Some Positive Signs …

Okay, friends … Joe Biden has been in office for less than 48 hours, and already I see positive signs coming from the White House.  Let’s look at a couple …

Once again, science matters

Joe Biden promised to listen to the scientists and the experts, unlike his predecessor, and he is doing just that.  First off, he offered Dr. Anthony Fauci the position of Chief Medical Advisor, which Fauci gladly accepted.  It is encouraging to hear Dr. Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease specialist, say …

“One of the new things in this administration is, if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess.  Just say you don’t know the answer. The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know and what the science is … it is something of a liberating feeling.”

Yesterday morning, Dr. Fauci spoke to the executive board of the World Health Organization, and was able to tell them that the United States would not be following through with Mr. Trump’s demand to leave the group in the middle of a pandemic.  I, for one, breathe a sigh of relief for that one.

Isn’t it grand to know that our president doesn’t think he’s such a stable genius that he knows everything about … well, everything?  We can trust that President Biden will listen to the scientists, the experts, on such things as the pandemic and climate change.

And speaking of the pandemic …

President Biden unveiled his national strategy to conquer the pandemic, to save our lives.  If this sort of action had been taken a year ago, hundreds of thousands of lives almost certainly would have been saved.

The orders included new requirements for masks on interstate planes, trains and buses, as well as in all federal facilities.  I guess this means you, too, members of Congress!  He also calls for the creation of a national testing board and mandatory quarantines for international travelers arriving in the United States.

But Biden pulled no punches, he was brutally honest (oh isn’t that so refreshing?) when he admitted, “The brutal truth is it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” and when he said that US deaths from the pandemic will likely reach 500,000 by February.  Honesty.  From the president.  WOW!  Just WOW!

Transparency & truth … FINALLY!

Her name is Jen Psaki, pronounced SOCK-ee, and she is President Biden’s press secretary.  She is more than qualified for the job, having served in a number of communications positions in the Obama administration, including as a spokeswoman at the State Department, where she was comfortable delivering lengthy, policy-heavy briefings in a role often held by career foreign policy officials. And she was popular with Washington reporters.

She has already given her first press briefing, and while I only listened to a brief clip, the first few minutes, one word jumped out:  transparency.

“If the president were standing here with me today, he would say he works for the American people. I work for him, so I also work for the American people, but his objective and his commitment is to bring transparency and truth back to government, to share the truth, even when it’s hard to hear.”

It brings a tear to my eyes to hear the words ‘transparency’ and ‘truth’ spoken by the press secretary, after four years and five … or was it six? … different press secretaries all telling thousands of lies, accusing reporters of bias, or simply not communicating at all.

A short bit of a rant

I hate to sully an otherwise upbeat post with a min-rant, but I simply must vent a bit on this one …

I understand that ol’ Mitch McConnell has ‘suggested’ that the impeachment trial for Donald Trump be pushed back to February in order to give Trump time to prepare his defense.  I have only one question:  why should we be fair to the ‘man’ who put us through hell and caused us grief every single day for four solid years?  There can be no defense for the impeachment charge, the charge of inciting an attempted overthrow of a legitimate, fair, and honest election.

Oh sure, some high-priced lawyers will try to spin it, to put in in such a light that Trump’s words were not incitement.  But we all know better.  We all know that he had been planning that last-ditch attempt to silence the people of this nation and seize power as an authoritarian dictator for some time, and those people who stormed the Capitol on January 6th were his pawns, they were inspired to do his dirty work for him.  No, there can be no defense against what he did, so why wait?  Hold the trial now, convict him, and ensure that he can never again destroy this nation and our lives.

Donald Trump is guilty of treason, for he betrayed a sacred trust, broke his oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, and put this nation in grave jeopardy in more ways than one.  The charge of inciting violence is a mild one compared to what he could have legitimately been charged with.  He must be convicted on that charge, and as soon as possible in order for this nation to fully breathe easily again, in order for us to move on and begin to heal.

14 thoughts on “Some Positive Signs …

  1. I’m right with you Jill. The former so-called president deserves nothing. He put us all through hell for 4 years, tried to overthrow the election he so clearly lost, and divided an already divided nation even more. Enough! Convict and then bar him from ever holding any kind of public office. That’s the way we get unity!

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    • In my book, we simply haven’t had a president since January 20, 2017. Not one time have I referred to him by his title, except in quotes by others that I hadn’t the right to change. Yes, the Senate should convict him, if for no other reason than to ensure he cannot run for any office ever again! Let him go back to his comedy television show, or whatever it was. I hear his businesses are going under … and I grinned when I heard that! Let him sink, for all I care. I really want to see him in an orange jumpsuit! You’re right … there can be no healing until he and others have been held accountable for all they have done.

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      • Same here Jill. I’ve never called him president. He did not deserve the title and he showed us why every damn day. I find it so typically pathetic that Republicans are now saying we need to move on, that he’s already not president so in the name of unity we should just let it all go. Bullshit! No way in hell. He must be held to account. Will 17 Republicans grow a spine? Highly unlikely, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

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        • Agreed. They want to move on, to forgive and forget, but without accountability, that cannot happen, for the bitterness will remain and erode any trust. No, 17 republicans won’t grow a spine or a pair of cojones, but they will go down in history as being the most corrupt of all generations.

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  2. Jill, well done. Just taking the press conference, the reporters noted how refreshing it was to be welcomed and told the truth. To me, that is the best thing Biden can do – tell the truth, then do it again the next day and the day after. As for the Senate impeachment trial, I do not expect it to occur as only six Republicans would vote to convict. Political courage is fleeting faced with the still revved up base that the former president left behind. He is guilty as charged in the minds of the majority of Americans and should be in the minds of more. But, the great rationalization has already begun, even on the same day as the Trump insurrection. Keith

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    • Just the fact that there even WAS a press conference is a breath of fresh air! And to have someone tell the truth … GASP … what a novelty! I think Ms. Psaki will do just fine! Sigh. I gather the trial will take place, but is likely to be a sham, much the same as the last one. Yes, he is guilty as charged, of the single impeachment charge as well as many other potential charges. I hope that somewhere along the line, whether it is the New York cases, impeachment, or something in the future, he ends up in an orange jumpsuit. I’m not holding my breath, though. I noted this evening that Kevin McCarthy has done a 180° turn and is now saying Trump has no blame for the attack on the Capitol. His conscience didn’t stick around for long, did it?


  3. DAMN WORD PRESS. A slightly lengthy comment of mine just vanished into thin air–before I even tried to publish it. I questioned Trump’s right to arbitrarily hand out pardons like Halloween treats, and suggested creating a process where presidential pardons should have to be approved to prevent pardons being given to undeserving convictees. I also suggested placing a cap of some kind as to the number of pardons handed out without at least the appearance of serious thought as to why pardons are given.
    Then I started to write how this Canadian, and Albertan, wanted to thank Joe for stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline dead in its tracks. Bravo, Joe. Picking up from there I would like to apologize for our Premier Jason Kenney threatening to have our Prime Minister start a trade war with America. What a pompous ass! And should Trudeau listen to Kenney’s whinings, I will call him a pompous ass too.
    But notice, Kenney is too cowardly to start a trade war himself, he needs his sworn enemy Justin Trudeau to do it. They are political opposites, and in case things go south, he wants to appear to be blameless, and have all the fallout fall on Trudeau. Again, what an asshole!
    There was more, but this is enough for now..

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    • I think there is a word limit on comments … perhaps you exceeded it and it simply sent your entire comment into cyberspace? Anyway …
      The right of a president to pardon anybody, even ax murderers, is absolute with the exception of impeachment. I don’t agree with it, and I’d like to see that clause amended, but for the moment, it stands. I would, were it in my power, take away the pardon pen altogether … a judge and jury mete out justice, and the prez shouldn’t be allowed to override them on a whim. But, it isn’t up to me.
      Y’know … Kenney needs to be sent to his room for a timeout until he learns to grow up! I’m thankful that Joe put an end to the Keystone pipeline. My own Senator Portman whined that it would cost “thousands of jobs”. First off, no it wont, but second, as I replied to him, the planet is more important that a few jobs. Put Kenney in a padded room somewhere!


      • If I could, I would. The time out room at Catholic schools. It is build soundproof, so acting out kids with autism or other disabilities cannot disturb regular classes. Love they neighbour, but lock up difficult students. I guess their God said it’s okay.

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  4. When Moscow Mitch was the Majority Speaker he was heard a lot even if he took little positive action. I don’t recall hearing much from the Minority Speaker. Now that roles are reversed I’d like to hear much less from Mitch but hear more and see more positive action from the Majority Speaker. So far, I haven’t seen him at all. I expected him to be on the ball with the cheques for $2000 to help all those struggling to pay rent etc and survive while unemployed.
    Things from the White House seem to be going nicely so far though no doubt there will be complaints, but Trump’s trial must not be delayed, all the World saw what he did, what trust he broke, what lives he cost. He must pay,

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    • Well, we don’t want Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to emulate Moscow Mitch, now do we? He has spoken, but has much on his plate at the moment, so I’ll cut him a bit of slack. The checks for $2,000 are likely to hit a roadblock, but … time will tell. I think we will have to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it is going to take time to repair the damage that was done by the evil person who preceded Biden. Patience, Grasshopper. Things are moving along … Biden has no less than four major issues to deal with post haste, so take a deep breath and give him a minute. I agree with you wholeheartedly about Trump’s impeachment trial, but … not looking like many republicans can find their consciences today … perhaps they accidentally tossed them out with the rubbish?

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