11:30 AM, Saturday, November 7, 2020, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were proclaimed President and Vice-President elect of the United States of America. This election was called a referendum on Donald Trump. Actually, it was a referendum on the values espoused by the Trump administration and its followers vs the values of center left Americans. Even though the center left has won this referendum , we still have to live on this continent with 74 million neighbors who value the love of living neighbors over the love of not yet born fetuses, and 71 million neighbors who value love of the unborn above love of the already born. It is an excruciating dilemma. We still have 71 million neighbors who value owning a gun to defend oneself and one’s family in this jungle of America, and 74 million who refuse to believe that we live in a jungle. We still have 71 million Americans who refuse to wear a mask because it impinges on their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, while 74 million of us are afraid that their neighbors’ freedom not to wear a mask may kill them. So far 235,000 of us have been killed. We still have 71 million neighbors who want a closed wall, while we have 74 million neighbors, all from refugee ancestors, who want a legal path to citizenship for those who humbly beg for assistance.
Last Sunday, Paul Krugman wrote in the NYTimes: “But even with the best will in the world this egg (referring to the MAGA America first and last doctrine) can’t be unscrambled. No matter how good a global citizen America becomes in the next few years, everyone will remember that we are a country that elected someone like Donald Trump, and could do it again. It will take decades, if not generations to regain the lost trust.”
In the same issue of the NYTimes, Marcel Dzarma writes about “When the American Dream Died for Me.” She quotes a dozen or so disillusioned Americans, among whom, one wrote: The American Dream died for me when I realized just how many of my fellow Americans valued selfishness over community, power over justice, prejudice over fairness, greed over generosity, demagogy over science.”
Now, most of the 71 million who voted for Trump will never admit that they consciously subscribe to Trump’s values. But these same people have told us for four years, “Don’t listen to what Trump SAYS, just watch what he DOES.” That is what I am saying here. Trump DOES selfishness, Trump DOES power, Trump DOES prejudice, Trump DOES greed, Trump DOES demagogy. These are the true values that the 71 million who voted for him are espousing by the ACT of voting for Trump.
I now invite the 71 million followers of what Trump DOES, to point out where my values are wrong. If we can begin to talk about these values with respect for each other, then maybe we can begin to live like family on this continent.
See you at virtual Thanksgiving. We are being asked to love one another. This is the hardest thing we have ever been asked to do. Let’s pray Biden/Harris can pull it off.