Good Luck, Joe
By Patrick F. Cannon
On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as president. Several of these United States had already seceded, and more was to come – four years of Civil War that left 600,000 Americans dead. Yesterday, a new president was inaugurated, despite an attempt to force the Congress to reverse the will of the people.
It happens that I was not particularly enamored of any of the Democratic candidates who vied for the chance to run for President last year. I have to admit that some of them scared me. Had Bernie Sanders been chosen, I doubt if I would have voted at all. But Biden was a known quantity, even if a bit too well worn. To me, center left is better than radical left. I voted for President Biden because the traditional Republican Party had all but disappeared.
Four years ago, I remember thinking that maybe Donald Trump would rise to the occasion and stifle his baser instincts on behalf of the office and his country. I sincerely wished him the best. He didn’t. In fact, he turned out to be a worse human being that I expected. But I did make him prove it.
I’m past wondering why anyone would have voted for Trump again. They did, and a significant number still believe – with no credible evidence – that he won the election. And some of them, egged on by a then sitting President of the United States, tried to overthrow the legislative branch of that government. I suppose none of them, as I once did, swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” Once taken, this oath never expires. How many of the people who stormed the Capital violated it?
I’m past wondering why people would have voted for Donald Trump. But as I did four years ago, I would ask them to accept the results of the election and give Joe Biden a chance. That’s the way the system should work, after all. Do we really want another Civil War?
Copyright 2021, Patrick F. Cannon
3 thoughts on “Good Luck, Joe”
Good riddance Mr. Trump!
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About half the country, and there’s a perception it was more, voted for Trump, about 10 million more than in 2016. Despite his bombastic and disruptive personality, they chose him over governance by bureaucracy, corporate media and Big Tech. Joe has been hanging around for a long long time and he was the one whom the party wisely selected to avoid the calamity of a Bernie nomination. I too wish Joe well and hope somehow his blandness will temper our raucous electorate. The trouble is, he is neither feared nor loved, and has presence only because of the afterglow of Trump’s blinding self-explosion. Given his age and health, I wonder how long he will be able to maintain leadership. Maybe as long as he figures out what his current backers want and insists they get it!
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His biggest problem will be to keep the Marxist wing of the party at bay. I doubt that anything truly crazy would make it out of the Senate.