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Editorial

Time for a New Team of Rivals

Many of us saw the election as a referendum on the character of Donald Trump. About the lies. The corruption. We talked about American principles, values, and institutions that were violated and threatened several times during Trump's tenure.

However, the election results do not reflect that. The millions of people who voted for the President – he received 71.6 million votes as of Tuesday afternoon – did not care. Obviously they think these issues were not that important.

They have said that all politicians are about the same when it comes to character. They considered Trump to be their spokesman, their anti-elite warrior, their champion, the guardian angel of the workers – which, unfortunately, he is not.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, what is certain is that the country is deeply divided, and that, therefore, decisions must be made that will restore, after some time, calm and unity in the country.

So how will the country be governed?

There are several precedents. The most important of all is what is described in the classic book by Doris Kearns Goodwin titled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

When Lincoln won the election in 1860 the country was very deeply divided.

In fact, the following year, the Civil War (1861-1865) broke out between the northern and southern states.

Then Lincoln did something unprecedented: he offered the most important cabinet positions of his government to his political opponents. In time, he won their respect, because they had the opportunity to see him up close.

I think something similar should be done now.

Joe Biden should form a government composed of political opponents; he should form a government of National Unity, as we call it in Greece.

 

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