Here it is the first week of January 2021–A New Year! Just one day after my 74th birthday! After coming through 2020 alive and reflecting back on an unprecedented all-around terrible year globally–slow responses to the raging COVID-19 global pandemic; public disinformation from supposed leaders, social media, the news media–who do we trust? where is the truth?; pandemic-related economic crises and increasing unemployment; equality for all; climate change; remote education failings again due to the pandemic, and the list goes on!
I had high hopes that our lives would be redeemed in 2021….Yet again, another tragic history-making day in the United States–one that can’t be ignored here on my blog page if I am to be true to my “Our Unbounded Heritage…” website; a day that definitely hasn’t been ignored by our people, our congress, world leaders or their peoples’ opinions, and especially noted within the isolation and loneliness of my widowed lifelong friend who phoned me from Rhode Island crying about the unbelievable turn of events taking place in our country–by far the most famous country in the world for its unlimited opportunities, democracy, freedom of speech, technological innovations, its leadership in the world’s economy and its military strength. What’s happening to us?
Not since August 24, 1814 (207 years ago), as the War of 1812 raged on and British troops marched into Washington, invaded, and set fire to the U.S. Capitol Building (among others) has “our light on the Hill” security been breeched. Yet today, domestic terrorists from across our United States stormed the Capitol Building as Congress persons were debating the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification–as required by: The United States Constitution (particularly Article II, Section 1, and Amendment 12) and on the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and amended and codified in Title 3 of the United of the States Code in 1948. The date for counting the electoral votes is fixed by law as January 6 following each presidential election (3 U.S.C. §15), unless the date is changed by law. For example, when January 6, 2013, fell on a Sunday.
United Kingdom’s online “Independent” news boasts that it employs over 100 journalists around the world and that their news is from truly independent journalists who can be trusted. If you want to get the perspectives of their journalists who report to people “across the pond,” I included this link to the timeline they assembled from yesterday’s activities: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/capitol-riots-what-happened-washington-dc-timeline-b1783562.html.
This post was so difficult for me to write that it is now, Thursday, January 7, 2021, and I am struggling to sum things up and be finished with it. I am disappointed, dismayed, deeply saddened, and still in disbelief as our Congress continues discussions about how we proceed to be governed over the next two weeks before President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, get sworn into office. (On those same steps that were stormed yesterday by an ugly and unruly mob–those same steps that lead to the dome where the bronze Statue by Thomas Crawford stands with its classical female figure of Freedom wearing flowing draperies. And to the four persons who died, their families and friends, the multiple others on both sides of the insurgency, please know that you are in my prayers that we can learn from this event and move forward to a more unified future and happier days.
See also: This day in History, January 7, 1789.