D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
Here in the South we’re always “fixin’ to” do something.
This week the nation is “fixin’ to” inaugurate a man who—according to nearly half of the voters—didn’t rightfully win the presidential election. I’ll stop short of telling you my opinion on all that, but I will say that it’s going to be hard for Joe Biden to ever claim he’s the legitimate winner when multiplied millions disagree.
But, I digress.
The point is, there’s going to be an inauguration.
Well, sort of. It’s not your typical inauguration, but has anything been typical, of late? We’re living in the “Days of COVID” and all norms have gone out the window. But that doesn’t mean Biden and his team are going to roll over and play like they’re sleeping. They’re coming out of the basement for an inauguration unlike any other, in fact.
If all goes as the Democrats plan, Biden will be sworn in on January 20th in the middle of the craziest pandemic (and ensuing lockdown) this country has ever seen. The event, itself, should prove to be a bit of a downer.
It’s expected to be the tiniest inauguration in American history (as far as physical attendance goes.) Picture one of Sleepy Joe’s rallies with circles drawn on the lawn. Like that. The viewing stand near the White House has been dismantled, so the usual overflow crowd won’t be there. Bummer.
It’s already feeling like a bit of a dud. (Again, like one of his rallies.)
If Biden’s pre-inaugural YouTube gala (last Saturday night) was any indication, Americans won’t be rushing to turn on their TVs to watch history in the making. The Hollywood-studded gala was only viewed by 24,000 people. Contrast that with Trump’s speech from the border wall in Texas, which garnered over 800,000 views.
Tell me again how Biden won this election?
Oh, right. That’s material for a completely different kind of article. But it does lead me to my next point: Trump won’t attend the inauguration. That’s a story in and of itself. But, he’s decided not to be there. Pence will go in his place. (Am I the only one who thinks this reads like a script for a Columbo episode?)
What Biden will be lacking in real guests, he’ll make up for in National Guard troops. Hey, don’t knock it. That’s 25,000 people who will be attending. But with all of the military presence, D.C. is already looking like a scene from The Hunger Games. CCTV cameras have been installed all over the Green and Red Zones. One can’t help but wonder why this crazy amount of effort has gone into such a minimalist celebration.
They’re trying to avoid a replay of what happened at the Capitol on January 6th. I get that. But, this seems pretty over-the-top. It would seem there are more troops on hand than D.C. saw during the BLM/Antifa riots a few short months ago.
According to a report from The Gateway Pundit, “In the days leading up to the Biden inaugural, the nation’s capital has been turned into an occupied military zone like Baghdad. In fact, there are more US troops in the nation’s capital today than in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan combined.”
From what I’ve read, Biden is actually worried that some in the National Guard will turn on him. So, the FBI is vetting troops over fears of an inside attack.
Am I the only one thinking our Columbo episode just took a twist?
Biden will be sworn in on the steps of the Capitol building, like so many who’ve gone before him. There won’t be the traditional trek down Pennsylvania Avenue. (Is anyone remembering Trump and Melania, who wore that beautiful blue dress just four years ago?)
Sorry, I didn’t mean to get off-track again.
Point is, Joe won’t be making that walk or receive the accolades of hundreds of thousands of onlookers. There’s going to be a “virtual parade.”
I have no idea what a virtual parade even looks like, do you?
The inaugural balls have been canceled, as well. No beautiful gowns for the ladies or tuxedos for the gentlemen.
It’s looking and sounding pretty sad: No dancing. No parading. And, (if I’m understanding correctly), no buses, streetcars, or other forms of transportation. They’ve all been shut down.
Other than that, it’s going to be a fairly typical inauguration.
The whole thing feels pretty surreal to me, like it’s not real. Only, they’re passing it off as real.
Regardless, I suspect we’re “fixin’ to” have a week no one will ever forget. I can only hope it’s not as crazy as I worry it might be.