What did Donald Trump do today?
He pardoned traitor Michael Flynn.
He called into a bogus electoral fraud inquiry headlined by no warranty hair dye Rudy Giuliani.
He continued to ignore the COVID 19 surge which is afflicting virtually every state and its populations in increased increments.
He, along with his Republican cult followers like Enemy of the People-Political Prince of Darkness Mitch McConnell, did nothing to pass a COVID 19 relief bill to help the people of the country before going home for Thanksgiving.
What did Joe Biden do today?
He acted like a President and gave a Thanksgiving Address designed to rally the American People in the face of the raging Pandemic and economic uncertainity.
Telling the people that it is during these times that the true character and soul of the nation is forged, the President-Elect said:
“Looking back over our history you’ll see that it’s been in the most difficult of circumstances that the soul of our nation has been forged. Now, we find ourselves again facing a long, hard winter. We have fought a nearly year-long battle with a virus in this nation. It’s brought us pain and loss and frustration, and it has cost so many lives. 260,000 Americans — and counting. It has divided us. Angered us. And set us against one another. I know the country has grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember we’re at a war with a virus — not with each other. This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts, and recommit ourselves to the fight. Let’s remember — we are all in this together.”
In calling for unity to combat COVID 19 and demonstrate the American soul and ideal, the President-Elect asked people to sacrifice by not gathering in large numbers for Thanksgiving, citing the need to do so because:
“Our country is in the middle of a dramatic spike in cases. We’re now averaging over 160,000 new cases a day. And no one will be surprised if we hit 200,000 cases in a single day. Many local health systems are at risk of being overwhelmed. That is the plain and simple truth, and I believe you deserve to always hear the truth from your president. We have to try to slow the growth of the virus. We owe that to the doctors, the nurses, and the other front-line health care workers who have risked so much and heroically battled this virus for so long. We owe that to our fellow citizens who will need access to hospital beds and the care to fight this disease. And we owe it to one another — it’s our patriotic duty as Americans. That means wearing masks, keeping social distancing, and limiting the size of any groups we’re in. Until we have a vaccine, these are our most effective tools to combat the virus.”
Mr. Biden then outlined what he would endeavor to do once he and Kamala Harris take office on January 20, 2021. These steps include:
- Increasing the supply of tests people can take.
- Increasing the supply of protective gear for health and essential workers.
- Taking over the distribution of vaccines.
The President-Elect then expressed his sense of inclusiveness, hopefulness, and optimism by telling the people:
“I know we can and we will beat this virus. America is not going to lose this war. You will get your lives back. Life is going to return to normal. That will happen. This will not last forever. So yes, this has been a hard year, but I still believe we have much to be thankful for. Much to hope for. Much to build upon. Much to dream of. Here’s the America I see, and I believe it’s the America you see, too:
- An America that faces facts. An America that overcomes challenges. An America where we seek justice and equality for all people.
- An America that holds fast to the conviction that out of pain comes possibility; out of frustration, progress; out of division, unity.
In our finest hours, that’s who we’ve always been, and it’s who we shall be again, for I believe that this grim season of division and demonization will give way to a year of light and unity.
Why do I think so? Because America is a nation not of adversaries, but of neighbors. Not of limitation, but of possibility. Not of dreams deferred, but of dreams realized. I’ve said it many times: This is a great country and we are a good people. This is the United States of America.”
Mr. Biden, in contrast to Mr. Trump’s comments on the election process, also reminded the people that we have to be thankful for the strength of the nation’s democracy and republican ideals. He said:
“First, let us be thankful for democracy itself. In this election year, we have seen record numbers of Americans exercise their most sacred right — that of the vote — to register their will at the ballot box. Think about that. In the middle of a pandemic, more people voted this year than have ever voted in the history of America. Over 150 million people cast a ballot. That is simply extraordinary. If you want to know what beats deep in the heart of America, it’s this: democracy. The right to determine our lives, our government, our leaders. The right to be heard. Our democracy was tested this year. And what we learned is this: The people of this nation are up to the task. In America, we have full and fair and free elections, and then we honor the results. The people of this nation and the laws of the land won’t stand for anything else. Through the vote — the noblest instrument of nonviolent protest ever conceived — we are reminded anew that progress is possible. That “We the People” have the power to change what Jefferson called “the course of human events.”
The President-Elect closed by reminding everyone what lies ahead and that he believes that, as a united America, the people would endure and overcome.
“We have what it takes. Now we must act. And this is our moment — ours together — to write a newer, bolder, more compassionate chapter in the life of our nation. The work ahead will not be easy. And it will not be quick. You want solutions, not shouting. Reason, not hyper-partisanship. Light, not heat. You want us to hear one another again, see one another again, respect one another again. You want us — Democrats and Republicans and Independents — to come together and work together. And that, my friends, is what I am determined to do. Americans dream big. And, as hard as it may seem this Thanksgiving, we are going to dream big again. Our future is bright. In fact, I have never been more optimistic about the future of America than I am right now. I believe the 21st Century is going to be an American Century. We are going to build an economy that leads the world. We are going to lead the world by the power of our example — not the example of our power. We are going to lead the world on climate and save the planet. We are going to find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s and diabetes. And we are going to finally root out systemic racism in our country. On this Thanksgiving, and in anticipation of all the Thanksgivings to come, let us dream again. Let us commit ourselves to thinking not only of ourselves but of others. For if we care for one another — if we open our arms rather than brandish our fists — we can, with God’s help, heal. And if we do, and I am sure we can, we can proclaim with the Psalmist who wrote: “The Lord is my strength and my shield … and with my song I give thanks to him.” And I give thanks now: for you and for the trust you have placed in me. Together, we will lift our voices in the coming months and years, and our song shall be of lives saved, breaches repaired, and a nation made whole. From the Biden family to yours, wherever and however you may be celebrating, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. God bless you, and may God protect our troops.”
The current occupant of the White House has never given a speech that was so filled with reality, inclusiveness, hopefulness, and optimism.
People around the country should be thankful this Thanksgiving that after almost four years of Donald Trump, the nation will be inaugurating a President-Elect on January 20, 2021, worthy of the office.
Please click here to view the full transcript of President-Elect Biden’s address.