Last week’s letter was absolutely right. America’s mistakes can be corrected. We’re proving that now, having corrected our bleached-blond, bilious, bloviating, burnt-orange mistake.
The mistake tragically cost hundreds of thousands of American lives that could have been saved with a responsible, science-based and truthful pandemic response.
The mistake maimed our democracy by inspiring a murderous insurrection with a campaign of lies and intimidation about the election.
It produced the lowest GDP growth of any presidency in nearly a century, and the first net loss of American jobs since Herbert Hoover.
It stained our souls as we ripped babies from the arms of their immigrant parents, many - appallingly - never to be reunited.
It destroyed our world leadership and international respect with craven groveling before our deadliest enemy – even as that enemy cyber-bombed our government.
The November banishment of the mistake has produced immediate benefits. Pandemic help is arriving – help for local vaccination campaigns and small businesses, help for Americans to pay their bills and feed their children and stay in their homes and access quality health care. Help that will restore those millions of lost jobs and grow our economy up to 7% this year, considerably more than it grew in the last four years combined.
Meanwhile, our adversaries are taking note of America’s new backbone. President Biden coordinated with our allies (wow, imagine that!) to sanction China for the Uyghur genocide, and caused Putin to recall his ambassador by calling out his criminality (well done!).
In just two months we have rediscovered competence, honor and dignity. The perversion of the Justice Department, the friends-and-family pardons, the cowardly insults and sniveling tweets are over. The mistake will face criminal charges, as justice demands.
America is slowly becoming America again. And that’s no mistake.