Domestic Terrorism

Okay.

Let’s take a moment and reflect on what happened this week.

As we all know, domestic terrorists attacked the US Capitol building.

As CNN, Bill Wier, and Cory Booker pointed out, the last time this happened was in 1812 when the British attacked the Capitol building. This time it was attacked by white Americans.

US CITIZENS ATTACKED THEIR OWN CAPITOL BUILDING.

But we know this. We saw this coming. If you didn’t, you were just simply not paying attention. Over and over again Presidential Candidate, President Elect, President, and now Former President Donald Trump has incited violence against people and groups.

Vox published a time line reporting all of the times, from 2015 until the Capitol attack, that Trump has incited violence against different groups of people. The article is an interesting read and I won’t go through every incident (spoiler alert: its a lot), but I thought I would hit the highlights.

People have been using him to justify their violent actions for YEARS.

Vox reports:

August 19, 2015: Two Boston brothers invoked Trump when they were arrested for urinating on a homeless man and beating him with a metal pipe. While in custody, one of the brothers told the police, “Trump was right. All of these illegals need to be deported.” The 58-year-old Mexican American they assaulted was a permanent US resident.

Of course this famous line:

January 23, 2016: At a campaign rally in Iowa, Trump, in describing the loyalty of his supporters, notoriously said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

This frightening sentiment:

Trump would reiterate his support for waterboarding, a banned interrogation method. “They said to me, ‘What do you think of waterboarding?’ I said I think it’s great, but we don’t go far enough. It’s true. We don’t go far enough. We don’t go far enough.” At a February 6 Republican debate in New Hampshire, Trump said he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” if he were elected president.

His Muslim ban:

January 27, 2017: On the day the Trump administration instituted a ban against travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, a Muslim Delta employee wearing a hijab was physically and verbally attacked at JFK International Airport in New York. The perpetrator told the victim “[Expletive] Islam. [Expletive] ISIS. Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you,” according to ABC. On the campaign trail, Trump said he was open to the idea of closing mosques and creating a database of all Muslims in the US, consistently saying that Muslims were a “problem” and a “sickness.”

August 5, 2019: A 39-year-old Montana man was charged with felony assault for choking, slamming, and fracturing the skull of a 13-year-old boy who didn’t take his hat off for the national anthem. The man’s attorney told the local newspaper that Trump’s “rhetoric” led to the violent act. “His commander in chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” the lawyer said, referencing Trump’s harsh words against athletes like Colin Kaepernick who protested for social justice.

That is a TINY SAMPLE of times he has incited violence in the last six years.

(Oh! Happy New Year! Surprise! All of the problems of the previous year do not magically disappear when the year begins anew. Time is a construct ppl).

The Capitol Police say that they had no idea that this was going to happen.

HOW?

This has been planning for MONTHS. Did you see how many people showed up? This was a coordinated effort that had been planned for months in advance. People came in from Hawaii, Florida, all over the freaking country.

There are threats that this is going to happen again before the inauguration. I would not be surprised.

In an article by The Nation, they provide a different look at the riots this week: the relationship between the Thin Blue Line people and the police.

A quote from that article that I believe should be published worldwide is this:

“This is not America,” a woman said to a small group, her voice shaking. She was crying, hysterical. “They’re shooting at us. They’re supposed to shoot BLM, but they’re shooting the patriots.”

I think she said the quiet part out loud. Oops!

I just don’t even know how to respond to that.

Believing in basic human rights makes you the enemy apparently.

Before I jump into the BLM versus the domestic terrorists argument, lets continue to look at the reactions of these Trump Supporters to the police.

From The Nation’s article:

Never mind the Blue Lives Matter paraphernalia, anti-police sentiment was commonplace. “The state troopers where I live are assholes,” I’d heard someone complain earlier. “They’re totally fucking our state.”

“Pigs!” “Is this what we get for backing the Blue?!” “You just lost the only people in this country who stand behind you!” “You serve Satan!”

So it was never really about the police was it? It was just about your absolute hate of black people.

Got it.

Continuing down this disgusting rabbit hole, lets examine the argument saying the everyone involved in the BLM protests over the summer, myself included, should be arrested since the domestic terrorists who desecrated and TRESPASSED in the United States CAPITOL BUILDING are being arrested.

That is an awful argument. And let me tell you why.

Fighting to end the discrimination of Black people is literally not the same as a coup attempt to place a dictator in charge of our country. Yes there were protests this summer, and yes there was some carnage, but in all of the PEACEFUL protests, no one violated a government building.

AND YET, because we were marching for Black Lives, people were shot, and hurt, and abused by police officers.

When the Trump supporters broke windows and trespassed into the capitol building, cops took SELFIES with them:

They opened gates and let them in:

When they brought zip ties to take prisoners, participated in mail theft, trespassed in a federal building, desecrated a national office, stole, AND MORE, the police didn’t do ANYTHING like what they did this summer.

US Capitol rioters spotted with ZIP TIES in shock pics suggesting 'plan to  take hostages'
thesun.co.uk

Now I am TIRED of giving these people a platform like this, where we talk about them constantly for weeks on end and give them the publicity that they crave.

But we also HAVE to talk about this.

We have to realize why it is wrong and how it is deeply rooted in racism.

As I mentioned at the beginning, Donald Trump has been inciting violence for a very long time. This was only the natural progression.

He called them very special people after all.

It will happen again. This proves it.

Pay attention and call your representatives to kick him out of office so he does not get to enjoy any of the benefits of Presidency.

I am TIRED of the republicans going back and forth over him.

Supporting him one day and denying that support the next. I could do a whole other post about just that.

One beast at a time…

Election Day

Election day. It’s here. I feel like this has been a day we have talked about constantly the past four years. And now, we’re living it. I early voted weeks ago, as did 100 million other Americans, so today is odd. I keep posting about “go vote!” “make sure your voice is heard!”, but I am not voting today. I am positive that I am outspoken enough on my social media platforms that anyone who has opposing views does not follow me anymore and everyone who will see it has already decided.

Posted this on my Instagram story from @brightly.eco

I think we often forget how we affect the rest of the world. As much as I like to talk about the fact that America is no longer the biggest player on the world stage (we aren’t, China is. And India is going to push us to third, hate to break it to ya), America still has an incredibly large global influence.

Remember the elections worldwide after the 2016 election? In case you don’t let me give you a refresher. Boris Johnson was elected. Y’know the goober who spearheaded Brexit? (Yes. I absolutely called Prime Minister Boris Johnson a goober, and I will do it again). In Brazil, President Bolsonaro was elected. ( I am currently out of creative, minor insults at the moment. May update when I have one). He is a champion of the conservative agenda and pretty much hates the environment. He has done absolute squat to help the Amazon survive. Plenty of other conservatives were elected to positions of power after Trump was, just google it.

So when we vote, we must remember that we are not only voting for ourselves but for the rest of the world AND the planet/environment.

Conservatism is outdated. It fails to keep up with the realities of our world, consistently denying what is right in front of its nose. It puts people at unnecessary risk, all for the sake of refusing to grow with the times, refusing to evolve, and refuting change.

This wave of conservatism has been DEADLY. 1.21 million people have died worldwide from Covid, 231,000 of those have been deaths within the United States. Poland passed a law outlawing abortions, ensuring back ally abortions will resume, endangering the lives of millions of women. Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, and Missouri passed heartbeat bills (Iowa’s, Kentucky’s, and Mississippi’s were invalidated by the courts). With our new conservative court, and you all know my feelings on that, I fear that could happen in the United States as well.

So when we vote, we must remember that we are not only voting for ourselves but for the health of our friends, family, neighbors, and the rest of the world’s citizens.

These past four years have taught us a lot. Not just the obvious, that a celebrity Cheeto puff cannot be president. But, that we need to separate show business and politics. Just because it is called the world stage, doesn’t mean we need actors and show hosts parading around.

As much as everyone loves to talk about how they hate politicians, we need them. It is literally their job to understand government, to make connections with foreign governments, to handle the inter-workings of government.

We have also learned how desperately we need to rid ourselves of the electoral college. The founders of the United States created the electoral college because they thought that the regular citizen was too uneducated to understand government. So, it served as a fail-safe so that politicians could always end up choosing who would be the next president of the United States. We don’t need this now. Let the people choose the president by popular vote. Don’t make our votes mean less based on where we happen to live.

Our lives are at stake, our planet is at stake, our futures and our children’s futures are at stake. So I hope that you vote or have already voted. Unless you’re like me and your ballot got rejected :\. (I fought back against the decision, so it should end up being counted don’t worry).

But now you’ve voted, and you are riddled with election stress, don’t worry you are not alone. I’ve got some tips for de-stressing, and I thought I would share.

  1. Limit your social media time. Social media will be a mess today with people constantly talking about the election.
  2. Take a break from the news. If you live in a house like mine, the news is always on. Turn it off. Go for a walk, take a well-deserved break. We aren’t going to know the results for a while anyway.
  3. Drink water! Make sure you are staying hydrated, and you are taking care of yourself.
  4. Surround yourself with your loved ones. I know a lot of us are not near family right now (miss rona y’know), but call them, facetime them, zoom with them! Keep tabs on one another and make sure everyone is taking care of themselves.
  5. Go to the grocery store. Depending on where you live, there is a high possibility of unrest no matter which candidate wins. Make sure you have what you need so you can stay safe inside in case the outside isn’t.
  6. Keep hope that progress can still happen regardless of the results. Maintaining hope might be hard but necessary.
  7. Play with your pets. Your pet will always love this, and petting them will help regulate your stress levels.

Those are just some tips I found that I thought I would share. Meditating, journaling, and breathing exercises help as well.

This post has been absolutely all over the place, but I have a lot of thoughts and feelings.

I’ve seen this quote floating around Instagram and thought I would end with it:

Vote as if your skin is not white, your parents need medical care, your spouse is an immigrant, your land is on fire, your child is transgender, your house is flooded, your sister is a victim of gun violence, your brother is gay, and your water is unsafe. Privilege has no place in an election, but empathy does.