America’s Promise Seems Distant Now, but It Will Be Back

Flags line the National Mall toward the Capitol Building ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Washington, Jan. 20, 2021 (AP photo by Julio Cortez).
Flags line the National Mall toward the Capitol Building ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Washington, Jan. 20, 2021 (AP photo by Julio Cortez).
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America’s longest winter is not yet over. But the inauguration this week of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala D. Harris should reassure the country and the world that though the promise of American reinvention seems distant, it will come again. We have arrived at this moment violently, as usual. With baseball bats and long guns cradled in our arms, some of us Americans pulled on battle fatigues, convinced that the war for the soul of a nation could be won with just a little more menace—not just on TV or on Facebook, but in Washington and […]

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