Many Western nations were importing slaves from Sub-Saharan Africa back around 1619, and the American Colonies (being young and stupid) thought it was a great idea. Many of the federal buildings in DC (which was planned by a Frenchman, LeEnfant, and overseen by a free black, Benjamin Banneker) were built by slaves, including the Capitol. One could see the similarity to the 1619 project in the ongoing controversy over evolution. The kernel over that one is what we are as a species. Are we rational animals or soulful lumps of clay? Angels or Apes? We can become as attached to our ideals as we are to ourselves.
I once read that a Japanese official said after the attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have accomplished was to wake a sleeping giant (aka the US)!”
Trump’s enormous ego will never permit him to state the obvious, that Biden won last November! Which is why the NYS Court (which has already confiscated Trump’s tax returns) can’t indict Trump fast enough so he can’t run for President in 2024 and beyond (and also can’t hold any other political office)! If that happens, I can see him being under house arrest (as opposed to jail time) and will still see himself as kingmaker. He will likely then support a Trumpish Republican, like FL Gov. DeSantis or TX Sen. Cruz, so we’d have to turn out in force in 2024 (and 2022 before that) to ensure that the cult of Trump doesn’t come to power again.
John, please back away from the Kool Aid and get a grip on reality! Biden won! Get over yourself!
Only if we let it! We need to urge Senate Democrats to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (even if they have to kill the filibuster to do so)! And we need to turn out with greater intensity than the GOP base in next year’s midterms. And if there is a local or state race where you are in this “off year” election, (in neighboring VA there is the race for Governor, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State). We need to stand strong, no matter what happens and we must prevail. If we just sit back and say, “Whatever, they’ve won!”, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
FYI, Ted, I am fully vaccinated and I wear my mask when I go to the Gym, The Farmer’s Market and the park near my house. Until our local government says we are in Phase Four of reopening (meaning most of us here in DC are fully vaccinated) or I hear the all clear from the CDC I will be wearing my mask when I’m at the store, the gym, etc. That said, I had an awesome Easter with my vaccinated family where we shared an unmasked dinner and actual hugs. And when I’m sitting in the park where there aren’t a lot of people around, I take my mask off! I put it back on before I leave for the gym, but I am wearing my mask for the most part out of respect for those who haven’t yet gotten the vaccine. Also, many have gotten accustomed to this social distancing and are genuinely confused with the call to return to normal. But the human animal is a very adaptable species. And ultimately they will rejoin society as well. The end to this is coming, just not as quickly as we’d like.
My niece had her second baby this week, and said that many of her friends were “in the family way”. My niece and her husband were lucky enough to have steady incomes and recently remodeled their house. As we start to emerge from the Covid lockdowns, I expect to see more people looking for new relationships. As for the birth rate, I expect that as the millennials get to mid-life, they will decide it’s now or never for having babies. After all, they were the babies the Baby Boomers finally got around to having betwixt 1981 and 1999. This too shall pass.
I am hopeful that Biden and the Democrats in Congress will find a way to pass the infrastructure bill and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (even if they have to kill the filibuster and replace it with a straight up/down vote to do so). And to continue to bring Covid under control. I am also hopeful that in next year’s midterms. the Democrats can widen their majorities in both houses. Obama didn’t push much (except for the Affordable Care Act) in his first term. In the 2010 midterms, the Dems lost the majorities in the House and Senate and didn’t hold the majority in either house during the rest of Obama’s administration. If they want to play the “go big or go home” card, more power to them.
I seem to remember mid 2020 when a number of red states (GA, FL, AZ, etc.) that locked down too late then reopened too early. Thus, the Covid rates that were headed downward considerably then started spiking. The good news is that we are getting close to having half the population fully vaccinated and I am quite optimistic that by the third quarter of this year (July through Sept.), the only American adults who haven’t been vaccinated will be the hard core anti vaxxers who have proven to be a small, albeit noisy, minority in this country. Here in DC, we are opening up more right here this month. We are reopening the Smithsonian museums over the course of this month. And later this month, hair and nail salons can take in walk ins again. So, progress is being made. The end to this is coming, just not as quickly as we’d like.
How about businesses paying their workers a living wage so they wouldn’t make more from unemployment than working for them? Or instituting a Universal Basic Income (UBI), so un and under-employed Americans can meet basic expenses and provide for their families? If these people didn’t have to worry about paying the bills and their child care, perhaps they could find a better paying job or go back to school to improve their skills. Just saying.