On January 6 we saw people attacking the US Capitol, expressing rage at our corrupt and useless government. Many of the protesters were violent opportunists, but the rest were genuine patriots with serious concerns about voting integrity and the direction our nation is heading in. Members of Congress hid behind doors and desks, fearing for their lives. The media made a point of showcasing the Shaman guy wearing Viking horns. It was quite a spectacle. Really, it was mostly a circus, orchestrated to make Patriots look like radicals while the real radicals looked like victims.
As I watched our frightened leaders cower behind any solid objects they could find for safety I hoped at least one of them would eventually emerge and accept some responsibility for what happened. But it never happened. Instead they blamed Donald Trump for inciting violence. They blamed certain social media sites for allowing free speech. They brought in tens of thousands of National Guard soldiers. They built fences and walls. They threatened to investigate and prosecute loyal Americans with prison time.
But not one of them admitted to any fault. Not one of them said that maybe, just maybe, if they had listened to the American people and done their jobs as our sworn representatives, that none of this might have happened. Instead, they called the people who voted for them "insurrectionists". Our representatives, the people we pay for, are so out of touch with reality that they now hate us, fear us, and laugh at us. And now they're building walls for protection and chasing after us as "domestic terrorists".
What has happened to our nation? How much longer can we survive?
We're now in a time when people who support the US Constitution and the rule of law are portrayed by the media as dangerous extremists while at the same time people who embrace authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and Fascism are trotted out as defenders of democracy.
Right is left. Left is right. Up is down. Down is up.
Welcome to Orwell's 1984. It arrived a few years late, but it no doubt arrived.