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Insurrection: My Prayer for Our Country

After a sick and sordid 50 year career of cheating, stealing and lying, corruptly conning banks, employees, associates, vendors, and ordinary people out of their money, ruining thousands of lives, running multiple businesses into bankruptcy, and so much more (sexual predation, incitements to mob violence, etc), mob boss wannabe Donald Trump, now buried under a mountain of lawsuits and pending criminal indictments, I believe, is certain to face trial and likely be convicted of serious crimes.

At a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021 former U.S. President Trump repeats his unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Trump had presented more than 50 lawsuits to state and federal judges – many appointed by Trump – which were all investigated and then dismissed as no merit in facts. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

As for paying the price for the insurrection, all power rests with the DOJ. You want to have faith in Merrick Garland and his prosecutors to do the right thing, not just to bring this gangster sociopath to justice, but also to prevent any future Trumps from trying to pull this stuff off again.

Members of U.S. Capitol Police try to fend off a mob of supporters of former U.S. President Trump’s Big Steal lie. One man uses a flag pole like a spear as the domestic terrorists storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, January 6, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Leah Millis | Reuters via Wikimedia Commons.
A Washington, D.C., police officer was beaten during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Peter Stager (in red box) with a flag pole after being dragged by Jeffrey Sabol (leaning over officer with baton in hand). The crowd screamed, ‘Shoot him with his own gun.’ This stopped when the officer pleaded that he had a wife and children. The following day the officer suffered a heart attack. Photograph courtesy of FBI via Wikimedia Commons.

What troubles me in the long run is the number of elected Republicans who continue to suck up to their disgraced former president, and continue to raise prodigious sums of money, just as Trump does, and even more disturbingly, the loyal unflinching Trump cult, those millions who continue to support, even adore this man and what he represents.

Of the 874 domestic terrorists currently apprehended, interviews with the DOJ revealed that 30% of the rioters had not bothered to vote in the 2020 presidential election. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I search for signs the tide is turning and we are creeping back from the brink, re-engaging with democracy and rejecting the tyrannical minority rule of the radical right. Bring back moderation, thoughtfulness, maturity, kindness, generosity, courage, patriotism, fairness, truth, and strength – the best of our political system, Republicans and Democrats alike.

That is my prayer for America.

A color guard from the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) stands at attention on the east steps of the U.S. Capitol. Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
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  1. Neal

    July 9, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for your thoughtful analysis of who the guilty parties are in the January 6, 2020 uprising. Although I voted for Trump, I will not defend his actions. If the court finds him guilty, so be it. Serves him right. All I ask for is a fair trial where both sides are equally represented. That is the American way.

    However, when you’ve got a court made up of people who are biased against him (yes, even these so-called Republicans who have publicly professed their disdain for him) how can you say this is a fair trial? Hypocrisy rears its ugly head when the sins of the right are being corrected yet the sins of the left are not being addressed.

    Explain where justice is when Hillary’s orchestrated so-called Russian conspiracy led to a one-sided impeachment after 4 years of silly unsubstantiated drama. Explain why Hunter Biden is still walking around free despite damning evidence available even before the elections? There are more evidence of graft and corruption that Biden was not qualified to run in the first place. Even his dementia is even now being covered by his handlers and the mainstream media. Explain why the BLM bullied their way to the downfall of major liberal sanctuaries without any arrests. Yet many of the participants of the Jan 6 uprising have been in solitary confinement for these past 2 years with nary a hearing.

    Do you honestly think we are in a better position now than 2 years ago before Biden took over? The economy is in a free-fall with no real solutions in the horizon. Think of the bungling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, think of the 2 million plus illegal entries from the Southern border, the soaring gas prices (literally starting from Biden’s first week in office), think of the violent crimes, etc. The liberals have full control of the government now, their agenda, their vision is in place. Be honest, is it working?

    I think the first problem is “labeling.” Many are liberals or conservatives first before they are Americans. Both sides do not do what’s best for the country but rather what’s best for their party. It is a broken political system. The fact that we have to choose between the 2 worst candidates from both sides (ie. Bush vs, Gore, Bush vs Kerry, Romney vs Obama, Obama vs, McCain, Hillary vs, Trump, Trump vs Biden) is glaring evidence that corruption has eaten its way into the election system.

    The second problem is bias in media. Why do you think Fox News, who almost single handedly represents the right, has a wider audience than any of the left? It’s because Americans recognize crap when they see it. Don’t get me wrong. Fox has its own shit going.

    What really gets me is when these news organizations proclaim they are unbiased — “news that matter, honest news, the voice of the people, we bring you what you want, we challenge the status quo, a media company for every need, the future of journalism is her, unbiased opinions every time, spreading love, etc,” — and people believe them. Everyone is biased. Some just package themselves better than others. Media thrives in controversy. The more they pit people against each other, the more important they become and the more profit they make. That’s the honest truth. They sensationalize to feed our gluttony for scandal and to line their pockets. In fact, I blame media for the rise of hate crimes — foolish, impressionable nut cases believe their crap and take matters into their own selfish hands.

    The third biggest problem is naivete. People refuse to believe there are evil/sinister players who run in the shadows and who will stop at nothing in order to promote their ideology. To them the end justifies the means. It’s more about power and control … not too much because of greed because they already have the wealth. They no longer struggle to make ends meet. They are already financially secure. They view the population as pawns to their godless chess game. Fear them most of all.

    I believe most people (not just Americans) want a political system that is fair … has its checks and balance and have friendly discourse of competing ideas. Sadly, I don’t think that’s possible anymore. The ingredients of good government are gone. This, I believe, is where the miracle of prayer is really needed.

    Traveling Boy is a great website. It offers a variety of interesting original topics. I wish there were more websites like this.

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    • Ed Boitano

      July 14, 2022 at 8:04 am

      Neal – Thank you for taking the time to write such a long and thought provoking message. Your comment that “Traveling Boy is a great website” has not gone unnoticed. It is due to readers like you that makes us continue on.

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  2. JohnF

    July 12, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    Sad truth recognized again that perception becomes truth for the masses or as Lavrentiy Beria said “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime”. Sure Biden and Trump are guilty of crimes….and so are You! For all have sinned.
    Satan himself was an ‘Angel of Light’…. (Not the truth). Joseph Goebbels could make Hitler look like a saint. We call it propaganda. Democracies have never lasted very long. The Greeks failed. The Romans tried to improve upon Democracy by establishing a Republic which is what we have in the US. The Roman Republic lasted 400 years before being replaced by Imperial Rome. Our Republic is just over 200 years old and seems to be failing already. The ideals are noble but in the hands of billionaires, big tech, big pharma, big government, big media, corrupt educational institutions and corrupt Dept of Justice….What do you expect? You reap what you sow. As far as Trump is concerned he at least made us energy independent and created jobs, strengthened the military, and tried to do something about immigration. Biden on the other hand is a fool besides being corrupt and heading up a crime family. Meanwhile, Pelosi runs Soviet-style show trials with no cross-examination or examination of opposing evidence on the insurrection where Ashli Babbit was shot to death by the Capitol Police for no discernable reason. What to say? 94% of Democrats under age 30 now want Biden gone. Perhaps Ron DeSantis from Florida can at least set us on the right path….one that recognizes God at our head and reinstitutes some semblance of justice and sanity in our society.

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  3. Ed Boitano

    July 14, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Hey, JohnF – We appreciate your kind and thoughtful message. It really does serve as a history lesson for many of us.

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