When liars in government who are elected to help us govern lie about how getting to be elected works, that’s not a political difference. It’s a broken promise.
That’s all America is, you know. It’s a promise Americans make to each other that we’re going to treat each other like equals under the law. All the Constitution is, really, is a promise about how we’ll govern ourselves.
America is a never-ending unfolding of that promise. No generation of Americans has lived up to that promise, but this generation has loosed the vipers in a way unseen before. In oldtimey days, the vipers crawled around openly, but in the post-WWII era, our social and political leaders killed a lot of vipers, but not all of them. Many of them went underground. Viper handlers have been seeking them out, feeding them, and breeding them for the last few decades.
Since 2016, the vipers of this generation have been crawling around, getting bolder, and poisoning the foundations of the society laid by the people who won against the Nazis abroad and the lynchmobs here.
On January 6, 2021, they attacked. They were turned back, and now–at the eleventh hour (after the eleventh hour, really)–some of the viper handlers are saying, “oops.” Some of them are saying stronger things, to be sure, but none of them so far have said, “kill the vipers.” And, to be clear here, the vipers are not people. The vipers are white supremacy, religious bigotry, kicking people when they’re down, and cynicism about government.
But government is us. Only us. Saying government doesn’t work is saying my neighbors aren’t worth my trust or good will. America isn’t magic, and the Constitution isn’t handed down from on-high. It isn’t supernatural, it’s just super-natural. It’s just a promise for people we make to each other.
So be a viper-killer. Keep the promise.