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Biden calls for an end to ‘uncivil war,’ but will he defend free speech?

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

As Joe Biden was sworn in as our 46th president, he delivered a simple yet eloquent speech about America’s “uncivil war” and preached unity to a politically divided nation.

“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.

“If we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we are willing to stand in the other person’s shoes — as my mom would say — just for a moment, stand in their shoes.”

It wasn’t literature. It wasn’t supposed to be. It was a good check-all-the-boxes Biden speech.

Are you opposed to racism? Yes. Me too. So is the president. Do you support terrorists? No. I don’t, and neither does our president.

It was earnest, well delivered, reasonable — a study in urgent yet affable beige. But there was something missing.


He didn’t want to agitate anyone, particularly his party’s left wing, the new ally of Big Tech that is stamping out dissent. Biden wants to be seen as agreeable. He has always been a decent, amenable man, having spent 50 years in the Washington establishment sandbox.

Biden is our president. He’s my president. And though I disagree with him, I prayed for him and for America. And I figure many of you did as well.

But I did hope for more substance from his speech, delivered with tens of thousands of federalized troops on guard against violence. Why? Because Big Tech has been censoring its platform users and stifling dissent, which protects Biden’s politics. And because his party’s thought leaders in the compliant Washington establishment press corps and elsewhere continue to shriek about fascism while continuing their push to “deplatform” or “deprogram” dissenting voices.

And mostly because tens of millions of Americans who did not vote for Joe Biden needed reassurance that they did not get.


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