This is a battle for the soul of America, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can't do it without you on the team.
While the Trump presidency ends with an ignominious conclusion, with Donald Trump desperately trying to cling to power, President-elect Joe Biden is, for all intents and purposes, the effective leader of the free world.
President Trump has divided our democratic alliances, attacked our allies, destroyed morale in American intelligence circles, fired the most respected figures in our defense and intelligence services, and repeatedly helped foreign enemies who attack us.
President-elect Biden, by dramatic contrast, is already viewed by our alliances as the authentic and trusted leader of the free world, which not a title in government service but a truth bestowed on individuals who have earned it by action, example and leadership - as Biden has.
Peoples and leaders throughout the democratic world dreaded the wrongs committed by Trump and are thrilled and inspired by the leadership Biden has offered throughout his career and will soon formally offer as America's president and commander in chief.
Biden has moved out of the starting gate for his presidency with a series of announcements for high posts in his government that range from very good to genuinely brilliant.
Biden's choice of Antony Blinken to be secretary of State brings to Foggy Bottom a leading and experienced voice of the bipartisan post-war foreign policy and national security strategy that followed our victory in the Second War War, with the unity of the NATO and global alliances of which President Trump has often appeared contemptuous.
His choice of Jake Sullivan to be national security adviser similarly brings to his administration someone who greatly values our democratic alliances and served wisely and well in the State Department under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Biden's selection of Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence brings to his government a vastly experience practitioner of American intelligence who will restore the trust of our intelligence services, and our foreign intelligence allies in democratic nations, that has been particularly damaged since the removal of former Senator Dan Coats, who performed well as DNI.
The two most brilliant choices made by President-elect Biden are former Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen to be secretary of the Treasury, and former Secretary of State John Kerry to be his climate change czar.
Yellen has tremendous credibility and clout in American and foreign financial markets, with a great human sensitivity toward those who are in need. She supports strong economic stimulus actions that are urgently needed in our economy, which continues to be hurt and endangered by COVID-19 today.
Kerry has been a warrior in the service of protecting the earth from the ravages of pollution and climate change. It is ironic - and revealing - that his nomination occurred within just a few days of Trump attacking the Paris Agreement on climate change, before adjourning to the golf course.
These and other Biden choices will reunite America with our core values as a people, our core national security interests as a nation, and with our democratic allies around the world.
Trump was never the leader of the free world. Biden, even before his inaugural, already is!
Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.
Joe Biden lauded Kamala Harris as the child of “America’s story” who fought for the working class and was ready to take on their opponents in a “life-changing election.” Harris presented Biden as a selfless leader prepared to swiftly banish President Donald Trump come November.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY WISHES TO THANK DEMOCRATS AND OTHER FAIR THINKING VOTERS FOR HELPING AMERICA TO DEFEAT THE TRUMP REGIME AND FOR CONTINUING THE GOAL OF REMOVING HIS ENTIRE INFLUENCE FROM THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. WE AS A PARTY ARE KNOWN FOR OUR DIFFERENCES OF OPINIONS AND PRIORITIES BUT LIFTING THE SCOURGE OF THIS HATE FILLED REGIME IS CLEARLY THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND WE MUST BOND TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD A NEW AMERICA, A BETTER AMERICA, A LAND THAT LIVES UP TO IT'S HIGHEST PROMISE FOR ALL.
In the Pennsylvania election races Democrats retained Josh Shapiro as our Attorney General.
Nina Ahmad lost her bid to become Auditor General to Republican Timothy De Foor after Eugene Pasquale left that position to run for the job of Congressional Representative for the 10th Congressional district, a seat he did not win.
State Treasurer Joe Torsella was also unseated by the Republican challenger Stacy Garrity.
In other State races, Michelle Siegel lost in her bid to unseat John Gordner as State Senator in the 27th Senatorial District and Bill Monahan was unable to become Representative in the General Assembly for the 109th district where David Millard prevailed
At the National level, Daniel Meuser held his position over Gary Wegman as Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional Representative in Congress.
The Columbia County Democratic Committee is grateful for all the work put in by the Democratic Candidates as they try to replace entrenched candidates in an area where there are too many entrenched minds. Let us all work and hope for more compassionate and intelligent minds to prevail in the future.
Shapiro previously served as a Montgomery County commissioner from 2011 to 2017. He also served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 153 from 2005 to 2011