Here’s an interesting update and a good way to look at the happenings.
Another quote from insurrectionist William Reid: “I’m clearly flawed but my issues stem from a single problem: I drink to self-medicate. People close to me, including my former girlfriends have told me that for years. I never listened, I rationalized”
This goes right to the heart of “IF WE AREN’T CHANGING MINDS WE ARE LOSING”
I know I’m not one to lecture about diplomatic "sensitive’ dialogue, given the steam under my collar, but that doesn’t make me blind to the reality that so many of these tough guys, especial the types that gravitate towards a hero mirage are sad lost folks, often (with surprising exceptions, Rhodes as case in point, but then he was a leader, and not the chum.) under educated, under experienced, hurt and pissed off that their dreams have turned to dust. Anger is easy to rile up. To blame others is easy. Destroying is easier than creating. Personal soul searching takes effort. And a little help, often in the most unlikely of places, sometimes by the unlikeliest of people. But liberal types gotta do a bit of their own waking up and improve our own understanding of underlying driver, dealing with ourselves as well as with others.
Nov 30, 2022
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell discusses Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, having been found guilty of seditious conspiracy for his role in the January 6th Capitol Riot and explains a pattern that keeps coming up in Capitol rioter’s sentencing procedures.
As despicable as some people are, there’s alway that little kid in there, one who wasn’t given breaks, or blew the breaks given, either way, it takes help to dig out of our holes.
Despise the behavior, but don’t forget the hurting lost soul inside the human.
Then again some do so much damage, . . .
That’s why we need pragmatism along with a heart.