Barely two months ago, I casted my absentee ballot in order to vote for Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Kamala Devi Harris respectively as the President and Vice-President of the United States of America. I may have casted my vote to lift my voice to ensure that the Democrats gain steam in the White House after four years of fear-mongering, despair, Neo-Fascism, conspiracy, humiliation, desecration, disgrace, crime, corruption, oppression, divisiveness, slander, and animosity America had to suffer through. However, I casted my vote as an American citizen, who is in turn proud of his Filipino-Spanish heritage. I may have done my part, which I shall continue to do so in every single election, but the existential anxiety remained for four days within the first week of November.
Witnessing news outlets such as ABC, MSNBC, and CNN tally up the votes from state to state made me undergo four teeth-gnashing days and four sleepless nights even when my third semester in university commenced once more. I was also scared that Biden and Harris were not going to make it in certain states, notably Pennsylvania. I even thought to myself that four more years of that bloated, orange-skinned, ignoramus bastard and his goons would have been the biggest existential nightmare I and many Americans would have had to endure.
Now, I am full of hope, relief, and sufficient joy, as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ended up being the President-Elect and the Vice-President-Elect of the United States of America! Therefore, they and their families will have to do everything in their power to dismantle Trump’s nepotistic era and bring forth an era of recovery, healing, unity, and equality. Something in the back of my mind knew that Biden was going to ascend to presidency, given that he accrued the highest amount of votes any Democrat presidential candidate had as well as the amount of votes that ended up increasing in Biden’s favor in Georgia and in Pennsylvania. Speaking of Pennsylvania, that was the deciding factor where he ended up winning the race to become the USA’s next president by making it to 273 electoral college votes!
I can comprehend that Joe Biden’s political career has been met with a lot of rockiness, loss, and tragedy, as he experienced the death of his first wife and his daughter from a car accident and had allegations directed towards him when he was serving his time as the senator. Nevertheless, he was strong in his stance and stood tall and proud for what he believed in when he called attention to the genocide occurring in Bosnia and Herzegovina, thus identifying Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic as war criminals, in 1995 and calling out the apartheid government in South Africa for being oppressive to the black population as well as for being a repugnant and repulsive regime. Even when he stumbled in presidential races, he served well as the vice-president during Barack Obama’s rule as president and he managed to bounce back up this year with his debates against Bernie Sanders for running as the Democratic candidate for president as well as Donald Trump in the main presidential debate deservedly telling him to shut up and state that he was a clown. That strength of character, humility in times of adversity, overall humanity, directness, and even being so conscientious about the constantly rising COVID-19 cases in the United States all made him a good candidate for defeating Trump once and for all. Ergo, this is a man who had less than 50 years of experience in politics and what he has been displaying throughout those years have made him shine in his own special way.
Kamala Harris was especially notable for being such a phenomenal figure in the White House from serving as senator to being a presidential candidate to rising above as the first colored American woman of both Jamaican and Indian heritage to rise above as the Vice-President Elect of the United States of America. I may not have been a huge follower of her career, but watching her ask the toughest questions to her detractors and critics while maintaining a sense of composure, class, and intellect made her a striking figure to look up to. For that, she has all of my acclaim and honor.
I know that it is going to be a rocky four years in the White House for Biden and Harris. I know it is not going to be an easy task for them to commence the healing process. I know that there is a barrage of issues they have to tackle with all of their being. I know that the COVID-19 pandemic, the overall division, the oppression, and the condition of human rights are some of the issues Biden and Harris will need to address and find ways to ensure a better tomorrow. However, given the support world leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and even freaking Boris Johnson had for Biden, Harris, and their party, I can surely say that they can do it because their humility, humanity, integrity, and compassion have made them shine.
To conclude, I speak for every American when I say that I was so glad to have made my voice be heard in order to give that push for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to ascend to the White House. I also speak for everyone in the world that we have watched what was going to occur and, for what it was worth, the catharsis was extremely worth it. Four more years of Trump, Pence, and their goons would have turned the United States of America into the Fascist Regime of America and that is not what my home country was based. Having Biden and Harris restore integrity, sensibility, compassion, and equality to the United States of America was the greatest turnaround not only in American history but also the history of the world.
So, here’s to freedom, equality, justice, compassion, humility, and unity not only to the United States of America but also the world. All I can say to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is this. Through God’s grace and wisdom, please, lead the people well and bring forth an era of hope, justice, and equality.
There is a whole lot of work to be done and I trust that you can do it well. Even though you will commence your service in January 2021, I am still so happy to call you the new president and vice-president of the United States of America.