Epiphany

At this moment, 4:30 in the evening in Arizona, the D.C. curfew is going into effect and the police are moving in to move everyone out of the Capitol. The news is saying the rally where Trump incited the mob to march on the Capitol was organized by “Women for Trump.” This is disquieting to me because the Russian Revolution started with women marching. And a woman was shot and killed during the storming of the Capitol though the details have not been released. The races in Georgia have been called and the democrats have control of the senate. Trump praised the mob saying they were special and loved and to go home. Not very sincerely in my opinion. Trump was visibly happy. And calls for the 25th amendment to be enacted to remove the President from office are being talked about.

On the epiphany, during the year the Christmas star reappeared, with the pandemic and the fires that burned across the west, Americans voted against the populist strongman. But those that did not…tens of millions…are wondering if this is the moment that their grievances will be addressed. That those not white enough or evangelical enough or free market capitalist enough might now be “purged.” A black and a Jew were elected in Georgia of all places to take control of the senate- and this will only fuel conspiracy theories. Both my wife and daughter are scared and crying.

7:00 Ben Sasse is cracking jokes and giving a feel good speech- after acknowledging a woman had lost her life on the premises only hours previously. Some of them actually laughed. And there are reports of the cabinet considering the 25th amendment and removing Trump. And members of the Trump administration resigning.

I now realize the power the millions of Trump supporters believe they wield- the power of the bully, of the narcissist, of the sociopath, of the psychopath, wherever they fall in that arc. My wife told me last night the Korean proverb of the Buddhist monk: the monk that is unhappy in the temple needs to move, not the temple. On the forum where I comment on space flight I am relentlessly trolled by a gang of libertarian cyberthugs. Why do I keep going back there? In my workplace I am unhappy with the laziness and incompetence of my supervisors and coworkers. I need to find another job. And in regards to the nation I am a citizen of, I have been thinking quite clearly in terms Truth and Power. There is the Truth that is and the Power that does.

There are those with a worldview that leans toward utilitarianism:

The doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority, the doctrine that an action is right insofar as it promotes happiness, and that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the guiding principle of conduct. It is in one sense the embodiment of the Christian life.

There are those with a worldview that leans towards objectivism:

The philosophy that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (see rational egoism), that the only social system consistent with this morality is one that displays full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism.

So… pursuing ones own happiness through capitalism does tend to enable people to make jokes in the same building a woman died by violence a few hours earlier. It is the power that ignores what does not make one happy or trivializes that which distracts from the pursuit of ones happiness. The truth is the greatest happiness for the greatest number can only occur when the death of a human being is not ignored and the fact that an election was not “rigged” is accepted.

12:32 in Arizona and I am watching congress vote on “the objection” and looking at the number tallies go up. Those Republicans who are supporting Trumpism must never be forgotten or forgiven and voted out.

137 republican traitors in congress and only 64 that are not is my last count at around a quarter after one Arizona time.

01:30 in Arizona and here we go, Pence and Pelosi are standing side by side and down goes the gavel. 7 senate traitors- and the objection is not sustained.

And now we go through the 50 states…And now it is over.

He said everything that needs to be said. Ironically, his mocking of Trump years ago is said to have been what spurred Trump to run for president.

Published by billgamesh

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