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It is now a sure thing that control of the U.S. Senate will fall to a pair of runoff elections: Jon Ossoff (D) facing David Perdue (R) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) facing Kelly Loeffler (R). It is hard to understate the importance of these two races in deciding whether or not Democrats are able to enact meaningful, progressive legislation and ultimately improve millions of people's lives through bold change. As the presidential race winds down and Joe Biden becomes our next president, the next battle is only two months away on January 5th for control of the U.S. Senate.
If there’s one feeling that sums up 2020 for me, it’s anxiety: over covid, over the election, over my career, the list goes on and on. The point though is that humanity is just generally anxious, like a sticky goo that clings to everything, an anxious sludge that, try as we might, we can’t ever seem to set ourselves free, we are all worried and for good reason.
Democrats, I know we are all done with Trump. I know we are exhausted explaining what new insane thing his administration is doing every day, and I know we are sick of the cruelty. We are tired of weeks feeling like months, and four years feeling like forty. I would equate our politics to driving on a road in the middle of dense fog with just enough light to only be able to see five feet ahead of you. You’ve been driving for a while with no sense of where you’re headed but the exact distance you’ve traveled is fuzzy. The last rest stop feels like it was four hundred miles ago.
Historians will be analyzing the 2016 election for years to come. It was, for lack of a better explanation, a perfect storm. You can blame James Comey, imperfectly calibrated polling, the media, a historically maligned candidate, a loyal Republican party, sexism in politics, the Electoral College, Democratic complacency, or a myriad of other factors. Take your pick! At this point, I have to believe all of those reasons played a factor in the historic upset that gave Donald Trump the presidency.
A supposed game-changing, election-blowing, campaign-sinking story nearly went viral, but then within a few hours, faded into oblivion while barely leaving a mark. It had all the hallmarks of a juicy story, a laptop with secret files, hacked emails, the FBI, Hunter Biden. The only issue was that most of it was a lie. For those who missed the New York Post “bombshell,” it debuted on Twitter this past week, framed as the smoking gun that would take down Biden’s campaign. It claimed that a customer dropped off a water-damaged laptop at a blind computer repair shop owner’s business. The owner couldn’t definitively claim it was Hunter Biden’s laptop but there was a Biden sticker on it and an invoice with Hunter Biden’s name on it..
think we’ve all privately wondered if America is really on the brink of a second Civil War. It’s a thought that at first blush sounds ridiculous and it is, but it’s also a durable one too, burrowing in the minds of Americans across the political spectrum. Any number of factors are attributable to the sheer magnitude of division that Americans perceive in the country today. Also Trump certainly isn’t helping things and although Joe Biden, to his credit, seems to be running on the promise to bring the country back together, pulling the country back from the brink will be a daunting task.
Since our founding over two centuries ago, it has been estimated thatthe United States has welcomed over 85 million immigrants to its shores. While who exactly the country deems worthy of the title of immigrant has fluctuated with those in power, it’s safe to say that immigrants have always been welcome in America. We’ve all heard the platitudes.
So admittedly, I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over four years now, but still know far too little about its history. I have made some progress since first moving here. A major milestone for me was watching recently a phenomenal documentary on Netflix called LA 92 that went in deep on the Rodney King Riots and how those events played out in the nineties. It laid out an almost thirty-year cycle of riots occurring in Los Angeles in response to police brutality. It began in the 60s, reemerged in the 90s, and has again reemerged in the last few years.