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If Biden wins, he’ll need a plan to rebuild hope in the American dream – and fast

Colette Browne


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US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raises his fist as he leaves a restaurant, on Election Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raises his fist as he leaves a restaurant, on Election Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raises his fist as he leaves a restaurant, on Election Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The United States is at war with itself and the American dream is dead. If the next president wishes to heal a bitterly divided nation, he must restore people’s hope in the promise of a better future.

Once upon a time, when you grew up poor in the United States you could imagine a future in which you were more prosperous, more secure and more content. Your life was not predetermined by the circumstances of your birth. Success was never guaranteed, but if you worked hard enough and grasped opportunities when they presented themselves, you would thrive.


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