Chris wrote a post in June 2018 that was borderline apocalyptic. He noted that we needed to get our heads straight because we need to prepare for interruptions and inconveniences in our lives and confront them. At the time, I thought he might be a little over the top in his assessment of our society’s state. I have been thinking about that post for some time and decided that Chris may be right. We could be on the precipice of a civil war that does look like some country far away. These are things that I always thought were not possible in the America in which I grew up. Not anymore.
Does anyone remember after 9/11 the videos of the angry radical Islamists shaking their AK-47s in the air? Scenes from some African “Republic” where the citizens are riding around in the back of Toyota pickup trucks hoisting their guns in the air look familiar to recent events?
It is not hard to find an article describing the chaos that could happen before, during, and after the upcoming election. We are watching the president set the stage for civil unrest as we have never experienced in the country previously. Back in January, the president was rightfully confident of his re-election. The perception that the economy was doing well was commonplace as people have watched their 401ks grow significantly because their wallet is how many Americans judge the economy. Then Covid-19 hit, and Dear Leader chose to ignore it, hoping to keep the economy rolling. That did not work out well, and now we are close to 200,000 dead. Many polls show there is a 70% chance that Joe Biden will win the electoral college and become the president-elect. Yet dear Leader does not like to lose, and like those far away places we only think of in passing, he has a plan to stay in power. It is not a secret plan; it is unfolding right before our eyes. There are just too many coincidences for this to be otherwise. We face the first non-peaceful transition of power in our nation’s history. That is, if we even have a transition of power. We are watching our government institutions and our trust in them eroding. In our non-Bizzaro world existence, we could trust that the USPS would dependably deliver our mail-in ballots. That is now in doubt. We have watched armed “citizens” try to liberate Michigan from common sense. Many of us no longer trust the FDA or CDC to deliver information that is not politically manipulated. News stories about this fact suppression campaign come out daily only to be ignored by Dear Leader’s supporters. It is the United States in 2020.
Dear Leader has told us that if he loses, it is because the election “Was the most rigged in history.” He said in his rally in Nevada that there is no way he could lose unless the Governor manipulated the ballots. Imagine election night because we do not have the final result because of all of the mail-in ballots. Dear Leader says that there are irregularities in the voting. He will not accept the result if his opponent wins. As states announce their final results and it becomes clear that Joe Biden has been elected, it will begin. Does anyone doubt that the order to liberate the states that did not vote for Dear Leader will go out in multiple tweets? Is it hard to imagine armed citizens showing up again at the Michigan state capitol? I don’t think this is a stretch.
Chris asked us over two years ago if we have our heads on straight and ready for what is coming, I doubt many of us are. It is just too hard to imagine this in the country in which I grew up. I was four years old during the 1968 conventions. That summer, my family took a two-week camping vacation to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Rocky Mountain National Park. When we made a stop in Arkansas to visit my grandmother, I can remember the scenes of riots on her TV. Those images made an impression on me as I still have the image in my head 52 years later. I am concerned that the riots that summer will look like the Red Hat Society Christmas parade float compared to the coming months.
Benjamin Franklin was correct when he said, “We must all hang together, or we will most assuredly hang separately.” The question is, will I have the guts to protect our constitution from our President? What I am scared of is that I may have to make that choice. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have to.