Today the Associated Press announced Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
Some might wonder what this has to do with someone living in the UK, and years ago I would have wondered myself too, but there’s a lot more to it than just what happens in the US now.
As a world superpower, the US sets an example of what can be tolerated in the world. For the last few years, what can be tolerated has been lying constantly to the public, fear-mongering, denial of climate change, resisting measures to combat climate change, pushing unfounded conspiracy theories, racism, splitting up families at borders and de-humanising immigrants…
The list of human rights abuses, environmental abuse and moral abuse is massive, and as it has continued in the US, so it has grown around the rest of the world.
We saw it not once, but twice, in the UK when the government ignored lockdown advice for weeks, despite the evidence of resurgence in other countries and the knowledge that the UK was following them.
We saw it when Dominic Cummings twisted the meaning to the lockdown rules to excuse his travelling across England while possibly infected, then faced no repercussions whatsoever.
We saw it when people were losing their jobs, losing their place to live, losing the ability to feed their children, and this government insisted that they should end furlough, fine rough sleepers in city centers and not extend free school meals.
We see it in the lockdown skeptics who repeat the phrase, “Don’t let the cure be worse than the disease”, when economists across the country suggested for months introducing a basic income for those losing their jobs or businesses.
We see it when huge corporations posted massive profits due to lockdown and there were STILL people opposing tax increases against them.
Today is a day that shows rationality and decency isn’t dead, it can win.
Biden’s win, to me, means a better future for all countries, not just the US.