It is Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 11:20 a.m., and I am crying like a baby.
I know and understand politics and how elections and inaugurations work. I have been a journalist through many.
But never in my life have I felt the release of the fears adding up over the past four years, and that release being a blossom of hope for our future.
I have always tried never to be caught up in politics, but, instead, to look at what could be.
The United States of America is and always has been the Great Experiment in defining what can be.
We haven’t always been perfect in what we’ve done and how we’ve done it, but no one person or one country is perfect.
Where we have failed has almost always been when politics and unyielding personal beliefs that divided our people have gotten in the way of doing what we all know to be right.
Even the white supremacists know what is right, they just choose to ignore it for what they believe will be personal gain.
When, during crises, Americans have set goals and worked together to achieve them, we have seen great things.
During the Great Depression, Americans came together to help each other.
During the Second World War, many Americans saw it as a sacred duty to enlist in the military, while others served at home to help the war effort through replacing the lost workforce, rationing, and even planting gardens.
Even during the Civil War, although we did see the United States divided, the real Americans who formed the Union, still came together to bring the states who had lost their way back into the nation.
(And this is why it is ludicrous to pay homage to Confederate “heroes” in any way.)
Today, I believe the United States is at a similar crossroads, and I further believe that President Biden is the exact person we need to get us through this latest crisis.
Our new president is truly a man of faith. One who not only “talks the talk,” like his predecessor glibly did, but every day, Biden “walks the walk,” as well, which his predecessor never did.
Over the past four years, we saw the 45th President look for ways to sew division among the American people, because he was only capable of seeing division as the best way to keep his power and his base, even though he had to know that base only represented a minority of Americans.
The 46th President will do just the opposite, in looking for ways to bring others into his camp.
But we have to accept that not all of the things we may want will happen.
America has a lot of rebuilding to do from the past four years. And I have hope that our new President, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will do just that.