To quote my very favorite historian, Heather Cox Richardson- we’re all breathing and sleeping better now that we refer to him as “Former President”. I’m going to keep wondering how, with the overwhelming evidence right in front of them, people can remain loyal to someone who openly destains POC, embraces QAnon, instigates an attack on our Capitol, has no empathy for the 400K plus UNNECESSARY deaths (with a 500K count very realistic) from Covid, who promoted the most cockameanny story about illegal elections, and made 3 different calls (not to mention Lindsey Graham’s call) to officials in PA trying to throw out the popular vote. I just stand there with my hands on my hips and think “what exactly, if not this, might convince you”. Just at a loss, I tell you. Maybe some punster will come along and lay it all out for me.
Meanwhile, besides the relief that he didn’t drop bombs on Iran on his way out the door, I now realize that there is no more reason to try and convince my Trump friends (yes, I have a few) that this man threatened Democracy. That train left the station. Other “trains” remain though. Although, not sure when they might leave, they are putting us in a tenuous place. One thing to consider is the potential for the Alt-Right and White Supremacist to unleash violence anywhere on anyone. This is real and worrisome. The other factor that I wonder about is whether the business Republicans (Mitch et al) will effectively block all of President Biden’s initiatives. This could happen. To dig a little deeper into this, let’s consider that Biden, now in a position to be a transformative President, wants to bring to our nation programs that are genuinely designed to help the most people, as opposed to how things have been gradually morphing into benefiting the 1%. In effect, Biden is interested in helping the most vulnerable as well as giving a boost to those in the middle class needing just that bit of extra help. To me, this is the New Deal of the FDR era redux for modern USA needs. I’m for it and wonder what you think? Equity probably won’t happen over night, but wouldn’t it be a dream come true?!
I am hopefull that our new President will find those bridges that he’s been talking about. He is a centrist, meaning that the political pendulum goes sometimes way left and sometimes way right, but either way, one has to pass thru the middle, coming or going. Therefore, the middle is the most common place to be. This might make his job easier.
Talking about easier, January 28 marks the day when we’ll have 10 hours of daylight. For those of you who’ve followed me, know that this day is the day when photosynthesis rapidly speeds up. After that date, plants that have appeared dormant begin to grow. For those of you who have a hard time with the lack of light and the cold, this date is a watershed moment. Star Light, of course, has been positioning itself well for this, planting a wide variety of spinach, salad, pak choi, and root crops in our hoop houses. There’s going to be a moment in the not too distant future when we’ll be able to report that our supply of food is bountiful. Until that moment, we can certainly say, at least, “its beautiful”. And it is. Order early, if you can to help insure you get what you’d like.
Have a great and very safe week. I hope that some of you are able to get the vaccine very soon.