It’s like we’re in an endless car ride with a drunk at the wheel. No one knows when the pain will stop.  

Psychologist Daphne De Marneffe, on our current traumas

The events of the last month or so have gotten me thinking a lot about the issue of closure. Many of us were happy to see 2020 come to an end and anticipate something better for the new year. But the political closure many were looking for in November in the change of presidents from Donald Trump to Joe Biden was deferred by Trump and his supporters’ refusal to acknowledge the election results. Trump’s persistent claims that the election was “rigged” boiled over on January 6 in the riotous storming of the Capitol Building. Trump’s supporters came with their own closure issues, determined to stop the lawful counting of the ballots of the Electoral College, and thereby prevent Trump’s removal from power. 

The National Mall, Presidential Inauguration, January 2021. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
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