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Opinion: American can now return to normal and hope Trump was aberration
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This combination image of two photos shows both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) - photo by Associated Press

For a sizeable majority of Americans, the nightmare that the Trump presidency has been is essentially over. Never has there been a president so utterly unprepared to do the job with seemingly no interest in learning how to do it. 

At times it has been appalling to watch the leader of the nation continually take ignorant and outrageous actions at great consequence to the rest of us.

His most egregious failing is his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Our health care system is virtually overwhelmed and tens of thousands of U.S. citizens are needlessly dying as a result of his indifferent and often incompetent handling of this crisis.

With the election of Joe Biden, America can now begin a return to normalcy and restore our standing in the world. Biden has the personal qualities and intelligence to lead America. No longer will we be subjected to Trump’s pathological lying and his predilection for denigration, especially those who have sacrificed the most for America: our veterans.

Biden’s task will not be small; he will have to repair the damage done over the last four years and then address the many issues that Trump ignored. Climate change, immigration policy, infrastructure and dealing with “Main Street” economics are only some of his challenges.

The support of Trump by a sizeable minority of Americans is puzzling. One would think that a Donald Trump would not sit well with perhaps the most Christian nation in the world. His claims of superior management of the economy are simply false, unless hugely increasing the national debt and showering tax breaks on the ultra-rich are considered beneficial to us all. The future of America depends on people making good decisions about who sits in the oval office.

We can all hope that the election of Trump was truly an aberration and that we will never be subjected to the likes of him again. Another Trump-like reality show might be amusing, but it could be irrevocably damaging to America.

Jim Grattan


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