A good friend from overseas congratulated us on our good news, hoping for a safer future for my boy, and while my initial reaction is, I do believe that's possible, and there is more hope for the future now than there would have been if this had gone a different way, I also have to guardedly recognize there is still a lot of work to do. We are still waking up in Trump’s America, in a nation deeply divided between those who care about their fellow man, and those who are focused on maintaining power by pushing a nationalist agenda through corruption, racism, intolerance and bigotry, and accumulating wealth at any cost, even on the backs of the working class labor force, thereby expanding mass poverty, and economic despair. And we can't undo the damage that has been done these last four long years.
We can't bring back 250K+ lives lost to lack of concern for the well-being of American citizens. We can't unsee the enablers who made his every action possible, and who thrived upon the chaos he wrought in his wake, from those in power, to our families, friends, and neighbors. And, most importantly, we can't unring the bell this megalomaniacal psychopath has heralded, opening the door to the gateway for bringing down our democracy.
So unless we can immediately enact sweeping reform to prevent the likes of what we have seen here from plaguing us again, then it may just be a matter of time before we destroy ourselves for good, because the next autocratic despot might not be so incompetent. I have been concerned we have not put the right players in place to make that possible, but I hope to be proven wrong. I pray those who will be taking office, along with those who hold it, will work together for the good of our people to heal the rifts between us, to eradicate injustice, to contain abuse of power, and to restore the balance of control to the people as designed.