at last, a new president

I haven’t posted much politically over the last four years, which was for a variety of reasons, but the main one was that it was too fucking exhausting. Any time I said anything on social media about politics, the rest of the day was given over to keeping an eye on the responses in order to keep things civil, which is something I insist upon in my online spaces. And it’s just been so depressing because there’s been so much crap from the 45th President.

But today, I’m posting because Donald Trump has left the White House and Joe Biden has just been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. President Trump has been an absolutely terrible President, from beginning to end. He was in violation of his oath of office from the nanosecond he swore it because he didn’t divest himself of his businesses, which is in violation of the Emoluments clauses of the Constitution. And he ended his presidency by inciting a riot, sending his most fervent devotees to the Capitol to disrupt the certification of his successor and kidnap or kill the Vice President and members of Congress. In between, he ruined our standing on the world stage, he encouraged white supremacists, he imprisoned people seeking asylum and separated children from their parents while doing so, he did everything he could to marginalize and remove protections for people who aren’t white, he bypassed Congressional approval of his appointees by making Cabinet members “acting” for indefinite periods, he used his family as staff in violation of the laws put into place after the Kennedy Administration, he continued the disastrous “trickle-down” economic policies that started in 1981 with President Reagan and which have kneecapped our economy for forty years, and so much more.

But the worst was his utterly disastrous, harmful, murderous, idiotic response to the global pandemic that has gripped the world since early 2020.

I am so looking forward to having a grown-up as President. I am so looking forward to someone who understands how government works running the executive branch. I am so looking forward to someone who understands science in the Oval Office. I am so looking forward to someone who acknowledges that people who aren’t cis het white dudes are worthy of being involved in government — hell, in life. I am so looking forward to a president who encourages scientists and who doesn’t encourage racists. I am so looking forward to a president who doesn’t hold rallies after he’s elected.

And I am so looking forward to a president who isn’t nakedly corrupt.

President Biden has a ton of work ahead of him to clean up the spectacular mess of the last four years. Meanwhile, former President Trump has a ton of work ahead of him dealing with all the criminal charges that are about to come pouring down on him. The current attorney general of New York State, Letitia James, ran and won handily in 2018 on a platform that pretty much boiled down to: “as soon as they swear in the next guy, I’m nailing Trump’s ass to the wall.” And it looks like Georgia might have some indictments coming his way for the blatant attempt he made to overturn the will of the people in Georgia during the 2020 election.

I know that I’m so fucking relieved right now that we don’t have a narcissistic wannabe mobster in the White House anymore.

Happy Inauguration Day, everyone.

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