Biden Demonstrates The Thing We’ve Been So Sorely Missing: Leadership

Presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden in remarks to the nation last night:

I know watching these vote tallies on TV move very slowly, and as slow as it goes it can be numbing.

But never forget: the tallies aren’t just numbers – they represent votes and voters, men and women who exercised their fundamental right to have their voice heard. And what is becoming clearer each hour is that a record number of Americans – from all races, faiths, religions – chose change over more of the same.

Sure, he started out bragging a bit about his win. Of course, by the standards of the current president — Comrade Trumpski — Biden’s bragging was incredibly subtle and reserved.

And then, Joe Biden demonstrated the thing that this nation has been sorely missing the last four years:

We both know tensions can be high after a tough election, the one like we’ve had. But we need to remember, we have to remain calm, patient, and let the process work out as we count all the votes.

You know, we’re proving again what we’ve proved for 244 years in this country: democracy works. Your vote will be counted. I don’t care how hard people try to stop it. I will not let it happen. People will be heard. Our journey is toward a more perfect union, and it keeps moving on.

In America we hold strong views, we have strong disagreements, and that’s OK. 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 give everybody a fair shot, to improve the lives of our people.

We may be opponents – but we are not enemies. We’re Americans.

No matter who you voted for, I’m certain of one thing: The vast majority of the 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 the issues, but we can at least agree to be civil with one another.

We have to put the anger and the demonisation behind us. It’s time for us to come together as a nation and heal. It’s not gonna be easy, but we have to try.

My responsibility as president will be to represent the whole nation. And I want you to know that I’ll work as hard for those who voted against me as for those who voted for me. That’s the job. That’s the job. It’s called a duty of care, for all Americans.

We have serious problems to deal with — COVID, the economy, to racial justice, and climate change. We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare.

And more than that, we have such an incredible opportunity to build the future we want for our kids and grandkids.

I’ve said it many, many times: I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of this nation. There is no reason we can’t own the 21st century. We just need to remember who we are. This is the United States of America, and there has never been anything, anything we’ve been unable to do, unable to accomplish, when we’ve done it together.

I hope to be talking to you tomorrow. I want to thank you all. May God bless you, and may God protect our troops.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is leadership. Full stop.

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