We’re almost there. It’s nearly over.
Don’t be fooled by that dirty dozen of sycophantic senators who pledge to reject the presidential electors on January 6th. Those idiots will eventually become as insignificant as the Titanic loser they are clinging to.
Joe Biden will be sworn in as our 46th president. Donald Trump will no longer have power. But the damage he’s done, I fear, will live on long after I am dead.
“What have you got to lose?” Trump infamously asked the Black voter.
We’ve all lost so goddamn much over the past four years, it’s astonishing. We’ve lost control over Iran’s capability to build nuclear weapons. Gone forever is precious time to combat climate change. We’ve lost our sense of decency and kindness for immigrant families. Not only was there never a replacement for Obamacare, but Trump also managed to make the Affordable Care Act worse by dismantling the tax penalty and trying to disallow preexisting conditions. Gone is the respect and trust of nations around the world. The meaning and value of democracy have been forever challenged by one narcissistic, deceitful, win-at-all-costs loser of a man.
Heartbreakingly, President Fine-People-On-Both Sides managed to signal to all racists and bigots in the country that it’s time they come out from the shadows, wave their Confederate flags, and spew their hate. I was stunned by the numbers. But I bet Black America wasn’t. They’ve been telling us for years and now we see it for ourselves over and over and over in videos of a murderous policeman’s knee on George Floyd’s neck; of Ahmaud Arbery being hunted and shot like an animal; of the unspeakable gunning down of ER Technician, Breonna Taylor in, what should have been, the sanctity of her home. And yet, the videos keep on coming.
Sadly, I have forever lost faith in a good chunk of my fellow human beings. I have abandoned hope that Black lives will ever matter to all of us.
And then there’s Trump’s colossal failure of a lifetime, his disastrous mishandling of COVID-19. As Donald Trump’s unfit incompetence in the Oval Office became more and more evident over the first three years, I distinctly remember pundits metaphorically wiping their brows and saying, “Thank goodness there’s not a national disaster like Katrina or 9/11.”
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit and we lost 1,833 souls as we hauntingly witnessed poor (mostly Black) bodies floating down the streets of New Orleans and the horror of the Superdome. There, we neglected the poor with insufficient infrastructure and ignored corruption in local government.
Four years earlier, federal government agency bureaucracies, the 2000 Bush v. Gore delayed presidency and the failure to take seriously the idea an airplane could become a bomb – all unwittingly contributed to the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocents at the hands of terrorists on September 11, 2001. And subsequently, many first responder deaths caused by toxic exposure.
Both horrific tragedies, but they pale in comparison to Trump’s national disgrace in his willful mishandling of the worst pandemic in a century, culminating in a death toll of 351,567 at this writing. Of course, he’s not culpable for all those lost souls, but how many? Is it half? Ten percent? After all, he admitted on tape (we all heard it) he knew from the very beginning how lethal and contagious the virus was. Yet he poo-pooed it every chance he got. He abandoned his number one duty as President, his sworn oath to protect us. Trump infamously, and dangerously, pondered out loud that we should pop a couple hydroxychloroquines and chase them down with a nice glass of Clorox.
By President Transmittal’s refusal to wear a mask, he set the example that pitted responsible Americans against the spitters and spreaders. By refusing to be a leader, President Reprehensible caused countless more deaths. He hosted events that became super spreaders. He and wifey both got the virus but skated out from under it with their executive privilege. Unemployment is at historic highs and small businesses have been shuttered, Americans lost their healthcare, and their home and food security, when their jobs vanished. Trump’s administration has come up woefully short in distributing and administrating the vaccine (again, no national guidelines) and we are by no means out of the COVID woods. But the light at the end of the tunnel, at the clearing of those woods, is Joe Biden’s bright white, Crest Strips smile.
President Biden surely will not be a perfect president. But he will be decent, honest, and empathetic. And after all we’ve endured, that sounds just perfect to me.
My hope is no American citizen in the future believes it doesn’t really matter who is President. Those who thought a successful businessman (he wasn’t) might do a better job (he didn’t) than a career politician won’t make the same mistake in 2024. Trump most likely will try it again after he spirals his failed fake news network into the ground. He’ll again tell the little guy he cares about him (he never did) and understands him (he’s incapable).
But sure, it wasn’t a total loss. We got Space Force.