What a F___k’n Relief

As a progressive, it has been hard for me to feel excited about Biden. I’ve been more excited at the prospect of Harris (as woman of color) potentially becoming president in 4 or 8 years, but even that excitement has been substantially tempered by her history as a prosecutor.

But today, hearing Biden speak calmly (and with strength, confidence, empathy) of systemic racism, the climate crisis, the COVID deaths and challenges, and of democracy’s victory, I literally breathed a sign of relief. Frankly, I also breathed a sigh of relief when the swearing in was completed—without the crack of gun fire.

The world has seen how fragile our democracy is. I wonder how the world can trust us to keep promises (or to act globally) when it has seen that every four years a complete asshole can be elected and turn everything into a festering pool of hate and chaos.

But for just today. Relief.

Also, here’s a photo I took of an owl that I saw while hiking in Oregon.

by Shāymus MacĀmus