The Revolution Chess Game

Yesterday I watched a composite video with analysis of the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan 6. It was disturbing, to say the least.

I’ve been trying to figure out my feelings of disaffection, looking for the source, and as I watched it (link below) I realized that they began when Trump won the election and reached full fruition on January 6. That day I expected drama in DC because it was the day the votes of the Electoral College would be accepted. Watching that on my phone as I did yard work, I was stunned when suddenly it turned from the obnoxious verbal posturing I expected to something very different.

I have a mind, personality, that automatically tries to see things from the other guys’ perspective. That “Walk a mile in his moccasins” thing hung in our kitchen and the Bible verse about not judging the mote when one has a beam was hammered into me. I’m grateful for that, but I’ve also learned that isn’t necessarily how the rest of the world operates. The reality is that we must live with people we don’t see eye-to-eye with. It’s just how it is and the mote, moccasin and beam has made that pretty easy for me over the course of my life. But now I realize that day, those events, pushed me over the edge.

I can’t do that any more. I live in a broken country.

I’ve been watching the Hemingway documentary on PBS. I hesitated because I like Hemingway and during the 80s — 00s he was pretty much discarded as a good writer because of his (alleged) misogyny and racism. Since I spent my career in academia, I knew about this and stopped standing up for the guy. I figured his work spoke for him and he didn’t need me. We are all people of our era, inescapably so. Since it was Hemingway’s “job” to sell books (and himself) he wasn’t going to be anything BUT a man of his moment even as he redefined fiction writing for the whole world. I believe that it’s the work of an artist that matters. Whatever life we have, we have. The moccasin thing applies to dead people as well as living, IMO. So, when the documentary came out, I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it. I have been surprised in a good way.

In the second episode, the documentary takes Hemingway to Spain where he covered the civil war. The photos are harrowing and his words even more. As I watched and listened, I thought about my country. Those fucks who stormed the capitol were hoping to start a civil war. They believed they were the vanguard of a revolution. They were ready, willing and able to kill their fellow countrymen to keep Trump in office. They believed they were upholding the Constitution by violently violating it.

I don’t know much about the Spanish Civil War, but I know a little now than I did. One of the “players” in that nightmare was Joseph Stalin who sent operatives to Spain to “support” the resistance. The bad guy was Franco (I knew that) and the “philosophy” Franco represented was fascism. He was supported by Mussolini. So like a sinister chess game, these two bullies maneuvered the people of Spain into killing each other. It went very very far, so far that Stalin (who LOVED killing people) tortured and killed many of the Spanish resistance that he purported to support because their Communism wasn’t “pure” enough.

So yesterday Biden sanctioned Russia for cyber interference in our election.

I don’t have an answer to anything. But watching the video yesterday which was a composite of footage from the actual riots, recordings of law enforcement and forensic analysis of the events, I realized that the source of my disaffection isn’t Covid. Finally it registered. My heart is broken and I don’t want to live in the Untied States of America.

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16 thoughts on “The Revolution Chess Game

  1. Your post and the sentiments (frustrations) you’ve expressed re: the Untied States of America have given me a lot of food for thought. More so as I heard this afternoon about another shooting. Sorry if my comment is so long, but here’s my take:

    I’m probably not one who should be commenting, as I’ve never had any desire to live in the US and certainly not now. You’re welcome to come to Canada. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Regardless of our politics we’re generally a more laid-back bunch. I can’t promise that will always be, but I hope so.

    On the other hand, are things in the US really worse than other parts of the world — or do you all just expect more? Is the political manipulation chess game not played in other nations? What can we as pawns in the grand scheme do about govt conniving?

    I don’t believe for a minute that Pres Trump ruined the US; I think society has been headed for a crisis for a long time and all this PC, supposed to give everyone their rights & respect, has actually done the opposite somehow. Actual respect for leaders, country & authority in general have hit such a low, everyone feels they have the right to be RIGHT, to complain, and shoot it out if they’re not happy.

    The thing that really grieves me, and I’ve stated this before, is that “the salt has lot its savor.” Rather than continuing as a preservative, a witness for love and mercy, it seems Christians have been drawn so far into the political arena and the violence thereof. John Darby taught that so many of Jesus’ instructions only apply to a future earthly kingdom. “Turn the other cheek” and “Love your enemy” are for a future era, not now. And too many Christians have accepted this thinking.

    My final thought is that whatever the kingdoms of this world may be up to, Jesus still offers us a place in his kingdom of peace, for anyone willing to take out citizenship. “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls,” still applies.

    • These people who call themselves “Christian” don’t seem like it to me. They seem very mean, intolerant, unforgiving and it seems they cherry pick scripture. A lot of them have come out of a kind of “church” that literally teaches racism and paranoia. One church that’s prevalent down here and all over the US now is telling its parishioners that the vaccine is the mark of the Beast. That’s one thing, but that people believe it is another. I think they use words to attract a type of people who aren’t thinking and certainly not witnessing for the love of Christ. I don’t understand at all. I agree that Trump didn’t cause the problem; he’s the fruit of or a symptom. But he incited the riot on January 6. I think all this began 20 years ago, at least. I think it emerged out of the paranoia resulting from when the Twin Towers fell.

      The stability of our government has been a major feature of the United States. We’ve historically found a way to get along with each other. We don’t now. I don’t think things in the US are worse than other parts of the world. Not so far. I think people fear that if we can’t get our act together it will be like some of the worst parts of the world.

      My next door neighbor said something shocking and disturbing to me and that has made it very difficult for me to continue not knowing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Anyway, I’m very sad and confused. I guess you know that. โค

      • A religious relative sent us a link about this COVID vaccine danger. I clicked just to see where it was coming from originally and You Tube had deleted it. Which is fine. We’re disappointed he’s actually passing on this idea. Mark of the beast I hadn’t heard. That would go back to Darby and his pre-millenial teaching. Sigh…

        Re: Christians not liking you (or anybody.) Reminds me of that old Peanuts cartoon where Lucy accuses Charlie Brown of not loving his fellow man and he wails, “I LOVE mankind. It’s people I can’t stand!” We all have an idea about how loving we should be. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’ve heard a number of disillusioned people with much the same complaint about Christians and it makes me (and Jesus) so sad. I wish I could offer more than an “I’m sorry.” We did a bit of checking around when we first “got religion” and I well understand. We have congregations at Center, Olathe, and Easton, CO and you’d be welcome to visit any of them, if you want to check out Christians who hold to a more traditional Mennonite faith. I could send you names and phone #s if you ever want to talk with someone.

        • โค Thank you. I'm good with God, I think. He seems all right with me, too. I look at Christianity and ALL the bloodshed and turmoil it's endured since the very beginning, how it's been used politically and as a power thing so many many many times but through everything that ONE commandment and its corollary finds their way again and again to the surface. I truly believe that God won't let go and the small good thing an ordinary person does can ripple through eternity. Center, by the way, is here in the San Luis Valley. Mennonites are very active in this immense (in area) community. I think that's very cool.

          • That’s interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll know our ladies because they wear a type of black “cap” for a head covering. the name Goodnough will likely ring a bell with them –we’re the only Goodnoughs in the conference and Bob and I both write. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I have been thinking quite a bit about finding another place to live. Where is a hard question, especially in my stage of life. And I’m not sure anywhere could be better than Oregon. It’s the PLACE, not the rest of it. But the debate goes on.

  3. These divisions filter down to communities and the personal. I am now surrounded by it on a small scale where I live in a condo community. I am shocked and then I think of this past 4 years and I am less shocked. Perhaps I just didn’t see it or just didn’t want to. I dunno. The need to be “right” just puts up walls where they aren’t necessary. I still cringe when I see video of January 6th. I want to look away every time. But we really shouldn’t. I have no answers either.

    • โค I am very afraid that as a nation we will look away. Maybe that's all right. 415 people have been arrested so far. You are so right when you say that the "need to be 'right' puts up walls" — yeah. It's put a wall between my neighbor and I. Maybe it will come down but at the moment, I don't want to engage. We've never exactly been friends, but very friendly and supportive acquaintances who liked each other OK. I have always known on some level, but when she brought it out into the open, I could no longer ignore it. I didn't way anything because what is there to say? It's very very sad and it's everywhere. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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