It’s often said that we are “living through history,” but rarely do you feel it as keenly as we felt it yesterday.
To see American citizens storm the Capitol building is not a thing I will forget. It’s not a thing that history will forget. And it’s not a thing that will be laughed away or thought kindly of, ten years from now, twenty years from now, fifty years from now.
We saw the president incite a mob to lay siege to the halls of government then watch from afar as their havoc played out on our television screens.
We saw guns drawn in the “sacred chambers” of government.
We saw deaths in the same halls, deaths as a result of violence.
And we saw a tepid call from the same president for his supporters to cease their violence, while still parroting the lies and proven falsehoods that had brought them to a frenzy.
We saw an American tragedy play out in real time.
I’m not the right person to write about this or reflect on what it means for our country or for history or for the world. All I can say is that as shocking as the images were, they were by no means surprising. This is a president who has flouted the law, and norms, and common decency at every opportunity. A man whose moral character wouldn’t fill a thimble, who has lied to the country and especially to his most fervent followers specifically in the hopes that, if and when he was ever defeated, they would come to his rescue through means exactly like what we saw yesterday: Chaos and confusion and fear.
Those of us who have never been fans of this man are not surprised, we are only saddened that it got this far.
Every day with this man representing our nation has been a day too long, and every day he remains in his position is a day longer than any of us should have to bear.
Has he made America great again?
Look at the pictures from yesterday. If you think he has made our country great, then you simply are not seeing reality the way I see it.
He has to go.