Joe Biden is a patriot

The US after Trump: "The terrible experiment is over"

Washington - The new US President Joe Biden received approval in many US media with his speech. The praise went across all camps. Moderate Fox presenter Chris Wallace said Biden's speech was the best inaugural speech he'd ever heard from a president. On CNN the night before the inauguration, commentator David Chalian had said that the reflection of the torches from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the water looked like the extension of Joe Biden's arms, which he had stretched out to embrace the whole people. Such flowery reverence led investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to say that not even state television in North Korea would say that.

Biden had made his speech very general. There were hardly any concrete political statements, at least not at first sight. On closer inspection, however, a keynote could be discerned that could shape political culture in the United States in the coming months: Biden explicitly said that the fight against “domestic terrorism” must be resolutely, and ultimately it will win. Biden underpinned his announcement by warning of “political extremism” and spreading false facts. Within this corridor, the country must unite, listen to one another, overcome rifts and thus move towards its further glorious future.

Biden also wants to end the “rise in white supremacy”, ie a resurgence of racism in the USA. Biden said literally, “Today, this January day, my whole soul wants to bring America together, unite our people, unite our nation. And I call on every American to follow me in this. United we fight the enemies we face: anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, unemployment and hopelessness. With unity we can do great things, important things. "

The application of the term “terrorism” to domestic political disputes will be particularly observed. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the US government declared a "war on terror" with far-reaching consequences for world politics. For example, on September 12, 2001, the "alliance case" for NATO was proclaimed. New anti-terror laws were introduced in the United States and many other countries. The US authorities have extensive powers under the Patriot Act against foreign terrorists and terror suspects.

It is still by no means clear whether the extension of the definition of terror to domestically, and thus to US citizens, will go in the direction of the Patriot Act. Because of the majorities in Congress, Biden can enforce more than Donald Trump, whose plans from four years ago mostly did not go beyond rhetoric.

Until now, the political discourse in the USA had deliberately been conducted with great pleasure in the controversy for years, but it has always remained tolerant and above all peaceful. But the riots of recent months in the wake of police violence against Afro-Americans and above all the now almost iconic "Storm on the Capitol" have had an impact on the country's political leadership.

The inauguration on Wednesday looked more like a club evening for the “super-rich” - an impression that was reinforced by the corona-related absence of the “people” in Washington. The dark masks of the politicians and dignitaries also created the impression of aloofness, isolation and secrecy. The capital was screened for that day by 26,000 members of the National Guard - more than US soldiers are stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

Biden began his speech with the statement: “Today we are celebrating victory - not that of a candidate, but that of democracy. The will of the people was heard and heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious, fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy prevailed. ”After the storming of the Capitol, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that“ without democracy in the USA there could be no democracy in Europe ”. Chancellor Angela Merkel described the swearing in as a "celebration of American democracy". She is looking forward to “a new chapter in German-American friendship and cooperation,” said her spokesman on Twitter.

Donald Trump left Washington on Wednesday aboard Air Force One. Tom Friedman wrote in the New York Times: "This terrible experiment is over."