The 2020 presidential election appears to be over. I say “appears to be” because of how divisive it has been and how determined President Trump seems to be to contest it. However, Joe Biden has won the popular vote by around four million votes, which means that he has a majority of the voters with him. Given our electoral system, it is possible to lose the popular vote and still win the presidency, as happened with Donald Trump in 2016. He lost the popular vote by about three million and still ended up in the White House.
Bill Clinton won the presidency with just 43% of the vote because it was a 3-candidate race. Ronald Reagan in 1980 got a bit over 50%. JFK one by a sliver of a percentage point. It looks like Biden will have about 52% of the vote which, by historical standards is a solid victory but not an overwhelming one.
COVID and Biden
The state of the country right now is that it is in the midst of what is rapidly becoming an extraordinary pandemic disaster. The infection rate will rise until a vaccine is generally available. Unfortunately, a new strain of COVID has appeared in Denmark which would almost certainly not be covered by a vaccine for the current strain. It has so far infected 12 people. It emerged out of the country’s mink population (mink farming is big business in Denmark) and is going to force the cull of the entire population of 17 million minks. This may or may not stop the spread.
President Trump’s term has been marked by extreme divisiveness and controversy. He never had much more than a 47% approval rate, and has received approximately that percentage of the vote. Given the failure of COVID management, many people are asking why he did as well as he did.
I think the reason is that he delivered a good economy before COVID derailed it, and people thought that, once a vaccine had controlled the pandemic, he would get those good times rolling again.
That’s a reasonable idea, and I think it sends a message to Mr. Biden that the country wants desperately to get back to normal and back to working as soon as possible. Those who voted for Mr. Trump are afraid that Biden will bring be more COVID restrictions than the economy can handle. Hopefully, more decisive and scientifically oriented management will bring this awful situation under control faster than continuing with Mr. Trump’s method would have.
Biden and Disclosure
I think that there is more of a chance for a level of official disclosure during a Biden administration than there would have been during a Trump administration. Of course, it’s always possible that Mr. Trump will say something between now and the end of his term, but I can’t speculate on that. Joe Biden knows John Podesta, who was Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff and lobbied for more disclosure during the Obama years. After Mr. Obama left office, Podesta said that his greatest regret was that Obama had not released the UFO information. Also, Christopher Mellon, who is an important player on all this and is a member of TTSA, has publicly sided with Biden.
To me, these are two of the things that suggest that the Biden presidency might do more toward revealing information than has ever been done before. Specifically, what I think could happen is that an announcement could be made that we do have evidence that there is an unknown intelligence behind the strange objects that have been recorded moving through our atmosphere, and that all the evidence points to the fact that it is not a human intelligence, at least not in a way that we now understand. To back this up, some of the enigmatic materials that have been collected should be declassified, along with the work that has been done to understand them.
Such an official admission would be a correct next step. It would open our culture, including our scientific culture, to exploration of the enigma. Formal studies and granting would then be possible. Once there is a ground of realization that there is a true unknown here, we can begin to address it at every level of human life and human thought. A disclosure such as the one I describe might seem a small thing, but it would lead, inevitably, to a revolution in the human experience, but a healthy and productive one that would advance our world instead of sowing chaos, which is what would happen if a lot of speculative material–and most of what is still hidden behind the wall of secrecy is, I feel, just that–were dumped into the public space.
There is a chance to take a next step. Let’s hope it happens!