A new day dawned this past Wednesday, one filled with the hope that from this day forward in the following weeks, months, and years, things would be “better.” Better for this nation, better for each of us as individuals, better for all of us as Americans and most certainly, better for this planet and all humanity.
As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in at the U.S. Capitol, history was made as Harris became the first woman, first black, and first South Asian Vice President. After the ceremony, Biden wasted no time in getting right to work in the freshly renovated Oval Office, now noticeably lacking the portrait of Andrew Jackson, which was replaced by a portrait of Benjamin Franklin, reflecting Biden’s interest and trust in science. Also lacking and at the top of Biden’s list to get rid of was Trump’s Diet Coke button from the Resolute Desk…and you thought it was just a joke on Family Guy, right?
Like a breath of fresh air helping America breathe free again, Biden wasted no time in signing numerous executive orders, some overturning damage done by Trump and his administration like the travel ban and rejoining the Paris Accord—while other orders will provide relief by getting checks and food aid to low-income Americans and imposing a mask mandate on federal property.
And in her first official event outside the White House, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden paid a surprise visit to the National Guard troops at the Capitol to thank then personally for keeping her and her family safe. She even brought a basket of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies with her that she passed out to the troops as tokens of her gratitude!
While the contrast between the current President and First Lady and the former President and former First Lady couldn’t be more obvious, President Biden now inherits and must immediately deal with a Pandora’s Box of cascading national crises left by his predecessor—the pandemic, a deeply divided nation, one of the worst economies in recent history, systemic racism and domestic terrorism, and climate change. Any one of these alone would be more than enough to have to contend with, but to have to face them all at once, especially against the backdrop of an unprecedented second impeachment of his predecessor as prospects to convict Trump erode with growing GOP opposition, is monumental.
While the Inauguration brought about a great sense of relief and hope for tens of millions of Americans that we were finally rid of the madman king, it is too soon to let down our guard. There is much work yet to be done.
Biden’s legacy is already defined for him, and it will depend on how he handles a nation torn in half. His quest for unity will be his defining test.
I, for one, want to believe that all things are possible…that the soul of this nation and her people can and will be restored for the greater good of all. But for now, questions remain. What will it take to get Americans to rally together to defeat these crises we now face? And what will it take to defeat, once and for all, the darkness that has been laid upon this land and darkened the hearts and minds of so many?
JOIN Barb and John as they discuss A New Day Dawns.
Joining the show during the second hour is author and respected voice for female victims of abuse, Carmen Ashe. Carmen will be discussing her recently-released book, I Have a Purpose.
We all face hardships in life, but for some, one tragedy turns into another before they find meaning and empowerment. Such was the case for Carmen Ashe. In her book, I Have a Purpose, Carmen shares her true story of perseverance through extreme hardship.
Carmen was always a fighter. She fought to escape the control of her dominating father, carried the dark secret of an abusive family member, and was beaten by a boyfriend who would rather have seen her dead than let her go. Carmen knew from early on she was the only one who could save herself. Through one tragedy after another, Carmen is forced to rely on her own inner strength to keep herself and her family from falling apart forever.
Carmen will talk about the lessons she learned from pain and the joy that true love can bring to our lives, no matter what the circumstances may be.
Carmen Ashe lives in Manhattan and owns her own consulting firm. She previously worked as a radiology manager. By sharing her story she hopes she can spread awareness to those who may have lost courage. In addition, Carmen plans on contributing back to the community by donating 10% of the book’s profits to various charities.
If you’d like more information, visit https://www.ihaveapurpose.com/.
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