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.

The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal (GND) calls for:

  • a guaranteed job with fair pay, family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security
  • universal high-quality healthcare
  • free higher education
  • access to affordable, safe and adequate housing
  • stronger labor, workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, and wage and hour standards
  • the clean-up of hazardous waste sites
  • access to clean water and air, health and affordable food, and nature

So I’m curious. How do you feel about the Green New Deal? What are the chances of any (highly unlikely all) of these actions being instituted? Or are they just a pipe dream on the part of the author(s)?

Of course, one must consider the financial aspects of these propositions. Even if we had a “progressive” congress in place who supports the GND, where would the money come from?

“Small government” advocates undoubtedly can/will find fault with these propositions –most likely because they reek of “socialism.” Yet can anyone deny the benefits? What options might we consider so they can be put into place either now or in the near future?