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Every member of Congress who has been humoring Trump about his election loss for the past 2 months had a hand in what happened today.
I have spoken.
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I was beside myself as it all unfolded. And because I live in a more conservative region I know I’m going to go to work today and see people still unashamedly wearing their maga crap and I’m going to have to be polite and courteous to these people or I lose my job. The worst part is I’ve actually seen some people wearing QAnon shirts and the like.
While I agree about the proximate cause of the attack that they need to be removed and punished, the truth is that Trump is merely the painful symptom of what's been destroying the U.S. for decades, not the cause. As Krystal Ball says, "The ugly truth is that Trump is as American as apple pie."
So why is half the country so angry that they're willing to believe terrible things and blindly follow an absurdly blatant liar and criminal? Many ordinary people are angry, and it's been festering for decades. From where they're sitting, the politicians and corporations have been steadily destroying their lives and the lives of their children just to make an extra buck. The spectacular failures of the pandemic response at every level of government does not help with that anger either. And sadly Trump and many other bad actors are very good at using that anger.
Meanwhile most news outlets have found it more profitable to keep people ignorant and polarized, ever fearful that either the bad brown man or the bad orange man is coming for us… while it's actually an entrenched corrupt system that’s slowly killing us from the inside.
Unless we fix the many underlying problems in America we'll only be seeing more and more of this violence all around the country.
(And the preppers are laughing their asses off right about now.)