January was a crazy month. A lot of times we have the oldest grandkids here for Christmas Break and get to ring in the New Year with them. Not this year, but Ally did send me a picture of herself outside in the snow in Clyde. 🙂 We had a quiet night at home and voiced our hopes for a better year ahead, adding in our black eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day. 🙂
From there we moved on to watching excitedly as Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock were elected to the Senate in runoffs in Georgia, assuring a Democratic razor thin majority with the VP being available to break any tie votes. Although Trump kept complaining that his election was “stolen” and “rigged,” and his supporters became more and more vocal, we were just kinda holding our breath till Inauguration Day could get here. Trump continued his tirades as well as his illegal activities, trying to get states to “find” more votes in his favor, threatening more lawsuits even though 61 legal actions had already failed, and eventually telling Vice President Mike Pence (erroneously) that he could stop the certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6. Although I’ve long been a political junkie and very tuned into politics, I don’t think I could have told you before this year exactly when the Electoral College meets or when the votes are certified in the Congress. Due to the events of this year and last year, I certainly know now.
We watched in horror, along with any other thinking or caring person, when Trump riled up his supporters in a rally and sent them off to breach the Capitol on Jan 6. Who would have EVER imagined a violent insurrection would take place in this country, with people killed, maimed, threatened, terrified? I am still shocked. Honestly, I thought there was a risk of violence that day. But in my head, the violence would involve fights between various groups or maybe between protesters and police (though I figured the police would take it easy on whitey). I was worried about someone having a weapon. It did not cross my mind that these rioters could take over the Capitol. Not only take it over, but desecrate it, kill a police officer and hurt many others. (Side note: this is the “BLUE LIVES MATTER” crowd?) Beating officers with flagpoles flying the American flag? I thought these were the “patriots” who held the flag in such high esteem? And then, eventually, most of them just walked away, some of them with help getting down the stairs. What the hell. You know if this had been a Black Lives Matter rally, anyone who’d attempted to enter the building would have been beaten up, arrested, and/or killed. I have so many questions.
We still managed to get to Inauguration Day, extremely changed with limited attendance due to Covid and more security than ever before. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were finally sworn in. Now we have SO MUCH work to do but at least the horrible Trump Administration is gone.