Who thought we’d be quoting Jerry Ford, our 38th president, 46 years later?
My fellow neighbors, our lengthy nationwide nightmare is over. Joseph Biden Jr. is president-elect of the United States of America. Kamala Harris our vice-president-elect.
To the 110,000 or so of Staten Island’s Trump-supporting buddies – Republican and in any other case – who voted for the president, I say that with out the least little bit of glee. I say it with the remorse that we even should say it, and say it with a deep sigh of aid. America may not have withstood one other 4 years of the chaos Donald J. Trump and his allies name management.
Ford introduced calm again to America after the turbulence of Nixon and Watergate. It is a time for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to deliver decency again to the Office of the President. Civility. Respect, for all Americans. Not simply the Americans who supported them. To return America to its rightful place of respect and honor on the world stage. It is time for the folks we have now chosen to steer confront the pandemic killing Americans each single day.
A worry to be taken critically is that the deep divide in our nation, the hatred that has been laid naked, will take generations to heal. If it ever does.
A United States president has informed the nation it’s OK to disrespect fellow residents, to mock the disabled, to childishly and publicly denigrate international leaders.
It is OK lie about a risk to each considered one of us, regularly assuring America that the coronavirus goes away, whereas calling it a Democratic hoax.
It is OK to undermine American democracy and the electoral system, calling election employees throughout the nation corrupt and a presidential election fraudulent.
It is OK to tear down a free press, a part of the bedrock of America constructed by the Founding Fathers.
It is unfathomable how anybody may have listened to the president on Election night time, already claiming victory, and never have been frightened for the way forward for our nation. Or on Thursday night time, saying the election was being stolen, that ballot employees have been corrupt, that in counties have been Joe Biden was dropping, immediately piles of Biden ballots would seem. That if solely “authorized” votes have been counted, he would win “simply.”
My God. This coming in an handle to the nation and listened to throughout the globe from a United States president. The chief of the free world.
Ardent Trump supporters will take solace understanding that this president won’t depart the White House with even a modicum of fashion or grace. He won’t settle for a peaceable transition of energy. He will sue. Make allegations with no proof of fraud and corruption. Demand recounts. Let us not neglect. A mercurial, to be sort, Donald Trump stays president till midday on Wednesday, January 20. What he may do between at times boggles the thoughts.
We might be positive a former President Trump won’t be a former President Jimmy Carter, or Bill Clinton, or George Bush, or Barack Obama, all presidents who’ve stayed in the background, maybe giving speeches – and making tens of millions — or doing charitable work for the good of individuals in want.
A former President Trump? Count on him being a disruptive pressure in America, excoriating Democrats throughout the nation, the Biden administration each day, and anybody else he perceives an enemy — maybe on his personal cable information community. Move over Fox.
Election 2020 has taught us a few issues. One, don’t rely your chickens. Throw out the pollsters. No one’s telling them the reality anyway. And no matter analytics and fancy expertise they use simply isn’t working.
The different: Fix early and absentee voting and how votes are counted. Different guidelines in totally different states make no sense.
That’s what we’re studying. What we all know is that The Trump Train carried Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, seemingly, to a congressional victory in the nastiest marketing campaign on either side in Staten Island’s historical past. “Seemingly” as a result of incumbent Congressman Max Rose needs each absentee vote counted – all 40,000.
Still, the result’s no massive shock, though the Malliotakis margin is likely to be greater than some projected. Nicole ingratiated herself deeply with Staten Islanders in 2017 when she waged a no-win mayoral marketing campaign towards Bill de Blasio. This time round, she performed the regulation & order Trump Card at each alternative.
Music to South Shore ears.
With the assemblywoman holding a 36,699 vote lead – effectively, let’s simply say you don’t should be a math wizard to know we’ll be calling her Congresswoman Malliotakis come January.
One factor I hope we discovered — we should always by no means need the likes of a Rose-Malliotakis marketing campaign laced with lies and half-truths once more.
More startling information on the state stage, nevertheless. Political junkies right here, and possibly throughout New York, will need to have been shocked when the solar got here up on Staten Island’s Mid-Island and located Republican lawyer Anthony DeGuerre with a 1,181 vote lead over the dean of Staten Island’s state Legislature delegation and the chair of the Democratic Party, Mike Cusick.
Mike comes from a longtime Staten Island political household and has held the seat for 17 years. With all due respect to his challenger – however Anthony who?
Of course, these 40,000 absentees are still on the market. The Mid-Island district is claimed to be about 5,000 of them. A thousand votes is hardly a mountain. But still, that is Mid-Island, not the deep South Shore.
Despite a Biden win, I’m positive my corps of Advance bashers gained’t let me neglect how the president swept our hometown. They predicted it, and predicted I’d both be right here with you at this time, tail between my legs, or fading into the sundown.
Sorry, bashers, it’s neither. But I can’t shut my laptop computer on this chapter of “From the Editor” with out admitting one thing.
I shared hopes of a profitable Trump presidency with you all in 2016. As businessmen go, Donald Trump is not any mental rival of Mike Bloomberg – and even a enterprise rival. But Bloomberg’s not electable on the nationwide stage.
Trump introduced showmanship. For higher or worse, he’s obtained persona. Maybe, I hoped, he would deliver a businessman’s perspective and never a politician’s to the White House and we’d see the monetary success we noticed in New York beneath Bloomberg. When Trump informed America, “I’m your voice . . . I alone can repair it” in 2016, I assumed he may.
We can debate all we would like who set in movement a hovering financial system and a diving unemployment price, however reality is Trump was at the helm. His type, crude. His selections, questionable. But America was at peace overseas, if not a lot at house. And folks have been working, making money.
Then hell broke free. The temper in America grew darkish. Police shootings. Riots. And the coronavirus.
Many Americans started to half firm with the president. But not as many as we thought – OK, hoped.
His dealing with, or mishandling, of the horror that’s tightening its grip on us once more boggles the thoughts. As does the assist the president enjoys in the heartland of America – and our hometown — whereas he golfs and folks die.
Donald J. Trump wasn’t going to develop a vaccine. But he may have proven management and led America on the course we should observe. A course specialists insist will save lives.
What are Americans, what are Staten Islanders who applaud his each transfer, considering? They chant “Fire Fauci,” or “Lock her up,” referring to the practically kidnapped Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her effort to regulate the virus in her state.
Donald Trump may have owned the path to controlling this catastrophe if he simply threw a masks on his face in March, informed folks it was cool to put on one – and keep six toes away. We gained’t even get into what he knew in January/February.
There was a time when the surroundings and well being issues outweighed even site visitors on the minds of Staten Islanders. Maybe I’ve been round too lengthy and keep in mind an excessive amount of.
Maybe I keep in mind when Staten Islanders cared about their well being a lot greater than they appear now. When they cared about what was leaching from the landfill. And rallied time and time once more to get it closed.
When they frightened about what was in the air that drifted from New Jersey refiners throughout the river when the wind blew the improper method. When they rallied time and time once more over the stench that emanated from these crops.
When they protested, in big numbers, LNG tanks beneath building on the West Shore, not simply due to the hazard however due to cooling towers that will suck filthy water from the Kill van Kull and spew the contaminants into the air. When they stopped a coal slurry system that will have run down the center of Staten Island.
When they have been terrified of mosquitoes and West Nile virus. And then terrified of the mosquito-killing spray from helicopters blanketing their neighborhoods.
They marched. Carried indicators. Testified at hearings. They voted for candidates who pledged to take care of the surroundings – and their well being.
What occurred? A virus that has killed 1,097 of our neighbors isn’t in the similar ballpark? Today, social distancing calls for and face masks are a political assertion of the liberal elite.
It’s unhappy. Sad that the Staten Island a lot of us knew has modified so. What will not be unhappy is that in 2020 we discovered once more that a 244-year-old experiment referred to as American democracy still works.
(Brian Laline is govt editor of the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com)