Dear People Who More And More I Consider Are My Friends, Even Though I Haven’t Met Most Of You (But I have met a lot of you, also),
When my kids were really young and excited about some upcoming event to the point where they could hardly contain themselves, they always wanted to know how long they’d have to wait. I got in the habit of translating the time into the number of sleeps until that event would happen. And that’s what the subject means, “Three more sleeps (until the end of Donald J. Trumps administration)”.
We’re lucky that our democracy withstood his onslaught. A free and fair election was held , followed by denial that it was anything but by DJT. And soon after that was the attempted coup, 5 event-related deaths, impeachment and firing of several key Capitol Police heads and hasty resignations by those in his cabinet who preferred not to be on a sinking ship (probably a good strategic move on their part, but far too little, too late for them to have credibility in my book!). And now on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration , we’re left with the undeniable fact that White Supremacist are the number one domestic threat to our country.
Last week, I was more comfortable with the major pundits explaining what happened on January 6th, but tonight, it seems important to emphasis for you and me that Racism with a capital “R” was the big player in the Capitol invasion last week. A watershed moment really, where a group of almost exclusively White Men felt an existential threat to their livelihood because they now see that it will be impossible to prevent the voices and issues of POC from being part of the center stage of our political landscape. And for great reason, too. The strong presence of something other than the White Voice is inevitable. And they don’t like these prospects one bit.
During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time as president, a whole new concept was created for the American Nation. Government should exist to help better the condition of all people, of all colors and walks of life Previous to that, rich people got steadily richer on the backs of the poor. We see the creation of Social Security and many other programs that still exist today that are so popular with the majority of Americans. The exception being the super rich who found themselves having to pay more and more to help fund these programs. And they didn’t like that one bit, either.
Reagen for the most part and Clinton, too, brought things back in the other direction, gutting so many of these important initiatives to the point where it’s hard to now recognize some of them. Fact is ,that so many rich people only want things to go well for themselves and hate spending their tax dollars to benefit everyday people.
Now we’re poised at a critical moment with Racism, Covid, Environmental Devastation, Recession all breathing down our throats. And there’s Joe. He could actually perform transformative work , even in his first 100 days. I’m sure he’s going to disappoint me and maybe you, too. But, I know he’s going to try his hardest. The world, from my point of view is crying out for big changes, revolution even, but within the parameters of great legislation. We’ll see. I’m optimistic that the world will at least have empathy reintroduced into it. Something sorely lacking over the past four years.
This has been a hard time for all Americans, but especially for those of us living without food security or safe ways to protect themselves from the virus. And even though I’m writing from the security of my nice warm house, I realize that it all boils down to not forgetting that we all need to figure out our way out of this f___ mess. (Sorry, just had to say it.)
Stay well. Stay safe. Please. Talk to all of you when we’re on the other side of this.