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BIDEN ELECTED! “Our Long National Nightmare Is Over”

November 7, 2020

I have been thinking about this post since the Democratic National Convention this summer. What would I write when the news was made known that Joe Biden would be our next President of the United States? Other than a couple hours of discomfort with returns on Election Night I have never doubted a Democratic victory. (My friends who often felt less sure over the months never failed to alert me about the overconfidence.)

But now the moment has arrived. Joe Biden has won 270 Electoral Votes and has been called the President-elect by the press. And what do I write?

Like with so many other events I venture back in our history. I often land upon an Abraham Lincoln quote. Today, however, I head to my other great interest, Richard Nixon’s time on the national stage.

As Vice-President Gerald Ford took the oath of office on August 6 , 1974, following the resignation and departure from the White House of Richard Nixon, he made a most famous statement. The first portion consisted of three sentences. It was a line well-suited for the moment in which Ford took office. But it clearly is even more appropriate for the end of Donald Trump’s term in office.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.

Nothing more needs to be added.

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