Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

On the Right Track Again -- For Now

Luckily for me, my normal morning staff meeting at 8:30 AM PT was canceled, which allowed me to watch the inauguration ceremonies today. While I worried like many did about the potential for another traitorous attack on our elected government, apparently the huge amount of security that poured in to protect the capitol worked. I did read people saying that all of those national guard units were a sign of a military dictatorship. I regret the necessity, but the people who actually wanted a dictator and the overthrow of our government forced this to happen.

Later in the day, I looked in on the Senate, where Vice President Harris (hooray!) took the chair for the first time as the chamber's constitutional presiding officer and then swore in the three new senators (her replacement as California's junior senator and the two newly-elected Georgia senators. That officially made the count in the Senate 50 (48 Democrats + 2 independents who caucus with them) to 50 Republicans, with VP Harris to serve as the tie-breaking vote when necessary. Per the discussions between the two parties, all committees will be equally divided, with a Democrat/Independent as Chair. If a committee vote ties on whether or not to send a bill on to the full Senate, the bill will proceed. That will mean a whole lot more work will get done in the Senate. It even means that Republicans can get bills before the Senate that the Democrats might have normally blocked. But I think that's a good thing. The members of the Senate need to actually do their jobs and show how they stand.

Are we back to "normal?" Good grief, no! There are still an absurd number of Americans who still apparently want a crazy orange dictator for life. Trumpism isn't the cause — it's the symptom of a disease in the American political mind that has been there all along and doesn't seem to go away. De-Trumpification needs to proceed, and the Democrats need to take advantage of having both houses of Congress and the Presidency to start cleaning up the mess that Trump and his allies left behind. And they need to work quickly, too, because we'll be into the mid-term elections before you know it, and don't think the Republicans and their Trumpist allies don't think they can take it all back. They'll talk of reconciliation, but I don't believe them.

We can celebrate for today. But tomorrow, the job of saving the USA from the idiots who have been trying to tear the floorboards out of the lifeboat must start.
Tags: politics

  • Nevada Outback Trip, Part 1: Atomic Tour

    Lisa and I have been getting increasingly antsy and wanting to get out of the house and go see things, but with no sign of a vaccine being available…

  • Trailer Talk

    Yesterday afternoon, Lisa went to take some things out to the travel trailer. Soon thereafter, she came back in to tell me bad news: the door to the…

  • Quiet Valentine's Day

    With rain and wind on Sunday, we stayed inside and did not do a whole lot. We spent some time going through our photos, in particular what we call…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.