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THE TASKS BEFORE PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN — Setting the agenda in motion for Rebuilding America


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One of the responsibilities of the medis is to set the agenda in motion to promote discourse. Events of the past few months in the world’s foremost democracy – the United States – have been rather unsettling. Nobody could have believed that those messy issues could arise, given the near-perfect picture of democratic ideals built in the country regarded as the most powerful nation in the world since July 4, 1776/ With America’s Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress, America severed political connections with Great Britain. It is noted for its emergence as a symbol of freedom and independence, championing the cause of democracy as the world’s the first modern constitutional liberal democracy. Staging Presidential elections in the United States has been very complex, given the processes involved that make the Congress the final decision makers through the electoral college, instead of by popular votes and some requirements as occurs in most democracies. Controversies are not new to electoral contests in the United States. What is new is the stance of the incumbent that suggests his posture of ‘’it is either I, or nobody else”, and his willingness to go down with the entire United States if possible, given those acts unbecoming of a global leader in a democracy. Since 1824, there have been at least six hot contests for the topmost political seat in America that ended up at the Capitol. The election of 1876 was decided by compromise in 1877. In year 2000, Al-Gore and George W. Bush sorted themselves out through legal battles. The 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton never ended in a fiasco in spite of the fact that Hillary won by popular votes, but lost at the electoral college. CONDUCTS NEGATE THE DREAMS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS Civil democratic governance, otherwise known as democracy has emerged as the most popular form of government. In his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863, one-time American President, Abraham Lincoln described democracy as “the Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” In this connection, democracy is a system of government that allows every citizen to have equal access to power through legitimate means and in which all citizens universally enjoy universally recognized freedoms and liberties. That historic November 19, 1863 address by Abraham Lincoln lasted only three minutes and forms part of the fulcrum on which democracy was ‘’shot’’ into all…

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