I could go on all day about how Donald Trump is destroying the United States – who couldn’t? But Joe Biden is going to have to do better if he’s going to convince Americans that he has what it takes to fix the country that his VP says is “in tatters.”
When the former Vice President and his freshly revealed running mate and Vice President pick, Kamala Harris, appeared on stage at Alexis I DuPont High School, Biden’s speech was characterised by his appeals to diversity and his disdain for incumbent president, the Republican Donald Trump.
“The choice we make this November is going to decide the future of America for a very, very long time,” he said, according to BBC. “Donald Trump has already started his attacks, calling Kamala, quote, nasty, whining about how she is, quote, mean to his appointees.
“It’s not a surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in American history. Is anybody surprised that Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman, or strong women across the board?”
He went on to criticise Trump’s handling of the climate crisis, the COVD-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate and “his politics of racist rhetoric that appeals to division”.
And following his speech, Kamala Harris took to the stage, saying “America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him. He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
“And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground. This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn’t up to the job – our country ends up in tatters, and so does our reputation around the world.”
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OK, Mr Biden, your words to describe Donald Trump are accurate and, aside from the President’s most hardcore of loyal supporters, I don’t think any reasonable person could disagree that Trump has been a complete and utter failure.
The worst economy in American history and tens of thousands of people dying on a daily basis due to a global pandemic that he ignored for far too long says it all. The last four years have been a complete mess. And, if Mr Trump were to be re-elected, I think it would be a dark moment not only for America, but for the whole of human history. But that’s not the story here.
The way that you’re supposed to inspire people to vote for you is not to put your opponent down, or appeal to sentiments of diversity with endless virtue signalling. There is no tangible outcome that can improve American lives from this brand of politics.
In fact, when President Obama, who you served under as Vice President, ran for office in 2008, you were the olive branch that he extended to centrist democrats. And it was the first sign that he was willing to do whatever the status quo required of him. Obama’s presidency, despite the exciting badge of honour he wore as the first black President, was defined by eight years of nothing fundamentally changing – ironically in contrast to his 2008 campaign slogan, “Change”.
And let’s not forget that it was the key swing states that Obama won in 2008 and 2012 where voters flipped and cast their votes for Mr Trump rather than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. Perhaps Joe Biden should be asking himself why the two terms that he served as Obama’s VP led to the election of Donald Trump. Is it perhaps because he broke the promise for change with a Republican solution to America’s healthcare crisis, the Obamacare bill which leaves millions of Americans without health insurance? Is it because, rather than pulling troops out of Iraq, as promised, Obama and Biden actually escalated military action in places like Libya and Syria? Not to mention his ramping up of drone strikes and mass surveillance of American citizens.
Obama can be commended for his entry into the Paris accord, his Nuclear deal with Iran and his quantitive easing program that led America out of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, but even then he bailed out big businesses rather than the American people. It was only Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that actually made the biggest impact on ordinary Americans’ lives.
There are countless criticisms that can be levelled at the Obama/Biden administration, but I’m not going to go too deep into the details, because we can just look at the results. The truth is that eight years of Obama led America to make an extraordinary decision, which was to elect Trump in 2016. Much like a crippled Weimar Republic allowed Adolf Hitler to rise to power, Biden’s time as America’s number two unleashed a monster.
And if Biden isn’t willing to address his own shortcomings head on, and take responsibility for the role he played in Trump’s ascension to the Oval Office, no amount of virtue signalling, no matter how diverse his administration is, no matter how much he criticises Trump, he still hasn’t proven himself as the person that is able to turn things around for America. And, unless he changes his messaging, it is still within the realms of possibility that Trump can stage a political comeback, despite his plummeting figures in the polls. After all, Trump is a maverick, a juggernaut, who’s faced worse odds before…