Something amazing– I’ve been watching talk show interviews and reading articles and for the first time in my memory, the Democrats from Pelosi to Bernie are all providing a unified message. Maybe Biden’s unity speech was really pointed at the big tent of the Democratic party… It’s also a really good message that I think truly Patriotic Americans can agree with. Quick impeachment in the Senate because we can’t let future presidents think it’s ok to incite insurrection, but we don’t have time to drag it out. Focus on Covid/jobs/climate change/shoring up Democracy/equality of opportunity/justice/healthcare/etc. (it’s a somewhat lengthy list, but they all have it), reach out to Republicans but only for so long– if they don’t respond go straight to reconciliation. No we probably won’t reach radical seditionists who don’t believe in democracy or white supremacists, but there are a lot of people who were duped by Trump who have needs that we will try to meet.
Also… it is crazy how I’m not the only one who has been literally clenching her teeth for four years. And how weird it feels to literally not be doing that anymore. And how everything just seems brighter. There’s a long road ahead, but we don’t have to worry about the president signing an executive order to destroy yet another entire minority group’s way of life every few days. We can focus on repairing and rebuilding.
Hi-tech Masks to look out for in the near future.
I agree with this 100%. Biden should go big, fast, and simple. Usually I prefer the Obama approach of doing evidence-based policy even if the politics aren’t optimal, but there’s so much that needs to get undone in 2 years that we need to do as much as possible as quickly as possible at a speed that doesn’t allow the media to focus on it. And media, I think you should focus on Trump now– four leisurely years to focus on all the big news stories that got buried as we no doubt find out more of his corruption and wrongdoing. I want to see those Trump headlines now, but slowly and with speculation about jailtime! And if jailtime is not on the table, media, I think you should push congress to enact laws that will put it on the table in the future. No more of this norms and the court of public opinion and trust article 25 stuff.
Captain Awkward talking about what she’s going to do going forward.
Elle has a really nice story on Amanda Gorman. (Also I’m not the only person for whom her poem finally let out all the tears that had been held in.)
Let’s be the light, guys. We can’t stop now– we have to help rebuild. That may mean looking at reforms at the state and local level. It may mean donating to causes. It may mean thanking your members of congress every time they do the right thing or telling them again and again that they need to start. It may be organizing new groups and assisting and aiding groups already on the ground. It may be postcards and letters to voters. It may be helping people register. You probably have ideas of your own. We have to keep pushing forward for a better tomorrow.
January 23, 2021 at 6:01 am
I was reading the news this morning about how maybe we won’t impeach trump after all because of the massive distraction it would be, and how it would give him the stage and attention he craves, and I was blah blah blah shut up media. Cant you just let me enjoy this for one stinking week. Ugh.
But yes, a week with no drama was just what I needed. Hallelujah!
January 23, 2021 at 6:50 am
Naw, we need the distraction. That’s evil 1% talking points. They need less power over our media.
January 23, 2021 at 7:30 am
January 23, 2021 at 11:39 am
I am out of free atlantic articles but I appreciated this Ezra Klein opinion on NYT that I’m guessing is a similar premise https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/opinion/biden-inauguration-democrats.html
January 23, 2021 at 1:13 pm
quite possibly! I don’t have access to the NYTimes!
January 23, 2021 at 2:22 pm
I forgot the most important thing about this week! It’s been full of palindrome dates!! Today is 1/23/21!
January 23, 2021 at 3:07 pm
“Also… it is crazy how I’m not the only one who has been literally clenching her teeth for four years.” My dentist agrees!
January 23, 2021 at 3:16 pm
How many of Grumpy Nation’s regular commenters had to get new crowns this year? Quite a few!
January 23, 2021 at 5:28 pm
My running buddy said she’s been running faster since the inauguration. I think that weight that we all feel has been lifted is not just metaphorical, it’s the load on our brains of worry and trying to figure out the truth among the lies, etc.
January 23, 2021 at 7:33 pm
That first high tech mask looks a little bit intriguing just because we also have such bad air quality with the annual wildfires that I feel like that could be really useful to help us figure out safe outdoor time.
I’m looking forward to breathing regularly again. I’ve got personal stuff going on in addition to being really slow to unclench after any major stressors like this so I haven’t yet but I so look forward to it.