Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris will be the first woman Vice-President of color. This is a historic moment. While the election was not the utter rejection of Trumpism we expected based on polling company information. There are reasons for that, which need fixing, or we need to move away from Gallup, et al. However, this is still a historic moment. Even if the country is still utterly divided, and we expect to see more division from President Donald Trump. The next few weeks will still be dangerous.
It’s time to look to The future and healing of a deeply hurt nation. We are hurting and need a new beginning of hope.
People have taken to the streets. People are partying, and it is a release of the tension of the last four years. It is in the cities where Biden won, that people are partying. I am sure in rural America there is a deep sense of dread building. This is not what they expected, or wanted. nor are they giving up. Populism is not done in our nation.
Celebrate at your heart’s content. After that, we have a lot of work to do.
We need to rebuild bridges. Granted, some are burned beyond repair. In order to heal, we actually need Donald Trump to accept defeat in a gracious manner, and this will be near impossible for him. It’s time to understand and have some empathy even for Trump. This is the most difficult moment in his life. His internal compass can never accept defeat. He could even have suicidal ideations.
We should expect Trump to continue telling us that this was stolen from him. This is an utter violation of his sense of self. But perhaps he will rise to the ocasión, even if in a perfunctory manner. I will take it. Because his fans need to hear that concession to reality. They need to hear it, so they can start to heal.
it’s also part of our traditions, which include a peaceful transfer of power. We need a peaceful transfer, and yes, Biden has a clear mandate from millions who voted for him. However, people on the right are already denying this. It’s like every time a Democrat takes power. This is dangerous. Trump did not have as much of a mandate as the right portrayed. The little he had, remember he did not win the popular vote, and never broke from the base that elected him. Trump never broke over fifty percent. Covid didn’t help.
The Next Four Years
President Biden will take over the presidency in the midst of a historic crisis. He has Covid to contend with. There is also an economic crisis that rivals the Great Depression. It makes the Great Recession look like a walk in the park. This is not an easy job, because a crisis means millions of our neighbors are still standing in food lines. Millions are also getting sick with Covid (and the rate today is over 100,000 diagnosis), and hundreds of thousands have already died.
We also have a society where winners are enriching themselves, while most struggle. Millions of evictions are coming and until the virus is controlled, we cannot effectively deal with the economy. The hopes of the nation are on his shoulders. But…there is a huge caveat. Large percentages of the nation will not see him as legitimate. They already speak of him as a fraud. They plan to resist. For them what Biden represents is dangerous. For some Biden is at the heart of an invasion.
This is where QAnnon remains in the shadows, plotting, working, getting violent. Of note, as of this writing, there have not been any QDrops, which is confusing the loyal followers of where we go one, we go all. This is a good thing. If this is the end of Q, it will be confusing to his fans, who trusted the plan. Given the nature of Q, anybody else can take on the mantle. So never give up on the division and deep conspiracy that is Q. I suspect they are reassessing how to proceed with this. They will remain a clear and present danger to the nation, with the rest of the white Supremacist antisemitic, white nationalist right.
The sense of grievance that drove Trump to the White House is not going away but can be reduced greatly if the new administration starts to work on policies that will help them. We need policies that work for all the people. Biden has promised to be an American president, which Trump never was.
The big question for me is the Senate and the Republican establishment. We remember Mitch McConnell giving orders to his people to obstruct everything Barack Obama wanted to do. It did not matter if this was good for the nation, or not. It was all about a presidency that was treated as illegitimate from day one. Partly because Obama was black, and this violated everything the GOP believes in. This is now beyond clear. They did not try to limit any of the crazy behavior of the president. All they cared about was the raw exercise of power. So I personal;y do not see a lowering of the temperature, or cooperation. I hope to be wrong.
The parties in the streets feel like liberation after the end of a long war. They are unprecedented. This may give Republicans pause. Also, Biden is coming to work for the whole country, and liberals outnumber Republicans by millions. The only reason Republicans still hold so much power is gerrymandering and strong pockets in states with the lowest indicators for economic dignity. It is not just education, but racism. How we reach them is a good question.
For the moment, we need to confront the reality that there are people for whom this new presidency is not legitimate. One more thing, today there were bells tolling all over European capitals, people took the streets in the United States, There was a sense that the dark age was coming to a close. The comparison has been made to the end of a war. In a sense, it is. We have been under attack with hybrid warfare. That is not going to stop so keep your wits about you, especially on social media. Those who feel they are losing all may still decide to commit violence. As far as President Trump is concerned, he will, or will not accept that he lost this election. I hope he does, but legally it does not matter. Come January 20th at 12:01 we will have a new president.