We join you in rejoicing that Joe Biden, our country’s youngest senator when he was elected in 1972 and soon our oldest head of state when he assumes office in a few short days, will be the 46th President of the United States and that Kamala Harris, the first female vice-president in US history, joins him to carry out the daunting work ahead. These two servants of democracy stand for so much that is good, that honors duty and decency and what is possible for citizens in the United States of America.
Our joy and our relief are muted, of course. Over the last four years, we have witnessed the breach of so many cherished democratic norms. In their dark crusade, Republican leadership has been aided, abetted and supported by far too many. Our nation’s sad chapter finally culminated last week, when we watched, in horror, as the 45th president of the United States incited an armed mob to assault the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election and endangered our democratically elected representatives who were doing their Constitutionally mandated job.
There is so much work to be done. With the nearly unimaginable double Democratic wins in the Georgia senate run offs, we have a very real chance at passing legislation that will bring relief and hope to Americans, who are much in need of both. While our party has surged on to win the White House, hold the House and wrest the majority from the Republicans in the Senate, all which offers hope that meaningful change and renewal are at hand, we cannot let complacency take hold. If nothing else, these past four years have brought home that so much of what we count on in our democracy isn’t quite as inviolate, nor secure or possibly as enduring as we may have once thought. As we enter this new year with hope and pride in the new administration, please join us, your Democratic Town Committee, in our ongoing efforts to support our local State Senator Will Haskell, State Rep Ken Gucker and newly sworn-in State Rep Aimee Berger-Girvalo, who represent a team committed to democracy, to hearing the voters and to collaborating to bring about relief, action and a better future for all in Connecticut.