We cannot be inured to the historic nature of what happened last week.
Sometimes, living through history, we fail to understand what's happening around us.
Here's what happened: For the first time in the history of the United States armed insurrectionists overtook the Capitol, trashed it, vandalized it and sought out elected officials for potential assassination. Some of them smeared their own feces on walls for God's sake.
Ask yourselves: What will the history books say about this time?
Sadly, I'm reminded of what my beer-drinking buddy Dennis said Sunday. Dennis, a man who works with his hands but who can quote Tennyson and a self-described "terse and taciturn" man, leaned into me and said, "We've taken a turn for the worse as a country and I don't think we can recover."
I had to agree.
I know exactly how millions of people have come to believe absolute lies and how at least thousands of them can use those lies to justify insurrection -- and even the death of five people.
Now there are plans for more violence as a new president is inaugurated.
We've been through a civil war and many more wars, massive economic upheavals, social chaos, Constitutional crises and this is all coming down to 70 million people who have been taken by a serial grifter. In the game of the con man, there's the grifter who has created the con and there's the mark. Usually the grifter has associates. The the commonality is the mark (the victim) never has a clue he's the mark.
Back to my initial point: the Capitol has never been violated by its own citizens until last week.
It's not heroic. It's not patriotic. It's not American.
It is, however, historic in it's gross stupidity, immorality and utter lack of anything decent.
The arguments for false equivalency about Black Lives Matter and Antifa are such utter bullshit. Come to me with that argument when those groups trash the Capitol, the sacred place of our democracy.
I cry for my country almost every day now.
I truly wish peace unto all of you my brothers and sisters.