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“I pledge this to you: I will be a president for all Americans, all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as those who did.”
We welcome President Biden’s inaugural vow. Let’s hope he fulfills it.
“Let’s start afresh, all of us. Let’s begin to listen to one another again,” Biden pleaded Wednesday. “Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a path to total war.”
It was boilerplate. But boilerplate that was likely welcomed by citizens exhausted by years of political global thermonuclear war fought by both parties. And yes, it began long before the last president — it’s been building since at least the 1980 election.
Yet in the last couple weeks, many Democrats and their media allies have made clear they’ll brook no disagreement. Social media giants have booted outgoing President Donald Trump and many conservatives off their platforms while commentators talk about the need to “deprogram” Trump voters.
Even Biden himself undercut his message, talking repeatedly of “white supremacy,” “racism,” “nativism” and “political terrorism,” as if the minuscule number of Americans who hold such hateful views are a powerful and popular force to be reckoned with.
But he mostly aimed higher, citing President Abraham Lincoln’s words on signing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, “my whole soul is in it.” Our new president shared his own ambition: “My whole soul is in this, uniting this nation.” He added, “I ask every American to join me.”
He knows how tough achieving “that most elusive of all things” will be — but “Our better angels have always prevailed.” Let us hope his optimism about the American people proves infectious.
“Fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us, we’re going to need each other,” Biden said. Amid a pandemic, a broken economy and a bruised populace, we all should heed those words.
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