As we arrive at this moment, bidding adieu to #45, and Welcome to #46!, I take the advice of our new President Biden, who said that in order to heal we must remember. As I remember and reflect over the past 4 years, I say thank you to some things from #45.
Thank you for not using your access to the nuclear codes to blow the world to smithereens.
Thank you for resisting your urge to engage directly with volatile leaders from other nations, provoking them to attack us.
Thank you for inciting your followers to violence in such a clear way that even Mitch McConnell (along with some other Republicans) now speaks out against you and those in your group. We can hope this will get you impeached so you can’t run for office again.
Thank you for your part in firing up voters in Georgia who elected Rapheal Warnock and Jon Ossoff (and thank you voters in Georgia and everyone who worked hard to help them vote!).
Thank you for showing us the true meaning of the swamp in Washington.
Thank you for uniting many people in this country against fascism, and in support of democracy.
Thank you for making clear that the greatest threat to our nation is white nationalism.
Thank you for halting the donations of 20 major corporations to the Republican senators and representatives who voted against certifying the election. (And for letting us know of these corporations so we can now more closely watch their donations and boycott them as needed.)
Thank you for providing endless lessons for parents to give their children about how NOT to behave, especially when they lose.
Thank you for filing over 60 lawsuits and losing nearly every one of them, clearing away doubts that our elections really are secure.
Thank you for demonstrating narcissism so purely — self-interest, self-aggrandizement, self-importance — that we appreciate compassion, decency and humility in the way that someone wandering the desert appreciates water.
Thank you for mobilizing many conspiracy-based, anti-government activists, who are now on their way to prison.