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Line in the Sand: American politics reaches a breaking point

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A column header designed for Night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews opinion from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it’s me Jamie “eye wide-open” Miller here with another issue of Nightlight. Now, readers, I gotta say before I get into this story, I am angry, I am saddened and I am frightened. All as a result of one man, Donald John Trump. I must be honest, I have been mad at him, his policies and his Cabinet for a long time. This is just the straw that broke the camel’s back on the topic of my tolerance for this reckless madman. Once you have people storming the U.S. capitol with guns and flags I’ve had enough. 

Now Trump’s presidency has in general been the equivalent of one slow-moving train ramming through a village made of glass… Well, the train just ran through city hall. On Wednesday as the Senate was voting to confirm Biden’s presidential election, legions of Trump supporters, turned-angry-mob, decided it was a good time to bust into the Capitol building and try to take their pound of flesh figuratively. It literally looked like that scene from “World War Z” where the zombies pile onto each other to get over the giant wall. It was total chaos. One man used a riot shield he somehow acquired to bash a window and climb in. Another small group of men used a window washer platform to scale up the building. You literally had idiots just wandering around the building, I mean literally, there was this jabroni in a gas mask looking like an extra from a “Resident Evil” movie who got fired for a racist tirade. I mean this guy literally walked past the cameras in one direction and then came back from another! 

You had senators cowering on the ground with a few guards with pistols aimed at a door with broken windows and some nincompoop staring through the broken glass like a racist Jack Torrence. Idiots were running around the building waving confederate flags. In fact, there were a lot of flags – some Texas flags, a crap ton of American and Confederate flags, and in one case one flag that was the two combined in a paradox so huge I’m surprised NASA didn’t report on it. And also a flag that appeared to be for the U.S. Military, which I’m sure just thrilled our men and women in uniform. 

They also did extensive damage to the Capitol, a building with so much history, ransacked because one narcissistic, the delusional president told them that the election was rigged, the rival party to his sought to do them harm, and that the government was corrupt – all allegations with zero evidence to back it up. I hold him just as responsible as the people who actually physically participated.

It’s like Trump is this uber influential cult leader and his supporters are his fooled cultists. They think they see everything and yet they can’t see what’s right in front of them. That the real enemy isn’t the Democrats, it is Trump and his rhetoric of anyone who disagrees with him is wrong and the enemy.  He has, in four years, ticked off most of our allies. He spouted off numerous absurd and borderline comical conspiracy theories including about the election as in his words when talking about big tech aka those who dare to put warnings on his posts about the legitimacy of his claims, “We took them by surprise and this year, they rigged an election, they rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before. He hurls uncreative and pathetic insults at his enemies and goes after his own allies if they don’t go along with his every word and whim. He’s supported violence against protestors. Unless they support him of course as in his words or rather tweets, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”  And he took what seemed like eons to condemn the Klu Klux Klan among numerous other transgressions.

So to those who share my opinion, I implore you to please, please take into consideration that these people while out of touch and in some cases racist, are still people. And in all honesty, we can’t sink to their level, to steal a quote from a comic I wrote, we must show mercy on the animals lest we become them. We must rise above them. But do not confuse my words, I am not saying we should just turn the other cheek. This needs to stop NOW! And to Trump’s supporters, I say just stop. While your tenacity and loyalty are somewhat admirable, I guess, you’re championing a lost cause. Same with when some of you fly Confederate flags, you’re championing an idea that died long ago… I get it you’re scared of what the future holds, life is changing, the old ideals are burning away, but they need to burn. You guys go around saying make “America great again,” but that sentiment in itself is flawed. for two reasons, One, everyone seems to see the past through rose-tinted lenses. But as I’m sure numerous members of the civil rights movement and the LGBTQ community would beg to differ. That is what people like Trump don’t get, history never looks kindly upon bigots. So, Mr. Trump, it’s over, game, set, match. You lost. Move on before you do even more damage to yourself… and everyone else.