Biden For President? Maybe Not

I just received the following in my email. It’s from Justice Democrats so some of you may have also read it. Nevertheless, for those who haven’t, I think there’s some merit to the message. Do you agree?

Today Joe Biden made yet another decision he’ll likely regret.

Each and every day, we are faced with the divide-and-conquer politics that Trump has wrought upon our nation. From selling off political offices to corporate millionaires to scapegoating immigrants and putting kids in cages, the last two years have been a constant struggle for the soul of our nation.

In 2016, the old guard of the Democratic Party failed to stop Trump, and they can’t be counted on to lead the fight against him. The party needs new leadership with a bold vision capable of energizing voters in the Democratic base who stayed home in 2016.

While we’re going to support whoever the Democratic nominee is in 2020, we can’t let a so-called ‘centrist’ like Joe Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of ‘No, we can’t.’

Joe Biden stands in near complete opposition to where the center of energy is in the Democratic Party today. Democrats are increasingly uniting around progressive populist policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college, rejecting corporate money, and ending mass incarceration and deportation.

We don’t need someone who voted for the Iraq War, for mass incarceration, and for the bankruptcy bill while voting against gay marriage, reproductive rights, and school desegregation.

The time for Joe Biden has passed.

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2020 Democratic Candidates

I just read a rather fascinating article in The Guardian related to the 2020 Democratic lineup for POTUS.

As I’ve been hearing about the various individuals who have entered the race, I’ve been a bit puzzled because many of them are totally unfamiliar to me. I couldn’t help but wonder if they truly expected to win since they were such an “unknown.” (And from what I’ve read, even more are considering entering the fray.)

The article addresses my question and explains that not all of the candidates are actually hoping to be elected. For some of them, winning isn’t the end game. In other words, they are “running for president without running for president.”

While we’re on the subject … do you have one or more early favorites? Also are you willing to “predict” who might end up as the Democratic nominee? (No pressure … just for fun.)

It’s Never Going to Work

I’m going to begin this post by reiterating my stance on faith … I am not a believer. I left Christianity nearly 20 years ago and have not regretted my decision for one single moment.

Now, having said that, I want to share something that Gronda Morin wrote in one of her latest posts. In it, she talks about how Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic candidate for POTUS, has hit a nerve with the GOP by (gasp!) talking about religion.

To hear the right talk, one would think that there’s not a religious left. But there is and this has always been the case. The difference is that democrats are believers in the concept of the separation of religion and government. Then the religious left do not require that every person of faith think alike. In general they’re respectful of others practicing the dictates of their faith as long as they don’t impose their beliefs on those who aren’t of like minds. Many have left religion institutions behind because they aren’t impressed with those who claim the Christian mantel and who can blame them. Just watching White Evangelicals supporting a morally bankrupt, racist leaning president would send most sane would be Christians running in the opposite direction. But most Democrats do self -identify as being Christians.

Democrats become politically active around issues to lift peoples up, to protect their rights, to correct an injustice which is how they display their moral values.

IMO, it’s unfortunate that religion plays any part in politics. Yet there’s no argument that it does. A very MAJOR part, in fact. Particularly when Republicans are the ruling party. For them, religious issues become front and center in determining how people in this nation should live. And there can be no argument. It must be their way or no way.

Democrats, on the other hand (as Gronda points out), take a different stance. They believe religion should stand on its own. In other words, if you want to practice your religious faith, you are totally and absolutely free to do so. In fact, this is even written into the Constitution. However, attempts to impose your religious beliefs on others is a line that is not be crossed.

If we’re honest, none of us likes being told how to live our lives. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on. This is the primary reason problems arise in relationships … and society. One side insists the other side live by their rules.

It’s never going to work.

Yet we know there are those on the Republican (religious) side who are going to do their damndest to tear down anyone who doesn’t meet their criteria.

For everyone’s sake, I hope they fail.

The Political Scene: Words vs. Action

Well, I hoped I wouldn’t be writing any more politically-oriented posts, but this comment on Facebook by my right-leaning granddaughter was more than I could stand. I so wanted to comment back, but would prefer to keep peace in the family, so you, my devoted readers, will have to take the brunt of my reaction.

Her comment was in response to a video of tRump apologizing for his recently publicized comment about women  …

I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am.

I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.

There was more, but this, in essence, was his apology. He ended his remarks with this:

I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.

This was my granddaughter’s reaction to the video:

Like my mother has engraved in my brain, “Actions speak louder than words!” Hillary’s actions are by far worse than Trumps words!

If I had responded, I would have asked, what exactly are the “actions” that you are referring to? Are you referring to Benghazi or the emails (which seem to be the topics du jour), both of which have been discussed ad nauseam?

And then I would have asked how these “actions” compare to a man who has verbally demeaned not only women, but Mexican, blacks, Muslims, etc.

I admit there is truth behind the statement made by her mother (my daughter), but words also reveal much about the belief system and temperament of an individual.

Further, while tRump pledges to “be a better man tomorrow,” what guarantees do we have that he will change? And why must we wait until “tomorrow?”

I so wanted to ask her — do we honestly want someone to hold the highest office in the United States who verbally assaults those who do not meet his personal standards … and praises someone who instigates attacks against humanitarian efforts?

And if we’re talking about actions, do we want someone who has declared bankruptcy four times? Does this reflect good business sense, as tRump declares? And what about the numerous times he has made a statement and then claims he never said it (or “didn’t really mean it”)?

More than anything, the thing that bothers me about political campaigns is how the candidates spend their time attacking their opponent and pointing out all their “bad” features. What I want to know (and I don’t think I’m alone in this) is what the candidate is going to do to improve our nation. (And stop telling me to visit your website for details!)

I will watch the upcoming “town hall” event on Sunday but I can almost predict what will happen. It will end up being nothing more than what has been going on for the last several months … She said, He said. The American people will know nothing more than they do today about either of the candidates.

I seriously dread November 8th.