Friends and readers, we did it. It really took place!
Im reminded of the quote thats credited to Winston Churchill: “You can always rely on America to do the ideal thing, after it has actually tired all other options.”
The monumental U.S. election results wont alter whatever, however they do send a clear signal of a lot of Americans want modification. We have killed the dragon, for now.
I got more reaction than anything Ive shared in years when I composed about the election a few weeks back. In reality, in 10 years of composing online, I dont think Ive ever had more unfavorable comments (however, fortunately, the positives outnumbered the negatives 3-to-1). Well, here we are now, and the world is an extremely various place.
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Wait, I believed, we have a president (- choose) who does not actively disparage his opponents? Who says he will work just as hard for the people who didnt vote for him?
SO WEIRD, right???
I kept waiting for him to state we need to inject bleach to cure COVID, or call John McCain a loser. Then he stated that we must listen to science, and then I kept in mind that John McCains widow and child both backed him.
Heres the important things: offered all the restraints hell be running under, Im uncertain if Biden will be a transformative president– and Im okay with that. I do believe he is competent, sincere, and kind, 3 qualities that have been in desperately short supply.
Simply put: this was the compassion election. The speech on Saturday was well done, but I have no doubt that many future Biden speeches will be uninteresting and dry. Thats great by me, too. Possibly we need that.
* And of course, lets not forget Kamala Harris, achieving many “firsts” at the same time. This too matters an excellent deal.
What Does the Rest of the World Think?
Over the previous month Ive heard from numerous individuals from all over the world. The interesting thing is that while Ive gotten a lot of problems from near to house, there is a lot more uniformity of viewpoint worldwide.
Whats clear is this: the collective injury of four years of gaslighting is not restricted to residents of the United States.
You understand whats good? Considering that the outcomes were revealed, we arent the only ones breathing a sigh of relief.
This tweet from the mayor of Paris is a fine example:
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Invite back America! Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for their election!
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) November 7, 2020.
Or consider the cover of Der Spiegel, an influential publication in Germany. Compare the two versions from 2016 (left) to 2020 (right):.
When I wrote about the election a couple of weeks back, I got more response than anything Ive shared in years. In ten years of composing online, I do not believe Ive ever had more negative remarks (however, thankfully, the positives outnumbered the negatives 3-to-1). Well, here we are now, and the world is a very various place.
The world desires America to be successful! No doubt next year will prove tough.
The world wants America to be successful! At least the world apart from governments like Russia and Saudi Arabia. What sort of friends do you wish to have?
So that too is good. However to be reasonable, lets take up the problem of everybody else.
Im really knowledgeable about the other 70 million individuals who looked at the previous 4 years and said, “Yep, thats great, offer us more of that.” Heres what I believe about that.
I have never ever been a member of any political celebration– in fact, Im hesitant of political organizations in general. The problem is that even if youre “not a racist,” if you chose Trump, the program you supported was developed on bigotry and xenophobia. Its leader had no ideology aside from advancing his own ego at any cost.
At a specific point, when you “choose policy and not the person,” you have to think about the effects of your actions in addition to your beliefs.
To the outbound presidents advocates, my suggestion would be: if you dont enjoy Biden or the Democrats in basic, do what you can to construct a much better alternative.
Do something to create favorable modification! Dont just rally versus imaginary socialism or fight oppression by not using a mask.
Additionally, if it turns out that reforming your party isnt possible, walk away from it. Some things are more crucial, and one of them is human decency.
This entire year has actually had lots of tests and trials. Ive been depressed throughout parts of it, thus many others. Im trying to find my method out, perhaps like you are. No doubt next year will show tough also.
For now, take a deep breath, everybody! There are many difficulties to come, but often America does the right thing. Lets move forward and think about how we can all be the modification we wish to see.