Civil unrest. Unwarranted aggression from law enforcement directed towards black men. COVID-19. With all of that going on, it seems odd to write that things are looking up…but they are.
I’ll paraphrase scripture to drive my point home: weeping may endure for a night, but Joe comes in the morning! And he’s bringing a strong cuppa Kamala with him.
This January, our long national presidential nightmare will end when President Elect Joseph Biden is sworn into office. Biden’s known for gaffs behind the mic — whether live or not! — and he may not be the candidate that everyone wanted. But he’s a damn sight better than Donald Trump, who as I write this is still contesting the results of the election, like a little kid who’d lost a playground contest and just couldn’t admit defeat.
Sadly, that’s not a bad analogy. Sometimes, I think that the last four years have been a game to Trump. But the game’s over. We won the battle for the soul of the nation when we elected Biden and Harris.
Throughout the campaign, Biden spoke passionately about his ability to reach across the aisle and form alliances with people with whom he’d disagreed. But rarely have I seen someone walk the talk as Biden did when he named Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Harris had been Biden’s chief opponent during the early stages of the Democratic primaries. I’m sure you remember that “That little girl was me” moment when Harris challenged Biden’s record on busing back in the 1970s. That was the moment when my support for Harris as the presidential nominee waned. It’s politics, I know, but I thought that was a cheap shot.
Biden went on to secure the nomination, but their relationship, even having been preceded by Harris’s friendship with Biden’s son Beau, was left strained.
Which is why I had to give it to Biden for choosing Harris as his running mate. She was, quite frankly, the best person for the job. The nation agreed with me, to the tune of over seven million votes. And I don’t remember the last time a presidential candidate offered the VP position to his chief rival. Hell, President Obama didn’t do that for Hilary Clinton in ’08! Secretary of State, sure. But not VP.
Harris is making history as the first woman, the first black person, and the first asian person to be elected vice president. To that I can only say this: IT’S ABOUT TIME! Harris showed her mettle when she went toe-to-toe with Mike Pence during their televised debate. I’m surprised that “I’m speaking” hasn’t become a national catchphrase.
California’s former Attorney General has displayed her character on a number of occasions, perhaps most notably when she called Tyler Gordon, a 14 year old artist from San Jose. He’d painted a portrait of her, and his tweet about his work had gone viral.
But who knew that it had gone THAT viral!
“I was overwhelmed with the magnificence and your artistry,” Vice President-elect Harris told Gordon by phone. “You really have a gift — my goodness! I was so touched to see [your portrait]. It’s a very special thing to be an artist like you are. People you’ll never meet will be touched by the work you do.”
The young artist will never forget that phone call. Harris is a class act.
And THAT IS something we haven’t been able to say about the upper echelons of our government in quite some time. It’s been four years, to be exact.
The co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, LaTosha Brown, said it best recently, upon reflecting on 2020.
“If America is ever to live up to its ideals, we must have the courage to build a new nation: one where all citizens are accorded their full rights and are able to realize their full potential,” Brown said. “Until then, the revolution will be live — and in color.”
Our new president and vice president, and the cabinet that Biden is announcing at press time, certainly seem to be pointing in that direction. Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as his new Transportation Secretary. If confirmed, he’ll be the first openly gay cabinet member in our nation’s history. He’ll also be a part of the most racially diverse cabinet in our nation’s history.
Congratulations, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. We have your backs, and you have our prayers. Let’s get the virus behind us and get this country back on track!