Week of January 13: In a bi-partisan vote, the House of Representatives impeaches so-called president Trump for treason -- making Trump the only president in US history to be impeached twice. Angry Republicans threaten continued violence and make death threats to GOP members of the House who sided with the Democrats in their appropriate and historic action.
Week of January 20: Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Washington DC and the US Capitol are surrounded by the National Guard to protect everyone from the out-going president and the GOP. Think about that. Guards are posted to protect the ceremony from a sitting president of the United States and a conspiracy-crazed political party.
Week of January 27: The nation gets back to business and attempts to return to order and routine. The GOP continues to peddle the propaganda of fear as their members slide further down the QAnon rabbit hole. News surfaces that many of them attended a planning meeting with Trump and insurrectionists on January 5th, the night before Trump's coup attempt.
Over the years, the GOP has mastered the art of voter suppression, the propaganda of fear, and the spreading of conspiracy theories. Now they are honing their skills on election fraud. Think about it -- the next time a GOP candidate secretly calls a state official to "find" 11,800 votes -- what will happen? (To be honest, I do think that voter fraud did happen in South Carolina this year -- evidenced by Lady G's call to Georgia to see if they could work out the same deal he likely worked out in his home state.) The current GOP is committed to steeling more of our elections in the future (and ironically, they are always the first to say that if they don't win, the election must be rigged).
Yes, our constitution has "checks and balances" that could have prevented much of what happened over the past four years, but I had no idea how delicate our system was -- because I had no idea that the GOP would so readily and so eagerly hold a Mr. Pillow over Lady Liberty's head in order to suffocate our democracy.
Fortunately, for now, we can breathe again -- but there is much work to be done to protect our Constitution. Hopefully, enough GOP senators will find the courage to vote with the Democrats to convict Trump. Good Lord, the man incited an insurrection to overthrow our government!!! If that is not a crime for a which a sitting president should be impeached and convicted, then what the hell is?
Anyway, the news from the past four weeks called to mind Emmett Lee Dickinson's now-classic poem, "Time does go on," below on the left. His poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem with the same first line, below on the right.
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Time does go on –
I tell with care to those who revel now –
We have survived –
There is the truth –
We must protect it now –
By Emily Dickinson:
Time does go on –
I tell it gay to those who suffer now –
They shall survive –
There is a sun –
They dont believe it now –