WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

In plain sight

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!

15 comments on “In plain sight

  1. equipsblog
    May 17, 2021

    Your post reminded me of this poem. If someone doesn’t speak up then there will be nobody left to speak up.

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 17, 2021

      Yeah, that one rings out very loudly these days. I think the problem right now is that too many people still have “It can’t happen here” syndrome. Well, it IS happening here. In plain sight.

  2. pinklightsabre
    May 17, 2021

    Thanks for shouting into the bag and sharing Kevin.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 17, 2021

      Can’t help myself! Besides, my wife is tired of listening to my rants. 😉

      • pinklightsabre
        May 17, 2021

        It’s good, appreciate the rants here Kevin. Any excuse to have you darken my doorway!

      • Marie A Bailey
        May 18, 2021

        I have to chuckle at this because I’m tired of hearing Greg’s rants.

      • Kevin Brennan
        May 18, 2021

        In all fairness, I can get Sue ranting along with me a lot of the time. 😉

      • Marie A Bailey
        May 19, 2021

        Same here … Greg can have that effect on me which is why I try to avoid his rants 😉

  3. kingmidget
    May 17, 2021

    I share our angst, but I’m tending towards moving on with my life and trying really hard to not let this stuff get to me.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 17, 2021

      I’d have to live in a cave to keep it from getting to me! I guess the important thing is not to let it become all-consuming. So … it’s scream into a paper bag time.

  4. Marie A Bailey
    May 18, 2021

    Please do move forward with journaling your angst. I’ve step away from the MSM for the most part. I might skim headlines but often even that is enough to make my blood pressure rise. These days I tend to get my news from SNL’s Weekend Update and Colbert.

    I never thought it would be easier after Biden was elected, but I honestly didn’t expect to find that Q and Trump own the GOP. There’s a lot that makes me angry and increasingly more that makes me scared … like SCOTUS taking up an abortion access case for their fall session.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 18, 2021

      I might burn out after a while, but there’s just so much heinous stuff going on now that it all needs to be acknowledged. It’s like they’re burning down the house with us inside!

      I also expected the GOP to start backing slowly away from Trump. It’s all so bizarre. He must have something on literally everybody in the party …

      • Marie A Bailey
        May 19, 2021

        I hope they start backing away. Apparently some Republicans have the spine to do it now. History is not going to be kind to these people.

      • Kevin Brennan
        May 19, 2021

        Remember what Bill Barr said: History is written by the winners …

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