Back in 1970, Walt Kelly put these words in the mouth of his cartoon character, Pogo. Last week they came true, "thanks" to no one other than the President of the United States.
In normal times an attack on our Capitol by insurrectionists would have been condemned at the highest levels of our government. But these are not normal times. This unholy attack was caused by President Donald Trump, aided and abetted by Congressional Republicans, who have lost all sense of duty, honor and patriotism. The Republican Party has passed into history and has been replaced by the Trumpist Party.
Why do I write this in a blog that deals with spirituality? Because the attack on our Capitol is more than just a moral disgrace. I can't say that the attackers had any real understanding of what they were doing. They were beyond clear thinking and judging. Beyond morality.
Aided and abetted by our President, they showed that they had dehumanized themselves. As a result they fell into the spiritually deformed hell of mindless killers--killers of our government, of our Constitution, and even of our fellow humans.
I am furiously angry at what the insurrectionists did. But I am not angry at them. I mourn for them. More than correction, they need resurrection. I specially mourn the youngest among them, like the young man pictured hanging from a balcony. All that youth, all that possibility, all that hope and love, being horribly wasted! Because of a spiritually dead President.
Donald Trump leaves behind him a wasteland of millions of Americans who permitted themselves to be led into a spiritual swamp of ignorance, suspicious and hatred. It will take a miracle to restore far too many of our brother and sister Americans to reasonability and genuine caring for the soul and wholeness of America.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, "We have given you a republic, if you can keep it." Our founders knew that in order for America to live and thrive, we need a strong family life, a a strong faith life and a strong sense of public service. Our President and the insurrectionists attacked all three. But they are not "others." They are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We have a very serious family problem.
May God bless us with the understanding and will to restore our beloved country to the ideals of our Founders, and to be graced with the love and beauty that God desires for us and enables us to achieve.