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On Wednesday, the United States welcomed a profound peace and said goodbye to a tyrannical leader. President Joe Biden is now the 46th President in a long line of presidents.

At noon, Vice President Kamalah Harris raised her right hand and took the Oath under Providence to protect the Constitution. President Biden as well, raised his hand and took his Oath in protecting this nation. It’s truly a surreal moment when all we’ve seen in the last four years is democracy being thrown up against the wall. Policies and regulations that were put into action by that Obama Administration that helped to secure our future as a leader on a global level were shuttered and written out of the books like it was a giant book burning party.

​Our economy had it’s prime days going when President Trump took office on January 20, 2017. That economy was well-built and was, in part, because of President Obama and the team he had created. Now Trump leaves the Oval office with only 34% of Americans  who approved of the job he did as president, a stain on his presidency. His 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors.

Along with our economy barely getting through the dumpster fire over the last four years, among everything else that has happened, we hit a corner when COVID-19 walked onto U.S. soil and started wreaking havoc for every American and hundreds of millions all over the globe. COVID-19 has been the most prolific event on any scale and the lack of leadership by President Trump was simply daunting, to say the least.

Finally, however, even during a pandemic the American people spoke for change. They elected President Biden to lead this country into a time of healing. Our country has experienced tremendous loss.

January 6 was only the tipping point for this nation. There are so many opportunities to put this nation back together and unite again as American.

From every race, color, ethnicity, nationality — we have the opportunity to say to the prior administration that this is how you make America great again:

  • Making America great again does involve bringing back old jobs that ruin the environmental climate of our nation; it’s bring people together to discuss and find a resolution to tackling climate change that can provide cleaner energy and save our nation from some of the most horrific disasters that our nation could eventually see.
  • Making  America great again means making sure that every American has access to healthcare instead of trying to strip legislation that denies healthcare for millions of Americans.
  • Making America great again means making sure every student, at all grade levels including through college, have access to the education they deserve and that no one is left behind.

These are just a few of the ways that we make America great again. It’s about the people; doing for the people and not by political tactics to undermine democracy.

Here is our chance friend. Here we are, welcoming a leader that is humble, charismatic, and always willing to listen and hear your voice. We are in the moment of “now.” Now is our time to find common ground and come together and tell the world that we are back, that we are strong, and that we the leader that everyone can look up to.

​This is our moment.

Megan Hayes is a Staff Writer for ATR News in Nashville, TN.

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