Sacramento, CA — APAPA congratulates President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., and the Vice President-Elect, Kamala D. Harris. Joe Biden ran and won on a platform to unite our country, Kamala Harris also made history in her own right as the first woman of African American and Asian American heritage to serve in that very important position. Americans of every gender, ethnic, racial, and religious background should rejoice and celebrate our diversity.
It was a contentious election that had our nation on edge for four agonizing days while the tedious and meticulous tallying of votes took place in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia to ensure an honest and legitimate accounting of the results.
The fact that the Presidential Election was so closely contested makes it evident that our country is deeply divided and has been for some time. We are faced with many challenges including an enduring pandemic, a deteriorating environment, an ailing economy, an unequal health care delivery system, a crumbling infrastructure, systemic racism, an injudicious immigration policy and an inequitable income distribution system. Simultaneously, we are being battered by a tsunami brought on by the fourth industrial revolution when many traditional jobs and sources of income will be impacted by robotics and artificial intelligence.
The two major parties each have their own well-founded concerns about our country’s direction. We hope that they will resolve their differences and learn to work together in unity to benefit our country. We should listen to the silent but fervent plea of a large swath of America who has been left behind by globalization and technology, a message that former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang has been preaching.
APAPA is a non-political and non-partisan organization, we are encouraged that there was a record turnout in the presidential election. We are extremely pleased that many APIA participated in the voting process and that many APAPA members actively phone-banked to encourage voter turnout in a non-partisan manner. We look forward to opportunities to advance the welfare of all Americans regardless of party affiliation. It’s time for America to heal and move on!