The last few days I have really begun to wonder "what have you done Cody" and "was this really the smart of an idea?" Since moving to Washington, DC from Houston, Texas I have been seen and experienced things I never would have imagined even in my worst-case scenarios. I left Houston two weeks ago today and arrived in DC on the 30th of December. My roommate, who works on Capitol Hill, and I knew that January 6th was going to be rough, I have previously written about it which you can find here, but neither of us expected what occurred.
The tension in the Capitol could honestly be cut with a butter knife. As I live 0.3 miles from the Capitol building itself I am right in the thick of it. Today the FBI released the intel it had about armed uprising across the country in all 50 state capitols and starting the 17th Washington, DC. To prepare for this they are mobilizing 15,000 National Guard troops to be in the nation's capital.
When I went grocery shopping today it looked like the end of the world with all of the different sold-out things at the two different stores we went to. I am a little nervous about how things will turn out because on the 6th they had disrupted Verizon cell phone coverage and so I had a phone that was not connected. We also have our TV and internet through Verizon so it could all possibly get knocked out. I really am starting to doubt myself and my decisions and honestly who would not. Since I have moved here the capital has been broken into and bombs were placed around the city. It is something never in my worst dreams I would imagine,
I also see people fighting and arguing about politics back at home and I wish for 1 brief second they could see what I see up here. When the violence is in your backyard it means an entirely new thing. It is downright scary and my poor roommate has to go to the hill at least twice a week for work. He is scared because of his office location being right next to a window and people walking right by below. I have been thrown for a loop with jobs because I was going to work on the hill but now that idea is a lot scarier. I know it is overall safe there but there is a burning what if in the back of my head. Hopefully, people can start taking a deep breath and we can see what has become of us.
Armed protests are not going to solve anything with a nation so divided. We have to get back to talking again and this really goes for both sides. The division has been a time bomb and we as citizens pushed it to far, The idea of the 50 capitals having protests and Washington DC is something I would tell you would never happen until what I saw on the 6th. That really changed everything for me and while I believe in citizens' voices being heard that was not it at all. That was disgraceful and embarrassing. We need to do better we must do better and we can do better.