Not broken, simply unfinished

Walk this way.

I don’t fly the flag a ton. I know where I live; sometimes I’m happy about it, and sometimes I’m not.

Today, right after Joe Biden’s hand came off the family Bible, I moseyed out front and planted two flags, one for Joe, and the other for Kamala Harris.

I wish I’d had a third one, for Amanda Gorman. But we can’t have everything, not even in a country that’s already better than the one we left at noon today. Another hill to climb.

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17 Responses to “Not broken, simply unfinished”

  1. Hurben Says:

    I’ve just got home from work & I’ve cracked open a can that I’ve been saving for this moment.

    Hopefully, in the near future, I can open the other can that I’ve saved.

    It’s early daze but the world already seems a better place

  2. TJ Mora Says:

    We have a lot of work ahead. Nose to the grindstone. After some celebrations tonight.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      For real. Herself has her first New Broom chat with the local Donk power structure this evening. Everybody grab your shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, and pile into the red VW Microbus. We’re gonna have to pay $50 and pick up the garbage.

    • SAO' Says:

      Biden ain’t fcking around. Fired three people yesterday, read the riot act (well, the Uncle Joe version) to his new hires about respect and common decency.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Hurben, I agree with your assessment. The world does seem a little better this morning. Let’s hope it’s the start of something that can grow. I hope Joe and Kampala’s first visitor at the White House is Jacinda.

  4. Wideload Says:

    Flag #4 for Lady Gaga. Powerful anthem rendition. I raised my fat rear off the couch and stood at attention with my hand over my heart

    • SAO' Says:

      Colbert had the line of the night. When Lady G (the OG G, not the imposter from South Cackalacky), sang, “ Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,” it was actually a gut check. For the first time, at least since the 1860s, there was a chance that it wouldn’t be there.

  5. B Lester Says:

    At 11:55 EST I texted my smarter half that it was T-minus five minutes. She immediately texted back that he was swearing the oath right then. That caught me by surprise, and I welled up.

    Later, I got a message from my brother:

    “The new normal will not be the old normal, but at least it’s a sane normal. Can finally take a breath and assess the damages. Love you all, be safe.”


  6. John A Levy Says:

    I am on my way to the local llquor store and have my sights set on the 20 year old Macallan. Time to sit back and relax for the for first time in four long frickin years. President Biden may not get it ll done, however he will try and make some progress. He will also do it with some class and gravitas, some things his predecessor will never have, never had or could buy with his Daddy’s money. Time to exhale and lety a fresh breeze in.

  7. Libby Says:

    It was a great day! I watched most of the Inauguration live on tv. I was thoroughly engaged in the sights and sounds of the program and ceremonies. I was also happy and relieved that it was going on as planned. Later, while driving and just listening to replays and sound bites on NPR, the enormity of the day hit me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I broke my rule against watching TV news and followed along via NBC, PBS, and CNN.

      And I’ll confess I got a wee bit misty as Joe’s hand came off the Bible and you-know-who, at the stroke of noon, was no longer president.

      I know this is only a beginning, and that even if Joe’s real name were Jesus Hercules Cú Chulainn, there will be more healing, heavy lifting, and faction fighting to come than any one president could resolve in a thousand lifetimes.

      But still, thousand-mile journeys, single steps, etc. Onward.

      • Libby Says:

        Your reply is amplifying my emotions as I read it now. And that’s ok. It’s a good thing. Thank you! Here’s to the journey.

  8. Hurben Says:

  9. Pat O’Brien Says:

    It is strange not to hear or read the name of the newest “he who can not be named” every day. His propaganda megaphones have been taken away, and it seems that he has cash flow problems on the horizon. He deserves to be remembered as the worst president ever and to be thrown on the trash heap of history. Now, if we could flush his remaining sycophants out of government, I would really relax. Seems there is another con man under every bush in DC.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I like it, me. The bloated ticks that fed off his poisonous bulk remain with us, of course, and we will be hearing more and more from those pernicious insects as the year marches on.

      But for now, I’m enjoying the comparative peace and quiet.

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