Joe Biden was not my first choice, but I have no doubt that he is a decent man who has devoted much of his life to the betterment of our country. Kamala Harris was not my first choice, but I believe she will work well with Biden to help build bridges rather than tear them down. While many of my personal beliefs lean more heavily to the progressive side, I think a moderate approach is probably needed at this time in America’s political life. I intend on supporting them both and optimistically look ahead to a fair election.
Donald Trump has been president for three plus years, and I still can’t figure him out. I do know that his values aren’t aligned with mine, and for me a change is needed. I also believe that the press has added to the woes of our country by gaslighting the President continually. I guess gaslighting is the wrong word, because I don’t think he doubts his sanity, but his every mistake is highlighted which adds to his frustrations and makes him more volatile each day.
He also awarded major positions in our country to people who are loyal to him, which in itself isn’t terrible, but most of them have no experience in and little knowledge of the position they agreed to fill. This can be a dangerous thing to do, and nothing displays that more than the debacle that is Covid19.
People voted for Donald Trump because he wasn’t a politician. He presented himself during his campaign as an anti “swamp” politician and promised to run the country as a business. Although that might feel comfortable in theory, he has proven that it will never work. A businessman sees only competitors as he tries to get his way, while a good politician sees debate partners and compromises.
A politician can remain friends with people across the aisle, and that is what makes America great. Democrats and Republicans both contribute to our nation, and one of the major tragedies of this administration is encouraging one side to distrust the other. No one will get everything they want in a country filled with diverse people, but together we can work towards an inclusive country that makes everyone feel valued.
I look forward to the day when selecting a black woman is not newsworthy. Only when the people in our country accept that all races, religions and genders are equal will we truly be able grow as a country and always select the best person for the job.
This week I read/reviewed Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I tried reading this book years ago, and the subject matter was too raw for me at the time. I am so glad that I picked it up again. Picoult is an amazing author who can make the reader empathize with the perpetrator as well as the victim. Wow!
As always a complete review of this book follows my blog.