This brief biography takes readers on a journey from President elect Joe Biden‘s early years to the his current life as the future 46th President of the United States. Osnos describes the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, both personally and professionally. His story is that of a man who has not only thrived in spite of everything that makes him human.
I really loved this book. I loved it because it tells Biden’s story in a way that is down to earth, readable, and sweetly brief. If nothing else, it is a reminder why America made the right choice.
Until recently, most Americans had not heard of the GSA (General Services Administration). Their job, in a nutshell, is to assist and provide for the basic functions of federal agencies. This includes opening the doors to an incoming Presidential administration and supplying access to the materials and funds they need to do their jobs.
The administrator of the GSA is Emily Murphy. For weeks, she has been avoiding the obvious result of the election. Yesterday, she finally informed President-elect Joe Biden that the current administration is ready to start the transition process.
What took the GSA and Emily Murphy so long? Are they so afraid of you know who (like so many in our government these days), that they put their careers ahead of the needs of the country? Or, have they finally seen the light and understood that to be on the right side of history, they can no longer hide from the truth?
Either way, there will be a shadow cast upon the GSA for years to come. I don’t envy those who will one day have Murphy’s job.
Back in September, I wrote a Flashback Friday post about the 2005 History Channel documentary, The Plague.
There is a specific segment that sticks out in my mind, given our present status. While the poor and working classes in the cities got sick and died by the thousands, the upper classes escaped to their country estates. They though they would be able to ride out the storm and stay alive. How wrong they were.
Among the millions of Americans who have been infected by Covid-19, there is one more name to add to the list. The oldest son of you know who.
Karma is a delightful bitch.
I wouldn’t wish this virus on anyone. But knowing that he has is a reminder that no one is safe. We need a national plan than is cohesive and followed across the nation. That is why we need Joe Biden in office. We will never return to some version of normal if he is not able to do the job we elected him to do.
Learning to lose graciously is part of growing up. Most of us accept that by a certain age, we will have to admit that not everything in life is winnable.
We are several weeks out from the Presidential election. At this point, the results should be old news. The focus should be the peaceful transition from the current administration to the new administration. But, thanks the antics and false claims of voter fraud by you know who, the nation and the world is unable to move forward.
Enter Randy Rainbow’s new video, Don’t Tell Donald He’s NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY! – Randy Rainbow Parody. Using the song Getting Married Today from the musical Company, the video mocks the futile attempts to ignore the voice of the voting public.
What I love about this video is that in addition to the usual delicious satire, there is a feeling of rejoicing. We all know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. It’s time to let them do their job and show you know who the door.
The following scenario is one that any parent is all too familiar with:
A parent walks into a toy store with their child. The intention is choose a birthday present for perhaps their child’s friend or classmate. The child sees a toy that they want. The parent tells their child no. That child proceeds to take a tantrum, which garners the attention of both store employees and other customers. The parent has two choices.
Choice #1 is to buy that second toy and stop the tantrum. However, if the parent does this, their child will learn that they can get what they want if they make a spectacle. Choice #2 is that they walk out buying nothing. Outside of the store, the parent makes it clear to their child that such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Unfortunately, this scenario is limited to the parent and their screaming child. It is not a stretch to change the players to adults. In this case, the child taking the tantrum is you know who. The parent is his supporters and yes-people. In a normal year, their appeasement of him would be troubling.
But, as we all know, our present situation is not normal. What those around him should be doing is forcing him to focus on the Covid-19 crisis, instead of blindly agreeing to political spectacle he is making.
There is a reason why Joe Biden was elected. It’s time to honor that choice and move forward. How many more Americans will die before we realize that?
In addition to the internal family drama, there is political and economic upheaval beyond the walls of Buckingham Palace.
I binge watched a good chunk of the new season last night. It is nothing short of fantastic. I loved the new additions to the cast. Corrin brings a humanity to her role and adds to the mystique of the real woman behind the character.
If there is one actor among the main players who deserves an award for her work, it is Gillian Anderson. I am the first to admit that my knowledge of Thatcher’s work as Prime Minister is limited. But I know enough to know that then and now, she is a polarizing figure. As the character, Anderson plays a ball busting, glass ceiling shattering woman who is as formidable as the Queen.
The thing I really enjoyed so far is the complete 180 of how Charles is viewed. Last season, he was a young man trying to out who he was as a human being while dealing with burden of responsibility placed upon his shoulders. This season, he still draws empathy, but not as much as did during season 3.
Someone wise once said that a leopard can never change its spots.
If one were to look up that phrase in the dictionary, one would find an image of you know who.
In attempt to undo the results of the election, his team has created an election defense fund. The purpose of this fund is to ensure that he has another four years in office.
But like many things he has touched, it is a scam. The quote from the AP is as follows:
But the fine print indicates much of the money donated to support that effort since Election Day has instead paid down campaign debt, replenished the Republican National Committee and, more recently, helped get Save America, a new political action committee Trump founded, off the ground.
Of course, it is a scam. As usual, his priority is number one. His business acumen is as poor as his ability to lead this country. He and his people need to go before they drag this country down to the depths that I don’t want to even consider.
The intelligence community is supposed to be non-partisan. Regardless of who is in office, their job is to protect the country. But like anything politically based these days, it is hard to be non-partisan.
At the height of the 2016 Presidential election, the allegation of possible Russian interference and questions about the contents of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s emails added to the growing tension. It was Agent Strzok’s job to investigate both. He concluded that not only had Russia helped you know who to win the election, their reach into the White House was deep. When his private conversations became public, he was fired after decades of service.
This is not one of the better books about the current state of American politics. Instead of just jumping into the meat of the book, he took his time. The problem is that while it was readable, I would have preferred to just jump into the climax of the narrative.
One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the peaceful transition from one administration to another. It signals that there is a respect for the country and for the end result of a Presidential election.
As we all are too keenly aware of, you know who has far too many people believing that his loss was due to voter fraud. In denying the Biden/Harris transition team access to the necessary materials needed to do their job, the message from the current administration is loud and clear. They are concerned with soothing their boss’s fragile ego than following the will of the people.
Normally, we would use this day to say thank you to the men and women who have fought and died to defend the United States. But this year feels different.
It feels different because of not just Covid-19, but because of political turmoil created by the results of the election.
Sometimes I feel like we take our rights and our freedoms for granted. The last few years have reminded me that democracy does not just appear or remain stable in thin air. A democratic government either fails or succeeds based on the actions (or lack thereof) of the average citizen.
Every year, we talk about thanking our living veterans and honoring the memories of those who are no longer with us. I think the best way we can do both is to do the hard work needed to ensure that the American democracy will exist for generations to come. Included in that hard work is putting aside our differences and trying to find a middle ground.
If we don’t, then what is the point of Veterans Day?