all. From a “joke” candidate to a leader of a movement to tear down democracy, our president has taken us to anarchy. It all seems to have happened so quickly, but it didn’t. I remember that the FBI director said that the greatest domestic threat to terrorism are white supremacists.

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  18. These are challenging times for our nation. I, too, was angered and saddened at the events of Jan. 6h, but they were somewhat predictable given ou Lame Duck President's words and actions from the time he was a candidate for the office over four years ago. Certainly hasn't helped that one particular political parties leaders have chosen to enable him. I want all to be accountable now and/or in future elections. Our freedoms and democratic republic are at stake.

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    1. Joared, as more information is received and many of our worst fears are given credence, we know that we are truly living in a time when the great experiment that we call America is at a precipice and we can only hope that the landing will be soft and we will recover.

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  19. I am hoping the only way is up, with people making wise decisions, accepting that other people have their own opinions. This is not the America where I grew up back in 1950s.This one is distorted and confused.

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    1. We are in a very bad place now, Susan. People used to be able to disagree on things and still be friends, but that is no more. I have never been more frightened for myself, my family, and my country.

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  20. What happened last Wednesday is disheartening and disturbing...it should never have occurred. I think we all live in fear what could happen next week.

    Let's hope everything goes smoothly without any disruption or violence...and that everyone remains safe.

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    1. Everything went off well at the inauguration and it was beautiful. We go forward with a lot of home mixed with fear.

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  21. I'm sorry for your country...I'm sorry for those who have suffered because of that terrible situation and can only hope that very soon, the USA will heal. xx

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    1. We know that we are not the only country going through tough times, but the past few weeks has shown us how vulnerable we are. However, it the end, democracy lived on.

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  22. Thinking of you as things ramp up for the Inauguration. I pray that things don't get worse for you before the get better. It is bad enough watching it all unfold from the other side of the world I don't know how you cope when you are in the midst of it. LOVE AND HUGS.

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Sue. The inauguration was beautiful and it gave us hope.

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  23. I cannot help but be hopeful as I watch the change happen. 45 has left the White House for the last time. We have two people entering the White House who seem to be able to speak compassionately in full sentences. Yesterday I heard Mitch McConnell says words that I never thought I'd hear him say. I cannot help but feel hopeful.

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    1. Yesterday was a wonderful day. I was so impressed with how perfect everything was, despite it being a very different inauguration. It was beautifully done and I admit I had tears in my eyes often. As you, Debby, I can’t help feel hopeful.

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  24. Dear Arleen, after glue-ing myself to the television yesterday--watching PBS all day from 10AM to 9PM, I am feeling hopeful. And in the hope is the trust that perhaps you are too. Peace.

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    1. Yes, Dee, I slept well last night. I put my faith and hope in this administration and I believe the days of lies are over. I have an appointment for my first Covid shot tomorrow and am looking ahead to a more normal life in the future.

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    2. Dear Arleen, is the Covid shot the vaccine? I hope so. Peace.

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