Discord & Dissension — Part XIV — How To Lose An Election

I was pondering what direction to take for this week’s Discord & Dissension post when something crossed my radar that caused my jaw to drop, made me sit up and really take notice.  It disturbed me so badly that it sent me plummeting back into the rabbit hole from which I had only recently emerged, as I thought:  If this is what Democrats are thinking of Biden, we’re doomed.

But I’m not a quitter, and we’ve got 28 weeks left to try to turn things around.  This election season is like none in history, with no campaign rallies, little advertising that I have seen, but then I don’t watch television, and who knows whether there will even be national conventions or debates?

I am an Independent, though most assume I am a registered Democrat, but I am pulling for the Democrats and will be voting Democrat, needless to say.  Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party, and the only choice other than Donald Trump, a criminal and conman who currently resides in the White House.  Now, what I want to talk to you about today is … inspiration, motivation, passion, and support.  The thing that set me off on this tangent was this cartoon …Biden

What bothered me about it … well, a couple of things.  One, is that it paints Biden as totally worthless, not much better than a brick, and the cartoonist’s point was, “Okay, Biden is worthless with no redeeming qualities, but hey, he’s better than Trump.”  Well friends, a tarantula is better than Trump, but it won’t win an election.  Now granted, there are groups whose motto is “Vote blue, no matter who”, but the reality is that it won’t win the election, either.

In a retrospective of the 2016 election, we can define certain hurdles, obstacles, which played a role in the defeat of the more worthy, more experienced, more intelligent candidate, Hillary Clinton.  Heavily gerrymandered states that dilute the vote of poor and minorities who typically vote Democrat.  The Russian influence and attempts to hurt Clinton’s image while helping Trump is well-documented, contrary to what Trump claims.  In Republican-led states, various dirty tricks were used to disenfranchise voters.  And, of course the media played a role by giving Trump, rather an anomaly at the time, nearly unlimited airtime … free airtime.

All of those obstacles still exist going into the 2020 election, but we have newly added hurdles.  Due to the coronavirus, most primaries have been pushed back until June or July, and it’s questionable whether or how they will happen even then.  The nominating conventions are a big question mark.  And, the biggest potential hurdle is the election on November 3rd.  Will it be safe to visit the polls, where hundreds of people are packed into a high school gymnasium?  The obvious answer is to immediately plan for voting by mail in all 50 states, but the Republicans are fighting that one tooth and nail.  Not to mention that Donald Trump seems to be on a one-man crusade to cause the United States Postal Service to become officially bankrupt around June, which could throw a wrench the size of Seattle into that plan.

So, as you can see, if the Democrats are to oust Donald Trump in November, they have a huge task ahead of them, and only 28 weeks in which to accomplish it.  Time to get busy, but denigrating Joe Biden is definitely not the way to go about it!

Joe Biden has a very good platform.  Yes, it is more moderate than either Bernie’s or Elizabeth’s, but in truth, Bernie Sanders would never have been able to get half of his ideas passed into law.  His ideas were great, and I fully supported them, while at the same time realizing that in reality, they were a roadmap, a goal for some point in the future, and would be achieved only over time, one step at a time, two steps forward and one step back.  I think that Biden’s platform is more realistic, while at the same time, putting people first, people over corporate profits.  Let’s take a look at some of Biden’s talking points …

Let’s start with some of the things that are the highest priority to the average person.

  • There can be no issue more relevant, more critical, than the environment  and combating climate change. He will re-commit to the Paris Climate Accord and take the steps to ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050, including regulations that go well beyond those that were in place before Trump rolled back every single one in 2017.
  • Health care  is on everyone’s minds these days.  President Obama’s administration, which included Joe Biden, developed the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While not perfect, it was the first step in a progressive program that would have led to Universal Healthcare.  ACA was working until Donald Trump arrived on the scene and began decimating it.  While others would tear down ACA and start over with something akin to Medicare for all, Biden is in favour of building on the foundation of ACA, expanding and enhancing it.
  • Minimum wage was last raised on July 24th, 2009. At that time, it was raised from $6.55 to $7.25, where it has been for nearly eleven years, and remains today.  Republicans have fought against raising the federal minimum wage because it would raise costs to business, thereby cutting into the corporate profits.  Biden supports immediately raising the federal minimum wage to $15.
  • One of the issues I consider most important is that of gun regulations. There was absolutely no reason for the assault weapon ban to be allowed to expire, and since it did, nobody in the federal government even talks about re-instating it.  Nobody is willing to discuss enhanced background checks, restrictions on those found guilty of domestic violence, and just to breathe the notion of limits on number of guns a person can own will make you a target.  Biden’s plan includes holding gun manufacturers accountable, and banning the production and sale of assault weapons for non-military use.

Needless to say, I have only covered the tip of the iceberg.  Biden’s platform covers a number of topics from bankruptcy reform to immigration, from infrastructure to LGBTQ rights.  I can only cover a small bit here, but please, I urge you, go to and check out his views on the issues … I think you’ll find that he has some very progressive ideas.

No, Joe Biden isn’t Bernie.  He doesn’t have the fire and passion that both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have.  But, Joe has good ideas, workable ideas, and ideas that may just even float in Congress.  Joe takes a stand for We the People, for those of us working and struggling to take care of our families, to get ahead a bit.  Donald Trump takes a stand for the wealthy capitalists and to hell with We the People.  Now really, my friends … which do you want?

Okay, if you don’t want Trump, whether you’re a Bernie fan, or simply a “vote blue, no matter who” supporter, you’re going to have to find a way to generate some genuine enthusiasm for Joe Biden.  Not just, “Well, he sucks, but he’s better than Trump”.  That attitude won’t get it!  It won’t win the election on November 3rd.  What it will do is cause an even higher number to stay home, either because they see no reason to vote, or because they think they are making some sort of a statement.

Get excited, folks!  Show some enthusiasm, else you’re likely to find out, in case you ever wondered, how the average German citizen felt by the end of 1933.  No, I’m not being an alarmist, not being a drama queen … I am being dead serious.

Please, folks, no more cartoons like the one at the beginning of this post, or like …

apathy

apathyboring-bidenThese do not help the cause, they actually help Trump more than anybody, and those of us who truly care about having a president who knows what he’s doing, who cares about the people of this nation, do not find them remotely funny.

Joe Biden has been endorsed by President Obama, by Bernie Sanders, by Elizabeth Warren, and numerous members of Congress, ambassadors, governors, and others far too numerous to list.  This is likely to be the single most critical election in our lifetimes, the one that will define the next 50-100 years or more of the nation.  It is the one that will decide whether the U.S. Constitution of 1787 will survive, or be buried forever.

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  2. This coming election will decide the future of the “Free World”. Not just America. If Trump is re-elected, se’re all going to hell in a hand basket. All rally behind Biden. I personally trust that since he is not a genius (is the other?) he will hire the right people to do the job. He will make a good team… And that is more than what the other idiot can say.

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    • You are so very right, Brian. With his views on immigration, and most importantly on the environment & climate change, not to mention his isolationist stance and warmongering ways, he could very well bring about the end of the world as we know it. Biden is well-qualified in every way … he just doesn’t have the fire and passion that inspires people. We must … simply MUST oust Trump in November, else the world … the entire world will suffer.

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  3. Note to Readers: I have said all I can say about this topic. I think many mis-understood my meaning, which was that if we don’t rally ’round Mr. Biden, it’s going to be R.I.P. United States. No ifs, ands or buts. So, it’s up to us. Anyway, I won’t be commenting any further on this post, for I keep saying the same things over and over. Suffice it to say that both Keith’s and Roger’s well-spoken comments mirror my own thoughts. Thanks to all who have commented.

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  4. Too bad that a lot more people can’t read this and the comments. The commentary is excellent. On point, but not going to be heard and that is too bad. The reality of the situation is that the DNC, by promoting Biden at all cost, will give us another 4 years of hell. Biden is going to get throttled by the right. He has more skeletons in his closet than Hillary did. Hunter Biden is achilles heel. As immoral as Trump is, Hunter Biden makes Trump look like a choir boy. His dealings with Ukraine and China. He had an affair with his dead brother’s widow. Then cheated on her with a stripper who got pregnant. Denied that child for years to avoid child support. Trump is going to eat him up in any “debate”. We know that Trump doesn’t debate, he bullies. Biden will be easy prey. Add these “new” sexual assault allegations, it will get ugly. Neither him nor Trump will get my vote. Nether of them are worthy. I am not alone in this thought process. I never dreamed that politics would ever get this dirty, but in a large part the Democrats are responsible for forsaking Middle America for all the special interest groups. You all rail on the 40 percent, but when you talk about Obama, you all are THAT 40 percent. While he was not as bad as what we have now, he wasn’t all that either. Fast and Furious ring a bell. Holder was charged with contempt of Congress. Till someone claimed “Executive Privilege “. Both sides are horrible and until we can find a viable third party, this country is screwed no matter which party is in power.

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      • Yeah, I found your comment a bit contentious, almost as if you wanted to see the steam come out of my ears, so I simply ‘liked’ it and moved on, for I’ve already developed an ulcer and … sigh. For the record, I must take umbrage with the statement that Hunter Biden is more corrupt than Trump. Ha ha … not in a bazillion light years! Hugs, old friend.

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      • Hi Jerry, while I agree with most of what you said, there’s no denying the facts. However, what does Hunter Biden’s personal life have to do with Joe? It’s better to stick to the topic and not introduce the sins of the son onto the father. Also… Trump is the pinnacle of corruption in freakin plain sight, Hunter & Joe are amateurs not even close.
        It’s true that ALL politicians are corrupt in varying degrees, but what can we do? That’s the system we live in.

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    • Jerry, you are absolutely right. I am so tired of both parties that I can’t, in good and moral conscience render a vote for eether of these two piles of reprehensible scum. I am amazed at the mental gymnastics that people do when they say that if you don’t vote for biden, you’re voting for trump. This is not the case, voting for neither is not apathy, it is a signal that we are fed up with the crap these disgusting immoral politicians are offering to us.

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  5. wonderful post, Jill. I am in agreement with Joe on a couple of key issues – climate change and guns, so he is an easy candidate for me to support. However, I do not look forward to how brutal the Trump campaign will be to Joe. I hope he can weather the onslaught…

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  6. I’ll vote for Biden, of course, but oh how I wish it was someone like Governor Cuomo. It’s like Biden has disappeared. This worries me if there are any debates because trump will eat him alive. Joe just isn’t up to this kind of a game.
    It may be a moot point if trump fixes it so there is no election…

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  7. We are long past wondering about the issues difference among the different candidates.
    The matter of trust now takes center stage for this election. Would you trust someone to lead our country again who asks people to consider swallowing bleach during this crisis period of our Corona suffering?

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  8. ‘Scuse me, just getting my lectern set up, won’t keep you….
    ‘Scuse me, just getting my lectern set up, won’t keep you….
    So Biden is not a JFK or an Obama.
    Alright guys you all wish for someone to appear Moses like and lead you out of the hell of 2016, I get that.
    The thing is, if you subscribe to full Democracy (careful now Roger…Sheila’s watching) in all its messy, crazy forms then, YOU (the individual) are not going to get exactly what you want otherwise it would not be Democracy would it now?
    Democracy is a series of compromises, mixed up with a whole mess of alliances (most of whom dislike each other), and half-baked in a rickety old oven; and when put on the table, no one likes the result….but it’s food on the table people. And believe you me when I say all the alternatives are so much worse, don’t fool your dear sweet American hearts on that score.
    Right now you have a person who in 2016, received less vote than their opponent. A person who will not take the blame for anything, makes statements that were once the preserve of quirky little dictators of ruined third-world nations, who admires commentators and political mavericks whose right-wing views were once seen as so far out as to be wacky and only a source for jokes. You now have the KKK and Nazis marching quite freely, militias with guns stalking into legislatures and gangs of right wing thugs glorying in their exploits. You have a intolerant wings of Christianity virtually becoming a state religion some of whom think The Handmaiden is a blueprint for the future. What more evidence do you need?
    Does it truly matters that Biden is not a reincarnation of Washington, Lincoln or FDR?
    From the dread perspective of the Long, Long Book of History, in which the USA is but one small chapter, you do not have that luxury. You stand at a crossroads. There is one path which will take you down the disintegration of the USA into a collection of small nations, which may if you are lucky still have a president, one with no powers to whom everyone nods and then ignores. Another step takes you down the road where encouraged by another victory, The Right will proliferate throughout the media and the body political, its ranks becoming very more aggressive until you wake up and find your are in an Evangelical Antebellum, and not just south of the Mason-Dixon line.
    Or you can vote against Trump. And get this creature of his own supporters creation out of the Whitehouse.
    I will tell you this, it is your duty to do so. If you do not like Trump not voting for Biden is not an option. This is a war for the soul of your nation. By not voting you condemn the future generations of Americans to a series of eras of turbulence, disintegration, civil strife and poverty. Those yet to be born will condemn you as much as they will Trump.
    There is a statement which bears repeating. Made by Winston Churchill during World War II when Germany invaded the USSR. Bear in mind Churchill loathed the Communists.
    “If Hitler were to march into Hell, I would at least make a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons (Parliament)”
    In 2020 you do not have the option not to vote because Biden just isn’t your ideal candidate. Your duty is to defeat Trump and by such numbers that a message is sent to his supporters ‘Enough!’
    Anything else is subservience to Complacency.
    And if you are still not buying it, here is another quote for you:
    BY Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller
    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
    You, the people of the USA who loath what Trump is doing simply do not have a choice. You have a duty. Get Trump out, then you can complain, not before.
    Those bright sunny days of yore are all over. Creatures of Nightmares are sniffing around your doors. Arm yourselves
    with Pragmatism and drive them away.
    History warns.
    You might not get a second chance.

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      • Thank you Keith for bearing with the length.
        (It’s a South Wales ‘thing’, once south waliean starts, there’s no holding them
        In fact the old joke was that’s why there were clocks in the churches to remind the preacher how long they’d been going on for!)

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    • Hello Roger. For me the issue is not if we should vote for Biden over tRump. You laid that case out very well. However you gloss over the real disagreement here in my opinion. No one is saying don’t vote for Biden that I can see. What I am saying is to not acknowledge that Biden has serious issues and problems leaves us open to being blindsided by attacks from tRump’s supporters and crew. I don’t see the point in pretending Biden is perfect. The media wont, nor will the Republicans. We need the best and brightest minds working on counter attacks, defense, memes that answer these memes. That is my point and why I posted the meme at the start of Jill’s post. Hugs

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      • Hello Scottie.
        Yes I see your argument, in another time, another era, pre-Trump, say against either Bush it would be irrefutable.
        These are not those times
        I guess at the end of the day my argument is one which is a basically European approach; sadly the product of a lot of wars and harsh political divides; which the USA has probably only experienced in the Civil War Era.
        We have seen the likes of Trumps before, leading nations into disaster.
        Ranks of ‘nationalists’ who despite what romantics would have us believe were dictatorial with a tendency to whip up hatred against minorities luckless enough to be in the ‘new’ ‘liberated’ nation.
        In this case I would judge trump more as a Mussolini than a Hitler, more of the vain bombast than the focused fanatic.
        My concern and hence harsh line (a very hard-line socialist tends to deal in harsh lines) is for that reason. Trump will be the latest stepping stone in the fracturing of the USA and it is upon him the anti-Trump vote must focus.
        I agree you new the best and the brightest to mount the counter-attacks but you also need folk who are tough, not afraid to tear into Trump.
        1. Attack his entire Life
        2. Constantly go for all the stupid things he has said.
        3. Point out how divisive he is.
        4. Stop treating him as funny and things he does as jokes.
        5. Bring out your fire and your steel. Hit him and hit him hard again and again.
        6. If anyone attacks Biden on something reply with a pertinent common about Trump..
        7. And someone toughen up Biden, he needs to go in Nasty, relentless, with below the belt jabs.
        You have seen Trump’s supporters, he will play to them. There can be no dialogue until they are defeated.
        I know this sounds brutal, unpleasant even nasty. But we in Europe have been there and fools that we are, we are going there again.
        Sometimes I wish I didn’t read so much history.
        Take care over there Scottie, the world needs more of you and less of me.

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      • Nobody asks that you pretend he’s perfect, just that you throw your weight, your enthusiasm behind him. I don’t know about you, my friend, but I cannot live in this country anymore if Trump is given another 4 years. Can Not. Biden cannot be elected on a milquetoast wave of lack of enthusiasm. PLEASE … for all our sakes, for our lives … pretend you love him!!! Otherwise, R.I.P. United States.

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    • THANK YOU, Roger, for this excellent and heartfelt response! You have said it all much better than I was able to, and I hope for the sake of this nation and its people, that everyone is listening! I am copying your words, and will use them at least once, or perhaps multiple times in the future, with your permission, for they should serve as a wake up call to the fools in this nation.

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  9. Well….. at least Joe’s not Hillary! My wish if for a stronger candidate, but the party has spoken so I guess we’ll just have to work with what we got. Who knows, if Trump keeps giving us Covid-19 survival tips, a brain dead placeholder like Biden would cruise to victory just like he did in the Primaries! Let us pray

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      • Guys, I would have voted for Bernie, but he did not win. He did not get enough votes. This is how it works. He got trounced in Florida and would likely have gotten beaten by Trump there after his “60 Minutes” interview. One Democrat said that interview may have cost us Florida.

        Again, I would have voted for Bernie if he won. But, to be frank, I preferred progressive Elizabeth Warren over Bernie as she has a better financial background having taught bankruptcy and helping establish and lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a terrific agency that helps people, but Republicans are told to hate by their donors.

        Biden is imperfect but is a good person and will be a decent president helping bring America together. There are no perfect candidates, including Sanders and Warren. So, unless we want America to continue to retrench from responsible global leadership beating up on our allies and not vetting important decisions with them, continue to retrench from the climate change fight, continue to unravel environmental protections, continue to strip away at civil rights promoting the rights of corporations because they are people, too, and continue to strip away our democracy, then we better galvanize around Biden.

        I have grown very weary of people equating Biden with Trump. That is an inane comparison in my view. If you want a metaphor of the difference, watch “The View” episode when Biden gets out of his chair to comfort a distraught Meghan McCain over her father’s pending death. Bernie would have done that. Trump would not have. Trump is the one who said he was not a war hero for getting captured.

        Democrats are known for the circular firing squads. Again, there are no perfect candidates. Republicans will galvanize around the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime. That is both sad and embarrassing. He also is the most dangerous to our democracy, our planet and our people. If a Sanders fan votes for Trump, that is a huge insult to Bernie. That is what this Independent voter thinks. Keith

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        • Hello Keith. I think you have seriously misunderstood my comments. I am not saying and have not said Biden and tRump are the same or equal. There is no question that tRump has to go. However as you said there is no perfect candidate and to hide our heads in the sand of the many problems Biden has is a losing strategy. tRump’s team knows about them and has plans to attack Biden using them. I would like to be ready for those attacks and I would like our entire side to be ready. If our side addresses it then the Democrats can have a ready defense to use against the attacks.

          On bringing the country together that is a relic of the past that is dead and the sooner Democrats and others realize that Republicans do not want to come together, they do not want cooperation, they want power and will do anything to get it the better we will be at defeating them. Look at Wisconsin. and forcing an in person vote to try to keep Democrats from voting just to win one seat on the State Supreme court. 19 people have been diagnosed with the covid-19 virus because Republicans thought people should die so they could keep one seat. Biden talks of how in the 1980’s he could reach across the isle to Republicans. He forgets those 8 years he was Vice President. He reaches across the isle now and he will draw back a stump because they will cut his hand off. Look at the 40% of the country who really like how tRump treats reporters and women. They love the in your face attacks. They enjoy the rudeness. Those people do not want to be brought together. This is the another problem Biden has he needs to counter, he is looking to the past. To a better time for him, to a time when he thought things worked better. That time is gone. Biden needs to get into today and look to the future. Hugs

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          • Scottie, we must do every thing in our power to cut down the we/ they BS. We must focus on collaboration and show folks the way. If we do not, then the tribal BS will continue. We must have a president who does not demonize people who disagree with him. People follow the lead. Dems need to guard against this when they have the majority.

            Changes must be made that will last beyond the party in power. Right now, Americans have little idea how much we are at risk with the attack on the hard-working folks who have been painted by this “deep state” BS. These are the folks who know what is going on and yet, they are the ones under threat. There extremely vital things that have been squeezed out, that put us at grave risk. This is the key premise of Michael Lewis’ book “The Fifth Risk.” We have to get back to a better semblance of working together.

            That is my view as an Independent. Keith

            So, we mustr

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            • Hello Keith. When the Democrats are in the majority we can afford to magnanimous and be willing to work to unit parties, but only after we are in the majority. I think it is the wrong thing to unilateral disarm or keep trying to find compromise when the other party has no intention in doing so. You do not talk about finding common ground with an abuser. You do not talk about compromise with someone that is not only unwilling to talk but deliberately intends to hurt you. Being the better person is great when it wont cost you the country. Keith we have tired the statesman reach across the isle, we have tried for 30 years to do the work together. Right now the Republican party, their base, wont allow even socially gathering with the “enemy” Democrats. I refuse to keep letting the Republicans walk all over the ideas and wishes of reasonable people because they want to be rulers and use thuggish tactics to get it. After we take the majority we can restructure things, but the Republicans in elected positions right now have no interest in Democracy or decency and they have showed that to us repeatedly. Did you watch the impeachment hearings? The over the top asinine tactics, the storming of the secured room? These are not people you can play nice with, have a few drinks, a laugh or two , and get anything done. These are people who are driven for a single goal of power, and if we as Democrats, as the opposition don’t see that and deal with it, we are handing them the country for ever. If you want proof of their intent to break rules and enforce ideology then look at the courts starting with Merrick Garland and all the judges since then appoint to life time positions. It takes to to make a deal, it takes two to be willing to deal fairly. Right now the Republicans are not one of the two willing to do that. Hugs

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        • Thank you, Keith, for your very well-reasoned thoughts and comment. It seems that few understood what I was trying to convey, and instead started a comment marathon that exhausted me. Apparently, I failed in my mission to convince people not only to vote for Biden, but to do so for reasons in addition to ousting Trump. Otherwise, they will be handing November 3rd to Trump, for the current attitude among Democrats is one that will spread voter apathy. I appreciate you jumping in here, for you always bring the voice of reason to any discussion.

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          • Hi Jill, don’t blame urself, u presented a very reasonable case to rally and unite behind one central candidate that can possibly defeat Trump. That is a noble goal, however we just don’t have a strong enough leader to pull it off. Biden is a swell guy but not a real leader in any sense of the word, he’s like Al Gore lite. The problem is there’s really no way to “trick” voters into thinking that Biden is great, just b/c he was VP during Obama’s golden era.
            It would be possible to win if Biden wasn’t suffering from dementia and stop telling those creepy stories about young black children rubbing his blond leg hairs by the pool and jumping onto his lap! Also now there’s sexual abuse allegations from Tara Reade, a former aide to then Senator Joe Biden.
            Multiple women have accused Biden of inappropriately touching them, but Reade is the only person who has gone on the record alleging sexual assault.
            Donald Trump Jr. tweeted several times about Reade’s allegations Friday evening. “Joe Biden isn’t sheltering in place in his basement bunker because of the pandemic, he’s hiding from Tara Reade,” he said.
            https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/24/tara-reade-biden-video-207670

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        • Hello Keith, I agree with you wholeheartedly that as an opposition party to the blatant corruption and usurping of gov’t by the Republicans, Democrats must unite at all cost. I think if Obama or someone who has real influence over the direction of the party should speak up more, make some PSAs about working together, stop shooting ourselves within that circular firing squad as you’ve mentioned. That would go a long way to motivate the younger idealistic Bernie supporters to come out and vote. As of now there’s no real leadership to speak of, Biden is not at his best as a unifying statesman, he will lose the younger and independent vote which is quite worrying.
          I think the Dem VP pick is even more crucial, someone who could inspire confidence and pick up where Obama left off. I’m not sure who that would be at this time, but he or she better be charismatic, smart, with a strong vision for the future of our nation. Losing really is not an option, 2020 election being a watershed moment in American history.

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      • Hi Scottie, have u seen the latest Biden interview with Al Gore, it would be humorous if not so tragic:

        I really hope the Democratic leadership find the best possible VP to compensate for Biden’s inadequacies.

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  10. Ordinary Joe is killing himself. If this is a political strategy it is a senseless one. He is looking weak, when he needs to at least appear strong. We in Canada hear nothing about him. It is like he doesn’t even exist. Sanders is better known, and he is no longer running.
    We used t.o have a Prime Minister named Joe Clark. The media called him Joe Who. I think that moniker will be given to Biden. No one knows. Who is Joe?

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  11. Jill, yesterday Trump provided a metaphor for his presidency. Advocating ingesting or injecting disinfectant (and UV light) is not only unhelpful, it is reckless, untruthful and dangerous.

    When the GOP Senators opened Pandora’s Box by not removing the president from office, they missed a chance to save our democracy and their party. I asked many of them, what will you have to defend next week, next month, next quarter…,i also asked an equally scary question, do you know if he has already done what you will have to defend or will it be a new crisis. It is both.

    This president is the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime. He should have been removed, but must bd defeated. Keith

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    • Yes, my friend, he must be defeated, but … I think we are not going about it in the right way and my fear is that we will all be looking for a Hemlock supplier on the morning of November 4th.

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  12. I agree with much or most of what you say, Jill, but it absolutely boggles my mind that any rational person cannot or will not find ample inspiration and enthusiasm to elect anyone over Trump. Whether progressives love Biden or not, they should be super-energized to do all they can to get Trump out of office before he literally destroys the nation. Early on I considered backing Mark Charles, but he has no chance. We must consolidate and coordinate to remove the dumbest, most self-serving wretch of a human ever voted into the White House.

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    • I agree with you, Jerry. But, to run on a platform of just “Dump Trump” will not win the election. Sure, it may be the most important thing, but … it will not win the election, for it will increase the number of those who won’t vote at all. I don’t understand it, either, but I’ve seen it happen before, and I’ve read comments from people as recently as last week saying that they will stay home rather than vote for Biden. Granted, they aren’t the majority, but … with all the other hurdles we have, we need every single vote! Sigh.

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  13. I think if Biden came out and said he was reinstating ACA so many Republicans would be overjoyed they’d vote Democrat, Trump did himself no favours promising a new Republican version, starting tO get rid of ACA then nothing.
    I thought the first cartoon a bit crude but thought with the Democrats showing Joe’ faults (minor)it might take the wind out of Republican sails. Though I understand why some of you may not think so.
    Maybe Trump needs reminding that the rest of the world is watching this election and would be happy to see a postal votes since so many people will still be afraid of Covid 19.
    Cwtch

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    • He has said that, though, but it seems not to matter. You’re right … nearly 4 years ago he said he would come up with a “beautiful” healthcare plan … and … nothing.

      Sigh. I feel that the nation is handing Trump a 2nd term with their passivity.

      Cwtch

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  14. Reblogged this on On The Fence Voters and commented:
    Yes folks, it’s going to be Joe Biden running against Donald Trump in this years presidential election. I know that doesn’t excite a lot of people. But in this, the fourteenth installment of our project, Jill does an excellent job of pointing out that we will lose this thing if we run on, “Well, at least he’s not Trump.” That’s not going to get it done. Thanks Jill, for pointing out Biden’s progressive platform and reminding people that there are many reasons to vote FOR Biden, instead of simply AGAINST Trump. Let’s do this!

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    • A million thanks, Jeff!!! From the comments on this post, though, it seems that people either didn’t understand my warning, or plan to ignore it. Sigh. It will be handing Trump the election if things don’t turn around soon.

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      • Well Jill, I just got caught up and read the comments. I see what you mean. I think your post did exactly what it intended to do: showcase the Biden agenda and give us a little pep talk. We all need one from time to time, right? But not only that Jill, you and I, with 14 posts now, have given so many reasons to not vote for Trump and vote FOR the Dem running against him. Everything from climate change, the courts, taking back the Senate, the administrative state..and more. If people out there cannot see this for what it really is…a fight for our democracy for crying out loud…I don’t know what else we can do.
        No, Biden isn’t Obama…or JFK….or FDR..for that matter. We know his weak points. He’s not who a lot of us wanted. But my God, what am I not seeing?
        There will come a time when Biden will become more visible. There’s a certain virus hanging around that has changed the narrative a bit, right? But once we get into the late summer months and into September, the election will start being the focus. That’s my hope, at least. And yes, we’ll be seeing a barrage of anti-Biden ads. He’ll be lied about, smeared to all eternity, and called every damn derisive name in the book. But let’s also not forget the words of Don the Con. Let’s not forget the ridiculous lying-filled briefings he gave every day. Biden and the Dems have a plethora of material to lay on this idiot. This virus, and his response to it, will be a major focus. No doubt about it.
        I guess what I’m trying to say Jill is that we have to do both. We have to chew gum and walk at the same time. Show the positives of Biden and his agenda and what a good and decent man he is, and contrast that to the monster/idiot who he’ll be running against. That shouldn’t be too hard…should it? Don’t answer that!! LOL…..I’ll be getting with you soon…hopefully tomorrow ,btw.

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  15. Good post Jill, but I have to say I haven’t been this depressed about an election in all the years I’ve been voting. We have all applied for absentee ballots here because this being our polling place we are all pretty certain it won’t be open in time for either election. Biden leaves me feeling even more blah, and the Turnip should be jailed before the main election in November or December as the case may be. Maybe I just need a night out or something equally impossible to help raise my spirits, but — hey! spirits! Maybe I’ll just pull out my bottle of bourbon and have a party tonight with only me as the sole guest. It might improve my mood if some of the items I’ve ordered would arrive, but delivery is slowed down by everyone giving priority to the first responders needs,, but if ordinary people don’t start getting some of the necessities we will have huge need for even more first responders. How does a person sanitize the elevator buttons when we can’t get the necessary sanitizers? None in the grocery stores or any other market around here. I ordered lysol spray to be delivered and they substituted a bottle of Windex. Not quite the same results there. On the other hand, on eBay yesterday I found 2 bottles of 70% alcohol for sale. Only $20 each plus shipping. Am I wrong, or isn’t price gouging a federal offense? I left a short note for the seller about that. And here in my building the restrooms downstairs, where we could wash our hands while doing our laundry, have been locked off. So, no way to sanitize the elevator buttons, close to 200 people using the laundry, and no way to wash our hands unless we attempt to put them in the washer along wiuth the dirty clothes. And our fearless leaders are baracaded in their offices behind closed and locked doors. For some odd reason I’m not as worried about the election now as I was a few minutes ago. None of us will be living when it rolls around!

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  16. Hello Jill. I can agree with you we need to think positive about Biden, but I can not agree with indulging in fantasy. If you think that the tRump camp and his horrid right wing thinks tanks have not been digging up dirt on Biden for at least two years that is not realistic. Everything in your first cartoon ( which I posted ) is true. They already know that. We have to steel our self’s for a very dirty negative mud sling campaign. Far worse than 2016. It will be an onslaught. The sooner we realize we have a candidate that all these cartoon/ memes can apply to the faster and better we can respond. The fact is tRump’s team knows these flaws and they are planning on exploiting them. We as the opposition in this war can not ignore our weaknesses, we have to not only strengthen or defense of them , we also need to figure out offences to them. But by pretending they do not exist and hiding these cartoons / memes we are not helping ourselves at all. We need to look at them, accept they are out there, and then devise ways to make them useless to tRump and gang. I know Biden’s faults including Obama “told him he did not have to do this” as is widely reported. When things are reported we need to have an answer for it. Hiding or pretending they do not exist only gets us surprised and flat footed in skirmishes and online debates. The thing we need to do is take these things and turn them around in our favor. Say yes, he is not tRump, because here is all tRump’s bad points and Joe is far above all of them. He is not tRump, then do a list of things tRump has failed at that Joe can do much better. That is how you beat the meme, not by trying to not have it shown, not post it. Show its weakness. We can not defeat tRump is we can not admit our own weakness and problems, because the enemy already knows them and will use them against us. Hugs

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  17. It might help if Biden would do more interviews and have a more visible presence in the media. Instead he seems to be laying low. I might think that’s a poor strategy, until I remember that somehow it worked very well against Bernie.

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    • Hello Tippy Gnu. How did that work against Bernie? Because Biden was on his last legs until the entire DNC and all the party rallied behind him to give him a one time boost that pushed him into supper Tuesday. The fact he couldn’t attract media attention, money from wealthy donors, nor a lot of single low amount donors was not a strategy in his favor, it was the facts on the ground. Now laying low is not a wining strategy either. tRump gets non-stop press, a daily 7 day a week thing he calls his White House show we call the daily briefing. I am on the news channels all day. Biden laying low is not an asset. He is not hardly mentioned. If he wants to win he has to get his face, name , and message out there on every media. tRump has such a large campaign war chest Biden would have to make a million dollars a day to even catch up, and he can not do that in his basement doing the odd broadcast. Hugs

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      • Well maybe you’re right. I’m still mystified by Biden’s recovery.

        I’d sure like to hear more from Biden. Perhaps a daily Covid briefing from him would help to undo the damage to our country that tRump’s briefings are doing. Anyway, I agree with you that it would be better for his campaign if he would make himself more visible.

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        • Hello Tippy Gnu. I agree. I go through the YouTube Channels of all the major networks, plus the left channels and the ones progressive. Biden rarely is mentioned. It is mostly tRump’s briefings, the Covid-19 news and hot spots, the protests drummed up by the same people who created the Tea Party … but no Biden. This is really hurting the Democrats right now. Biden has a YouTube Channel but it is not getting much attention, it is so very low key. He really is going to need to do a Beto at this point and stand on the table to get attention. Hugs

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          • Hello Tippy Gnu. It would help if he would go on shows like The Majority Report with Sam Seder or TYT with Cenk Uygur. It would boost his standings with progressives and he would get lots of exposure. Just a thought. Hugs

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            • Well I don’t know what all those shows are, because I don’t watch political stuff as much as you, I guess. But I do agree it might help Biden to get more exposure, to show his face on TV some more. But apparently he disagrees, and maybe he knows more about campaigning than me, since he’s certainly done a lot more of it than me.

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            • Hi Scottie, it’s not realistic for Biden to appear on Progressive shows b/c he must pledge allegiance to his corporate backers! Remember, Biden is a neo-liberal corporate establishment globalist. He’s everything that progressives hate in a candidate, ie he’s pro big pharma, insurance, wall st, banks, for profit prisons, anti workers union, pro China + Nafta + APEC which basically export all good paying jobs to lower wage countries in order for corporations to maximize profits. Bernie was for the ppl, Joe Biden has forever been and will always be for big business, oligarchy, billionaire donor class…. his base. He would get murdered on TYT, Rising, Jimmy Dore Show, Joe Rogan Experience etc. Essentially, Joe Biden is not much different than a centrist corporate backed Republican.
              At least Trump PRETENDS to be a populist fighting for the ppl, old Joe wouldn’t even share a glimmer of hope with the working man. His appearance at an auto plant in Detroit was a disaster when guns were discussed, Joe is not against guns and does not denounce the NRA. He has taken money from from gun lobbyists as VP under Obama… look it up! There is nothing progressive about Joe, no matter how much he’s singing a new song, no one is buying it. Biggest challenge facing Joe is not the older white suburban blue no matter who supporter, he already got their vote. It’s the younger what’s in it for me voter who’s struggling financially and left out of the economic cycle. The rich get richer and the young stay poor working for minimum wage. As VP Biden voted down increasing the minimum wage during both terms under Obama. So much for helping the little guy.
              As you know I don’t have high hopes for Biden winning, our only chance is WHEN Trump slips up bigly and get impeached again prior to election. Otherwise we are royally screwed. 😦

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              • Hello 1EarthUnited. I agree and understand. I do think that if Biden goes on these shows ( not Jimmy Dore show as Dore would destroy him just for the fun of it. ) he could still be his corporate self while showing how he has rethought a few things and took baby steps to understanding what today’s under 35 are facing. He could polish the … apple as they say. It would get him exposure on media younger people watch, it would get talk about him flowing. That is what he needs, some buzz in the circles he is missing. I think Cenk Uygur would treat him well and get honest more positive answers from him. I think Sam Seder is calm enough to not roast him alive. But he has to get out where young people can see him and talk about him. Hugs

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                • Agreed, but how can Biden be presented in the national limelight when he can’t even field softball questions from establishment media like CNN or MSNBC? Everyone is treating him with kid gloves b/c of his mental decline, but I’m afraid real/ alternative news media, and Trump’s campaign will get down and dirty the closer we get toward the election. Perhaps it’s not too late to replace him… I hear Hillary’s chomping at the bit? 🙂

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