I woke up outraged, embarrassed and disappointed in myself. The source of my outrage was realizing the previous inadequacy of my outrage.
Yes, like your mom’s “good china,” outrage should only be busted out on special occasions. Like, for example, efforts to shrink the size of the American electorate through purely partisan voter suppression laws. These laws and proposals have nothing to do with “voter ID.” And efforts to categorize them as such are themselves cynical, deflective and dishonest. If an organized plot to disenfranchise, discourage and impede qualified American voters doesn’t trip your “outrage trigger,” what does? If clear attempts to actually rig future American elections don’t turn your outrage burner dial to “10,” what would?
Maybe an armed insurrection at our Capitol? Maybe a coordinated, violent attack whose aim was to simply overturn the results of a valid election and effectively overthrow the government of the United States? Maybe an attack that was carried out with the knowledge and even cooperation of government officials and institutions? And then maybe a gaslighting clown parade of deniers followed by a caboose full of cowards who refuse to investigate the darkest day in American history? Maybe brazen traitors masquerading as “peaceful patriots” and “tourists”?
I woke up outraged, embarrassed and disappointed in myself. The source of my outrage was realizing the previous inadequacy of my outrage. Problem corrected.