January 20th is Presidential Inauguration day, here in the US of A.
A President and an Administration leave, and new ones comes in. For many, a change of regime feels like an opportunity to have a "fresh start," but I'm not entirely sure what this fresh start is. I'd like to be more hopeful, but...
The US economy is still a mess, and there's still a pan-/scam-/plan-demic going on. Simply having a new "talking head" at the helm isn't going to make a whole lot of difference, at least in the short run. In the longer run? Who knows...
It's my hope that Joe Biden will serve as a decent interim President" for the next four years... and that perhaps he will have the wisdom to place some "fresh young blood" in many key government positions so we can get on track towards living in a place being run by people with one foot in the grave.
Having been born and grown up in a different country, the US is my adopted home. I don't really feel critical of either the Republican or Democratic party... I feel far more critical of a two-party system that inevitably leaves about half the population feeling like they have nobody to put their allegiance behind. My experience has been that multi-party government tends to be far more representative of a greater section of the population... and the folks in government are more likely to form alliances and coalitions when nobody has outright control of everything.
Now, you might wonder about the "one foot in the grave" comment.
It's not that I don't appreciate that our elder statesmen have wisdom, but one of the things that often comes with aging is resistance to change, which is something a nation can ill afford in a world where technological advances makes the "new" of this month "obsolete" by next month.
When you cling too much to old ways, you're likely to get left behind.
Even at my age (60), I'd rather see the country — any country — run by those in the prime of working life where they are full of energy and enthusiasm, while the "elders" stay as trusted advisors.
Tomorrow, a man 9 years past typical retirement age will hand off the reins to a man 13 years past typical retirement age. That makes me feel far more uneasy than the party politics of either man. But the "age thing" is a tough nut to crack, in the USA.
Anyway, in this moment what I hope for is a peaceful transition tomorrow, without major explosive events.
After that, maybe I can wrap my head around some more "normal" posting, again!
Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day!
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Created at 20210119 23:24 PST