"Be there.  It will be wild."

September 9th, 2018.  5:33 in the morning.  A piping hot mug of Green Mountain Double Diamond dark roast coffee in my hand with just a touch of hazelnut creamer.  I don’t turn the lights on that early in the morning for two reasons:  (1) I like to listen to the silence and to the darkness, they take me places; and (2) Dennis is still curled up asleep on my bed — he’s not a morning dog!

I allow the silence to take me where it will — I’d better rephrase that, because it sounds like I’m ascribing agency to silence.  I’m not.  One can be spiritual without being supernatural.  Like when you take the aerial tramway to the top of Mount San Jacinto near my home and look out over the Coachella Valley 8500 feet below you:  call it awe, call it inspiring, or say of it what John Muir said — “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

A view, silence, darkness turning to dawn.  They move us because they are out of the ordinary, not because they have “powers.”  I like to start my day in silence and darkness and see where it takes me.  Sometimes an idea for a blog post forms in those early hours, like on September 9th almost two and a half years ago.  I wrote:

Decorum a quaint notion of the past, hatred emboldened, entire ethnic groups painted with racist tropes, progress toward combatting climate change not only stymied but reversed, conspiracy theories and the nutjobs who espouse them given credence while real journalism, with research and corroborated sources, is discredited, the ability to destroy every living thing on the planet by allowing nuclear weapons to fall into the hands of religious fanatics made more likely by a fit of pique over the previous president, and a “base” willing to stampede off a cliff in furtherance of a regime that honors their unquestioning loyalty and praises their stupidity, elevating it to the level of a virtue.

How many of you are out there, like me, waiting for something really bad to happen?

At this moment in American history, it is important to differentiate between demonstrators and terrorists.  Demonstrators are expressing their response to an event or a societal reality, usually spontaneously, like the murder of George Floyd last summer and the pernicious, systemic racism people of color face from law enforcement.  But terrorists are far more organized — they plot violent mayhem, they rehearse their plan, it comes up short of achieving their goal so they concoct a new plan, they try again, and eventually they succeed.  You’ll recall, thoughtful reader, that it took two tries to destroy the World Trade Center:  first in 1993 with a bomb in the parking garage, and then 9/11.

Since the events at the US Capitol on January 6th, and let’s not mince words — it was an attempt at sedition, and if you’re not clear on what that is, Title 18 of the US Code § 2384 spells it out:

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

So since January 6th, I have been reflecting on that awful day in the mornings before the sun comes up, and I recalled posting some time ago that I felt like something bad was going to happen.  So I’ve been reading old blogs of mine, and there it was in September of 2018.  There were warning signs that far back (and further) that Donald Trump’s irresponsible rhetoric was going to result in something like what we saw last week, and that the terrorists who carried out the attack on our Capitol had their World Trade Center "parking garage” rehearsals, but we ignored them.

When hundreds of people, some of them armed, stormed the Michigan state capitol building last April, objecting to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus stay-at-home order and Trump responds with a tweet to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” when a young woman named Heather Heyer was killed by a neo-Nazi who drove his car through a crowd during the August 2017 Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Virginia and Donald Trump not only declined to unequivocally condemn the anti-semitic sentiment being expressed by fringe Right groups but declared that some of them were, and I quote, “very fine people,” when he told The Proud Boys during a nationally televised presidential debate to, and I quote again, “Stand Back and Stand By,” where was the outrage?  Oh, some expressed it, but for most:  hey, it’s Trump being Trump — his followers are passionate and he’s unconventional…yah, there’s some looney-toons, but hey, there’s looney-toons on the Left too!  Free Speech Bay-beeeee!

proud boys 6mwe

I saw Proud Boys march on my country’s capitol last week wearing t-shirts with an insignia that said 6MWE.  Anybody know what that means?  Yah, me neither, so I looked it up:  it means “Six Million [Jews] Weren’t Enough.”  That is not free speech.  That is hate speech.  And Donald Trump told them to stand by?  Stand by for what?

When Donald Trump tweeted about the gathering planned for January 6th in DC, he said, “Be there.  It will be wild.”  Like some high school junior talking about a house party!  When Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat” at the rally on the Ellipse south of the White House, just before the rally-goers marched from the White House to the Capitol, and Rep. Mo Brooks fired them up by adding, "today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” it got wild alright.  Or as the kids say, it was “off the hook.”  Five people are dead as a result.  Wiiiiiiiiiiiiild!

The attack on the Michigan state capitol and the Charlottesville march were rehearsals for what transpired in DC last week.  So we can breath easy.  Awful as it was, it’s behind us now, right?  Ding…wrong…sorry…thanks for playing.

The FBI has received information indicating "armed protests" are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washington, DC in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20th.  According to an FBI bulletin circulated after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol last week, "Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January.”  It also says there are threats of an "uprising" if President Donald Trump is removed via the 25th Amendment before Inauguration Day.

So is this "the bad" I thought was going to happen back in September 2018?  I think anyone in their right mind has “felt” for a long time Trump was driving us off a cliff.  I hope the judges, deregulation, COVID-19 deaths, and a tax cut were worth it.  And no one should be surprised that there is more mayhem planned by his seditious posse, because to the lawless mob storming the Capitol last week, Donald Trump said, “We love you.  You’re very special,” later excusing the violence and destruction by tweeting a lie:  “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”

He must be removed from office.  Immediately.  And there must be serious consequences for his enablers in Congress and the Senate.  Or we will look back on January 6th as just another rehearsal for domestic terrorism to unleash havoc on America.

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