I lost count of how many “Breaking News” updates hit my phone yesterday, but most contained good news, so I’m not complaining. Four things among the maelstrom of pings, dings and knocks from my phone stand out, all of them positive, at least from where I stand, though I’m sure there are those who would disagree with me.
- The first was that Joe Biden announced several of his choices for key cabinet positions. I’ll have more about this in future posts, for I will need time to research these people, some of whom I’m not familiar with. But the one that caught my eye first was Biden’s appointment of John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate. This sends a message, loud and clear, that no longer will we shirk our duty toward climate change and the environment. As Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry played a key role in negotiating the landmark Paris Climate Accord, which was adopted by nearly 200 nations in 2015 and was aimed at addressing the negative impacts of climate change. Trump withdrew the US from agreement, and Biden has pledged to rejoin it on his first day in office.
- Next came the news that the election officials in Michigan certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. I let out a few YAHOOOOOOs over this one and found myself, inexplicably, with tears in my eyes. Too much stress lately, I guess. Pennsylvania and Arizona are close to certifying Biden’s victory, but despite having a BA and an MA in Political Science, I simply do not understand what the holdup is. Yes, I know Donnie Darkness is protesting, continuing to claim that he actually won, and suing everybody and their brother, but his cases are consistently being thrown out of the courts because there is zero evidence of any widescale aberrations anywhere. Trump’s legal eagles have failed to provide a shred of evidence. It’s time for every state to certify the vote, to follow the law and the will of the people. Trump lost by more than 6 million votes – he’d have to find a hell of a lot of “voter fraud” to overturn that!
- Then there was this headline in the New York Times: G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden. Trump is suing the state of California (isn’t that rather like suing one’s own family member? Perhaps he forgot that California is one of the 50 ‘United’ States?) in an effort to strip California of its ability to set its own, strict fuel economy standards. Initially, three U.S. automakers joined in the lawsuit: General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler. With G.M. dropping their support, it is likely only a matter of days before Toyota and Fiat Chrysler join their competitor in dropping out. In fact, G.M.’s CEO, Mary Barra, urged the other two to follow G.M.’s lead. Score one for the environment!
- And last, but certainly not least, came the news just around supper time, that Emily Murphy at the General Services Administration (GSA) acknowledged Joe Biden as the ‘apparent’ winner of the election. This move will give the Biden transition team access to federal transition funds, and will also allow the team to establish contact and working relations with federal agencies. A day late and a dollar short, as they say, but … better late than never. Trump attempted to take credit for the decision, but made a point of saying that he is not conceding the election, and that … “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good … fight, and I believe we will prevail!” I laughed at this … I really no longer care what he says, for he is quickly becoming irrelevant. The sooner he, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Kayleigh McEnany figure that out, the sooner our lives will become more peaceful!
I still have concerns, still do not trust Donald Trump, nor the congressional republicans, nor the Supreme Court, nor the white supremacist gun freaks who say they are planning violence when Joe Biden is inaugurated, but overall I think yesterday was a red-letter day for positive news … something we were sorely in need of. We still have many problems, and yesterday was not quite a ‘jump for joy’ moment, but more a ‘sigh of relief’ one. Perhaps soon we’ll even be able to sleep for more than an hour at a time.