We live in a time of steroidal bad news, but there is reason for hope as we finish 2021 and roll into 2022. Joe Biden is President and Donald Trump is not, and the failure of the Trump coup effort to date is a reason for hope. The truth is stronger than it was in 2020 because Trump is not in office spewing a stream of lies. Scientist say that the climate crisis is bad, but could be worse. Because government and private industry are responding to the challenge the worst version of climate change may be avoided. More will need to be done on climate, but the good news is we have reason for hope, and must push for a more human-friendly planet on all people (as well as other creatures and living things). Governments and institutions are making progress in protecting society against COVID. You can feel the potential for a return to a comfortable new normal after the pandemic has become manageable. Responsible institutions and organizations are pushing the idea of human dignity and against far-right hate, misogyny, and nazism. Major issues will remain with us, but there are reasons to hope for progress and improvement in 2022 if we remain engaged.
President Biden and the Democrats in Congress have a whittled down plan, but they must get it passed and then gather voters to support a 2nd plan in the 2022 midterm elections. Universal Pre-K is a big deal. Support for working class families to get healthcare is a big deal. Climate Crisis is accelerating and we must begin to make major changes immediately. These are just some elements of the Build Back Better framework that are more than we have now and are reasons for hope. I believe in hope not because I am a Democrat, but because it is more appealing than despair and provides fuel for action. Things are happening now even though corruption and dishonesty are apparent from politicians important to the process. Tell everyone you know who cares about the future to stay in the fight (gather the facts for decisions to act, and vote your values).
In a world where many things are happening all at once it is important to remain focused. Democrats are the only party looking out for Americans and their futures; Republicans work for their wealthy masters and manipulate the base mob that keeps them in office. We will not get this strategic period of time back, once we screw it up; it is over, potentially literally over. The climate crisis, COVID, voting rights, and our increasingly erratic society need planned action now. Research the facts and make contact with other voters, and representatives to get the entire Biden infrastructure plan passed as soon as possible.
President Biden said what most Americans are thinking about COVID vaccine and mask deniers; enough already. People who continue to deny science despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines and masks work is idiocy. The question that this behavior brings up is why are they doing it? Liars and idiots many times are haters of reality and truth; they want the world to bend to their will no matter who gets hurt. The Biblical story of Cain and Abel sheds light on this mentality. Selfishness and laziness are at the heart of the flat-earth, conspiracy driven, fascist-loving movement afoot in America today. President Biden is right in his belief that to protect America he must get tough in his defense of truth and science. Let’s support the President and all leaders who put the health of the people first, and never forget those Republicans who push selfish “freedom” policies that jeopardize life for political gain. Research, act, and vote to promote a better America with respect and dignity for all.
It is Labor Day 2021 and many Americans are concerned about a NY Times front-page article attacking Joe Biden. We call it journalism because they are supposed to keep a record of what is taking place, but for what; are they journalists or scribes? You rarely see “journalist” hold people accountable for the truth, so do they look at their journals after the fact, or just write and agree with what they are told? Many Americans noticed when Trump lied regularly and “journalists” moved on to the next question with a lie for an answer. The media was cowardly with Trump, and now they demonstrate anger as they question the Biden Administration about issues that have little impact on average Americans. We need good journalists who pursue and defend the truth, while pushing back on lies. We, as citizens, have to demand journalism be held to a high standard and not just defend their tribe or class. Do high-paid journalists attack Biden because he wants to raise taxes on those making more than 400k (to pay for the Build Back Better plan)? Do they overlook Trump’s madness and massive criminality because he offered tax cuts with renewed systemic white supremacy? Why don’t we know the names and faces of the persons who wrote and introduced the Texas bounty on women pursuing reproductive rights? Research and demand journalism that informs and respects American citizens.
President Biden recently made it real clear that the US has a variety of tools and leverage to use against it’s enemies. On August 27, 2021 the US military showed the capability to attack and destroy bad actors who are enemies of the republic. The next move for the US government is to track down and hold accountable those who seek to undermine and destroy our way of life at home. The insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol, and those who sent them, must be dealt with in the near future with clear determined consequences. The Republican partisans who seek to steal the civil rights of citizens must be defeated and shown the error of their ways. The only way we can reach the potential of our republic is to tap into the wisdom of the crowd, and empower all of our citizens. Trump and his cronies must be held as accountable as ISIS. or any other threat to the republic. Payback should be just and transparent; so that any persons who want to believe lies are obvious, and have no place to hide from the truth.
Americans are rallying to support the Afghans who helped our country during the 20 year struggle with the Taliban. Like so many immigrants before them the Afghans provide the US an opportunity to become stronger. We need to start by taking better care of citizens already here and making sure the Biden Build Back Better agenda becomes reality (with voting rights). The new immigrants matter, but if we don’t become more effective at developing and helping all our citizens we are doomed. Our society is in a time of “all hands on deck” challenges that require us to stop throwing our people away, and lying to ourselves.
President Joe Biden is taking a lot of hits on the withdrawal from Afghanistan. What has taken place does not look good for the United States, but we do not have a fortune-teller on the payroll. The collapse of the Afghan government was a surprise to most professional military and American policy makers. We are a Burger King nation that wants to have it our way and reality does not comply with that desire. Our future will contain more devastating shocks and surprises especially if we do not attack the climate crisis aggressively. President Biden obviously made some mistakes because he could not predict the future, but we have to make sure that America stays focused on the bigger picture of voting rights, climate crisis, human dignity, and respect for work.
The United States government has a series of incredibly important issues to deal with right now that I will prioritize. 1) Planning and fighting the COVID pandemic worldwide. 2) Legislating the right of citizens to vote in free and fair elections. 3) Planning and funding infrastructure for the climate crisis. 4) Making sure no one is above the law. 5) Expanding human and healthcare infrastructure so that no American is left hopeless. The list goes on but the Afghanistan issue is front and center because the previous President betrayed the Afghan government supported by the United States, and negotiated with the Taliban behind their backs. Then the current president was surprised when the Afghan government we supported refused to fight, but made their own deals with the Taliban. We will continue to suffer humiliation as a country until we confront the evil perpetrated by the 45th president and his sycophants completely, and in full. Research and act to protect our republic and a decent future for the people of this country.
The pictures from Afghanistan are terrible and the stories are heartbreaking. As usual the 20 year story of how we got here has plenty of blame to go around. We start a war to get the person who attacked us after finding out the Taliban would protect him. The war morphed into wanting to build a modern nation to keep all terrorists from having a base in a failed state. Making other countries into the US has not worked before and did not this time. Trump negotiated a deal with the Taliban leaving the US-backed government out of the negotiations creating massive distrust. A lot of people died fighting the Taliban’s cruelty, but killing more will not solve Afghanistan’s problems. Hopefully President Biden, with help from our allies, will be able to get people out who want to go. Republican finger-pointing should be disregarded as the continued recklessness that it is, but ideas for solutions should be welcomed. Let’s remember that Afghanistan’s refugees represent an opportunity for America, and keep our eyes on the larger problems we continue to face.