On this inauguration day, there is one overarching issue that is essential to the success for all other issues in the “We’re Better Than This” platform, and our new President Biden already has nailed it: leading by example to reset the tone for our national discourse. The new Administration could not come at a better time on this critical front.
This will be a short post today, and I want to start with the classic song I went to in the aftermath of the insurrection on January 6th—America by Simon & Garfunkel. David Bowie’s cover as part of the Concert for New York City in the wake of 9/11 really hits home right now too. Lots of people right now are looking for the America of our ideals, the Land of Hope and Dreams that the great philosopher Bruce Springsteen reminds us we all want to believe in.
While we all have a part to play in restoring that faith, leadership matters. Our new President got it right today, and his words are ones that we would all do well to echo and embody in our actions as we go forward. Instead of leading with “us and them” narratives, “we’re all in this together.”