How do you know it’s time for a divorce? The answer is different for every couple, but sometimes taking to the streets and smashing and burning stuff when you don’t get your way is a good sign.
I’m obviously talking about this week’s U.S. presidential inauguration, culminating with the actual swearing in of our county’s new president today.
And people can’t talk about this without losing their minds!
You might be screaming “Not my president!” at the screen right now. Sure. Okay. But reality being what it is, he is your president, like it or not.
And one half of the country clearly does not like it, to the point that they’re trying to stop the swearing in from happening. How, I’m not quite sure, but it sure sounds violent.
There are two certainties about politics though, which you need to keep in mind:
- There is fraud in every single election going back over 100 years.
- Everybody wants integrity and ethics until their guy gets in office. And then it’s time for defense mode.
You’re dreaming if you believe otherwise.
Like I’ve said before, people (read: rioters) are governed by their worst-case fantasies.
Listen: Nobody will be rounded up into internment camps. That seems to be everybody’s biggest fear. But it is not going to happen.
And yet here we have rioting based on fantasies.
Even if things start going really well for the country, expect more rioting and agitation for the next four years.
I find it hilarious that so-called anti-fascist movements the world over are some the most violent, fascisistic, and yes, racist and hate-filled people around.
Anyway, my point is this: I don’t see how the country will ever “unite” or “heal.”
I mean, it’s not even policies at this point. It’s fundamentally different views of human nature.
This divide has been there for generations, but I would say that the year 2000 was the turning point. It might be irreconcilable now. We’ll see, but I’m not hopeful.
The days of each side wanting the same thing, but differing on the approach, are over. The end goals are completely different.
Decent people on either side can coexist. But there are enough radical, violent, and well-funded nutbags with evil intent around to ruin things for everyone.
So what happens after Trump is sworn in? I don’t know. All I can hope for, as I did on Election Day, is that nobody dies.
Of course, someone did die on Election Day. Because this is America in the 21st century.
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