Unity, civility are hard asks in a deeply divided America

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President Biden used his inaugural speech to urge American to unite to fight COVID-19 and other challenges.

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The theme of Joe Biden’s inaugural address was that we must bring America together as a prerequisite to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, revive the economy, confront climate change, move toward racial justice and accomplish so many other big things.

“This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge,” said Biden. “And unity is the path forward.”

Unity is a calming notion, especially after a rabid mob of thousands stormed the Capitol, and as millions more subscribe to the notions that the election was stolen, that the news media is made up of enemies of the people and that we’re effectively many different nations along geographic, racial, ideological and demographic lines.

But what does it really mean, and where does this idea come from that we need it in order to

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