I fear we are into an American uprising. In only 9 days. A mere beginning, the situation has become a swiftly moving one. Volatile. I pray it does not reach the ultimate and turn into a shooting confrontation.
Do not say it could not. It definitely can. Look how far our country has come in only 9 days. Events leading up to this situation prior to the 9 days, not part of the serious physical confrontation which awaits. Our country is in a non-physical confrontation 365 days a year.
The humvees yesterday in Washington suggest that which is to come. Reminds me of the Hungarian Revolution in the 1950’s. Serious and not serious the first few days. From empty beer bottles being thrown to actual gun shooting to the Russian tanks coming into town. The tanks were the end of the revolution. Many had to escape in order to avoid death.
The troops standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial yesterday of concern also. Why?
Trump claimed the first day that vandals had marked up Lincoln. Nothing heard from Trump since nor anyone else claiming they viewed the vandalism.
Yet yesterday, the military in huge numbers were protecting the Lincoln Memorial.
Trump going pro-religion suddenly. The picture of him standing in front of St. John Episcopal Church holding a Bible in hand. There is a similar photo making its way through the internet this morning of Hitler in the same pose Bible in hand. No question, the two are birds of a feather.
Another reason I fear a shooting confrontation is that the protesters are not backing off. In fact, they add something new to the protesting each day to keep the authorities off base.
Trump will go a step too far and the protesters will retaliate. And then it will be a revolution. A shooting one.
A gentleman on TV yesterday said, “My America changed.”
I do not have his name. His story as told by him yesterday on national TV interesting. Reveals also how persons not participating in the protests may be thinking.
The man lives close to the White House. On a street the other side of Lafayette Square. His home in an affluent area. About 50. Articulate.
His home a series of steps leading to a leveled area behind which is the front door. He was standing outside in front of the door watching the protesters running down the street past his home. They were running from the horses, tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades.
Somehow the protesters had been turned down his street. He looked ahead and saw military waiting at the end of the block for them to arrive.
The whole thing did not look right to him. He says all he could think at that moment was “my America changed.”
Suddenly a couple of the protesters asked if they could enter his home. Escape into his home. He said yes and then permitted anyone to enter. Waving them on to come inside his home.
Seventy made it.
The horsemen and other authorities came and placed themselves before his home. Insisting they come out. He refused to let them out. None wanted to leave.
It was obvious the 70 would be staying overnight. Food became an issue. Pizzas were ordered delivered. Arrangements were made for the pizzas to come in through a back alley so the authorities would not confiscate their meal.
The seventy slept in the man’s house. He said anywhere a bare spot on the floor could be found.
When the seventy left the next morning, the authorities were gone.
His America changed for him. It is changing for many of us. Where and how will it end?
A significant happening which could influence the outcome of the confrontations is whether Americans will shoot at Americans. Those on horseback, in the military, etc. They are all Americans. Different nationalities, color and whatever. The protesters the same as them.
I cannot believe in the final analysis that American will shoot at Americans. No matter what orders given by whom, including the President.
Already leaks in the dike are appearing. Some policemen kneeling with protesters. Yesterday, a Chief of Police.
Los Angeles the best reflection of my thoughts in this regard so far.
Keke Palmer is a woman of color and a popular TV host. She asked a whole contingency of National Guard to march with the protesters. They said they could not. They could not leave the intersection they were guarding.
She then asked them to kneel with her and the protesters. All of the National Guard, each and every one, kneeled!
Keke’s words leading up to the mass kneeling: “Stand together with the community, with society to stop, stop the governmental oppression.”
My sense monday when Trump stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church bible in hand was that he was trying to firm up his evangelical base.
It appears to becoming a religious base at the moment. Yesterday, Trump and Melania went to the Shrine of Pope John Paul II. Left a wreath of flowers. Pictures taken, of course.
The Archbishop of Washington is black. He chastised Trump for bringing religion, and specifically the Catholic religion, into the fight. Just as the Episcopalian Bishop had chastised Trump the day before for his photo op in front of St. John’s.
I do not believe Trump is actually going to further visit churches of other denominations for a photo op or anything else. I share with you now something I briefly wrote about 2-3 months ago.
Remember Steve Bannon? A Trump supporter at the beginning. Close to the President. Trump eventually fired Bannon because, if I recall correctly, he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. A no no if one is affiliated with Trump. All publicity goes to the Leader.
Bannon was a huge influence on Trump before, during and after the campaign. His sole intention and goal in life is to upset existing governments. He wants to change who runs and influences society. In many instances, change merely for the sake of change.
The man a bit of a nut. Though a smart one.
Bannon has spent the past 2 years involved with the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He wants to change things within the Church. From the Pope down.
The Catholic Church is split. Liberal and conservative. Bannon has become a huge influence with the conservatives. From Cardinals down.
He has been instrumental in making Pope Francis’ life difficult.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the far right conservative arm of the Church. Its membership active and retired Bishops and other members of the Catholic hierarchy.
The organization’s offices are in Washington. It is a significant lobbying arm for the organization’s beliefs.
The Bishops’ organization and Bannon walk hand in hand.
Bannon and Trump became “friends” again about 2 years ago. I sense this friendship influencing Trump’s visit to Pope John Paul’s shrine yesterday.
So much to write about. I am trying to limit what I write not to what has occurred. You can get that off TV and the internet. What I do try to share are my thoughts concerning these happenings.
Tonight, Cocktails at 7 with Cathy in Seattle. Seattle is having its protest problems. The conversation this evening should be especially interesting.
Enjoy your day!