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Joe Biden's inauguration

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    There are many contrasts between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and his inauguration in 19 days highlights a few of them.

    When Trump was sworn in, he talked about the "carnage" in American cities. His message was so negative that George W. Bush, after the speech. said "that was some weird shit" . We won't know what Biden will say until January 20, but the victory speech he gave in Connecticut with Kamala Harris (and great fireworks) prove that he will be a uniter, not a divider.

    Trump's incompetence needlessly killed thousands of American lives - and he really doesn't give a shit. "It is what it is" was his response to the pandemic

    In contrast, President-elect Joe Biden’s scaled-back inaugural activities will include a nationwide memorial service ahead of his swearing-in to honor the lives lost to the coronavirus, the committee planning the events announced Thursday.

    The Presidential Inaugural Committee said it would host a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool late in the afternoon on Jan. 19, a day ahead of Biden’s swearing-in at the Capitol. The committee said it is also inviting cities and towns around the country to light buildings and ring church bells at the same time.

    Trump bragged that the crowd at his inauguration was "the biggest in history" although it is clear that the crowd attending the Obama ceremonies was much larger.

    By design, the crowd at Biden's inauguration will be much SMALLER than the crowd at Trump's.

    The pandemic is also dramatically reshaping the scope of his inaugural activities. Biden’s team is urging all Americans to stay home, refrain from travel and to limit gatherings during the inauguration to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    Earlier this month, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced that few tickets would be available for Biden’s swearing-in at the Capitol.

    Members of Congress typically receive 200,000 tickets to distribute among their constituents for inaugurations. This year, tickets will be for the member and one guest only, the committee said.

    Ronald Reagan's 1984 ad campaign, "morning in America" is considered to be one of the greatest political ad campaigns because it promised a prouder, stronger, better America.

    Trump gave us "mourning in America, but Biden will help us, once again, be a prouder, stronger, and better America.

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    I certainly hope that the B.S. reign of Trump is over. But I fear that the "wounds" made by this imbecile will take very long to heal. Also I hope that the GOP gets "normal" again (which is virtually impossible) to make "governing" of Biden possible.

    There is much to "clean up" in our "system" so I only hope Biden gets the "message". If not, then this "banana republic" will muddle along until it crashes and becomes another Venezuela.

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    I think that the Biden administration focusing on the future instead of litigating the Trump past has some merit. As this article on the 2020 election, The Democrats’ Most Effective Election Ads Did Not Feature Trump, says people hate to be told they are wrong for supporting Trump. They just dig in deeper. Anti-Trump ads did not sway Trump voters one bit.

    However, ads featuring everyday people and nurses contending with the Covd-19 pandemic were effective. Biden needs to continue carrying that kind of messaging in his first year -- making it all about the people. Ignore Trump. Leave any Trump investigations to his Justice Department and just focus on getting vaccines and financial help to people who need it the most.

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    No, you can't let Trump float around freely to torpedo Biden every day. If you let him "of the hook", then Biden will be an lame duck. I hope the Southern District of N.Y. does their job and Biden helps them. Furthermore Biden should do everything possible to get rid of the Trump lovers in the government; the names are known.

    If not, then Biden gets nothing done at all and at his age he better starts thinking about an"early" retirement. It is time we get an Bloomberg type in 2024 who knows about how the world works and makes an clean "ship". If by being an strong person, then he would make sure the "vetting" for an next President is "soundly done via mandatory" tax returns" and "qualifications" ( if not then "penalties" for an "unqualified" person who is running, should be strongly maintained), as well no candidate should be allowed to run his own business and profits from it as President. This stupid country should know by now that "rules" alone don't work and if "broken" that there is no penalty or jail time as Trump proved. Just let it go, as the weak Democrats do all the time, is like chickens without head. The consequences are obvious right now and the future will not be kind to this country if "new" laws are not created and applied as suggested above.

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    Just to clarify. It is not the President's role to seek criminal prosecutions of former presidents and their staff. That's the job of the Justice Department and the Attorney General. Biden has said he will not interfere in the work of the Attorney General. We don't know who that person is yet. It's been a tough choice for Biden being pulled in different directions by his advisory board and others.

    Yes there are probably many Trump surrogates in the new deep state of the various departments. Biden's cabinet heads will slowly have to purge them, but it's not easy firing civil servants as apposed to political appointees at the top.

    There are also numerous unfilled vacancies that Trump never filled in all departments and in the diplomatic corps overseas at embassies and consular offices. These may prove difficult to fill with qualified individuals.

    And if Republicans win the Georgia Senate seats, Mitch McConnell will have veto power over most high level appointees and every federal judgeship. He might just choose to leave the vacancies unfilled for two years.

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    Yes your "clarification" is correct. It only means that this country remains ungovernable; do you want that? Again it is time to change this outdated convoluted system and fix it so it works as it should. Review and "fix" our "laws" and "rules" so we don't need a "zillion" lawyers to "interpret" our worthless laws. As the "system is now, with two total opposite thinking parties, it has become impossible to get things done as it should. Muddling on as it is now will only create more shit than ever and eventually will ruin this country. The time has come to DO something and don't continue on this same old path.

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    Joe Biden will be sworn in on a Thursday, which caused me to wonder if an inauguration had ever taken place on a Sunday. The answer is "yes" - sort of.

    The first inauguration, that of George Washington, took place on April 30, 1789. All subsequent (regular) inaugurations from 1793 until 1933, were held on March 4, the day of the year on which the federal government began operations under the U.S. Constitution in 1789. The exception to this pattern was those years in which March 4 fell on a Sunday. When it did, the public inauguration ceremony would take place on Monday, March 5. This happened on four occasions, in 1821, 1849, 1877, and 1917. Inauguration Day moved to January 20, beginning in 1937, following ratification of the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution, where it has remained since. A similar Sunday exception and move to Monday is made around this date as well (which happened in 1957, 1985, and 2013).

    President Reagan is sworn in "privately" on television, January 20, 1985

    This resulted in several anomalies: The Presidency was technically vacant for 24 hours in 1821, and in 1849, it is alleged that Senate President pro tempore David Rice Atchison was president for a day In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was sworn in secretly on March 3 due to the controversy over the Compromise of 1877. In modern times, the president took the oath on a Sunday in a private ceremony and repeated it the following day among all that pomp and circumstance. In 1985 and 2013 these ceremonies were televised. Irregular inaugurations occurred on nine occasions intra-term, after the death or resignation of a president.

    Inauguration Day, while not a federal holiday, is observed as a holiday by federal employees who would be working in the "Inauguration Day Area". The Inauguration Day Area consists of the District of Columbia; Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland; Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia [The City of Fairfax is considered part of Fairfax County for this purpose.], and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia, and who are regularly scheduled to perform non-overtime work on Inauguration Day. There is no in-lieu-of holiday for employees or students who are not regularly scheduled to work or attend school on Inauguration Day.

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    Yes, I guess it will be hopefully an "milestone" after this past year . I wish Biden lots of "luck" he will need it for sure. Too bad that "bibles" don't help him. Trump held his hand on it, but the result is known . Thus America muddle onto the next or still existing disasters and stick to your unenforceable laws and rules, success assured.

    Trumpy's ghost will linger on for a while, so enjoy the next episode of the "wild west" show coming up.

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    While no official plans have been announced by any Trump officials so far, we all know damn good and well that Donald J. Trump isn’t going to dare show his face at Joe Biden’s impending inauguration, despite the long-standing tradition of peaceful transfers of power in the United States. In the weeks since Biden won the election, a lot of speculation has swirled surrounding what Trump’s plans may be for the big day. Some have assumed he’d hold a rally or public event of some sort in an effort to draw attention away from his successor, others have guessed that he’ll just head off to his Mar-a-Lago resort sometime before Inauguration Day and just not come back. To be quite honest, there’s really no telling what that idiot will pull, or try to pull, before it’s all said and done.

    But one Scottish newspaper has a theory that certainly makes a whole lot of sense.

    According to an article published in the Scottish publication, Sunday Post, it seems possible that Donald Trump may end up heading for Scotland instead of his replacement’s inauguration on the 20th of this month.

    The Scottish newspaper was allegedly told by aviation sources at an airport in Prestwick, which is close by to Trump’s Turnberry resort, that a US military plane, a Boeing 757 that’s previously been used by Trump on past trips overseas, was scheduled to arrive on 19 January. Prestwick aviation officials say that all US presidents travel on planes with a special call sign that is generally announced weeks in advance of their departure and that “There is a booking for an American military version of the Boeing 757 on January 19, the day before the inauguration.”

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    I only hope that the FBI agents also travel to Scotland on the same day and arrest him. Looking at the story you wrote about Trump's ties to Moscow, then if proven he becomes the biggest "traitor" of this country ever.

    I only hope that the FBI and CIA have their "case" prepared right now. If not then they are actually also "traitors".

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    About departing to Scotland, forget it. They announced in Scotland that he can't come there because of "lockdown restrictions" because of the virus. Furthermore he's not "welcome" there at all. Thus Arizona, don't you have an place for him in your garden shed? Do you have an old rusty bucket on which he can do his "thing" and some old newspapers. Ha ha. If not welcome, please call Putin, may he has an place for him in an Siberian coal mine. He loves coal, so he will appreciate that.
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    In 1863, a man named Edward Everett Hale published a story in the Atlantic titled, "The Man Without a Country".

    It is the story of American Army lieutenant Philip Nolan, who renounces his country during a trial for treason, and is consequently sentenced to spend the rest of his days at sea without so much as a word of news about the United States.

    The New York Times this morning published the story about Trump's "non-welcome" in Scotland. Since Trump is facing charges in Scotland for money laundering under its "unexplained wealth order" law, he would be wise to stay away from the country anyway.

    Meanwhile, closer to home, Trump's neighbors near Mar-A-Lago don't want him living there because he violated the terms of the agreement relating to his conversion of the place to a private club, which limits the number of nights he can sleep there during a year.

    When Trump announced in the early months of 2020 that he was changing his residency to Florida, New York said, "good riddance".

    Trump, of course, owns numerous properties in the United States, including other homes in Florida, so he may well wind up living in one of those instead of Mar-A-Lago, but it would not be surprising if he moved to Russia, even if that is a stretch.

    Will he show up for Biden's inauguration?

    That's anybody's guess.