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American Epiphany

By Barry Taylor

"The spirits that I summoned up, I can no longer control." -Von Goethe

On the sixth of January, The Feast of Epiphany, a day of revelation, something unsavory was ‘revealed’ on the steps of the US Capitol building as elected officials gathered to perform a political ritual. The mob that invaded the Capitol and attempted what seemed to be at least an attempt at the disruption of political process and at the worst a very disorganized coup, revealed the dark, conflicted soul of America. In spite of all the ‘this is not who we are as Americans’ comments, this is actually exactly who we are; a nation mired in conspiracy theories and disaffection, polarized and divided, unable to distinguish fact from fiction. In fact, often conflating fiction for fact. 

The revelation, the epiphany, is that things long allowed to fester in the collective psyche have risen to the surface and exploded the myth of American tolerance and generosity....

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