Joe Biden, the president-elect of the United States, is set to address the nation during his visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania on Saturday. The speech is expected to be highly critical of the outgoing Donald Trump administration and could well be seen as a warning of the damage it has caused to the nation’s democracy.
In Valley Forge – a historical symbol of the American Revolution – Biden will reportedly paint a vivid portrait of the threat Trump has posed to the fundamentals of democracy and urge unity and healing for the nation to repair the damage that has been inflicted over the past four years.
Biden’s address to the nation will draw a sharp contrast between the Canadian-style liberal democracy of the U.S. and the autocratic or semi-authoritarian systems of government seen in some countries around the world. He will also acknowledge the divisions and mistrust that have plagued the nation, in a bid to call all Americans to join together and restore the country to its former glory.
What may be most interesting, however, is the manner in which Biden puts out a call for all Americans to re-commit to the nation’s founding principles. By touching upon the historic animus against Trump, Biden will attempt to uncouple the 45th commander-in-chief from the U.S. Democratic tradition, which in truth dates back to Thomas Jefferson and beyond.
This speech is said to be the cornerstone of the Biden presidency—a call to Americans to move beyond the political and cultural divisiveness of Trump’s era and embrace the power of democracy, which has seen the country through some of its most trying times. Biden will emphasize the importance of free and fair elections, civil rights, civil liberties, and diversity as essential parts of American democracy, and will urge Americans to work together to protect and advance these values.
The visit to Valley Forge is already taking on a grand historical significance, as Biden stakes his claim as the leader of the new America. He will seek to unite the nation and launch it into a more hopeful future. It is a move that, if successful, could see Biden remembered as one of the country’s greatest historical figures.