After Donald Trump was elected in 2016, I wrote that the most important task for people — particularly those disconcerted by his election (as I was) — was to focus on the things closer to home.
We spend untold amounts of time obsessing over what goes on in Washington, D.C., and who is in charge, when most of what matters and affects our lives on a daily basis occurs within our households and neighborhoods.
When I wrote those words, I had not anticipated the events of Jan. 6.
The Capitol — the seat of power in our democratic republic — was sacked by an angry (albeit small and ultimately ineffectual) mob, and the president played a role in inciting those who did the sacking. A Capitol Police officer and four other people were killed. Dozens of those in the mob who can be identified are being arrested. Good.
I’m in no way downplaying the seriousness of this assault, but it failed. On Wednesday, Joe Biden will be our president.
And what I said four years ago is still true.
While our attention and worries are focused on the big, headline-making events of the day — the things beyond our control — our actions and efforts should be concentrated on the local, the things we have the power to change.