“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
As nations become corrupt and vicious, they
have more need of masters.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“In questions of power, then, let no more be said
of confidence in man, but bind him down from
mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free,
in a state of civilization, it expects what never
was and never will be.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
– Thomas Paine in The American Crisis
Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American
Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy
throughout the world.”
– Daniel Webster, 1851
As I looked at the mob, armed with guns and axe handles, smashing the glass on the doors inside the Capitol, trying to reach the duly elected members of Congress, disrupting the business of the nation, and forcing those same public servants, including the ones they voted for, into hiding for hours, I thought:
So these are the people who are trying to steal MY American Dream — the dream where we really are all in this together, and we help our neighbors, follow the science and cooperate when there’s a pandemic so we’re all safer and have a better chance of living through it, the dream where everybody has a chance to earn a decent living and nobody has to be homeless, and we’re mindful that natural resources other than sun and wind are not limitless and cause as many problems as they solve.
Who are these nasty, selfish, small-minded, shriveled-hearted people? What made them this way?
Then came Trump’s long-delayed twitter to them, repeating his endless lies that the election was stolen from them, and telling them they are good people, but that “we must have peace” so they should “go home.”
These are people who no longer can tell the difference between facts and lies, living in a fantasy which cannot be breached no matter how overwhelming the evidence is that it is not real or true or good.
People who think they are being oppressed because they are told they should wear a covering over their mouths and noses to prevent the spread of a plague to save their lives and the lives of others – a deadly virus that they deny is real.
At least they aren’t capable of staging a successful coup — not enough of them, not enough brains, not at all organized, and operating under a variety pack of delusional theories which flop all over the map.
This is Trump’s legacy – his tens of thousands of lies repeated over and over on Twitter, tens of thousands of Americans needlessly dead, and a pathetic and utterly failed insurrection by a few thousand of his hoodwinked followers.