"The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it."
~ Omar Khayyam
(Note: NAMM's "Believe in Music" week is happening now. That, and more, are in our edition just before this one.)
History. The first woman Vice President, first veep with African-American ancestry, and first with Asian ancestry, and the oldest President ever -- both elected by record youth vote participation. And an end (for the present, at least) to a very real threat from antidemocratic forces supported by racist and neofascist groups known to the FBI.
This time, it's also about restoring dignity, decorum, citable facts as the basis of information and debate and decisions, and above all, calling for peace, competently dealing with the pandemic, and restoring a faith in democracy that enables the "domestic tranquility" that passes for unity. It will be up to every American to determine whether the new President's calling for all that is possible, or if calling for it was a fool’s errand.
Mitch McConnell is no longer in a position to say "Come into my parlor," but Congressional Goppers may still be driven by fear of being "primaried" by the Trumpian base, or even physical fear of seditious Trumpista insurrectionists.
Even before the shocking events of January 6th, "where things were" was unsustainable.
Some of President Biden's "Build Back Better" will be about image, some will be about substance
Day One in office, Biden is reversing 17 Executive Orders, including putting an end to draining taxpayer's resources to continue building the throwback-to-Roman-Emperor-Hadrian's "Trumpian Wall" that Mexico didn't pay for.
Meanwhile, those who suffered Trump's indignities and abuses are not docile about handling his Trumpista insurrectionists or myriad residual damages endured while Trump had his Twitter punching bag.
Most notably, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now on record that Trump is liable as an accessory to murder after five people died in the seditious invasion of the US Capitol on January 6th.
Trump's religionista allies are feeling the heat. Hardcore Trump supporter Mike Lindell, the MyPillow guy who wears the giant cross, is complaining about all the retail outlets that have dropped him since he refused to condemn the seditious insurrection and continually repeated Trump's lies about a "stolen election."
Longtime readers may recall the Guide noted some time ago that the Orange Abomination's fundamentalist religious followers were inscrutable, since it was observably evident that he had literally violated every one of their Ten Commandments. Now there are calls from some Progressives to do away with tax exemptions for "religious" institutions that engage in politics. You could ask the Spanish Inquisition: play with burning people at the stake and you might get burned.
Perhaps the best retort as review of the past four years arrived in cartoonist Tom Tomorrow in his "last cartoon while Trump is in office." His visual art is known for being comprehensively and satisfyingly epic:
Radio's ruling talk show intellectual, Thom Hartmann, recommends this read: "Biden sworn in as president, calls on Americans to 'end this uncivil war' of political division" by Adam Edelman and Lauren Egan and Geoff Bennett.
Now let's turn to one of our heroes. Just hours before President Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord that Trump had dumped, we received this:
"Climate change activist Greta Thunberg [who we featured last issue] brought the heat on President Trump’s last day in office," reports Arya Hodjat in the Daily Beast.
Photo by Maja Hitij, Getty
"Trump condescendingly referred to the Swedish teenager as 'a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future' after her impassioned 2019 speech at the United Nations, in which she [very memorably] questioned world leaders: 'How dare you?'"
"Thunberg turned the outgoing president’s words back on him on Wednesday, quote-tweeting a picture of him boarding Marine One for the last time, writing, 'He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!'"
Hodjat concludes by noting, "President-elect Biden is expected to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement upon being sworn in on Wednesday."
Done, and done, on schedule.
Nancy Pelosi aside, still unresolved is the Impeachment Trial in the US Senate. It's not going away. This is circulating on social media:
Joe and Jill went
up the Hill, to start
to heal the nation.
Trump went down,
that evil clown, to
Clever rhymes are one thing. Very many cartoonists see things with clarity that would require many words to convey. Like, how DO you include "fomented insurrection" on your resume?
We'll leave it there. We want to watch some of the marching bands from the 56 states/territories, catch some of Andy and Renee's tribute to American places, and tune-in for the star-studded performance gala hosted by Tom Hanks.
Besides that? Join us in risking a deep breath through the mask, so we can all exhale a huge sigh of relief.
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