Take a nap. Eat a pizza. Thoughts on 1-6-21

You know what I did when Trump won the election?

I bitched and moaned. I provided a shoulder for the wife to cry on (as a white middle-aged dude I had less to lose than my wife who is both, well, a woman and half-Latina). I think I ate a whole pizza (this was pre-type 2). I slept hard. We then hit the ground running – my wife volunteering for social and justice causes and the both of us donating where we could to groups like Remote Area Medical, IRC, RAICES, etc.

The thing that never came to my mind was to storm Congress…

If you had asked me years ago that a gross 4chan block would get banned, would become 8chan, spread wild rumors that Trump would stop the child molesters, that there is a deep state, and that there is one grand conspiracy against him I would have laughed my ass off.

Yet here we are – and Uncle Facebook, Aunt Twitter and Grandpa Instagram believed this nonsense and became lost and gone forever…

But in the end this is all one big grift.

They use conspiracy theories to fleece their constituents (Ted Cruz fundraising during the failed coup should disqualify him for life)…

They use the fragility of a broken, old man to break the rules that safeguard all freedoms and boost their status and pocketbook…

They promote law and order as a cover for government sponsored racism..

They promote what-about-ism to make the other side equally culpable when it’s like comparing a pair of Great Value sneakers against a $250 pair of Jordan’s (I don’t deny Dems do shitty things to because politics, but let’s see the forest for the trees here…)

They bark Blue Lives Matter and then re-enact shooting Jacob Blake 7 times and the murder of George Floyd on the Capitol steps…

Simply put – we’ve got a BAD problem with White Nationalism and perceived “privilege’s” and I don’t think there is an easy answer to remove it. Clearing the board for two years with the Dems in power is a good start. Putting civil rights focused individuals in the DOJ will help too. Banning accounts may help. (There are those that are going to promote the First Amendment that gives them the right to say what they want. Sure. That is absolutely correct. But doesn’t mention a lick about the consequences of those words. It also doesn’t protect you from the decisions of a business. Twitter/Facebook are indeed businesses..)

But nothing changes unless those that egged the actions on of the insurrectionists yesterday get punished. Nothing changes unless those that caused harm or incited danger get what they deserve – we respect each other and we respect the space we and others occupy. Period. Destruction of any kinds for any cause does nothing but amplify pain and sorrow.

I see the Republican Party as a cancer patient. As someone who voted Republican in a previous life I get it. Conservative values, American way, blah blah I get it. But something happened – and the actions of the party and its members reflect the feeling that a certain 44th president skipped the line and changed things too hard (when indeed he was trying to bring us to the modern times with various levels of success).

So the patient gets a little bump. Ignores it. Bump gets bigger. Patient goes to the doctor. This is a cancer. And now the cancer is growing limps, feet, hair, a face, and turning orange. And it has to be excised in order for it to survive.

If this party wants to breath the same oxygen as the rest of us, then it needs to remove the cancer. Heal from the procedure. Figure out how to become relevant again versus the lumbering tumor that now protrudes from it.

But maybe also before they figure out next steps take a nap. Eat a pizza…