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 …
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 …
These 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.