Two Weeks

Two weeks ago today I sat transfixed in front of my television screen, tears streaming down my eyes, as I watched in horror and despair a siege of the U.S. Capitol building in an attempted insurrection against the United States of America by far-right MAGA-maniacs inspired by none other than the then-sitting president, Donald Trump. I feared that I was witnessing the collapse of the American Democracy.

Two weeks later — today — I sat transfixed in front of my television screen, tears streaming down my eyes, as I watched with enormous pride the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and witnessed the restoration of the American Democracy.Two weeks ago I was ashamed to be an American. Two weeks later, and for the first time in four long years, I am once again proud to be an American.

What a difference two weeks makes.

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Share Your World — Dreams, Names, Hardships, and Judgments

Share Your WorldMelanie is back with her Share Your World prompt. Today, Melanie wants to know:

Why do we dream?

It’s nature’s way of dropping acid.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

I didn’t choose my given name and I don’t know if, had I been given a different name by my parents, I’d be any different than I am right now. I kind of doubt it, although if they’d named me Sue, it might have set up a totally different chain of events in my life.

Does hardship make a person stronger? (example: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.)

Well, I suppose that the way we deal with whatever hardship has befallen us might transform our pain into growth. Maybe the fact that we were able to overcome our hardship helps us to realize that we can conquer our misfortune (and our demons) and move forward to a better life.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions?

Because we know what our own intentions, good or bad, are, but we don’t always (or even often) know what’s driving others, so all we can do is make a determination based upon what they are doing (their actions) and not their innermost thoughts behind their actions.

Share some gratitude.

I’m grateful that the Trump nightmare is finally coming to an end and that Joe Biden will be sworn in as our President in around 48 hours. But I fear — a feeling of dread, perhaps — that something really bad might happen either before, at, or shortly after the inauguration. I don’t think the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th was the end of it, and I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Too Little, Too Late

After what can only be described as an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday — one that was instigated by none other than the sitting President of the United States — in the wee hours of the morning, a joint session of Congress reconvened and confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected President and Vice President by the American people and the Electoral College.

As a result, Donald Trump issued this message:

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

First, his issuing of this statement is too little, too late. The damage to America at home and around the world has been done.

Second, this delusional man still got it wrong. Who cares whether or not he agrees or disagrees with the outcome of the election? And “the facts” will not bear him out. The outcome is the outcome, whether he agrees of not.

Third, his was not “the greatest first term in presidential history.” The facts will bear out that his was the worst term in presidential history.

And fourth, what does he mean by “…it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again”? Is he going to continue to lie about having won the election in a landslide? Is he going to continue to sow discontent and divisiveness? Will he continue to instigate and encourage mob violence?

It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment the United States Constitution, which says that if the President becomes unable to do his job, the Vice President becomes the President. This can happen…if the President is just sick or disabled.

Donald Trump is sick and is disabled (delusional). He needs to be removed from office TODAY!

It’s All Over…Or Is It?

Trump had called it “the big one” that would end with the Supreme Court undoing Biden’s substantial Electoral College majority and allowing Trump to serve another four years in the White House.

The “it” in this case was the lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Texas AG accused the four key swing states, where Biden defeated Trump, of certifying “unlawful election results.” The lawsuit was asking the Supreme Court to declare that the Electoral College votes cast by electors in those four swing states “cannot be counted.”

Seventeen other Republican-led states signed on to the Texas AG’s suit, as did Donald Trump and 126 Congressional Republicans, in a last-ditch effort to try to subvert the will of the majority of the American people and, in the process, to destroy the American democracy.

But a more fragile democracy in the United States than any of us could have imagined, while being tested, has not fallen. Today, the Supreme Court rejected the Texas AG’s lawsuit to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court.

In a brief order, the court said that Texas does not have the legal right to sue those states because it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.” In other word, Texas, what happened vis-a-vis the election in other states is none of your fucking business.

The Electoral College meets Monday to formally elect Biden as the next president. And that means it’s all over for Trump.

Well, it’s all over but the shouting. But knowing Donald Trump, he’s not going to stop shouting. In fact, he and his supporters will probably turn up the volume to 11.

I know I should be happy with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I’m still worried. I am worried about what the mad man who still occupies the Oval Office, and will continue to do so for the next five-plus weeks, will do. I worry that his minions will not stand down. I worry that there will be violence and bloodshed in the streets of our nation.

I hope I’m wrong, but I worry that I’m not.

I Shed a Few Tears

I’m normally not one who easily or readily shows his emotions. But I have to admit that yesterday, when Joe Biden introduced the some of the nominees for leadership positions in his new cabinet, my eyes welled up with tears. Tears of relief and tears of a restored pride in my country.

After the impertinence of Donald Trump to name relatives (e.g., his daughter and son-in-law), conservative media personalities from Fox News and other right wing “news” outlets, and Trump donors, loyalists, and ass-kissers who had no relevant experience or applicable knowledge for their roles in top cabinet-level positions, it was cathartic to see the dark clouds of the past four years being lifted and the light beginning to shine again.

Biden’s selection of a highly diverse group of men and women, all of whom have a preponderance of relevant experience and are extremely well qualified for the roles they are being asked to play in the Biden/Harris administration, gave me a sense of tranquility. I felt as if I was witnessing a rebirth of normalcy that we haven’t seen in four long years.

There is no doubt that Joe Biden and his team will have a long road to travel as they work to restore faith in the American democracy and the country’s stature both at home and around the globe. But it’s a road that more than 80 million American voters are excited to be on.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (impertinent), The Daily Spur (dark), Ragtag Daily Prompt (preponderance), Your Daily Word Prompt (tranquil), Word of the Day Challenge (birth), and MMA Storytime (travel).