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Joe Biden’s unity vow ‘left’ behind: Goodwin

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25.07.2021

With all the bucks stopping on their desks, American presidents don’t often get to choose what problems to face. One exception is the inaugural address, where the slate is clean and they have an uncluttered chance to define themselves and how they want to be measured.

Joe Biden’s inaugural speech was pedestrian at best, but its enduring virtue is that the new president left little doubt about his main focus. His presidency, he pledged repeatedly, would be devoted to healing a fractured nation.

Speaking while the pandemic still raged and two weeks after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, he used variations of the words “unity” and “together” more than a dozen times, as when he declared: “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.”

After citing earlier national crises, from the Civil War to 9/11, Biden described how he would lead the nation to a better place.

“History, faith, and reason show the way of unity,” he said. “We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.”

Excellent ideas. Too bad he hasn’t practiced what he preached. Or even tried.

Biden has pursued radical policies and a race-driven agenda that are by definition divisive, leading to doubts about whether there was an ounce of sincerity in his January 20th address.

The evidence that he never gave national healing a chance is inescapable. It begins with the massively expensive, far-left bills his party introduced in Congress and includes the threats to kill the Senate filibuster and expand the Supreme Court unless Republicans say yes to everything.

He is reversing nearly every policy of his predecessor, at home and........

© New York Post


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