Our Next President Speaks …

Last night concluded the Democratic National Convention, the results of which contained no surprises.  I initially thought the convention served no purpose at this time … we all knew the outcome, it was just more pomp, more meaningless ceremony.  But I was wrong, for yes, we knew Biden would be the nominee, but a number of excellent speeches inspired and gave us hope, including those by Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, soon-to-be First Lady Jill Biden, and lastly, soon-to-be President Joe Biden himself.  In case you missed it, here is both the speech and the transcript of Joe’s speech … I hope you find inspiration and hope in it, as I did.


Good evening.

Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement, left us with this wisdom: Give people light and they will find a way.

Give people light. Those are words for our time.

The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.

Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness.

It’s time for us, for we the people, to come together. For make no mistake. United we can, and will, overcome this season of darkness in America. We will choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege.

I am a proud Democrat and I will be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election. So, it is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for president of the United States of America.

But while I will be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t support me as I will for those who did.

That’s the job of a president. To represent all of us, not just our base or our party. This is not a partisan moment. This must be an American moment.

It’s a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another.

America isn’t just a collection of clashing interests of red states or blue states.

We’re so much bigger than that. We’re so much better than that.

Nearly a century ago, Franklin Roosevelt pledged a New Deal in a time of massive unemployment, uncertainty, and fear. Stricken by disease, stricken by a virus, F.D.R. insisted that he would recover and prevail and he believed America could as well. And he did. And so can we.

This campaign isn’t just about winning votes. It’s about winning the heart, and yes, the soul of America. Winning it for the generous among us, not the selfish. Winning it for the workers who keep this country going, not just the privileged few at the top. Winning it for those communities who have known the injustice of the “knee on the neck.” For all the young people who have known only an America of rising inequity and shrinking opportunity. They deserve to experience America’s promise in full.

No generation ever knows what history will ask of it. All we can ever know is whether we’ll be ready when that moment arrives. And now history has delivered us to one of the most difficult moments America has ever faced.

Four historic crises. All at the same time. A perfect storm. The worst pandemic in over 100 years. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The most compelling call for racial justice since the ’60s. And the undeniable realities and accelerating threats of climate change.

So, the question for us is simple: Are we ready? I believe we are. We must be.

All elections are important. But we know in our bones this one is more consequential. America is at an inflection point. A time of real peril, but of extraordinary possibilities.

We can choose the path of becoming angrier, less hopeful and more divided. A path of shadow and suspicion. Or we can choose a different path, and together, take this chance to heal, to be reborn, to unite. A path of hope and light.

This is a life-changing election that will determine America’s future for a very long time. Character is on the ballot. Compassion is on the ballot. Decency, science, democracy. They are all on the ballot. Who we are as a nation. What we stand for. And, most importantly, who we want to be. That’s all on the ballot.

And the choice could not be clearer. No rhetoric is needed. Just judge this president on the facts: Five million Americans infected with Covid-19. More than 170,000 Americans have died. By far the worst performance of any nation on Earth. More than 50 million people have filed for unemployment this year. More than 10 million people are going to lose their health insurance this year. Nearly one in six small businesses have closed this year.

If this president is re-elected we know what will happen. Cases and deaths will remain far too high. More mom-and-pop businesses will close their doors for good. Working families will struggle to get by, and yet, the wealthiest 1 percent will get tens of billions of dollars in new tax breaks.

And the assault on the Affordable Care Act will continue until its destroyed, taking insurance away from more than 20 million people — including more than 15 million people on Medicaid — and getting rid of the protections that President Obama and I passed for people who suffer from a pre-existing condition.

And speaking of President Obama, a man I was honored to serve alongside for eight years as vice president, let me take this moment to say something we don’t say nearly enough: Thank you, Mr. President. You were a great president. A president our children could — and did — look up to.

No one will say that about the current occupant of the office. What we know about this president is if he’s given four more years he will be what he’s been the last four years: a president who takes no responsibility, refuses to lead, blames others, cozies up to dictators, and fans the flames of hate and division. He will wake up every day believing the job is all about him. Never about you.

Is that the America you want for you, your family, your children? I see a different America. One that is generous and strong. Selfless and humble. It’s an America we can rebuild together.

As president, the first step I will take will be to get control of the virus that’s ruined so many lives. Because I understand something this president doesn’t. We will never get our economy back on track, we will never get our kids safely back to school, we will never have our lives back, until we deal with this virus.

The tragedy of where we are today is it didn’t have to be this bad. Just look around. It’s not this bad in Canada. Or Europe. Or Japan. Or almost anywhere else in the world.

The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him, no miracle is coming.

We lead the world in confirmed cases. We lead the world in deaths.

Our economy is in tatters, with Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American communities bearing the brunt of it. And after all this time, the president still does not have a plan.

Well, I do. If I’m president on day one we’ll implement the national strategy I’ve been laying out since March. We’ll develop and deploy rapid tests with results available immediately. We’ll make the medical supplies and protective equipment our country needs. And we’ll make them here in America. So we will never again be at the mercy of China and other foreign countries in order to protect our own people. We’ll make sure our schools have the resources they need to be open, safe, and effective. We’ll put the politics aside and take the muzzle off our experts so the public gets the information they need and deserve. The honest, unvarnished truth. They can deal with that. We’ll have a national mandate to wear a mask — not as a burden, but to protect each other. It’s a patriotic duty. In short, I will do what we should have done from the very beginning.

Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to this nation. He failed to protect us. He failed to protect America. And, my fellow Americans, that is unforgivable.

As president, I will make you this promise: I will protect America. I will defend us from every attack. Seen. And unseen. Always. Without exception. Every time.

Look, I understand it’s hard to have hope right now. On this summer night, let me take a moment to speak to those of you who have lost the most. I know how it feels to lose someone you love. I know that deep black hole that opens up in your chest. That you feel your whole being is sucked into it. I know how mean and cruel and unfair life can be sometimes. But I’ve learned two things. First, your loved ones may have left this Earth but they never leave your heart. They will always be with you. And second, I found the best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose.

As God’s children each of us have a purpose in our lives. And we have a great purpose as a nation: to open the doors of opportunity to all Americans. To save our democracy. To be a light to the world once again. To finally live up to and make real the words written in the sacred documents that founded this nation that all men and women are created equal. Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

You know, my dad was an honorable, decent man. He got knocked down a few times pretty hard, but always got up. He worked hard and built a great middle-class life for our family. He used to say, “Joey, I don’t expect the government to solve my problems, but I expect it to understand them.” And then he would say: “Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in your community. It’s about looking your kids in the eye and say, honey, it’s going to be O.K.”

I’ve never forgotten those lessons. That’s why my economic plan is all about jobs, dignity, respect and community. Together, we can, and we will, rebuild our economy. And when we do, we’ll not only build it back, we’ll build it back better. With modern roads, bridges, highways, broadband, ports and airports as a new foundation for economic growth. With pipes that transport clean water to every community. With five million new manufacturing and technology jobs so the future is made in America. With a health care system that lowers premiums, deductibles, and drug prices by building on the Affordable Care Act he’s trying to rip away. With an education system that trains our people for the best jobs of the 21st century, where cost doesn’t prevent young people from going to college, and student debt doesn’t crush them when they get out. With child care and elder care that make it possible for parents to go to work and for the elderly to stay in their homes with dignity. With an immigration system that powers our economy and reflects our values. With newly empowered labor unions. With equal pay for women. With rising wages you can raise a family on. Yes, we’re going to do more than praise our essential workers. We’re finally going to pay them. We can, and we will, deal with climate change. It’s not only a crisis, it’s an enormous opportunity. An opportunity for America to lead the world in clean energy and create millions of new good-paying jobs in the process.

And we can pay for these investments by ending loopholes and the president’s $1.3 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest 1 percent and the biggest, most profitable corporations, some of which pay no tax at all. Because we don’t need a tax code that rewards wealth more than it rewards work. I’m not looking to punish anyone. Far from it. But it’s long past time the wealthiest people and the biggest corporations in this country paid their fair share. For our seniors, Social Security is a sacred obligation, a sacred promise made. The current president is threatening to break that promise. He’s proposing to eliminate the tax that pays for almost half of Social Security without any way of making up for that lost revenue.

I will not let it happen. If I’m your president, we’re going to protect Social Security and Medicare. You have my word.

One of the most powerful voices we hear in the country today is from our young people. They’re speaking to the inequity and injustice that has grown up in America. Economic injustice. Racial injustice. Environmental injustice. I hear their voices and if you listen, you can hear them too. And whether it’s the existential threat posed by climate change, the daily fear of being gunned down in school, or the inability to get started in their first job — it will be the work of the next president to restore the promise of America to everyone.

I won’t have to do it alone. Because I will have a great vice president at my side. Senator Kamala Harris. She is a powerful voice for this nation. Her story is the American story. She knows about all the obstacles thrown in the way of so many in our country. Women, Black women, Black Americans, South Asian Americans, immigrants, the left out and left behind. But she’s overcome every obstacle she’s ever faced. No one’s been tougher on the big banks or the gun lobby. No one’s been tougher in calling out this current administration for its extremism, its failure to follow the law, and its failure to simply tell the truth.

Kamala and I both draw strength from our families. For Kamala, it’s Doug and their families. For me, it’s Jill and ours. No man deserves one great love in his life. But I’ve known two. After losing my first wife in a car accident, Jill came into my life and put our family back together. She’s an educator. A mom. A military mom. And an unstoppable force. If she puts her mind to it, just get out of the way. Because she’s going to get it done. She was a great second lady and she will make a great first lady for this nation. She loves this country so much. And I will have the strength that can only come from family. Hunter, Ashley and all our grandchildren, my brothers, my sister. They give me courage and lift me up. And while he is no longer with us, Beau inspires me every day.

Beau served our nation in uniform. A decorated Iraq war veteran. So I take very personally the profound responsibility of serving as commander in chief.

I will be a president who will stand with our allies and friends. I will make it clear to our adversaries the days of cozying up to dictators are over. Under President Biden, America will not turn a blind eye to Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers. Nor will I put up with foreign interference in our most sacred democratic exercise — voting.

I will stand always for our values of human rights and dignity. And I will work in common purpose for a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world.

History has thrust one more urgent task on us. Will we be the generation that finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character? I believe we’re up to it. I believe we’re ready.

Just a week ago yesterday was the third anniversary of the events in Charlottesville. Remember seeing those neo-Nazis and Klansmen and white supremacists coming out of the fields with lighted torches? Veins bulging? Spewing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the ’30s? Remember the violent clash that ensued between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it? Remember what the president said? There were quote, “very fine people on both sides.”

It was a wake-up call for us as a country. And for me, a call to action. At that moment, I knew I’d have to run. My father taught us that silence was complicity. And I could not remain silent or complicit. At the time, I said we were in a battle for the soul of this nation. And we are.

One of the most important conversations I’ve had this entire campaign is with someone who is too young to vote. I met with 6-year old Gianna Floyd, a day before her daddy, George Floyd, was laid to rest. She is incredibly brave. I’ll never forget. When I leaned down to speak with her, she looked into my eyes and said, “Daddy changed the world.” Her words burrowed deep into my heart. Maybe George Floyd’s murder was the breaking point. Maybe John Lewis’ passing the inspiration. However it has come to be, America is ready to in John’s words, to lay down “the heavy burdens of hate at last” and to do the hard work of rooting out our systemic racism.

America’s history tells us that it has been in our darkest moments that we’ve made our greatest progress. That we’ve found the light. And in this dark moment, I believe we are poised to make great progress again. That we can find the light once more.

I have always believed you can define America in one word: possibilities. That in America, everyone, and I mean everyone, should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given ability will take them.

We can never lose that. In times as challenging as these, I believe there is only one way forward. As a united America. United in our pursuit of a more perfect union. United in our dreams of a better future for us and for our children. United in our determination to make the coming years bright. Are we ready? I believe we are.

This is a great nation. And we are a good and decent people. This is the United States of America. And there has never been anything we’ve been unable to accomplish when we’ve done it together.

The Irish poet Seamus Heaney once wrote:

History says,

Don’t hope on this side of the grave,

But then, once in a lifetime

The longed-for tidal wave

Of justice can rise up,

And hope and history rhyme.

This is our moment to make hope and history rhyme. With passion and purpose, let us begin — you and I together, one nation, under God — united in our love for America and united in our love for each other. For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. Light is more powerful than dark.

This is our moment. This is our mission. May history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation. And this is a battle that we, together, will win. I promise you.

Thank you. And may God bless you. And may God protect our troops.

34 thoughts on “Our Next President Speaks …

  1. I am Canadian. I reserve the right to disagree. Biden’s speech wss just much political rhetoric, carefully designed to counter the Orange Clown.
    I tried not to write this, kmowing I was just going to piss most people, especially Americans, off, but to do so would not be true to me. Sorry.

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    • Certainly you are entitled to your opinion, but I found the speech warm, passionate, and genuine. So, we can agree to disagree. Bottom line is it doesn’t really matter what either of us thought … it only matters that he can keep up the momentum and inspire enough people to win the election, else we are doomed.

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      • I would like to add that I think Biden needs new speechwriters. No matter what, I still want him to win. But talking about how he will react to what Trump has done to your nation will not be enough. I want to see Joe Biden the man, not the cheese. The world has had enough of Trump. Yet as much as I hate to say this, Trump is dynamic. To attract undecided voters, and especially dissatisfied Republican voters, Joe needs to become dynamic also. Centrism looks bad on him. This is a fight for the future of the US of A. Platitudes will not work. Biden MUST be a leader. He must get everyone willing to vote for him to the polls.
        Right now he is a pansy. My opinon if course!

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        • Ah, but Joe Biden, like all of us, is who he is. He is a moderate, or a centrist, and I think that’s what this country needs if we are ever to find common ground. If he changed his tone, it wouldn’t be Joe, now would it? I think he is stronger than you give him credit for, but either way, he cannot be somebody he is not, for that would never get him elected … would never be believable.

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  2. He certainly delivered. I think the problem seems to be people are looking for someone perfect like Captain America to stand up. When they can’t find one, they criticise. Actually you don’t need to be The Cap to win an election. A good, decent candidate will do the job. But you do need to unite to defeat evil. People need to focus on the evil not attacking those trying to bring down the evil.

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    • You are so right … and Biden is a thousand times the decent, compassionate man that Trump is. Yes, we need to unite and put the petty differences aside, and we also need to all be committed to voting! I’m so sick of people who say they aren’t enthused, so they won’t vote. What does it take to wake the idiots up??? Sigh.

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  3. During the course of this past week I spent 3 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday watching the virtual DNC convention through The New York Times live coverage. The experience was greatly enhanced by the printed analysis and commentary beginning at 8:30 PM until after 11:30 PM by a group of their reporters, a media correspondent and a fact checker. This is not something that I generally do…I read, I do not watch! However, as has often been said, times are different and it seemed imperative to me to watch and listen for the entire length of the convention. Also much has been said about what is lacking in this virtual presentation vs the usual crowds of boisterous people present. I found that the virtual afforded more unique moments that might not have been possible otherwise. Case in point…during the Tuesday state-by-state roll call as my own tiny Rhode Island’s State Representative, Joseph McNamara, announced 34 votes for Biden and 1 vote for Sanders on the sandy beach in Warwick known as Oakland Beach…a chef from the famed Iggy’s of Oakland Beach held a platter of fried Calamari, the states official appetizer! Could that have happened otherwise? Seriously though; the speeches by Michelle and Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and other notable speakers including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Tammy Duckworth to name a few, were inspiring to many. Kamala Harris was excellent! However, I was more impressed by former Representative Gabby Giffords 2 & 1/2 minute speech on Wednesday. The 40 second opening of the video featuring Gabby picking up her French Horn and playing “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” was proof of her resilience by playing an instrument she mastered as a child and had to relearn after the shooting. Her following speech was beautiful and moving. But, last night’s 2 minute and 15 second speech by 13 year old Brayden Harrington from his bedroom in New Hampshire was a triumph for the boy living with a stutter and a moving tribute to Joe Biden. Joe Biden’s speech was undoubtedly Biden at his very best. NYT’s media correspondent, Michael Grynbaum noted at 11:21 PM that on Fox News : Chris Wallace called Biden’s address “an enormously effective speech” that “blew a hole” in Trump’s attempts to depict him as feeble. Wallace added : “Donald Trump is going to have to run against a candidate, not a caricature.” The road ahead will be fraught with unbelievable difficulties, that is a given, but to paraphrase something that Elizabeth Warren said in her speech on Wednesday…we organize, we persist and we change America! Thank-you!

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    • My reactions were much the same as yours! It was an inspiring, uplifting four days, and Biden revealed himself not just as the warm and compassionate man we knew he was, but as a strong and formidable leader.

      So much light to end the darkness. And kudos to the production team, who wove a rich tapestry out of a huge challenge and made it all work beautifully.

      Jill, thank you for providing Biden’s speech. I forget that not everyone is a political junkie like me — and it’s important to replace the caricatures of Biden with the fine compassionate leader he is and will be.

      And now it’s up to us. Many have said we must vote as our lives depend upon it —because they do.

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      • Thanks, Annie! Some people are not, as you say, political junkies, and some may not have had the luxury of having the time to watch. so I thought it important to make it available to all. Let us hope that he inspires enough people to get the voters out en masse and send the clown who is currently occupying the White House packing!!!

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    • Thank you for your wonderful assessment!!! I did not watch it, only watched a few of the speeches, and so it is important to me to hear your take on it. I wasn’t aware of Gabby Gifford’s part in the ceremonies, and I will go in search of a clip of that, for I have tremendous respect for her, as well as her husband. Her husband who, by the way, is beating the c**p out of the Martha McSally b*tch! By all accounts, this was an enormously successful convention and will no doubt put the upcoming RNC, that is sure to be a three-ring circus, to shame! There can be no doubt who is the better qualified to lead this nation out of this dark era we are in. I have ordered my Biden/Harris lawn sign, even though we are not allowed to have them in this apartment complex. Let them try and stop me!!! (If you don’t see any posts from me for a few days, I’m likely in jail!!!)

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      • Jill—

        Make sure you watch Brayden Harrington too. This 13-year-old boy has an abundance of courage and plain old guts that so many adults are lacking. Then look for The Lincoln Project ad “This is a President,” which shows Biden’s first meeting with Brayden and provides the measure of the man.
        Also noteworthy was the woman who nominated him: an elevator operator in The New York Times building who fell in love with him bc he really “saw” her. And you probably heard about the young woman who lost her father to Covid. She described him as a healthy 65-year-old man whose only preexisting condition was that he believed Donald Trump.
        It was an extraordinary four days. And even Karl Rove and The Drudge Report praised Biden’s speech!

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        • I plan to check out all of the things you mentioned this afternoon! Thank you so much, Annie! I have heard, of course, of Brayden Harrington’s speech, for he is “the talk of the town”, but I want to see it for myself. And the Lincoln Project is always of interest … they have done some awesome ads! I heard that some of the Fox newscasters also praised Biden’s speech, much to Junior’s chagrin!!! Love it!

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  4. I watched his speech as they broadcast it live on our news channel. I was impressed. While he was positioning himself to be everything that Trump is not, he was very positive about it. And he seemed inclusive, but that’s hard to gauge from so far away. Anyway, it is good to have some hope.

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    • I’m amazed that it is considered newsworthy enough to be broadcast live there! The eyes of the world are watching! I, too, was impressed and inspired by his speech … frankly, I wasn’t sure if he had it in him, for he has been … shall we say, less than inspiring … in the past. Hope is always a good thing. Sigh. I fear we are fighting against a ‘man’ who will stop an NOTHING to maintain his power. And, Trump’s stakes are high, for he is almost certain to be indicted on criminal charges once he leaves the White House.

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    • I was surprised by how much he inspired me! Now let’s hope he inspired those who were sitting on the fence saying they didn’t find anything to love in Biden. I don’t think he’s just talk … I think he really means what he says. But now, the voters have a job to do, not only in electing Biden, but also in replacing the unconscionable republicans in Congress who have sat on their thumbs for two years now. Mitchie McConnell being the first to go! Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  5. I thought Joe hit it out of the park Jill. The contrast between him and his despicable opponent could not be more stark. Of course now we hear the cult say…well, he was reading a teleprompter..what’s the big deal? They have no shame. You cannot win any sort of common sense argument with any of them. I can’t wait to see the hate, bigotry, and lies next week, although I do not plan on watching too much of it. I’ll turn it on till my stomach turns and I have to throw up. Probably won’t take long!!

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  6. Hi Jill, long time no see (or read)… These are crazy and busy times, so I kept silent for some time… Of course I have been crossing my fingers for Biden all the time, but I used to think of him as rather un-inspiring. Reading this speech, well, I have to say, not bad. I am normally not a fan of big words, but this speech has something. It is almost a “wish not one man more”-speech (St. Crispin’s Day Speech, Henry V) – not in the sense that it high literature, but it moves. So, maybe, not all is lost.
    Hugs & Cheers from this side of the Atlantic!

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    • Hello my dear friend!!! You will never know how happy I am to hear from you tonight!!! My mood has progressively sunken today, and a comment from my dear friend Jeannie is just the thing to give it a bit of a boost!

      You are quite right in your assessment of Biden … he isn’t the most inspiring candidate ever. But, like the story of the hare and the tortoise, maybe slow and steady will win this race. The problems with this election are many, as I’m sure you know. Trump’s attempts to denigrate and decimate mail-in voting and the postal service, his claims already that the election will be ‘rigged’, and the efforts of Russia, to name only a few. I think that in an honest and fair election, Trump would lose by a landslide, but … there is little hope of us having an honest and fair election at this point.

      How are the boys? Is there school over there yet, or are they doing online schooling? How is your mum? And most importantly, how are you, my dear friend? I miss our frequent chats!

      Hugs and cheers back from this side of the pond! I wish I were on your side of it, quite frankly! 💝

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      • Hi Jill! When I said it has been a crazy last few months …. well, let’s say it was an understatement. Corona sent us all into “intelligent lockdown”, which meant shops open, but schools closed, home office wherever possible, borders closed. Which meant for me having all my men at home, but not being able to go to Austria. My mum was not doing so well. Old age finally kicked in … so I fretted and phoned and sent her stuff, but felt quite powerless. The neighbours and mobile care were helping where they could, but she sent most of them away, stating she was ok. When I finally had the chance to hop on a plane, it was end of May, and my mum was very weak. I arrived finding her in bed, not getting up anymore. She had not eaten for some time. She was happy to see me, but spent most of her time sleeping. She passed away one week later. – I had suspected we would not have her with us for a long time any more, but it all was very fast in the end. In a way, it was good, as she was at home until the end, no hospital, no big array of doctors and nurses, just her GP and the ladies from mobile care. We had been worried about her not being able to live on her own any more for some time (mentally and physically) … she would never have moved into assisted living willingly. So… she had it her way. She was 88. – But of course, it was sad. I was there for two extra weeks, then flew back. We all spent the summer in Austria, connecting with family, which was lovely. Now we are back in the Netherlands, schools will start in 2 weeks. Hopefully on-campus school, with some extra safety measures, but who knows what will happen if the infection numbers continue to rise. We just have to hope and see.
        So, that was what has happened around here … plus of course the corona crisis which at the moment overshadows all other political stuff. Even Brexit faded into the background. Of course everyone is still interested in the US elections, and everyone I know hopes for Biden to win in November, so that the real US returns to the stage. In times likes this, reliable friends would be so important, and we do need you guys to be with us fighting corona and all the other stuff (small things like peace and working towards keeping this planet from over-cooking).
        OK… this has been a long one … sorry to clutter the comment section with personal stuff, but since you asked, I though I answer here. 😉
        Hugs & Cheers!

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        • Oh, Jeannie … I am so so sorry to hear about your mum!!! 😢 I am glad, though, that she was able to have things as she wished, not being forced into a hospital or assisted living domicil, and so glad that you were able to be there with her. A bit belatedly, but I send you huge hugs, my dear friend.

          Yes, the pandemic has overshadowed much of the news here, too, though Trump continues to try to distract our attention away from the mounting death toll, much of which could have been prevented. I will tell you, with no hyperbole, no exaggeration, that if he wins his re-election bid, the U.S. will no longer have even a basic foundation of democracy. We will become the pimple on the rear end of western civilization long before he leaves office. There is a very real possibility that he will be re-elected. Not through a fair and honest election, for he could not possibly win under such conditions. However, he and his minions are working overtime to find every means possible to cheat and steal this election out from under our noses. I hope he is defeated by whatever means necessary, for I cannot continue to live in a nation ruled by a cruel and evil dictator.

          It is so good to hear from you! I should try to email you again … last time I don’t think I ever got it to go through, and I finally gave up. Keep well & safe, dear friend, and do stay in touch! 💝💝💝

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          • Thanks for your kind words! It was a strange mixture of sadness and relief – sadness because she was gone, relief that she could do it her way. She was diagnosed with cancer a few months before, and refused surgery (quite understandably, at her age – the doctor himself said it would have been very very risky). So we were very thankful she was spared pain and loss of dignity. – I do miss her of course, but I miss the person she used to be: strong and caring and loving … she was loving until the end, but if you see that the one who always cared for everyone cannot take care of herself anymore…. then you have to accept that for her, going is better than lingering on.

            Back to politics: I really do hope that in November, we will all wake from this nightmare … 2020 has been bad enough, it is time something good comes at the end of it!

            (Did not get any email from you … maybe you should try the other email address I sent to you last time there was a hiccup? Can send it again, if you want to…)
            Hugs&Cheers&Hope

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            • I can fully understand your mum’s point of view. I’ve told my girls more than once that I want no treatments to simply keep my body functioning. I’ve had a good life, and when the time comes that there is no longer quality of life, then … it’s time to exit gracefully.

              Let’s hope you are right, and that there will be a positive end to this nightmare. I fear, though, for the upcoming election does not stand a chance of being fair and honest.

              I will try again on the email!

              Hugs ‘n Cheers! And yes, Hope, for it is all we have left.

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