Opinion: Will Joe Biden’s inauguration be a healing moment for America?

Editor’s comment: This is the third of three articles in a series reviewing the history of presidential inauguration in the United States. Read the second article here.

With each transfer of presidential power, a new chapter in the American experience begins. Although each former president has his own unique moment of inauguration, the events leading up to the inauguration of 2021 have already assured that it will definitely have an unprecedented storyline.

Joe Biden is not only the oldest person to be sworn in as president, but also the most experienced. Since 1789, 26 of the 44 men who have served as president have served in Congress before, but K Beaten’s 3-plus years have not come close to Capitol Hill. Also, Biden will be only the fourth president to take over the eight-year term as vice president before winning the presidency on January 20.

At the inauguration of 2021, the United States will witness something like never before: a woman named Kamala Harris – a mixed race of immigrants from India and Jamaica – will raise her right hand and be sworn in as Vice President of the United States. Harris carries the hope of thrilled women and non-white Americans in his ascent.

Together, Biden and Harris will embark on their historic historic national journey to “defend the Constitution of the United States” and preserve it in the face of a subtle clash of challenges. They inherited a deeply divided nation of economic insecurity, social unrest, a crippling epidemic, the deadliest attack on the U.S. capital since the War of 1812, and the reluctance to step down as president.

“Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life,” says or historian Robert Dallek, that Roosevelt took office in the midst of the Great Depression, and that “now there is an overdose, but there is a common thread – the president is under pressure.” , Dalek thinks, “Franklin Roosevelt has not been removed from what he faced. He understood, as he said in his ’33 opening speech, ‘(this nation is now asking for action and action).’ And I think the same controversy will remain in Joe Biden’s mind. “

As a concerned citizen, most people in the world, President Biden and Vice-President Harris will sincerely observe and listen to how America has moved forward from the current unprecedented political turmoil and begun to restore the country’s global leadership and democratic ideals.

While it may be unreasonable to expect Biden to deliver an uninterrupted opening speech, such as Leiden, the FDR, or Kennedy, his speech should change Washington’s timing and set the tone for other leaders to begin the difficult healing process.

An epidemic

Even before the release of these stunning images from the January Capital invasion, Covid-19 dramatically changed plans for this year’s launch. Events have been significantly reduced, and Americans are being urged to avoid traveling to Washington and restricting gatherings during the inauguration.

Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris still plan to take the oath of office on the western edge of the capital, ignoring the mall (a tradition dating back to 1981 with President Ronald Reagan), but only 1,000 can attend instead of 200,000 tickets. Participants must wear a mask and maintain a social distance between ticketed parameters, and anyone on the main platform near Biden and Harris needs to be tested on CVD-19. The Marine Band, which has been playing at every opening, is yet to take part.

The spectacular stands along the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue have been taken down, and organizers say they will host a “virtual parade” featuring people from across the country, much like the Virtual Roll Call at the Democratic National Convention.

The Biden Inaugural Committee is also planning a lighting event at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the evening of January 19 to honor those killed by the carnavirus. The committee invited various communities across the country to light the building and ring the church bell in Washington at half past one in the evening. “A national moment of unity and remembrance.”

There has been some discussion about celebrating more festivals around 4 July now in terms of the limited expertise of the celebration.

The blockade of the capital raises security concerns

But now the most important question is whether there will be a peaceful transfer of power on January 20. President Trump’s announcement that he will not attend the inauguration certainly does not guarantee that his followers will not try to disrupt the ceremony. Security has been beefed up in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol following the violent attack on Liberty’s Citydale, including the presence of the Greater National Guard and the foot-long, unreachable, fenced foot.

In the words of The Guardian, Biden and Harris, three former presidents, nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court and most members of Congress, are “out of the thought of being attacked by a mob again in the Capitol,” according to the Guardian.

On several previous occasions, Americans protested against the incoming presidents, but these protests have become more intense than what is happening now. John Adams, Adam’s son John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson decided not to attend the inauguration of their successors because of the animosity between the three presidents and the president-elect.

According to inaugural historian Jim Bendal, the first “known time that protesters tried to fight back at an opening ceremony” was when a small group of unemployed people tried to disrupt Franklin Pierce’s parade in 1853.

According to the Library of Congress, more than 5,000 marchers, including women from countries where women had the right to vote, marched along Pennsylvania Avenue during a massive voting parade on Pennsylvania Avenue to mark the first inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. At the height of the Vietnam War, thousands of anti-war activists massaged Washington for Richard Nixon’s first and second inauguration. According to CBS News, in 1973, 70 congressmen joined the protest and boycotted the opening ceremony.

We should sincerely hope that January 20th, with the change in the leadership of our nation, the restoration of the strength of American democracy will begin.

According to the New York Times, this is the first protest since the inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2001 after the anti-war protests. At least 20,000 people protested in Washington and on the way to the inaugural parade, denying the Supreme Court ruling that Bush had won a razor-sharp presidency against Democrat Al Gore. Four years later, protesters marched on Washington for Bush’s second inauguration, this time to protest the Iraq war.

In 2017, the women’s march made headlines by diverting attention from Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have played a role in defending freedom in its time of greatest danger,” John F. Kennedy said at his inauguration. “I do not shy away from this responsibility – I welcome it. I don’t believe that any of us will exchange space with any other people or any other generation.

Biden wants to bring a new light to a dark time like the Cold War (19 1947-4-1 a dark1) Canada. We should sincerely hope that on January 20, with the change in the leadership of our nation, the restoration of American democracy will begin.

Stephen W. Stathis was an expert in American history at the Library of Congressional Congressional Research Service for nearly four decades. He is the author of “Landmark Debates in Congress: From the Declaration of Independence to the Iraq War” and the author of major U.S. laws and treaties.

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