Support democracy by giving Joe Biden a chance

Support democracy by giving Joe Biden a chance
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The election is over, the votes have been tallied and, like it or not, the Electoral College has certified Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE as our president-elect. Whether or not he was the candidate you supported, it is time to move forward with the business of democracy and accept the final results of the Electoral College vote. 

Come Jan. 20, 2021, Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBrown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren MORE will be sworn in as our leaders, and they deserve a chance to do their jobs. 

In every election, each of us wants our preferred candidate to win. But whether they win or lose, our great country moves forward with a peaceful transition of power. That is how America conducts itself and how democracy works. In the wake of a hard-fought election season, we must not lose sight of the fact that, despite our differences, there is so much more that unites us than divides us. 


Venomous partisanship has been the order of the day for far too long, and we all have a responsibility to bring the temperature down and pursue civility and mutual respect for all.  

Some may find my position shocking, but it shouldn’t be; after all, every one of us should want our president to succeed, whether we voted for him or not. A successful presidency is good for the country, good for democracy and good for us all as Americans.  

The fact is, Joe Biden is a qualified candidate for the job. He has decades of government experience, having been first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1972. He was sworn into office at age 30, becoming the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history and one of only 18 who took office before turning 31. Biden was reelected six times before he was elected vice president in 2008. He served as second-in-command for eight years.

In other words, he knows the job, has deep experience in the White House, and is preceded by a reputation rooted in statesmanship, kindness and decency. Perhaps most importantly, he has demonstrated a willingness and ability to reach across the aisle, and has a long history of collaboration with Democrats and Republicans alike. 

Our country today is in the throes of crisis, as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation. The virus has infected millions and more than 290,000 Americans have died. Millions have lost their jobs, and the jobless are now behind in their rent and utility payments. The possibility of mass evictions looms. Sadly, food distribution lines have become a common sight.


We need strong, steady leadership and I sincerely hope that Joe Biden will be able to deliver it. Lost in the fray and the friction is the historic nature of Biden-Harris ticket.  

We should not lose sight of the fact that Sen. Harris (D-Calif.), by stepping into the role of vice president, is shattering a glass ceiling for women. Her ascendance to this post is a historic event worth celebrating, no matter your party affiliation. Not only will America have its first female vice president, but she is a woman of color.  

With her election, Harris is showing the women and girls in this country that if you are willing to work hard and dream big, there is a chance to succeed in America. We are a nation composed of people from wide-ranging backgrounds and our new administration reflects this diversity.  

For all the people who are rooting against Biden, I urge you to rethink your position. Set aside your frustration and hostility and consider that when you root against a duly-elected president, you are rooting against the democratic process. Sadly, during the early days of his presidency, many people spoke openly of their hope that President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE would fail — but he succeeded nonetheless.  

These are challenging times and we need to lift one another up instead of knocking each other down. And despite the ravages of COVID-19, the millions of people who are out of work, and the looming threat of more economic hardship, I believe that we can get through everything if we stand together and put our differences aside.

A new year awaits and I, for one, hope that it will be a far cry better than this one we have endured. I’m rooting for America and I believe that we shall prevail.

Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is the owner and manager of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the Year. He is the author of “Reawakening Virtues.”