There are many delightful, old, archaic and arcane words that I wish were still in use – like ‘snaithe,’ which is a single thread within a larger cord, or rope. It was often used in reference to magic, and the alternate time-lines and reality-lines caused by invoking spells.
And then there are the words, and the concepts that created them, that we wish had disappeared, but sadly haven’t. So it is with today’s terrible twins – the disreputable duo of
Hoodlum – a thug or gangster.
a young street ruffian, especially one belonging to a gang.
Hooligan – a ruffian or hoodlum.
These two are examples of the entitled worst of American society, who on January 6th, urged and led thousands of their brothers to take Government into their own hands, and invaded the Capitol building. Victims of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, they didn’t know how dumb and gullible they were, but continued to forge ahead in Holy zeal, following a false prophet.
This is the world of Trump’s spiritual adviser Paula White and many more lesser-known but influential religious leaders who prophesied that Trump would win the election, and helped organize nationwide prayer rallies in the days before the Jan. 6 insurrection, speaking of an imminent “heavenly strike” and “a Christian populist uprising,” leading many who stormed the Capitol to believe they were “taking back the country for God.”
The (dis)United States already has more than enough ways that it is separated, one segment from another. A new term has recently arisen – the Stained-Glass Divide. It’s bad enough that there is constant friction between whites and blacks, citizens and immigrants, Republicans and Democrats, Red States and Blue States. Now the vocal Christian Evangelicals are pulling away from those they don’t feel are Holy enough.
You guys better get your act together, or we Canadians will send down a couple of Mounties to straighten things out, and you’ll wind up being our 11th province.