The More Things Change.

November 5, 2022. A little more than three days out from what will likely be a very explosive day. I do hope not explosive in the literal sense of a bomb going off. Figurative I am certain of. Could be some violence. No, almost certainly there will be some violence. Pushing and shoving. Punches thrown, if not landed. Certainly harsh language will be unleased. One way or another a certain landscape will be altered. For better or worse–depending on which contingent of participants gets to claim victory. Such final determination won’t be settled on those few days from today. Likely won’t be settled for days and days. Maybe weeks. Before the smoke clears. Before the rancor ends. If end it ever will. After all this contentiousness among millions of participants started years ago, with mostly harsh language being the main weapon of choice. Along with finger pointing. However, in the past couple of years, the finger pointing and verbal assaults have escalated into actual physical violence. Of a most alarming and anxiety inducing level. And at this moment, whether any blood may be shed–as not long ago shed it was–is anyone’s guess. The figurative, if not literal, combatants, are making final appeals for their way of thinking and doing. But only time shall tell the tale of a soon to be battle for control. There’s that saying about certain conflict’s end result: to the victor goes the spoils. Alas, I predict. There will be. No. Winner. But lots of spoils to be fought for again and again. You know. How history works. In repetitious ways. In the year 1605, notably also on November 5, a person named Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament in London. He failed. He had his reason to be dissatisfied with King James I, whom Fawkes felt was persecuting Roman Catholics. So, 417 years ago that November 5 date hasn’t completely faded from historical memory. Conflicts come and kinda never go. Ya think? Remember, remember, the 5th of November. The gunpowder treason plot. I can tink of no reason, the 5th of November should ever be forgot (author unknown?). Did I just use the word treason? Like I said. History repeating itself.

About jharrin4

mass communication/speech instructor at College of DuPage and Triton College in suburban Chicago. Army veteran of the Viet Nam era.
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