I had every intention of posting something funny yesterday. Had a headline and everything.
It was going to read:
My new vacuum cleaner sucks
Get it? My vacuum cleaner sucks?
I bought the vacuum on New Year’s Day (because I’m a woman who knows how to start off the year right) and honestly, I’m pretty darn excited about it.
So much so, that I was going to wax poetic about it — maybe write an actual poem?!
I even drew myself using it:
Seemed worth a post, yeah?
So there I was, sketching away and feeling pretty good. Fully intending on writing a cute, comical blog post on the glories of a clean home and giving into your otherwise carefully managed OCD tendencies.
Then Husband texted me what was going on at Capitol Hill and I got distracted.
Because I saw this:
In case you missed it, Trump supporters and crowd scene extras from a bad action movie stormed into the Capitol, roamed the corridors, ransacked offices and, in general, behaved like it was senior prank day at their high school.
I’m sure you’ve seen this guy?
Turns out he’s from Arizona… my home state!
To my knowledge, no Vikings ever found their way to the Valley of the Sun, so what this guy is trying to prove, I don’t know.
Actually, I do know. According to the article I read (because yeah, I couldn’t rest until I found out who he was), he said he wears it to draw attention to himself.
So at least he’s self-aware?
Besides the article, I also listened to some reporters from England who were there (not only do they have a swell accent, they have that genuine “glad I don’t live here” attitude going for them).
At one point the woman spoke to one of the
protestors rioters near the main door (he sounded in his early 20s) and she asked him, “Do you think that what you’re doing here will be helpful?”
Which sounded like such a British thing to ask.
The guy paused, like it was the first he gave any thought as to why he was there. Then he said, “Well, I guess we’re just trying to intimidate them a little.” Then another guy broke in and shouted, “It’s a show of power against Congress, because we know how corrupt they are!”
In truth, what bothered me the most about the situation (and kept me refreshing the news feed on my phone every 30 seconds) wasn’t that hooligans were raiding the principal’s office. We know how to deal with hooligans: Lecture them on proper behavior and put them in detention.
The problem is that these hooligans don’t know they’re hooligans. They think they’re the good guys.
Their “facts” are so twisted and one-sided, they are completely unable to see it any other way. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Which really sucks.
And now here I am with a cute blog post idea and no motivation to write it.
(In truth, this is partly the reason BJM saw its demise. There were times when my heart just wasn’t into it and drawing funny comics was dang hard. The main reason was that I returned to work full-time, but this played a role too.)
Anyway. Yeah. Our country really does appear more divided than it ever has been and that sucks. I think on that we can all agree. How we get out of it, though, is less clear.
Though I suppose as it is with most things, it begins with us.
The more we see ourselves as divided and take on an attitude of “Us vs. Them,” the division will only grow. The more we look upon people who disagree with us as losers, idiots, or crowd scene extras from a bad action movie, the wider our separation from each other expands.
I’m not saying we ignore threats against our democracy, by no means! And yeah, absolutely we should throw those hooligans in detention.
(Please, can we throw Viking/Buffalo man in first?)
What I am saying that whether we agree with each other or not, we must treat each other decently and try to work together, or at least live together in peace.
Really, it’s the only way forward.
Because the sooner I can start writing silly blog posts again, the better it will be for all of us.