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Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated

Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated
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American democracy has survived the greatest attack against it since the Civil War.

President BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE was inaugurated with a call to heal our wounds and unite our nation. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE, who was inaugurated with talk of American carnage, spent four years dividing our people against each other, spent the last three months trying to steal an election he lost, and left the White House without congratulating Biden or attending the inaugural ceremony.

Effective at noon on Jan. 20, 2021, the American president was once again the leader of the free world. Champions of freedom and democracy are celebrating everywhere.

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President Kennedy, speaking at the Berlin Wall in June 1963, said of those who do not understand the great battle between democracy and dictatorship, “let them come to Berlin.” And they did.

President Reagan, speaking at the Berlin Wall in June 1987, believing that a strong America could negotiate peace with a declining Soviet Union, said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear town this wall.” And the people of Germany did.

President Biden, who is indeed the leader of the free world, should go to Berlin as Kennedy and Reagan did. While he speaks of uniting the American family, Biden would speak of uniting the family of democratic nations. He would speak of democracy and voting rights, of freedom and civil rights, of equality and human rights for every man and women across America and throughout the world.

Biden in Berlin would speak of timeless values as old as the Sermon on the Mount and as new as the great victory of democracy of those who fiercely defended the integrity of our 2020 election. They defeated charlatans and liars who falsely claimed Biden didn’t win, criminals who invaded our Capitol, and members of the House and Senate who voted to keep in power the loser of the 2020 election.

Yesterday, as President Biden put his hand on the Bible to take the oath of office, heavily armed troops protected the Capitol against threats of violence from those who wear the hats and wave the flag of his defeated presidential predecessor — who spoke words that the Senate Republican leader and the third ranking Republican in the House said provoked the violence that caused the carnage of the dastardly crimes against the Capitol of our democracy.

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Democracy in America was under attack. Democracy defeated the attack. Democracy in America was on trial. The great jury of the American people, the great jury of honorable members of the House and Senate who voted to uphold the Electoral College, the great jury of governors and election officials from both parties who defended and upheld the integrity of the election, and the great jury of judges and justices including prominent conservative and liberal jurists in state and federal courts, gave the verdict against those who attacked our democracy, in favor of those who defended our democracy and won.

The heroes of this battle to preserve and protect our democracy included Democratic names such as Biden, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE, Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE, Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPPP vs. PRO: A textbook case of cognitive dissonance in Washington Former Trump economic adviser praises 'blowout' jobs report Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate MORE, Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE, Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE, and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives' majority delusions politically costly Manchin: Every member of the Senate thinks minimum wage should increase Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks MORE alongside Republican names such as Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceClyburn: Allowing filibuster to be used to deny voting rights would be 'catastrophic' Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll MORE, Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions MORE, George W. Bush, Ben SasseBen SasseIs nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks MORE, Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerMarjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Republicans, please save your party House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries MORE, Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Democratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many MORE, John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Former Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute We need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in MORE, Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE and on this, if not on many other issues, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE and even William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE.

Going forward President Biden should continue his policy of not commenting about impeachment. He should direct his attorney general to initiate whatever investigations are necessary of any individual who may have broken the law, including potentially Trump, without any presidential influence or comment while decisions are made based solely on the law and facts.

President Joe Biden is a good, decent, honorable and vastly experienced leader. He seeks to heal the wounds of the nation, unify our people and reach out to govern the nation with a genuine bipartisan spirit.

Hopefully McConnell and other Republicans will reach back in good faith. If not, Biden will have to show extraordinary strength and resolve towards them, and towards any foreign enemies who will certainly test him, aggressively and soon.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.