Today is Friday, but it is not a typical Friday, so I’m not going to treat it as such. Two days ago, a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol and flew the Confederate Flag inside the building – something that never even happened during the Civil War.
If I have to explain to you why pushing your way into our country’s Capitol building and threatening the lives of our Senators – and delaying the certification of the presidential election – isn’t a bigger deal than looting Target or Black Lives Matter protests, then I probably can’t explain it. There are no two sides here.
I had such hope on Wednesday morning, when Georgia saw its first ever Black Senator and first ever Jewish Senator elected. Then just hours later, that hope turned to dread as I watched the events unfold in Washington DC. I wish I could say that I was completely surprised by what happened, but while I was shocked, after the last four years of steady escalation, I would have been more surprised if the confirmation of the election results had gone off without a hitch.
And as I said Thursday on Twitter, Happy National Gaslighting Day. Already too many people are attempting to blame “Antifa” while publicly known figures participated in Wednesday’s events. President Trump incited the violence and encouraged his followers to walk down to the Capitol. If trying to now say that’s not what happened isn’t gaslighting, then I don’t know what is.
Clearly, I’m not writing a normal “Friday’s Frugal Five” post today, because it feels wrong. We are still in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic and record numbers of Americans continue to be infected and die due to the virus. So yeah, while I did some frugal stuff this week and got some great runs in, I’m not going to talk about that.
Life goes on more or less like “normal” for my family right now, for whatever can be considered “normal” during a global pandemic and an attack on your country’s center of government. But that doesn’t mean things are anywhere near normal this week. We are just a few weeks away from Inauguration Day, where we will hopefully usher in a new and better era for our country. I just hope and pray we can get there in tact.
PS. Wednesday was my husband’s birthday. Definitely not one he’s likely to forget.