The president is defiant, Congress is impeaching, and the final days of the Trump Presidency are set for a climactic ending. So now what?

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Photo by Mike Maguire, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

This is the piece I never thought I would have to write.

Two of my Ordinary Times colleagues have laid out the events of the last few days far better than I can, so I will refer to them by way of review. …

Rise against the unworthy schemers who, far from wanting law and order and freedom, only use such words to entice others into subjugation.

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The seal of the Commission on Presidential Debates reading, “THE UNION AND THE CONSTITUTION FOREVER,” hangs above the stage of the first presidential debate of 2016 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Photo cropped from photo by Brian Allen, Voice of America (Public Domain).

In one of the greatest moments in American rhetoric, FDR leaned to the microphone to announce publicly that D-Day had commenced, and then lead the nation in prayer for the in-progress Allied invasion of Normandy. His words weaved imagery of home and loved ones with the brutal realities of a world at war. Though framed as a plea to the Almighty, it is one of the greatest speeches on the necessity of fighting for freedom, the cost such fighting demands, and how the price must be paid, though it be high. “Lead us to the saving of our country,” he intoned to close what is now known as “A Mighty Endeavor”, “and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. …

Think wearing a mask strips you of liberty and dignity? Try being on a ventilator.

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(Getty/Arc Illustration)

Though not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights, some folks treasure the right to be epically offended by the minor inconveniences of life. Wielding the rhetoric of freedom like William Wallace’s great sword, they see themselves as hunting down liberty infringements. What is important is fiercely resisting any and all external impositions, no matter how beneficial they are to the collective good.

The opposing forces are equally committed, championing the doctrine of one-size-fits-all administered by the shoehorn of expert opinion. …

We should understand that because of the technology of the day, we may well be the most recorded and documented generation in history.

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Photo by Andrew Donaldson

“Re-examine all you have been told” wrote Walt Whitman: “Dismiss what insults your soul.”


So why do you even bother with politics, anyway? Why bother engaging on social media, or watching the news, or trying to keep up with current events and the news of the day? The notion of “standing athwart history and yelling, STOP” is one that, for the most part, will get you summarily ignored if not washed away in a tidal wave of inevitability, trampled under by the tweeted hooves of stampeding group think. …

It is becoming clear Parler did not do their own due diligence in the design, intention, and operation of their product.

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Composite graphic. The Parler logo is copywrite Parler.

The line from most folks since Amazon Web Services “de-platformed” the Parler social media app has been concerns that it was arbitrary and an example of Big Tech censorship. Thanks to court filings, Amazon is now painting a very different picture, one that goes back to months of warning Parler about the content they were allowing:

Amazon hit back at Parler on Tuesday after the alternative social media site filed a lawsuit against the corporate giant this week following its suspension from Amazon Web Services.

Parler on Wednesday entered its third day of being offline after Amazon Web Services cut off the upstart platform from its cloud hosting service following last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. …

It was all under control, you see, so carefully planned. The Show of Shows on this Day of Days for the Make America Great Again faithful.

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Rioters occupying the west face of the US Capitol, 6 January, 2021. Photo by Blink O’theye via Flicker (CC BY-NC 2.0)

There was what was supposed to happen, and what really happened.

There was this moment where it was all under control. The throngs of the Trump faithful were arrayed in front of the stage, framing the White House beyond, waiting for a rally with the president himself. The usual suspects of Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani had worked the crowd up and primed the pump for the main event. The former warning congress that if they choose to go against Trump “we’re coming for you” and the latter blubbering about wanting a “trial by combat.” Then the president took the stage, and all seemed just as it had for the hundreds of other rallies before. …

We as a country are in for a national season of dazzling, baffling, and spreading of a big old hot political mess.

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A manure spreader. Photo by Juscafresasa, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, goes the old adage that is misattributed often to WC Fields, blind them with bulls%^&. With the Georgia runoff, Joint Session of Congress to certify the 2020 election, and increasingly unmoored president and his die-hard supporters running out of time, and a whole bunch of folks needing to preen and position themselves for what they think is coming next, we as a country are in for a national season of dazzling, baffling, and spreading of a big old hot mess.

It was hard to tell who was more demonstrative in exhibiting their frustration Monday: Georgia Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling at the podium or David Cowen, expressive official American Sign Language interpreter for the state of Georgia. “It’s whack-a-mole again…Groundhog Day,” an exasperated Sterling vented at the podium while Cowen gestured demonstratively for the hearing impaired. Last month, Sterling stood at that same podium alternating between anger and pleading with everyone from the president on down to stop spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 election in Georgia. Now on the eve of the Georgia Senate Run-off here he was again, flanked by Cowen to his right and a chart of “Fact vs Fiction” to his left going over many of those same conspiracy theories again. …

In eulogizing Chuck Yeager, a broken telephone pole in West Virginia seems an unlikely place to start. But it is the perfect place to start.

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Retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager prepares to board an F-15D Eagle from the 65th Aggressor Squadron Oct. 14, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Photo by Master Sgt. Jason Edwards, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Of all the things that will be said, written, and remembered in eulogizing legendary pilot Chuck Yeager now that he has passed on, a broken telephone pole would seem an unlikely place to start. But it is the perfect place to start.

Jutting out over the embankment, where the sliver of flat land on which the doublewide I spent my first decade of life living in sat turned to a steep drop down to the Elk River, no one cared, much less asked, how it got there in the first place. With one end buried who-knows-how deep and the other sticking six or seven feet out into the air at a 70 degree angle to the river below, to adults — had they noticed it at all — it was an eye sore. To my mother, whose only son insisted on climbing all over it, feet dangling above what she was sure was my imminent fall and certain death, it was a terrifying menace. To my father, it was a good place to look for a missing hammer or screwdriver, or his missing son for that matter, as I put nails and screws near the airborne end of the pole in semi-planned rows and clusters. That’s the problem with adults sometimes, and parents in particular; they just don’t get it, can’t see it, won’t appreciate how awesome something is with all their stuffy rules and silly warnings and fussing over minor technicalities. I never did fall, at least that my mother ever found out about lest I be banned from further adventures. Those weren’t nails and screws, despite what the grownups thought — they were controls. …

Faith and politics are not strangers in America, but this is coming at it a tad high. Did we as a people learn nothing from Star Trek V?

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“Returning from a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, I asked the pilots of the Marine One helicopter if I could photograph from the cockpit as we approached the White House.” 7 March 2014 Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via White House Flickr stream [Public Domain]

With the President’s fortunes in the election, in court, and just about everywhere else going poorly, there has been an upswell in his supporters making appeals to a higher authority to try change the tides of fate.

“We seriously, sincerely cry out to you,” former Congresswoman & presidential candidate Michele Bachmann prayed on a tweeted video: “We ask you, O God, for deliverance, that our country may continue to know freedom. Would you deliver these races in Georgia, O Father? …

If you think these conspirators are about what is better for America, electorally or otherwise, you’ve lost the plot. It’s all about them.

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Retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn at a campaign rally for Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona 29 October 2016. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

With the vast array of unsavory characters currently involved in “election fraud” theater, and in no particular order, let’s start here for brevity:

1. Sidney Powell
2. Thomas McInerney
3. Michael Flynn
4. Anyone supporting, encouraging, or tolerating their lunacy

I’m going to try my level best to get through this with my bearing intact, because this latest disgusting vileness from these cretins is reaching new depths. Also note, I’m not going to link to a lot of this information like I normally do because I’m not going to line the pockets of these wicked reprobates. …


Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Vet. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag, Writings found @arcdigi & elsewhere. Writing about food, folks, & faith at Yonder & Home

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