During the past few days I have begun to breathe again. As I exhale, tensed muscles relax and feeling comes back into my body. I realize that I have been holding my breath not only for the days it took for the election results to come in, but for the past four years. After a long wait, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were finally declared the next President and Vice President of the United States. Their ability to pass legislation now hangs in the balance in the two Senate run-off elections that will be held in Georgia on January 5.
The outcome of these elections is uncertain, but we can take hope in the fact that Stacey Abrams will be doing everything she can to turn out the vote. If you are thinking of donating to the Georgia Senate races, please contribute to Abram’s Fair Fight, which registered almost 800, 000 new voters over the past two years, in order to ensure that your money will be spent on an on-the-ground campaign to get out the vote and not just on advertising.
Even if the Democrats win the Senate back, it remains uncertain how progressive the Biden presidency will be. But—with or without the Senate—we can expect Biden to issue a series of Executive Orders reversing the Executive Orders of Trump that were intended to decimate the social safety net and environmental protections. This will make an important difference in all of our lives.
Many questions remain about what chaos Trump will sow in the transition period and about what Biden and Harris will do when they take office.
But today I am breathing a big sigh of relief that Donald Trump will soon be leaving the White House. This is a reason to celebrate.
And let us not forget that we now have a woman of color as Vice President. A glass ceiling has been shattered, vindicating more than a century and a half of feminist activism in the United States. Kamala wore a white suit in honor of the suffragists.
If I had been in the United States on the day the election was declared, I would have been dancing in the streets!
Carol P. Christ is an internationally known feminist and ecofeminist writer, activist, and educator who lives in Heraklion, Crete. Carol’s recent book is Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. Carol has been leading Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete for over twenty years: join her in Crete. Carol’s photo by Michael Honneger.
Listen to Carol’s a-mazing interview with Mary Hynes on CBC’s Tapestry recorded in conjunction with her keynote address to the Parliament of World’s Religions.