This is short and sad.
Over on Rawstory there is a story about DC officer Fanone titled ‘Trump loving DC Cop finds himself isolated after telling the truth about Jan 6’ … sorry I don’t know how to link to it and I am on my phone. Basically it says that he is isolated. He voted for Trump in 2016 because he believed all the Thin Blue Line propaganda and then on January 6 found the insurgents beating the cops with the flags. After speaking out, the Right not only does not support him but instead vilifies and threatens him. And the Left does not trust him. Meanwhile he deals with physical problems and PTSD. What a sad place to be.
I have been wondering how to show emotional support to him, not intellectually in a post but in a real tangible way. This man is a hero, a flawed, reluctant, anguished, angry hero. He should not be suffering alone when he stood up and told the truth. The others who testified, the ones who committed suicide, the ones who are suffering in silence, the ones who don’t know what to think or feel, I wish I could show them some tangible compassion and support for defending our democracy.
I have to confess that am normally very wary of LEOs and have many reasons not to like or trust them. But I teared up when I read about Fanone’s isolation and tried to imagine what it must be like to understand that what you thought was real support was actually dross, that the people that you thought your enemies don’t suddenly and overwhelmingly become your supporters because you did the right thing and that there is a chance you might give up because you overwhelmed by life.
Sometimes life sucks.