In his inaugural address on January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden urged national unity, calling for Americans to set aside their political differences and collaborate for the greater good.
Despite this call, Biden’s actions have often contradicted his pledge. Instead of seeking common ground, he has frequently accused Republicans of obstruction when facing opposition. His rhetoric, including references to the “battle for the soul of the nation,” has sometimes exacerbated division rather than fostering unity.
This divisive approach extends to both sides of the political spectrum. As a result, since taking office two and a half years ago, the nation remains deeply divided, reminiscent of periods such as the Civil War.
Perhaps the lingering animosity within elected officials hinders the nation’s healing process. This pressure is exerted from both sides. Calls for protests in response to legal matters or police misconduct can escalate tensions, undermining justice and peace. The right to peaceful assembly, as granted by the First Amendment, is often practiced with variations.
It is essential for both sides to accept the outcomes of elections, a point applicable to 2016, 2018, and 2020. The refusal to accept election results predates 2020, with instances like Al Gore’s loss in 2000 and Stacey Abrams contesting her loss in Georgia’s gubernatorial race in 2018.
The ongoing “culture war” waged by extreme elements on both sides—exemplified by figures like Ron DeSantis and divisive ideologies like “woke” culture—adds to the polarization. Compromise seems elusive in these contentious cultural debates.
Amidst these dynamics, neither side appears inclined to seek compromise. The post-election response to Biden’s victory demonstrated this divide, as some Republicans resisted collaboration while some progressives called for reconciliation. As long as there’s a refusal to accept opposing viewpoints, this “uncivil war” is unlikely to cease. The left must respect diverse perspectives, and the MAGA movement must move beyond contested narratives for any progress to be made.