President Joseph R. Biden gave a great address to the nation today:
I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days. I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real, but I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we’re all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonization have long torn us apart. The battle is perennial and victory is never assured.
I am hopeful. I am ready to do the hard work of reaching out and standing up and walking far and living long to see our unity strengthened.
For the moment, though, as I watch Vice President Kamala Harris speak during the evening gala and rewatch Amanda Gorman recite her amazing poem, I am just glad.
© Anton Zuiker