Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day in the year, and the day the sun turns back toward the earth. The day all those human beings were sacrificed through the ages to bring The God back-- and it WORKED!!! All of our ideologies "work" the same way! "Let it be!" said the Beatles. You can't beat that for a life-giving attitude. Let the sun go if it's going! Let it come back if it comes back! We can't do that with The God. We have to impose our will with our supplications and votive offerings and even human sacrifices. We are stupid in so many ways. Let's see how many ways we can not be stupid any longer.
Joseph Campbell said, "One should find, and learn to live out of, one's own center, and be the source of one's own for and against." This cannot be done without killing the dragon with "Thou Shalt" engraved on every scale. We cannot submit to the expectations and mores of parents and society, and speak with our own voice and follow our own sense of what is called for in each situation as it arises. What is ours to bring forth is unique among the ages, and we cannot give birth to ourselves following the dictates of "Those Who Know Best" (Truman Capote). We are different from everyone else, and must have compassion for our different-ness, and courage to befriend it by living in ways that allow it to shine through and be known all along the way!
The next time you hear a politician denouncing/decrying socialism ask them who pays their salary. Ask them who pays for their health insurance. Ask them who pays for their housing. Their meals. Their eye glasses. And all things pertaining to living their life. Then ask them who pays public school teachers and employees, including equipment and facilities. And who pays law enforcement officers, including equipment and facilities. And who pays military service men and women, including equipment and facilities. And who pays all politicians, including their equipment and facilities on all levels of government, national, state and local. And then ask them why it is okay for taxpayers to pay all these people, and it isn't okay for taxpayers to pay for their own health care out of the taxes they pay which pays for all these people. And why isn't it okay to subsidize their own salaries when a pandemic forces them into joblessness, the way their taxes are used to subsidize farmers when crops fail, or businesses and corporations, including air lines, when their income is disrupted by a pandemic? Ask them why socialism is okay in all these areas, but it isn't okay for the people who are paying the taxes that support people in all these areas. Ask them that. And don't let them put you off with anything less than a completely satisfactory answer that explains clearly why you are less worthy than any of these other people of benefiting from the very taxes you pay. Don't let them go until you know why you aren't as important as all these other people are. Your taxes benefit them. Why do politicians oppose your taxes benefiting you?
The term "Truth Commission" seems to have limitations and restrictions that would interfere with its implied purpose of getting to the truth, so, let's call it "The Katie Porter Grand Inquisition" (The very Katie Porter who is the Representative from California's 45th District), and authorize her to determine the most efficient and expedient way of getting to the bottom of "Who authorized whom to do what to whom, where, when, why, and how-- in regard to everything done under the Trump Administration from start to finish, including what laws were, or may have been, broken, and what penalties have been called for that need to be applied to see that justice is done and grievances addressed, in every instance, with no exceptions or exclusions." And have her do it however she determines it needs to be done. Beginning on January 21, 2021.