One era concludes as another begins.

On January 20, 2021, President-Elect Joseph R. Biden becomes  the 46th President of the United States. Inauguration Day is a time of nationwide celebration for a new presidential tenure. Yet, the current state of America is fragile. Around 20,000 National Guard soldiers were deployed to protect Mr. Biden and the U.S. Capitol from the same domestic terrorists that attacked Capitol Hill on January 6. The violent insurrectionists have been publicly incited by President Donald J. Trump, who has spread countless falsehoods regarding the 2020 election. By claiming that Democrats and Republicans who disagree with him are “stealing” the election, Mr. Trump has unraveled American unity. America is fraught with civil war-like mentalities that have pitted Trump supporters and the rest of America against each other.

Throughout the last four years, I have witnessed an increasingly polarized society based on sociopolitical hatred. As a proud Democrat, I am saddened to see this division. I have never judged others based on their political affiliation. Regardless if you are conservative or liberal, you are American. We are not enemies. The president is meant to symbolically unite both political aisles and prioritize unity. America is not a nation of hate and division, but was built under God and indivisible. President Abraham Lincoln once said that “we are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” Our bonds are stronger than what has become of America. Mr. Biden was fairly elected by an overwhelming popular vote, demonstrating how millions want America to reunite under bipartisan cooperation. Mr. Biden himself stated, “I do not see red states or blue states, only the United States.”

I am optimistic for the future of America under the Biden administration, for I believe he will fulfill the presidential duties our Founding Fathers intended. While this division will not disappear for a long while, I am hopeful that the coming administration will repair the damage done. While I believe that our new president will depoliticize the current public health emergency, work to end systemic racism, and regenerate the economy and climate activism, I also believe he will reunite America under a strong sense of democratic bipartisanship and solidarity. I see the era of division ending, and the era of reunion is only just beginning. 

The Public’s Radio is sharing essays from local students on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.