RELIEF

Let me get this out of the way first and say, yes, I am relieved that Joe Biden will be the forty-sixth President of the United States. Having said that, the harsh reality of how difficult it was for him to get to this point is quite sobering. More than 70 million people voted for the outgoing guy. That’s 70 million people who had four years to see what he stood for, what he said (and didn’t say), what kind of character he had, and who he surrounded himself with. After that all that, they decided yeah, I want four more years of that. This is the guy they want again. Over 70 million people made that choice. If that doesn’t tell you how far the United States has fallen morally, then nothing else will.

These people don’t go away just because there will be a new administration in the White House. They won’t disappear overnight, nor will their prejudices and hate. The last four years have emboldened them. They wear their hate and ignorance on their sleeve now, as if it’s some proud flag to wave. Again, that’s not something that just will go away.

Also, let us not forget that the chief idiot didn’t get to the White House four years ago and was able to stay there for four years without some help. A particular right-wing American political party propped him up, deferred to him, excused his behaviour, and bent over backwards for his every whim. They were spineless when it came to making a choice of doing what was right for their country versus doing what was right for their political party. These enablers also won’t go away overnight. In some cases, they were re-elected for their trouble.

So yes, we can breathe a little bit easier but don’t be fooled into thinking America will change overnight. Its problems run deep, right down into the roots of their people.

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