Assign credit where you see fit. Me? I know the fact of the matter.
Dozens of organizations and hundreds of thousands of volunteers had everything to do with the Biden-Harris victory in the 2020 election, not to mention the 81,283,098 voters who cast their ballots for our new president and vice president.
Certainly you can be forgiven for thinking we all deserve the credit.
As for me, I know the truth.
My 13-year-old daughter delivered the election to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Not vibing with that? Take a look at this:
A couple of days before Nov. 3, 2020, she handed me a piece of paper with “Joe Biden will win the 2020 Presidential Election” repeated down all the lines. “Awesome!” I said. “I’m curious – why’d you do that?”
“I dunno,” she said. “I guess because I like to believe in manifestation.”
She willed them to victory. I know it, you know it and the turtle in your pocket knows it. (No, I am not referring to Mitch McConnell.) What’s more, there’s nothing you can say that’ll make me believe otherwise.
Writing something over and over and over again calls to mind late afternoons in empty classrooms, chalk scraping against huge blackboards – That’ll teach you to do it again! – or Harry Potter writing “I must not tell lies” repeatedly on a piece of parchment, which also causes the phrase to be magically and horrifically carved into Harry’s skin. Umbridge!
But manifestation can be applied for good, too. Like here.
You might call it the Pygmalion Effect, self-fulfilling prophecy or, as my father used to preach, the power of positive thinking, but if you want to use the latest lingo, it’s manifestation.
Manifesting is, “…making everything you want to feel and experience a reality… via your thoughts, actions, beliefs, and emotions.” It’s a concept popularized in part by Rhonda Byrne in her 2006 book, “The Secret.”
A lot of big uppity-ups and supremely accomplished people subscribe to the power of manifestation. I always have, too, to an extent. Now?
Well, if you don’t believe my daughter brought about the Democrats’ victory, consider this:
She did the same for Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock a couple of months later, and – Lo and Behold! – they won, too! Their victories have given Democrats a majority in the U.S. Senate.
You gotta believe.
So, yeah, I’m all-in on manifestation.
I’m in with Biden and Harris, too, and the Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. “All-in” might be a bit of a stretch; as a progressive, I anticipate writing about how their actions on the climate crisis, environment and social justice issues don’t go far enough or fast enough.
But my mind is open.
Besides, I believe Biden and Harris are decent, genuine, honorable people who are going to take our nation in the right directions. For right now, in this moment, that’s enough.
So, yeah, give credit for the Biden, Harris, Ossoff and Warnock wins to whomever you see fit. Me? I see the manifest truth –
My bright, determined, politically astute and active 13-year-old did it.
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bz · January 22, 2021 at 3:40 pm
Would you please ask daughter to write this on a bunch of pages?
“They find dirt on Moscow Mitch and he is removed from the Senate.”
Thank you in advance.
Martin C. Fredricks IV · January 22, 2021 at 4:43 pm
Great idea, Bruce! I’ll get right on that. 🙂