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EERILY FAMILIAR

Having a major déjà vu moment.  The feeling in the national zeitgeist right now seems very similar, and eerily familiar, to the 1990s when Timothy McVeigh bombed Oklahoma City in his anti-government, anti-liberal act of terror.  Pulling on that string of instinct I ask myself, “WHY does it feel so much like that time twenty-two years ago?”

I recall the horror that our nation felt when the innocents were slaughtered and the buildings crumpled.  And, I recall President Bill Clinton coming to the podium beseeching the Right to put a halt to the hate-talk-radio venom being spewed into the heads of the susceptible.  It was so clear that all the hatred directed at our government was based on the Right’s inability to accept a Democrat in the White House.  The violent anger inspired by a political loss resulted in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Democrats lost this last 2016 election, bigly, and so the violent uprising in the streets and in the “air” is not caused by angry Democrats.  Oh, we’re angry alright, but when we take to the streets it is in peaceful marches, holding our signs up high and demonstrating our power in sheer numbers.  No, while the feeling of violence is the same, the cause is the Right again — this time they won the election, and they take this to mean that they not only won an election — but that they are conquerors and the rest of us have to bow down and concede that they were right all along.  After all — the president lets the far Right know that he’s really with them … the dog-whistles are loud and clear — and this time we can all hear them.

Trump won.  They won.  The rest of us lost.  Surrender.

 

 

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