Today is the first anniversary of the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. November 4, 2008 was the greatest day I can remeber, from a non-personal perspective. But hindsight tells me it was VERY personal. I can now feel confident my daughter, step-son, and granddaughters will be living in an America in which they will have a great chance to live the life they want to lead and how they want to live it. They will be the beneficiaries of great advancements in health care reform and civil rights across the board. They will benefit from economic policies that will benefit all Americans, just not the haves and have mores. We can thank ourselves for this, and of course the President. And all of us must keep vigilant and working hard, so the nightmare of GOP dominance of OUR government never returns.
To celebrate the inauguration that will (finally!) remove all power from a seditious madman and vest it in principled and compassionate people, the theme for this weekend's music thread is celebrating the new era of President Biden and Vice President Harris.
Imagine where we could have been right now. A hostage siege still underway in the Capitol. Trump praising them as patriots while emptily claiming to oppose violence. The Vice President of the US and/or Democratic congresspeople tied up and possibly much worse. And while all decent Americans would be in shock and disbelief at what they were seeing, the entire world including America's most dangerous enemies, would be watching and considering how to respond as they witnessed the United States helpless, threatened and demeaned.