Intermezzo: Turn Left for Joe Biden

The previous blog was a “retweet” of a conservative blogger to present a “right view” of Joe Biden.  To balance that, I am offering a guest blog from Joe Biden’s own words and support articles I could find for him. 

Most of the current articles are about who he will choose as vice-president because not even his supporters expect him to live through a full term under the pressure of being president.  Just look at any president at the start of his first term and how he has aged in four years of leading the world’s largest business, economy, and political system.  It is not a pretty progression, and Joe’s biggest problem is that he already looks like he’s been there eight years (at least he was close under Obama).  And this is the assessment from the Chicago SunTimes that gives him a 21% chance of surviving his first term!

As most of my readers are right-leaning conservatives, I strongly advise you to educate yourselves about the man who may succeed Trump (and his vp pick once it is made). Unless there is a strong undercurrent of people who will not admit for whom they will vote in November it is possible we could be looking at a traditional “progressive” politician with significant connections and pressures from left-leaning socialists and marxists leading our nation after December 31, 2020.
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https://www.vote411.org/joe-biden
Candidate responses to our questions: JOE BIDEN
What policies do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

I’ve fought for voting rights since I first got involved in politics, helping to secure several extensions of the Voting Rights Act. But in 2013, the Supreme Court ripped the heart out of those voter protections. As president, I’ll enact legislation to restore the full force of the Voting Rights Act, and my Justice Department will challenge every one of the new Jim Crow laws that are now curtailing people’s right to vote. I’ll also boost state funding for secure voting with a paper record, and for better information-sharing. I’ll fight for automatic and same-day voter registration. And I’ll make sure that any country or group that seeks to interfere in our elections faces real and serious consequences.

Please explain where you see opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground on the very serious issues facing our country.

The next president will inherit a divided nation and a world in disarray. They’ll need to hit the ground running to fix Trump’s mess, restore our global standing, and bring people together to get things done. Our next president will need to be a president for ALL Americans. I refuse to accept that we can’t work together to solve tough problems. It’s what democracy is all about. We can rebuild the middle class with historic investments in infrastructure, tackle prescription drug companies’ profiteering, build on Obamacare with a public option – and so much more. I know how to find common ground without compromising my values.

What, if any, steps will you take to reform current immigration policies?

We’re a nation that values immigrants – it’s how we’ve constantly been able to renew our democracy. As president, I’ll reverse Trump’s assault on our values on day one, ending his cruel asylum policies, especially his Migrant Protection Protocols, family separation, and public charge rule. I’ll address the root causes pushing people to flee Central America. I’ll act immediately to protect Dreamers and their families. Then, I’ll invest real political capital to finally deliver legislative immigration reform to modernize our system, giving nearly 11 million undocumented people a path to citizenship, updating our visa system to sharpen our economic competitive edge, and preserving family unification and diversity as cornerstones of our system.

Please explain the policies, if any, you support to address gun violence in America.

Gun violence is a public health epidemic. We need courage to stand up to the NRA and fix our broken gun laws. I’ve beaten it before – twice. As president, I’ll do it again. I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and require background checks for all gun sales. I’ll fight for red-flag laws and close the Charleston and boyfriend loopholes, to get guns out of dangerous hands. I’ll invest in smart gun technology and new strategies to reduce daily gun violence in cities. I’ll work to heal trauma that outlasts shootings, starting by doubling the number of school mental health professionals. And I’ll address the deadly nexus of gun violence and domestic violence, starting by signing into law the Violence Against Women Act of 2019.

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing the US due to climate change?

Climate change is our most urgent threat. Beating Trump won’t end it, but it’s key to all progress. In 1986, I introduced one of the first climate bills; PolitiFact says I’m a “climate change pioneer.” Now, I’ve outlined a bold plan to match today’s crisis – putting us on a path to a 100% clean-energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050. On day one, I’ll rejoin the Paris Accord, restore American leadership, and push the world to do more. I’ll invest $1.7 trillion in clean energy research and development, and in transforming our infrastructure – from electric vehicle charging stations to high-speed rail – reducing emissions and withstanding the impacts of a changing climate, and creating 10 million good-paying jobs, that can be union jobs.

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The most thorough exposition of a pro-left view of Joe Biden comes from USA Today.

2020 Election: If Republicans care about America, they should vote for Joe Biden.
Another four years of Donald Trump would be a disaster for America and the world. They would also be a disaster, and likely fatal, for the Republican Party.
by Stuart Stevens:

I’ve worked in five Republican presidential campaigns. Four won the nomination and two won the White House. It’s a presidential election summer but I am trying to do everything I can to help elect a Democrat: Joe Biden.

Another four years of Donald Trump would be a disaster for America and the world. They would also be a disaster, and likely fatal, for the Republican Party. The reality is that President Trump is a symptom, not the source, of the disease that is ravaging the Republican Party. Only by confronting that sickness can there be a possibility of a cure.

The Republican Party has lost its way

In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower got 36% of the African American vote. In 1964, that number fell to 6% for Barry Goldwater. One could have argued that once the Civil Rights bill, which Goldwater opposed, became law, many of those former Republican African Americans would return to the party. But it never happened, and Republicans have never come to grips with the reasons.

For decades, Republicans told themselves that African Americans would be drawn back to the party if only Republicans understood how to communicate with Black voters.

This launched a cottage industry of Black Republican consultants hired by the RNC to help white Republican candidates and campaigns deliver their message to non-white voters. “If you talk about ‘good’ jobs not just jobs, African Americans will hear you,” was a standard of these lessons.

It was all nonsense. African Americans heard Republicans clearly; they just didn’t like what they were hearing. The party that revered Ronald Reagan’s line, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help,’” never realized that to many African Americans and lower income whites, the federal government was the last best hope for a better life.

After the 2012 election, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus commissioned a so-called “autopsy” to analyze the reasons the party had only won the popular vote once since 1988. The need to reach out to non-white voters, to appeal to younger voters and women was presented not just as a political necessity but a moral mandate for a governing party.

Joe Biden: We must urgently root out systemic racism, from policing to housing to opportunity

All of that was thrown aside a few years later when the party embraced the white grievance candidacy of Donald Trump. Trump didn’t bend the party to his will, he gave the party an excuse to quit pretending it really cared about anything but power.

Biden is right choice for Republicans

I’ve helped elect Republican governors or senators in over half the country, and I have given up any hope that there is some line Trump can cross to make more than a few Republicans in Congress stand for the principles they all swore to believe. The only way to save the Republican Party is to crush Trump and Trumpism and rebuild. It’s why I say, when I am asked what to do about the party I worked in for so long, “Burn it to the ground and start over.”

That starts with electing Joe Biden. Most importantly, Biden is a decent man with a seriousness of purpose that is totally lacking in the Trump administration. The alternative is four more years of a Republican Party that endorsed Roy Moore and stands silently by as Attorney General Bill Barr shreds the rule of law.

It is possible the party can squeeze out enough white voters and suppress enough non-white voters to eke out a victory for Trump.  But it is impossible for that party to grow and prosper beyond November 3rd.

Today in America over half of those 15 and under are non-white. There is good reason to believe that when they turn 18 they’ll register as Democrats. That is a stage four cancer warning for the Republican Party.  Had George Wallace won the Democratic nomination and been embraced by the Democratic establishment, what would that have meant for the future of the party?  So it is with Republicans and Trump. We have a president and vice president who refuse to say the words “black lives matter” and seem more determined to defend Confederate statues than the Constitution.

A change of course: Six ways to make sure Joe Biden wins and Donald Trump loses in the November election

I spent years working to defeat Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. In those battles, I passionately believed Bob Dole, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney would make better presidents, but I never feared for the country if a Democrat won. That’s how a civil society must function. But today I do desperately fear for the country if Trump wins, again. History tells us that once hate is unleashed and legitimized by a major political party, it is difficult to stop. History will judge each of us on what we did to defend America in this tenuous moment.

America or Donald Trump? That’s how this Republican sees the November choice. I say to my Republican friends: I know what side I’m on, do you?
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The best endorsement I found for Joe Biden comes from overseas, the American School in London specifically, so I just include the link to this short article for those interested:
https://standard.asl.org/14349/opinions/joe-biden-is-the-best-choice-for-president/

Trump or Biden: 100 Days and Counting

2020-07-27 Trump vs Biden

After November 3, a few days less than 100 days from now, we will have elected the President of the USA . . . well, sorta.  To hear the two major candidates talk about it, questions surrounding mail-in ballots, voter disenfranchisement and current conjoined crises of Covid-19 and rampant racism on our roadways could cloud the conclusion well into December or even 2021!

Biden, himself, and his camp question whether Trump will accept the election results and leave office. ?Really?  That borders on the absurdity of rumors during Obama’s second term that he was going to figure out a way to stay in office.  But while those rumors started and stayed with a right-wing fringe, this is coming from the presumptive candidate.

Trump’s main problem is Joe’s safe and normal feel after four years of dumb impeachment attempts, and Trump’s less that intelligent reactions to everything from his first chief strategist (Remember Steve Bannon?) to firing officials via tweets.  He has sometimes been his own worst enemy.  When Pelosi tore up her copy of the State of the Union speech on national tv and looked like an idiot, instead of taking higher ground and ignoring it, he fed the frustration by inflating her infantile behavior to attacking Tuskagee Airmen and the little boy survivor who was in the stands (born at 21 weeks of gestation), something no thinking person would equate.

One wishes just once we would have to choose between the greater of two goods instead of the lesser of two evils.  But in a democracy of sinful people this will always be our choice.   Like C.S.Lewis, “I believe in democracy not because I believe every man is so noble and wise, he should have a say in his governance. I believe in democracy because no man can be trusted with absolute power.”

So as we go into the last 100 days before the election consider why you would choose to vote for either candidate.  These are just a handful of representative views espoused by the candidates as reported in various news outlets from CNN,Fox, Politico, Axios, Just Facts, and others.  There are a LOT of news sites reporting these ideas.

I encourage you to pray diligently for all our elected officials (1 Timothy 2:1-4), even the ones for whom you did not vote (See )  And pray for our country that God will use America as He has in the past as a beacon to the world: a beacon of freedom of religion, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression, “one nation under God.”  Read what each of the candidates says, not necessarily listen just to the opposing camp’s quotes out of context or out of date, nor only what the candidate says about himself.  Kind of cynical, but I suspect they will all lie to get elected, and say whatever they think will pay off with votes.

Joe Biden —-

  • Joe Biden, though nominally Roman Catholic, believes abortion should be available to a woman up to the moment of birth, that this is a medical procedure decision that should be left up to her.
  • Expand Obamacare (ACA) coverage moving in small steps to reach “Medicare for All.”
  • He believes that the LBGTQ agenda should be fully endorsed, even assigning a steering committee to his campaign staff to specifically address issues of importance to this group.
  • He supports to a significant degree The Green New Deal, banning fossil fuels by 2050.
  • End leases for off-shore gas and oil drilling and support nuclear tech as a means to reduce climate change.
  • Pay farmers from our taxes to adopt climate-friendly practices.
  • Tax carbon emissions in accord with recommendations by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  • He wants to abolish the death penalty completely regardless of the crime or victims.
  • He wants to eliminate private prisons that relieve the state systems of some its overload.
  • He will push for a national minimum wage of $15 per hour.
  • He believes there is significant value in reparations to minorities for things like slave ownership by ancestors and oppression by cities and states.
  • He is opposed to for-profit charter schools.
  • He wants the taxpayer to provide two years of college education for any high school graduate.
  • He wants to expand debt-relief programs for college-accumulated debt for students.
  • He wants to boost pay for pre-college teachers across the board.
  • Spending on political campaigns should be limited he says.
  • He supports universal background checks for gun ownership of any kind and favors forming a national gun registry.
  • He would leave criminal penalties for illegal entry into the US in place, but phase them out over his term.
  • Tax corporations and the wealthy to pay for transportation to pay for “green” transportation such as electric vehicles, trans-continental high-speed rails, and focus on supplying these benefits to lower socioeconomic groups.
  • Void past marijuana convictions and provide states with a bankroll to implement preventions of drug abuse rather than imprison users, allowing states to determine 2020-07-28 Israel and Hamas Peace Dealcriminality in marijuana possession.
  • He supports mail-in voting to protect citizen’s health.
  • Israel should accept UN and international guidelines for establishing a two-state solution with a group that is calling for Israel’s annihilation.

Donald Trump —-

  • Donald Trump opposes abortion except in the most extreme situations such as when a woman’s life is at risk.
  • Though misogynistic and crass, he claims to support traditional marriage.
  • He supports hate crimes against lesbians and homosexuals as we tolerate diversity, but opposes special “rights” for homosexuality such as marriage. Established by the Supreme Court, he accepts gay marriage but objects to equal benefits as traditional married couples.
  • He supports Medicare and Social Security but opposes Obamacare (ACA) and expansion of government intrusion into the health care field. He wants to see Obamacare repealed.
  • He wants to get bureaucracy out of innovators’ way and allow research into all areas of energy production.
  • He believes the background checks for firearm ownership are currently adequate but a national age restriction should prevent anyone under 21 from owning a gun.
  • Education should be determined at local and state levels moving up a bureaucratic chain instead of down.
  • Infrastructure funding should be channeled to road, bridges, schools, etc, “legitimate government functions,” not special interests such as identity endorsements.
  • He wants to see the tax code simplified and try to reduce taxes across all income groups.
  • He wants defensible borders with deportation of anyone entering illegally.
  • Maintain the death penalty to recognize damage to victims and families.
  • He opposes legalization of marijuana but believes this is mainly a state issue.
  • He wants to create Opportunity Scholarships to provide education for children trapped in failing schools. Education should be a right of every child.
  • He reject ideology of globalism but embraces a doctrine of patriotism.
  • He believes Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.
  • He opposes mail-in voting as too risky for fraud.
  • He fulfilled the Jerusalem Embassy Act enacted by Congress in 1995 and moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital. Every president from Bill Clinton on promised during his campaign to do so.  Trump did it.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Psalm 122:6

Remember, too, that while the President does wield significant power, Congress and the Courts are co-equal branches of our government and they are chafing under the continual amassing of authority to the Executive Branch.  There may be significant push-back on any of these designs of the candidate once he is elected.

2020-07-28 Jerusalem Temple Mount
Jerusalem Temple Mount