The Way Forward

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In less than a month, we’ll have ourselves a new president, and America’s five-year-long national nightmare will be over. All of the chaos, stupidity, and corruption is leaving the White House, replaced, hopefully with competence, empathy, and the rule of law.

When my good friend, blog partner, and co-founder Greg called me a few days after the horrific Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school mass shooting in 2018, he’d had enough. He wanted to do something. No, not the usual anger and throwing up of the hands after all the other mass shootings. This time, he and I wanted to put our anger into doing something positive. Thus became On The Fence Voters.

We’ve spent the last nearly three years documenting the lawlessness of not only Donald Trump and his despicable administration, but also the continued radical downward spiral of the once-proud Republican Party. To use a football analogy, we spent most of our time on offense.

And now, things are going to change a bit. The man we advocated and campaigned for will be the 46th president of the United States. In a sense, using that same football analogy, we’ll now have to go on defense. After all, the policies that Joe Biden will promote and implement are nearly the same we’ve so often written about in this space. These are the policies we think are what’s best for America. So if we believe that, we must defend those policies to the best of our ability.

But before I go any further, I need to do some housekeeping.

Thank You, Jerry!

As most of you know, Jerry Gramckow began contributing to On The Fence Voters in February of this past year. He’s Grumpy1180, by the way. Jerry came to us with a unique perspective; he is a lifelong member of the evangelical community who had become frustrated at how his fellow friends and church-going members were in the tank for Donald Trump.

What followed were some of the most personal and intelligent posts we could have ever wanted. Jerry’s penchant for rooting out his community’s hypocrisy, based on facts, not conspiracy theories and lies, is what set him apart and gave our blog a much broader and compelling component.

As we move forward in 2021, though, Jerry has decided to resurrect his blog. It’s called Grumpy’s Grumblings, and you can find the link here. I highly encourage you to head over there and give him a follow. As you may remember, Jerry is in the process of writing a book, and he’s featuring excerpts of it on his blog – not to mention many more of the same types of posts he provided for us here.

You never know what 2021 may bring, but you may see a few of Jerry’s posts over here from time to time as well. We shall see. Regardless, though, please give him a shout at his new gig. He will greatly appreciate it, and we wish him nothing but the best of luck. We’ll miss him.

Moving Forward

As I said above, I suspect we’ll be on the defensive quite a bit in the coming months and years. And that’s ok. The other side of the aisle will be in full-scale obstructionist mode and will more than likely try and derail the new administration at every turn. I promise we will continue to call them out for that. After all, the Republican Party cares about one thing and one thing only: power. They’ll do whatever they can to keep it, obtain it, and whack Democrats over the head with it.

But if Joe Biden tries to: fix our health care system, mitigate the growing climate crisis, help and improve the lives of every day Americans, provide for free or highly affordable college, implement comprehensive immigration reform, and fight for a higher minimum wage, you’re damn right I’m going to defend his attempts to do so. I’ll be glad to debate our right-wing friends any time they’d like.

We know they cannot and will not govern. First and foremost, Congressional Republicans seek to destroy, not come together for the common good. The one percent crowd remains their most ardent backers and benefactors, and we shall continue to call them out. Over the working-class and poor, their surrender to the rich and powerful threatens to damage our democracy even further than the current president has.

But I also want to promise you something else. If Joe Biden screws up, we must also hold him to account. It would be intellectually dishonest if we didn’t, and we owe you an honest and thorough take on how the incoming administration conducts itself.

While I remain confident in Biden’s ability to bring our country together, the challenges he will face are immense. We know there will be hiccups. After all, we’re talking about human beings here, not robots. But what separates this group from the one going out is that they believe that the government can and should do good things for the American people, not enrich themselves in any corrupt way imaginable.

Let’s Hear From You

And now, a request. What would you like to see from us in the coming months? Is there something that concerns you that maybe we haven’t covered in our previous posts? If so, I’d be honored to hear from you. All comments and suggestions are welcome.

After all, those who take the time to read us are the backbone of this blog. I want to thank you for your comments and engagement. It means more to us than you’ll ever know.

One More Thing

I wanted to share one more piece of information with you. A few days ago, I had a long conversation with my blog partner Greg. He wanted me to let you know that for him, 2021 is going to be a year where you’re going to hear from him on a more regular basis. After an over 30 year career in the blue-collar world, he’s ready to call it a day. That’s right, retirement is coming next year for Greg, and with that comes a newfound sense of urgency and commitment to writing for our blog.

As the old saying goes, “Shit happens,” and it certainly did to Greg over the past nearly three years. So much happened; so little time to devote to what he’d hoped would be an opportunity to express his thoughts on a wide variety of subjects.

Here’s hoping that it’s all going to change starting sometime in the next year. I’ve always said to him that we’ll be a better blog when we’re both contributing. I’m optimistic that we can finally start to see that come to fruition.

With that, please have a safe and wonderful holiday season. We have a lot to do next year. Getting out from under a cloud of the Trump crime family makes me optimistic about our future. But it’s not going to be easy. Let’s hang in there and fight for what we deserve: a government by the people, for the people, and of the people. I hope you’ll all continue on this crazy journey with us. Stay tuned and stay woke!

20 comments

  1. I wish you nothing but the best. I’m really hoping a late flurry of postal votes brings success in Georgia which will give the new incumbent a much better chance of passing new legislation. Laws that will benefit all the people especially with regards to health care.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks David. I, too, hope for the same. It’s a heavy lift though. Electing two Dems for the Senate in Georgia may be a bridge too far. My God though, the contrast between the candidates are immense. If they vote in those two crooks, they get what they deserve.

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  2. I’m thrilled to see you’ll be continuing the good fight. I doubt Trump will be relaxing his grip on the Republican Party and there are plenty of his minions (Cotton, Rubio, Cruz, Carlson…) who’ll probably be making a run at the WH in 2024. And of course I’m already worrying about the mid-term elections in 2022. Trumpism is like an evil genie that’s been let out of its bottle, and it’s going to be difficult pushing it back in I’m afraid.

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    1. Thanks Kim, and thank you so much for following and checking us out. I really appreciate it. Yeah, those people you mentioned clearly have higher aspirations. Amazing how they’ve latched on to the idiot-especially Cruz and Rubio. Have they no shame? You know the answer to that one. Of course not! There will be lots to talk about regardless of what Trump does. As Biden has said, we really are in a battle for the soul of this nation. Frankly, I’m just not sure a fairly large portion of the populace will ever come back to reality after Trump. 74 million voted for him. I still cannot get over that.

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  3. Wishing you and yours well for this season and for the years ahead, as you welcome your 45th President Joe Biden.
    Yes I am correct in this statement.
    Obama was the 44th president.
    You then had a legalised freak of the voting system whose lack of intelligence, dignity, integrity and honesty precluded him from earning the title of this most important office. He was a mere tool of those who voted him in, certainly never had a constructive approach to the task.
    Thus Joe Biden is the 45th President of the USA.
    Take care you guys.

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    1. Thank you Roger, and the same to you my friend. Yes, the orange menace will now, and forever be called the asterisk president. You’re right, the 45th spot was never filled with a functional adult. A four-year nightmare. The end is near!

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  4. Thanks for what you do. I wish a safe holiday season and a return to a new normal next year. I think interactions with each other will forever change, with fewer handshakes and more social distancing. Yet, let’s keep our fingers crossed that the COVID numbers will subside.

    As for the governance scene, I hope we return to normal where we don’t hear from the president on seemingly every issue and we have better relations with our allies, trading partners and each other. Once we get past this temper tantrum exit of the outgoing president, my hope is we can ignore more of his rantings, even though they will continue. Get used to the following phrase when the media has to cover him – “The former president has said without proof….”

    As for me, I can officially ignore him as I don’t need to read what he said simply because he actually may have slipped up and said something of value. Keith

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    1. Thank you Keith. Yes, how the media treats him going forward is something to pay attention to. Hopefully, only Fox and the other right-wing media will follow what he does. But the rest of the mainstream media needs to ignore him at every turn. I doubt that they will entirely but I’m hoping for the best Keith. Please stay safe as well and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  5. By all means keep up the good fight. By all means we must get back to a sense of normalcy. I think Biden is the right person for that. Then let’s get this country helping the common people instead ofjust elite. We are so far to the right… The platform Eisenhower ran on would be considered radical today.

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    1. It sure would Don. I mean, the Interstate Highway project began under him if I’m not mistaken. He’d be called a radical lefty for even thinking of such a thing today!

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  6. Congratulations to Greg on his upcoming retirement! I’m looking forward to hearing more from him in the coming year, and also looking forward to collaborating with both of you on a project or two when the occasion arises! I did head over to Jerry’s blog, but couldn’t find a place to ‘follow’, ‘like’, or comment … I’ll have to try again later when I have more time to explore and figure it out.

    Let us all hope for a more peaceful 2021, one where our government starts to work for the people it represents, though I know it will be a rocky road for at least the first year or two of the Biden administration. We will all have our work cut out for us, I think.

    Best wishes to you all — Jeff, Greg, and Jerry — for a peaceful holiday and new year.

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      1. 2020 is in the basket, my friend, and now we look forward to 2021. Take a deep breath, have a beer, and pick up a good book. We need, I think — both of us — to clear our heads for the fight ahead.

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  7. You wrote in your first sentence: In less than a month, we’ll have ourselves a new president, and America’s five-year-long national nightmare will be over.

    Forgive my pessimism, but I’m not sure we should count our chicks before they’re hatched. Yes, we will have a new president — and I agree many good things will start taking place. BUT as for the nightmare being “over?”

    Maybe.

    Maybe not.

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    1. Yes, caution to the wind Nan. I hear you and I’m also kind of where you are. My main reference to the nightmare is Trump himself as president. That will be over-regardless of what he tries to do. That much I’m sure of. But what’s left for Biden is nothing short of a disaster. It’s going to take an unbelievable effort on his part to get us out of this mess. I hope he’s up to it!

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