Unity? First, accountability: Before Joe Biden can bring America together, Donald Trump and his helpers must pay for what they’ve done

Unity? First, accountability: Before Joe Biden can bring America together, Donald Trump and his helpers must pay for what they’ve done

By RICK WILSONNEW YORK DAILY NEWS |JAN 17, 2021 AT 8:22 AM

On Wednesday, a new president will put his hand on the Bible and repeat an oath that the current president has degraded and despoiled. That new president, Joe Biden, says he wants to bring the nation together — even as his Democratic Party, and some members of the Republican Party, are demanding Donald Trump and his enablers be held accountable for what they have just done to America.

Some say these two objectives, unity and accountability, are at odds with one another. In fact they are inseparable. Without accountability, unity will be an illusion, an invitation to further, deeper, more dangerous division. With accountability, the nation has a genuine chance to come together and move forward.ADVERTISEMENT

For nearly two-and-a-half centuries, the leaders of our nation have fought to preserve and defend our Republic during times of strife. The men and women privileged enough to have earned the trust of the voters always proudly made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. as the peoples’ voice. Their politics differed, but there was a long line of commitment to truth, democracy and the freedoms we Americans universally hold dear. We were — and are — an imperfect nation, led by imperfect people. For all those imperfections, America has always been more than a nation; we are a people of many races and religions, gifted by providence a set of human ideals worth fighting for.

Few Americans will ever have the opportunity to serve our nation in a capacity that carries as much honor, weight, authority or power that members of Congress in both chambers enjoy. It has never been an easy job and was never advertised as such. The best of our elected representatives took on the heavy responsibility of leadership, always guided by a relentless desire to create that more perfect union.

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Both the process executed in and the decisions made by these bodies set an example, not just to our fellow Americans, but to the entire world. America has a unique role in the world both as a moral compass and as an aspirational model for

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