The President of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, assessed that the acquittal of former President Donald Trump for inciting violence in Washington is a "sad chapter" in American history, which indicates that democracy is "fragile" and said that everyone is obliged to defend the truth.
"This sad chapter in our history reminds us that democracy is fragile and that we must always be vigilant," Biden said in a statement issued hours after the Senate failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to find Trump guilty. "Violence and extremism have no place in America and each of us has a duty and a responsibility, especially as leaders, to defend the truth and defeat lies," Biden said.
Well said, Biden also mentioned American history, so let's analyse a little, without any great philosophy.
As for democracy in American history, it has always referred to freedom, or more precisely something as the direct opposite of slavery. That is how Abraham Lincoln himself defined it.
To be precise, Lincoln defined democracy as follows:
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy."
Trump's arbitrariness, arrogance and carelessness is certainly not democracy. Biden said that it is fragile and it remains for us to see in the coming years whether he is aware of what he said. Will freedom really reign, and that means the absence of fear, prejudice and racism. Slavery was abolished on paper a long time ago, but if the values of freedom are visible, and that is the absence of racism, then everything will be much clearer. Democracy would not be as fragile as it is now, and it will not be the most important thing that some senators without a spine did not vote against Trump. If there is really freedom, no one will even remember Trump in 2024, or at least not in the sense of a possible candidate for the President again. You do your job, President Biden, and do what you said in the campaign, and that is how you will best defend the truth. And also correct some of your mistakes from the past. If democracy is a value acquired through history, then it is not only the subject of counting votes in the Senate. Something much, much more comprehensive, that's your job for the next four years.