…from the New York Times
“Outside the street’s on fire in a real death waltz…” Bruce Springsteen
[ Editor’s Note: Today we honor the dead of January 6th, at the hands of the Trump gangsters intent on remaining in power at any and all costs. It was a hardy effort as the Trump White house has been a collection of political sychophants that will be long remembered for their greed and selfishness.
America stands on a precipice, one that cannot be wished away, or the task sluffed on to someone else to deal with. We will have to fix this, and it will not be easy. The Trumpers are pumped up by the half that believe the big lie, and then the Republican whores that salivate being in office forever with no potential removal to worry about, or ever being tried for corruption.
All of us have to put our shoulder to the wheel where we have the talent and time to do so. There are variables we cannot control, like what the courts will do, when a lot of this will be in their hands. If we fail, we will be looking into emptiness in terms.
It brings to my mind one of my favorite Springsteen live reditions of Jungle Land, done in Hyde Park 2009. It’s just wonderful. I have the YouTube for you below, but here are two of the verses for what we are facing now.
Outside the street’s on fire, in a real death waltz
Between what’s flesh and what’s fantasy
And the poets down here
Don’t write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand
But they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland
This is the best version that I have seen the band do, to a fabulous crowd in Hyde Park. Enjoy… Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 1, 2022
WASHINGTON — President Biden forcefully denounced former President Donald J. Trump for promoting lies and tearing down democracy because he could not stand the fact that he lost a free and fair election.
…“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” Mr. Biden said, standing in the same National Statuary Hall invaded by throngs of Trump supporters a year ago.
“He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest and America’s interest, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution. He can’t accept he lost.”
…“Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America and American democracy.”
…“This wasn’t a group of tourists,” Mr. Biden said. “This was an armed insurrection. They weren’t looking to uphold the will of the people, they were looking to deny the will of the people.”
…Mr. Trump fired back moments later from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America,” he added. “I say, let them have it because America sees through theirs [sic] lies and polarizations.”