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Saturday, November 7, 2020

The Purpose of Our Politics

 Joe Biden, speaking to the nation late last night as election results continue to trickle in:

In America, we hold strong views, we have strong disagreements, and that’s okay. Strong disagreements are inevitable in a democracy, and strong disagreements are healthy, they’re a sign of a vigorous debate of deeply held views. But we have to remember the purpose of our politics isn’t total, unrelenting, unending warfare, no. The purpose of our politics, the work of the nation isn’t to fan the flames of conflict but to solve problems, to guarantee justice, to get to improve the lives of our people.

We may be opponents but we’re not enemies--we’re Americans. No matter who you voted for, I’m certain of one thing:  the vast majority of them, almost 150 million Americans who voted, they want to get the vitriol out of our politics. We’re certainly not going to agree on a lot of issues, but at least we can agree to be civil with one another. We have to put the anger and the demonization behind us. It’s time for us to come together as a nation to heal. It’s not going to be easy--we have to try.



Frank said...

Nice words but I don't think it will not only be "not easy" but a miracle if the GOP works with Dems in any cooperative way. They are already talking about blocking any Cabinet members they think are too progressive as well as blocking any federal judicial nominations. We had a totally ineffective "resistance" movement after 2016, but I still fear the CULT will go beyond resistance and into violence. The GOP has embraced so many right-wing, fascist fringe groups and individuals that it is almost indistinguishable from a true CULT. So, I have a wait and see attitude. Biden certainly has a huge job ahead, trying to restore democracy, trust and dignity while having the GOP likely fighting him every step of the way.

Russ Manley said...

I have all those thoughts myself. The only thing I can say at this point is that with Biden in office, there is hope for change, and that is endorsed by more than 74 million voters. If Trump had won, there would be utter despair.

Yes, it's a big job ahead of Biden and Harris. They need our prayers/thoughts/support more than ever now. But we've turned a corner here - let's keep hope alive.

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