A Change in Leadership

“Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.”

~Thomas Jefferson~


Today is Inauguration Day in the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take an oath of office as our next President and Vice-President in Washington D.C.

This day will look historically different as there will be no crowds on the National Mall, and the Capitol and surrounding areas will be in control of the National Guard and Secret Service. A bit sad, but a necessity of the times with recent violence and the continuing pandemic.

As we go forward in this new era, my message is similar to President Jefferson’s, even though it is 219 years later. Let us, the citizens of this country, come together as one and close our division. Let us have peaceful, intelligent conversations about current issues without spiteful arguments. Let us find middle ground and common goals and prevent crisis instead of creating crisis. Let us not dwell on the past, but look ahead to the future. Let us form a nation of peace, innovation, respect, acceptance and unity.

Let us be the America that no one laughs at, no one condemns, no one wonders what the hell

I am proud to be a citizen of this country, honored to have the ability to vote, humbled by what so many people and public servants have done to foment positive change. Change is what is needed here and now. It’s what helps a society to improve, create and keep moving in the direction of an unwavering democracy.

I have hope and faith that our new leadership will heed the words of Thomas Jefferson and work to unite and restore social harmony and affection in the U.S. Alongside, it is up to the people of this nation to embrace these ideals, encourage change and truly make America the great country it has always pledged to be.


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25 responses to A Change in Leadership

  1. John Hric says:

    And the prominent women will hold a place of honor on the stage. And Joe will acknowledge them and be proud to be with them. Not the slightest bit jealous.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I wish this President the unified respect from the American people that the Office of President deserves. It should be his to lose, which I’m confident he won’t.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I hope the majority of Americans, whether they voted for Biden or not, will stand behind a positive change for this country.

  3. Ally Bean says:

    I watched the inauguration and have to admit I liked no crowds around. The ceremony flowed more smoothly. That being said, hallelujah it’s over. Hoping that we can unite with one heart and one mind. Giddy with joy that there’s a woman VP.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes Ally, it’s time we had a woman in that position…one that I can admire. Hopefully, we can now move forward in getting issues handled intelligently.

  4. JoAnna says:

    Thank you for this thoughtful and well written message of hope! It will take time, but we can learn to “…come together as one and close our division. Let us have peaceful, intelligent conversations about current issues without spiteful arguments. Let us find middle ground and common goals and prevent crisis instead of creating crisis. Let us not dwell on the past, but look ahead to the future. Let us form a nation of peace, innovation, respect, acceptance and unity.” I just had to repeat your words, adding my hope and faith to yours.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The words cannot be repeated enough, JoAnna. We need to have a better future after the last four years.

      • JoAnna says:

        Earlier this evening I watched the special, Celebrating America, I think it was called, hosted by Tom Hanks. It was very positive and hopeful. If today is any indication, I believe we will have a better future.

  5. Amen to that. Congratulations, Mary! I was so relieved for you, I actually stayed up to watch the Inauguration (and then had to have a nap yesterday 😁). I thought they did a fantastic job of making a celebration in difficult times. Welcome back to reality.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It was so wonderful to watch the Inauguration. I had tears in my eyes during parts of it. What a difference it will be to have a President and VP who understand morality and ethics and know how to smile.

  6. joey says:

    Well said, both you & President Jefferson. I have never felt so many emotions about a political event in my life. I cried and cried, an assortment of cries.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The great thing is that the emotions contained tears of relief and happiness. It’s been so wonderful not having daily news that gives us horrible angry emotions.

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