Biden won. I’m Starting To Calm Down.
A new reality is setting in. I can breathe freely, too. I’m ready to see government work again.
I have to admit that most of the time, I’m stoic. I don't really get too emotional over things. But now that the election has been called for Joe Biden, I’m just beginning to notice how stressed out I was with Donald Trump as president. Trump is still president, and litigation is still pending, votes are still being counted, but the oddsmakers are very confident that there is no route for Trump to win. They are so confident that Biden won, that they called the election yesterday.
I was especially glad to see that I was wrong on one point: that the Supreme Court might step in to hand Trump a victory for one reason or another:
That’s from the Twitter account of the blog for the Supreme Court of the United States. Their statement is very clear. They aren’t going to get involved in a political question.
I watched Biden’s speech last night. I saw the people whooping and hollering. I saw them dancing, celebrating like this is a time for meaningful change. I certainly hope this is a sign of a change for the better.
I see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s power getting downsized. Even if he manages a 50 seat majority, the two independents in the Senate caucus with the Democrats, and they're both from Vermont if you get my drift. If Biden’s victory holds out through the litigation and the recounts, then Kamala Harris can break the ties. If the Democrats get two more seats in Georgia, Mitch McConnell won’t be there to keep the logjam in place.
Yes, Joe Biden has problems. He has some mild corruption problems relative to Trump. He has some issues with stuttering. And no, I don’t think he’s senile. I’ve seen him up close in an interview with the editors at the Des Moine Register newspaper and I saw no slips, no pauses, and he was completely coherent and cogent. If he has mental issues, then they could be attributed to an intense shame about stuttering and the mental effort required to overcome that disability. I can see how that might slip with age.
I see that Trump has not conceded. Good on him. His legal team will work as they will to try to de-legitimize the results of the election. But this is the most heavily scrutinized election in history. The world and its dog are watching. There are observers on both sides, all sides really, watching what has been happening. There are cameras everywhere. There are electronic paper trails everywhere.
Since Trump has appointed more than 200 federal judges, the GOP won’t have any trouble finding a sympathetic forum. Even if they find one, they had better pony up the evidence because no judge likes to be overruled. As far as I can tell, none of their efforts so far have come up with a decisive win. If that happened, we’d see it all over the news.
If Trump has attorneys, so does the opposition. And the opposition has money just like Trump. If they’re scrapping for a fight in court, they’re going to get one. Good luck with getting certiorari at the Supreme Court.
As I watched Joe Biden’s victory speech last night, and read the transcript today, I was relieved that he kept it short. I was relieved that Biden had the presence of mind to note the disappointment that Trump’s supporters might feel right now. I can appreciate the sentiments he made known about the fact that in American politics, our opponents are not our enemies:
And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of elections myself.
But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again.
To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.
I note also his sentiments on the discord in American politics. It seems like every debate turns into a melee of hits, accusations, and recriminations, and more so with Trump as president. I would like to see a return to civil discourse. I would like to see the return of our capacity to listen to the other side, collaborate, and compromise to at least get something done.
The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control.
It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make.
And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate.
That’s the choice I’ll make. And I call on the Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make that choice with me.
Joe Biden here notes that cooperation is a result of a decision to cooperate. I wonder if he’s been reading my blogs because I’ve been saying for years now that happiness is a result of a stream of decisions. I wonder if he’s channeling Barry Goldwater, a senator who noticed that certain factions felt a religious conviction against compromise and therefore, cooperation.
Every minute of every day, we must make decisions. There is no way to carry on life without making decisions. We decide to move, we decide to walk, we decide to talk, we decide to hinder or to help, and we decide to be happy with what we have now. It’s hard to cooperate if we believe that our needs won’t be met if we must make a compromise in order to cooperate.
So I am hopeful that we can change the tone of our rhetoric. I am hopeful that we can stop with the dire predictions and stick with the facts. I am hopeful that we can have a peaceful transition of power at every level of government and get on with the business of the people.