In contrast to a certain mob of anti-democracy "patriots" who apparently have plenty of leisure time to spare on say a normal Wednesday between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, I had to do a thing called work on Wednesday right through the time of Biden's inauguration, so I had to watch it later in the evening rather than live. When I finally got the chance though, I at first actually felt confused. I had completely forgotten what it was like to have a president actually treat his position with some kind of, you know, dignity! I was thinking like "What is this foreign thing that is happening on my screen?!" I didn't even recall what it was like at first to have the highest office in the land treated as something other than just a bully pulpit. Then, after this momentary feeling of being lost had passed, I experienced a rush of peace as the value of that simple proposition set in. More peace than I've felt in years. I've missed having a real president. And I guess I'd forgotten that there was even such a thing.
I don't know what to say about Biden's unity-themed speech. It was hopeful. It was optimistic. It was naive. It was cliched. It was needed. That sums up my thoughts. I'm proud to be a Democrat at this moment.
What I want most out of the Biden Administration and Democratic House and Senate are 1) an end to this pandemic, 2) a higher minimum wage that will allow me to live above the poverty line for the first time in my life, and 3) a hospital in my area. These priorities should be passed through the budget reconciliation process that, under present circumstances, would require only Democratic votes because I can't imagine any Republican supporting any of those things. Most other things that Democrats would prioritize I'm fine with them having to get some Republican support to pass because I'm not the most enthusiastic supporter of just every one of their cultural priorities. Other than that, it's stuff Biden has already started doing because he has the power to by executive action, like re-joining the world community and being America again.
Those are my initial thoughts on the new administration.
Last edited by Jaicee - on 22 January 2021