Guest columnist Jonathan Wright: Keep up the good work, Joe and Kamala

  • President Joe Biden walks with Vice President Kamala Harris after speaking on updated guidance on face mask mandates and COVID-19 response, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, 2021, in Washington. AP

Published: 4/28/2022 3:01:34 PM
Modified: 4/28/2022 3:00:06 PM

Friends, it is time to resoundingly support President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and the myriad accomplishments of their first year, set aside the gray scale of many differences, and repudiate the Republicans en-masse, who have, I believe, abdicated their fundamental privilege to govern at all through non-enforcement of constitutional fundamentals and their own oaths. It certainly was not always so, but sadly, it is now.

Shoo away the doomsday pundits around the Democratic Party, who wring their hands. Claim the future. Claim the good. Let’s continue to work and support the Senate and House candidates. Push back. Let’s set our course to retain both houses of the Congress in fall 2022. Give Biden and Harris the legislative branch they need.

In all the tumult in our national life, let’s take a moment to reflect. Biden was elected with a larger margin than Donald Trump was four years earlier, despite all the baseless claims of irregularities, and all the attempts at voter suppression that continue on with ever more vigor.

The election is settled in every way, except in the minds and actions of those who will not countenance the facts. It may have started with Kelly Anne Conway’s “alternative facts” proclamation, who knows, but our ship is up to the gunwales in a mass of lies and weeds.

Years of careful work can be flattened with a wrecking ball, as was practiced by the Trump administration. Before anyone sharpens up their critique of Biden, remember that he inherited a government that was laced with land mines, grossly understaffed, and was being groomed in the fast lane to fail miserably, in preparation for a coup. For four years Trump promised better health care and infrastructure while undermining what we had, delivering on none of it.

We have sophisticated well-funded, hard-right initiatives that threaten the foundations of our country. It’s not free speech or normal political discourse. We have a full court press across this country to discredit our democracy under the masthead of “Save America.”

Defeated ex-presidents go away and do something useful. George Bush, regarding Barack Obama, said “He has earned my silence.” Not Trump.

Just a few of Trump’s trademark behaviors, like watching himself on TV instead of reading his briefing papers, fawning over Russian President Vladimir Putin, emboldening him, playing to his fascist path, should remind us of the dangers of a comeback of his legions of devotional supporters. His impeachable offense of trying to coerce the Ukrainian president into launching a fake investigation of Hunter Biden is by no means the only one. And yet, here I am talking about this stuff when it is old news.

It is quite evident that Putin’s boldness derives in significant part from the adulation of him by Trump and the MAGA crew. How can any of us stomach this? There is Ukrainian blood all over Trump and his entourage.

We know by Eric’s and Don Jr.’s own words that they have had all the funding they have needed over the last three decades from the Russians and their oligarchs. So as the legal system grinds along (and please hurry Attorney General Merrick Garland), there is no need to grant these folks any benefit of the doubt.

The Republican Party as a whole has featured a murmuring acceptance of all the conspiracy theories and Trump nonsense, without significant resistance from any Republican leadership except Liz Cheney, who is, let’s not forget, a right-leaning Reagan Republican. The Republicans are so seriously out of step that they wish to let Jan. 6 stand, do not condemn the treason, and stoke those fires against which generations of Americans have fought and lost their lives. What can possibly be good about this?

And before anybody gets warm and fuzzy about Mike Pence, he was just doing his job. To not have certified the results would have been high treason. Even he knew that.

And while Republicans stoke the fires of indignation and false stories, trying to censor our schools of great literature, science, and art, the world, my friends, is on fire. It’s our fire. The Republicans have completely abdicated active responsibility or any useful role in combating climate change.

Now what? A tremendous amount has been saved, redirected, started, and accomplished in just 15 months. New directives, policies, legislation, and leadership. Good Job, Joe and Kamala! Good Job America!

Biden and his more-left colleagues need to make quick work of a peace with Sens. Joe Manchin and Kristin Sinema, even as it will be distasteful, because key elements of the Build Back Better plan need to land this summer. These include down payments on carbon reduction, extended child-tax credits, and a host of other items.

Please, set aside the broad range of not-insubstantial differences, and enact the common good, albeit a shorter list. Do not agree? Try getting anything done with Republicans in charge, which is what the GOP is after.

Jonathan Wright lives in Northampton.

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