United States of Whatever
For the first time in a while I feel like I can congratulate the US on doing something right, namely, just about getting Trump out of the White House. While I don’t generally talk about politics, partly because it’s enormously divisive, partly because of apathy, partly because I don’t know as much as I feel I should, this is an easy one.
In a western world that seems to be becoming browbeaten by the far right, it is surprising and relieving to see a little bit of balance restored. Whether you sit on the right, left or middle of the fence, I think we can all agree we don’t want to stray to close the more extreme right wing where it feels a lot of countries have been heading in recent years.
So what does this actually mean?
It may mean that Joe Biden sits just far enough towards the centre to engage the previously disillusioned middle classes with the Democrats.
It could also be that just enough Americans on the right or centre hate Trump enough to justify voting for the other side, just this once, to get rid of him.
To me this means that there is still hope.
In a world under siege by a pandemic that has the potential to force everyone to look after number one at the expense of everyone else (see the toilet roll saga 6 months ago), and a swathe of nations looking to close borders and protect themselves (this was happening before COVID), the is some light. The US at least has shunned the "America First" policy of the old regime.
It feels like we have hope again.
Further to this, there's now serious talk of a COVID vaccine that may be available to protect the most vulnerable members of society which will allow everyone else to begin to rebuild our communities again.
There's a long road ahead of us still, it's the same road we were on before COVID and it's the same road we'll still be on in the future, but at least now it feels like we've grabbed hold of the steering wheel again.