Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Coming off a year in which I kept a detailed political and cultural journal as a way of both coping with the pandemic and chronicling it, I feel like I’ve been sitting on my hands so far in 2021. A lot has been happening, but I haven’t kept detailed notes like I did last year. And when I dip now and then into that journal, Infamy: A Journal of Our Darkest Year 2020, I realize that there’s a lot of value in documenting what’s going on in this volatile era.
So I decided that I’m going to have to use this blog as a venting outlet from time to time. It’s my paper bag to scream into, but it’s also a way to broadcast things that need to be noticed by more people. Why? Because the MAGA/QAnon cult is trying to take our democracy away from us, and this gives me some serious angst. I don’t want to be sitting in a concentration camp one day chastising myself for not doing anything to stop the downward spiral.
I know. I’m one pitiful soul in a tiny town. Who’s going to listen to me?
It doesn’t matter. I’ll have used whatever tools are on hand to try to make a difference.
If you’ve read Infamy, you know where I’m coming from politically, so if you don’t like left-leaning opinions and occasionally shrill warning calls (sprinkled with plenty of curse words), I imagine you won’t like these posts. That’s okay. I’m trying to reach people who might not be as obsessive as I am about gathering facts that should affront us all. Sometimes it only takes one more piece of information to activate someone, so I’m going to put facts out there that might just be the last straw for that kind of person.
Here are a few of the things that killed my soul last week:
• Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia tried to rewrite history by comparing the January 6 insurrection to “ normal tourist visit” to the Capitol.
• The chance for shenanigans in the Arizona ballot “audit” rose precipitously when the Trump-friendly company doing the recount (Cyber Ninjas, for cryin’ out loud) had to pack up more than 2 millions ballots to clear the venue for pre-scheduled events. I’m sure they won’t lose any of them …
• Conservative groups have been writing the voter suppression bills for the various red states interested in keeping Black people from voting in 2022.
• The GOP (or GQP, as many are calling it now) kicked Liz Cheney off the leadership team for criticizing Trump over the Big Lie. This on the heels of Kevin McCarthy saying he doesn’t believe anyone’s questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
• Many political analysts theorized that if the GOP wins back the House in 2022, they won’t certify a Democratic presidential win in 2024. This is highly believable, given what we’ve seen over the past six months. Rick Wilson thinks a Republican-held House will even impeach Joe Biden. You know. Because they can.
• QAnon-loving representative from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, literally stalked AOC in the halls of Congress, either trying to bait her into a response that will go viral or to stoke fundraising. Icky and scary.
You get the idea. We’re at a moment of truth in this country, and, to my thinking anyway, the more vocal we are about our resistance the better our odds of preserving this democracy.
Buckle up, mateys!