What a Biden-Harris Victory Means

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, with word UNITED in lower-right corner

Couple days ago a friend lamented that we didn’t win the Senate. And they were right: get ready for years of opposition scheming and obstructionism, in a time when there is no time to waste. BUT…

President Joe Biden will get writer’s cramp rescinding Trump’s Executive Orders. He will reach out to our allies and begin the difficult work of repairing those shattered relationships. He will boot out people in sensitive positions who should never have been granted security clearance.

Trump’s cabinet of plutocratic evil? Gone. Pick your least favorite and imagine them walking out with a paper box and a piece of cake wrapped in Saran Wrap. Now the next one, and the next.

Louis DeJoy? Out on his ear, and being prosecuted if we are lucky.

Picture a joint press conference with Fauci where the emenint scientist is consulted and respected.

Hell, for that matter, picture an actual press conference that isn’t a circus.

Biden said he would ‘rejoin the Paris agreement on day one’. It may not be that easy. Frankly, I don’t know why any other country would trust the US right now, but the tide may be turning on US opinion regarding climate change. Which is good, and about damn time, because as I write this, I am sitting here looking at a nice spring day in November. The Arctic ocean hasn’t frozen over yet, either.

A real effort will be made to reunite children who were separated from their parents. And oh yes, Stephen Miller, who had been planning an “aggressive” anti-immigrant campaign for Trump’s second term, will have to crawl back in his coffin and await the next time he is summoned.

Kamala Harris will be where children can see her and know that the ceiling can be broken.

Gay and trans people in the US military can stop worrying.

Bill Barr will be out. And if we are lucky, sharing the fate of John Mitchell.

I’ll just leave you all with this thought:

We can do better, if we try, Tamako Market edition

I really connected with this video about Tamako Market and Kyoto Animation. Then I burst into tears when it got to the part about the arson attack on KyoAni.

Narrator Jack Johnson understands why cynicism is deadly dangerous. There is a toxic allure to thinking that optimism is naive or childlike. It is a darkness that calls us to lose sight of the possible better world.

It is possible, and no, it isn’t easy or we would already be there. It is in the hazy distance, like the peak of a mountain we have always been able to see, at least on good days.

And yes, we could go there, and climb, and afterward never see the world the same way again.