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Present Trauma

I’ve been trying to come up with something to write about this past week. About January 6th specifically. Try as I might, I’m not finding the words. There are a lot of feelings but so many words have been written about it since and I’m sure will be written about that day for years to come, that my words seem inadequate, to say the least.

Feelings. I’m feeling in shock. Traumatized. Despondent. Hopeless. Yet there is also some hope mixed in there. Hope that this is the beginning of righting our country’s course and hope that the anticipated continued violence and unrest doesn’t materialize. Fear. Fear that such violence and unrest will actually continue for months to come. That’s a pretty scary thing to face. And I’m afraid it’s a very real probability. This week seems to have unleashed the evils that have been brewing for many years, even before the current presidency. It was all there, hiding, waiting to be given some permission, some legitimacy, and that’s exactly what this president did.

Treason? Insurrection? Sedition? He’s guilty of all of them. And we are the ones who suffer. He will leave the presidency and we will be paying him a lifelong pension, lifelong secret service protection, and a hefty travel budget. He doesn’t deserve any of it. That is a good excuse for impeachment. It won’t remove him from office but it will strip him of those benefits and of any pardons, or self-pardons. At least thatl’s what the experts say.

There’s so much to be said about this. I’m sure words will not be spared. But we also need to take care of ourselves. What we witnessed and what we’ve read about the Capitol takeover is traumatizing. We’re in shock. Even if we don’t realize it, we are all in some kind of shock.

Take care of yourselves. Be nice to yourselves. Take time away from the news. Be kind, especially to yourself.

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