Since then, the country and the world have endured a devastating crisis, and Biden’s aspirations have grown to match. Listen to him now. He’s not just trying to restore the soul of America; his aim is to save democracy around the globe.

The message was clear in Biden’s first address to Congress on Wednesday, when he restated what has become a common theme: “We have to prove that democracy still works.”
Biden has noticed with alarm something many of us have been watching for years. Democracy is losing ground, while autocracy is making strides. In Biden’s view, the outcome of the conflict between democracy and autocracy hinges, in part, on whether he as President — and the United States as a nation — can show the rest of the world that democracy is capable of responding to a crisis, keeping people safe and creating lasting prosperity.
Biden often describes the battle as one against China, one of the leading autocratic regimes. In his…

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