I based my vote in this election on leadership qualities, commitment to upholding American democracy, and policy. On all three points, there was no question to me that @joebiden
was the correct choice.
This presidential outcome reassures me, but there’s still so much work to do. We’re in a rough place in this country. I want to see us agree that this pandemic is serious, and that it’s not over yet. I want to see people respect each other’s health and one another. I want to see this country welcome immigrants, and remember that they contribute so much to making this country great. I want to see a greater focus on mental health, and on the prevention of mass shootings and police shootings. I want to see people think beyond themselves, and consider how policy affects people who don’t look like them (women, people of color, the LGBT community, religious minorities).
If we‘ve learned anything since 2016, it’s that democracy isn’t a spectator sport; it’s an active and ongoing process that requires participation and involvement. Silence is consent. We’ve lived through a wild and tumultuous four years, and it’ll take time to recover. We need to actively do the work to somehow try and bring these deeply polarized sides of our society together. As Biden said on Friday, “We may be opponents. But we are not enemies.” I’m finally optimistic. I feel proud of this country again. I will be working towards unity.