I know that quite often people, even those within his own party, see President Joe Biden as too meek, too weak, not strong enough to stand up to the challenges before him, but I think if there was ever any doubt, his speech at the DNC rally yesterday should have put those doubts to bed! Here are a few excerpts from that speech:
In 2020, you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy. That’s why Donald Trump isn’t just a former president. He is a defeated former president.
[Republicans] have made their choice to go backward, full of anger, violence, hate, and division. We’ve chosen a different path: Forward, the future, unity, hope, and optimism.
The whole notion of the burn-it-all-down politics and MAGA Republicans continues to be a drumbeat.
In this moment, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we must be stronger, more determined, & more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.
There are not many real Republicans anymore. By the way, your sitting governor [Larry Hogan], he’s a Republican you can deal with. I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.
MAGA Republicans don’t have a clue about the power of women. Let me tell you something—they are about to find out.
If we elect two more [Democratic] senators, we got a lot of unfinished business we’re going to get done. Folks, look, we’re going to codify Roe v Wade. We’ll ban assault weapons, we’ll protect Social Security & Medicare, and we’ll pass Universal Pre-K.
Do you want to put your Social Security in the hands of Ted Cruz and Marjorie Taylor Greene?
We also had to take on the climate deniers. And guess what? We beat them. The survival of our planet is on the ballot.
In the first year-and-a-half of his presidency, Biden encountered more challenges than the former guy did in his entire four years, or than most any other president has faced in a single year. And yet, he has managed to accomplish so much. Just a few …
- Signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. This package increases investment in roads and bridges, renovates ports and public transportation, expands broadband access and replaces every lead pipe in the United States, among other initiatives. This bill brings jobs, jobs and more jobs, and it begins to rebuild our long-neglected infrastructure.
- Signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in March 2021 that included up to $1,400 per person to financially struggling Americans, extended unemployment support and provided billions of dollars to help schools, colleges and universities reopen.
- Biden put in place a $20 billion vaccination program to fight COVID. While 1% of the U.S. population was vaccinated when Biden came into office, 74% of Americans – 249 million Americans – have received at least one vaccine dose.
- Expanded access to affordable health care for five million Americans
- Cut unemployment dropped to 3.9%; under Donald Trump, unemployment was 6.3%.
- 6,000,000 jobs have been created already.
- Jobless claims are the lowest since 1969.
- And just two days ago, he announced student debt relief of up to $20,000 for most earning under $125,000 per year.
Yes, some will argue and nitpick, say these accomplishments cost money – which is true – but it is money well-spent, for these are the things that help people! These improvements to infrastructure, jobs, education, safety and more have far more value than spending more money on military hardware, on the tools of war, or on padding the investment portfolios of the already-wealthy. And frankly, if those already-wealthy were paying their fair share in income taxes, we could easily fund all of the above and more, while decreasing the national debt and deficit significantly!
In general, I much prefer President Biden’s normally calm demeanor to the bumbling, ranting, spiteful one of his predecessor, but this was one time I was glad to hear the fire in his voice, see the passion in his eyes. In a perfect world, Democrats and Republicans would be working together to solve the problems facing this nation, but our world is far from perfect and as we all know, today there is no middle ground. To Republicans, the president can do no right and they would prefer the screeching, red-faced wanna-be dictator of yore. I prefer President Biden.