Woke up this morning wondering if we still had a Constitution

In case you missed it, last night around supper time the President had a group of peaceful protestors teargassed in Lafayette Park so he could walk across the street for this photo op in front of St. John’s Church — the so-called “church of the presidents.” Also teargassed were a core of clergy standing in the patio (front entry) of the church, who were handing out water, hand sanitizer and first aid supplies.

When I saw this picture last night, I thought, which sections would I recommend the President read? (The Bible is, allegedly, his favorite book — something he said on the campaign trail in 2016.)

There are plenty of candidates. My mind just keeps churning and churning. I am SO angry. I can’t stop repeating my “trouble psalm” (Ps. 48: “G-d is our refuge and strength”).

This picture is sickening. But even more sickening is what this man is doing to us in the name of … I don’t even know what. WHO WOULD WANT THIS SITUATION? WHO WOULD ACTIVELY SEEK TO MAKE IT WORSE?

~ by Servetus on June 2, 2020.

31 Responses to “Woke up this morning wondering if we still had a Constitution”

  1. Watched this live on our local news last night (I live in VA but work 2 blocks from this church/the White House). It was unbelievable. The horror and confusion as the park was brutally cleared, then to see what it was for was so shocking. Though at this point, I shouldn’t be shocked by his shamelessness.

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  2. I am so sorry. I see the news and I can’t help wondering the same thing. Why? I am not a religious person but my heart goes out to you and all the others who are in this situation. Stay safe.

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    • I had a hyperreligious childhood, and thought I had resolved it into a moderate religiousness that emphasized the right things. But honestly, scenes / photos like this disgust me on a level I was not previously aware I could feel. If this happens in the name of religion, the people who are calling for the end of religion are right. It needs to go.

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  3. I woke up to the same news this morning. As an outsider, I usually stay away from commenting on US politics. But this morning, when I heard and read about this, I felt tears stinging in my eyes. I am worried for you and all my US friends.

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    • It’s insane. I don’t think that anyone would dreamed this would be the endpoint of the Trump administration (a pundit this morning called it a Götterdämmerung) but here we are. Your concern is justified.

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      • If only it is the endpoint…

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        • My more extremist friends are now all speculating about how it ends. I still think we’ll rub along — Trump causing chaos — until the election, and then no matter what happens, there will be a cataclysm. Either he will win and there will be riots in the streets, or he will lose and the same thing will happen. I hope I am wrong.

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  4. Only now daring the news… how the eff is the man still president? This feels like an American Tiananmen Square in the making.

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    • I figured that was the next step. That he was egging violent protestors on and that they’d approach the White House last night and he’d have them fired on. He didn’t have the guts this time but I am still concerned that is the next move.

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  5. Watched it live and felt my stomach start to hurt. Came moments after him invoking the Second Amendment in a very creepy way. His priority of pandering to his base (Bible! guns!) at a moment of national racial crisis pretty much says it all about him, and continues to be deeply painful even though it’s nothing new from him. Glad the angry response of the DC Episcopal Bishop got such broad news coverage.

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    • I didn’t hear the preceding speech until after the attack on the rioters but I agree — what the heck does anything of this have to do with the Second Amendment except if he’s asking militia to come out and shoot?

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    • Right. His comment on the second amendment was like a non sequitur, but it was intended to let his followers know it’s OK to use guns now.

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  6. This has been the most frightening day of his presidency. And with Barr standing right next t him! At least, and this is the very least, most reasonable people saw this for what it was. IMO, it was his way of countering the jabs he received from hiding in the WH Bunker during protests. I happened to attend my nephew’s wedding in that church. At the time, I was thrilled to see the White House right across a lawn. Now, not so much. This idiot has been straining to flex his martial muscle since his inauguration, and before. He’s been lucky in the most perverse ways – that the killing of another black man by the cops caused protests and the inevitable looting by a few small numbers, so that he can divert from his failed handling of the pandemic. As you know, from the beginning, I held out hope that the senate or the courts or the people would reign him in. But now I fear the worst – the very worst. One by one our constitutional safeguards have been dismantled. My last glimmer of hope is that maybe he’s gone and will go too far, that minorities and independents, and reasonable republicans will have enough and will come to the polls or send in ballots that will finally vote him out. But he can do a lot of damage between November and January, even if that happens.

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    • I am right on the same page with you here. I don’t know how we make it to the end of the year as a nation if there are many more days like this one.

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  7. It’s all so terrible. We recently watched a self defense/workout video in which the guy doing the demo accidentally knocked his partner out with a little too much pressure to the neck standing up. I can not believe an officer would kneel on someone’s neck. It should be unthinkable. I’m glad he’s been arrested.

    We had peaceful protests here for days. Then the sister city had a curfew and their rioters came over here and started pitching frozen water bottles at the police. All the violence and destruction needs to stop. The rioters and looters are taking attention away from all of the peaceful protesters.

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    • yes, I think there are several distinct groups trying to exploit the situation currently who have absolutely nothing to do with Black Lives Matter.

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    • NYPD police officers, and maybe also in other jurisdictions, used to be trained to place a foot on a downed suspect’s neck if he resists. I thought that practice was abolished years ago.

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      • That’s horrific, Perry.

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        • Practically speaking, it allowed one officer to restrain one suspect with one foot, while still giving his attention elsewhere, if necessary. As I said, though, I thought the practice was abolished. On the other hand, I just read that in Minneapolis, 44 suspects in five years were rendered unconscious by neck restraints.

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  8. I’m horrified.

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    • I’ve now seen video of Army trucks traveling through Washington DC, so I suspect it’s about to get worse.

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  9. It really really irritates me that Trump pretends to be Christian (in an attempt to rally supporters) when he is such a blatant example of what it is to be un-Christlike. 🤔😒

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  10. I saw a news report about this and it gave me the creeps. All this to get reelected, it’s despicable 😦

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