Two passages from Biden’s inaugural address. First, on the truth:
Many centuries ago, Saint Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote
that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of
their love. What are the common objects we love that define us as
Americans? I think I know. Opportunity. Security. Liberty.
Dignity. Respect. Honor. And, yes, the truth.
Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is
truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit. And
each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as
Americans, and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to
honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth
and defeat the lies.
Here we stand looking out in the great mall where Dr. King
spoke of his dream. Here we stand, where 108 years ago, at
another inaugural, thousands of protesters tried to block brave
women marching for the right to vote. And today we marked the
swearing in of the first woman in American history elected to
national office: Vice President Kamala Harris. Don’t tell me
things can’t change.