Quoting From “A Tale of Two Cities
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
This is the opening paragraph from one of my all-time favorite books by Charles Dickens, published in 1859. Think about how relavant so much of what he wrote is today - but especially yesterday.
The Dems officially took back the Senate just as Trump was inciting the seditious rioting at the Capitol. The rest of the quote can be applied to much of what has been happening for the past four years - except it’s harder to find the Light, and hope and belief, as Dickens asserts.
As for yesterday, one of the most egregious facts, that has me very upset, was the stand-down of police actions to thwart the rioters, to arrest them in the act of breaking into the building, and then instead, to round them up slowly and gently long after the curfew went into effect - and do what with them? Arrest them or let them go? I stopped watching.
I was at the Senate side of the Capitol with Debbie Halprin the day the Senate voted to confirm Bret Kavanaugh. There were many woman standing around and sitting peacefully on the steps of the building who were ordered to leave by the Park Police. When they refused, they were summarily rounded up, handcuffed, arrested, and loaded into a bus to be taken to jail. I did not witness any of that yesterday. I read that a small number of rioters were arrested, but the overall lack of action toward those people by the police reeks of either an order to hold back or some sort of misplaced deference to a violent group of mostly white people. Either way, it’s disgraceful. Compared to how those same police prepared for and then reacted to much more peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, smacks so much of overt racism, that we cannot deny there is a dual system of justice In this country. I am hoping the Biden Administration will work to rectify that from Day One. This is not the 1950’s and ‘60’s! Let’s hope that “the season of Light” and “the spring of hope” are about to become our new reality.