As president-elect Joe Biden took the stage in Wilmington, Delaware, Saturday night, America witnessed the beginning of a new political era—a reassuring sign that democracy is still intact.
With a Biden presidency comes a long-awaited return to decency, compassion and truth—three qualities that, in the past four years, have been gutted from the soul of America.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to deny the fact that the Trump administration has adopted dangerous populist tendencies that have no place in American democracy. In his four years in office, Trump has demonstrated a blatant disregard for facts, undermined our most cherished democratic institutions and deliberately stoked division and fear for political gain.
Luckily, that stops now. We can all finally return to an America in which the president works for all Americans, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation—and does so with dignity.
To those worried about a surge of “radical leftist” policies (even though Biden is by no stretch of the measure a “radical leftist”), that is understandable. But let’s be clear: This election was hardly about policy. It was about a choice between two distinct Americas: One marked by injustice and division, the other marked by unity and compassion. Thankfully, 76 million people prefer the latter.
The fact is, we can’t predict the future. But what we can say with certainty is that despite what Trump and his Republican sycophants want you to believe, the values we cherish as a nation will be upheld in Biden’s America.
Recall, for example, the last presidential debate a few weeks ago. The moderator asked both candidates what they would say on Inauguration Day to voters who did not vote for them. While one candidate delivered uplifting remarks about unity, togetherness and American exceptionalism, the other crippled down into his usual spiel of deflection, insults, and lies.
Just when American democracy was on the brink of collapse, Joe Biden pulled through and saved it. So make no mistake: This isn’t just a win for Democrats. It is a win for America.
Written by Patrick Scriven