Several events have transpired over the past 24 hours. I believe that these events’ simultaneous occurrence is no coincidence. In the Christian year, yesterday marked the Feast of the Epiphany. In Washington, D.C., lawmakers gathering to certify the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had their eyes opened, many for the first time, to the true horrors of the Trump regime, as manifested in the coup attempt featuring an invasion of the Capitol and Senate and House office buildings. From the tone as well as content of many of the Senators’ speeches during the subsequent debates on objection to the certification, this event was of the nature of another epiphany, albeit of a very different kind. Meanwhile, we have passed the end of the third and final phase of the winter solstice. Sunrises are now beginning to get earlier, albeit at a very slow pace.
It’s my hope that the gradually longer periods of daylight we’ll be experiencing will be matched by an increase in thoughtful, reasoned discussion centring on the key issues in both houses of the U.S. Congress. Last night’s debate, particularly in the Senate, certainly seems to have been a hopeful augury.