The utter and complete failure of a presidency and an administration: that’s what we have witnessed over the past four years from Donald J. Trump and his appointees and sycophants. We, as a nation, were in deep trouble from the beginning of the Trump presidency, and the situation has significantly worsened over the last 12 months since the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the country. The domestic terrorism displayed by Americans at the Capitol building on January 6th was difficult to watch, and has been even more difficult to process and comprehend over the ensuing days. The lawlessness and rioting, the loss of life, the destruction of sacred property, and the fear injected into our elected lawmakers who were trying to serve the will of the majority of US citizens is unacceptable. These actions should be universally condemned, and those individuals who are directly responsible for the mayhem, as well as those who facilitated it (including Donald Trump and his sons, Rudy Giuliani, Mo Brooks, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Michael Flynn, and Roger Stone) must be held responsible and accountable for their actions and suffer the appropriate consequences.
So now we wait, in fear and trepidation, for what will happen prior to and during the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on January 20th. I have a son-in-law who works in a non-governmental position at the Capitol building; will he be put in additional harm’s way over the coming weeks and months?
This is not the America I’ve known for the nearly seven decades of my life. I have friends and acquaintances who supported and voted for Trump, twice, and I truly struggle to understand their reasons, particularly during this past election. Seventy-four million-plus US citizens voted for Trump in 2020; that’s a lot of people. I know they must have a rationale, and maybe it’s simply because they just flat-out don’t trust Democrats. The last four years have shone a glaring spotlight on the degree to which we are polarized, politically and ideologically, in this country. We’ve got to find ways to understand each other better, to begin a healing process, and to repair some of the wounds that have been opened. I hope that I have the courage to engage with my acquaintances who supported Trump, to listen and understand their feelings, and to convey my positions to them, so hopefully I won’t lose forever the bonds I’ve forged with them.