It is this commitment to help advance universal values of human dignity for all equally that informs our work, and that is more important than ever — particularly given malign international actors. People around the world continue to welcome democracy assistance from all who would help them fight to secure their rights and dignity. Just as we must fight to defend our own democracy and realize true liberty and justice for all on our own shores, we must not fail to assist all who would boldly fight for the same elsewhere.
President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration has already signaled that restoring America’s global democratic voice will be a priority. It will find strong bipartisan support among many for that mission. Those of us who work in democracy and development must all rededicate ourselves to be partners in this effort. We must send a clear message of hope, encouragement, and solidarity to the brave activists, journalists, political leaders, and citizens around the world who are fighting for freedom.
While much of the focus, and rightly so, is on the violence that occurred at the Capitol, let us not forget what occurred once the dust settled. Order was restored, Congress went back to work, and the election results were certified.
Working together, Republicans and Democrats must return to work to renew the promise of our democracy. Every member of Congress must put country before party, reject the forces of violence, division, and hate, and return to the politics of dialogue and compromise. People everywhere who are struggling for democracy and dignity — as well as those who oppose them — are watching.