In praise of platitudes

Donald Trump has not received enough elects to remain President of the United Government. Joseph R. Biden Jr. received enough votes, in the states that matter, to be insulated from recites and legal challenges. Blessedly, very few major right-wing representations are advocating Trump to challenge the result, and at this phase it is not clear how he had been able to; thus, despite Trump’s refusal to admit the legitimacy of the election, it shows there will indeed be a peaceful transfer of influence. So, on Wednesday, 20 January 2021, Donald Trump will no longer be president; Joe Biden will. And I expect most people reading this, inside and outside the United Government, will breathe a sigh of succor.

The 2020 election campaign was a referendum on Trump, with his resist something of an afterthought. According to polls, about 67% of Biden followers considered their vote principally against Trump rather than for Biden; about 71% of Trump contributors considered their vote chiefly for Trump rather than against Biden. As for Biden, “hes having” trailed in the Democratic primary realm for a long time, behind the more exciting candidacies of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, after he turned in lacklustre debate acts that left no one fervent about him. He trailed, that is, until two moderate applicants suddenly slipped out and endorsed him, because they prioritized beating Trump and reflected a moderate like Biden was better equipped to do it than their other competitors were. Then, campaigning against Trump during the COVID pandemic, Biden kept a beacon schedule and campaigned from dwelling. The poll was never about him- and that worked well for him.

Now, though, it is not merely the occasion that Trump has lost. Biden has also won. And so now it is Biden’s turn in the spotlight, a turn he has earned. That turn beginning with his acceptance speech, which I watched with my partner last-place darknes. The addres acquired substantive targets about the policy and other directions in which Biden intends to take the country. But I also noticed a great number of what might well be called platitudes.

And I think that’s a good thing.

Consider these names of Biden’s:

You see, I believe in the possibility of this country. We’re always moving forward …. Ahead to an America that never pays up, never generates in. This is a great nation. And we are a good parties. This is the United Country of America. And there has never been anything we haven’t been able to do when we’ve done it together.


I pledge to be a president who endeavours not to divide, but to combine …. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me- as those who did …. Our nation is influenced by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest motivations. It is now time for our better angels to prevail.

The Oxford Languages definition of “platitude”, which comes up on Google Search, is” a mention or word, especially one with a moral material, that has been used too often to be interesting or reflective .” This explanation seems to characterize these remarks of Biden’s perfectly. Ideas about the optimism and peace of the USA are digesting cliches that ought to have echoed throughout Americans’ lives.

Yet they come at a time when the US needs them, because of the motive of Biden’s predecessor to smash such platitudes. George W. Bush( whom I disliked) had said after September 11 that” Muslims are doctors, lawyers, rule profs, the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, mommies and dads. And they need to be treated with respect .” That voiced like a banality: of course the president’s going to say that. But Trump extol, in the face of contrary evidence, that” There were parties that were applauding on the other side of New Jersey, where you have vast Arab people. They were praising as the World Trade Center came here to .” And for sure, hate crimes against Muslims rose with Trump’s rise in popularity. You would also think it would be a platitude to say that Nazis are bad. But Trump has shown a remarkable willing to do it.

Biden’s platitudes, by oppose, are tolerating — and that is exactly what America the requirements and voted for. The referendum demolished a man who is the opposite. Trump once destroyed Jeb Bush’s candidacy by depicting him as a “low-energy person”, but the same label of “Sleepy Joe” never fastened to Biden. At this site, we could use a low-energy person who isn’t very interesting.

Sometimes, then, platitudes are platitudes for a ground. Consider again the definitions contained in ” cliche” as” a note or testimony, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or attentive .” It seems like a condemnation to say that a mention is not interesting or intelligent because of its commonness- but sometimes being interesting or attentive is not the extent! Very, the point is likely to be- the moral material. You’re not saying this to be interesting or astute. You’re saying it to arouse beings to be better.( I recollect the republican Canadian novelist Christie Blatchford dismissing Jack Layton’s deathbed letter as full of platitudes. She wasn’t wrong, precisely, but was obviously missing the moment .)

Platitudes are smarm, against snark. They show confidence and self-improvement. And yes, since they are the preserve of policy makers and other institutional masters, they can often be used cynically for far less ethical destinations by those who don’t even believe them.( You can find messages of confidence and unification in Trump pronunciations if you look for them .) So we need snark, we need irony and critical thinking and even mistrust. But we need the smarm extremely. We need the appeal to our better angels. For we, in the US anyway, have wasted too many years learning what happens without them.

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