Biden Created The Conditions That Gave Rise to Trump
What makes anyone think that he can fix the problem he created?
One of the greatest scientists of all time made the following observation:
“The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.” — Albert Einstein
The mainstream press is quite gleeful these days that former Vice President Joe Biden is now considered to be the “frontrunner” in the Democratic Primary race. Some members of Congress went so far as to cheerlead the “crash and burn” of Bernie Sanders. Moderate members of Congress appear to have had a collective sigh of relief that Joe Biden managed so many wins last Tuesday, despite investing very little time in the Super Tuesday states. I was relieved to see Sanders win a few, including California. So I sent him another $27.
The people who are so intent on seeing Biden win, seem to have missed or perhaps forgotten much of the history that brought us to the state of Trump. I’ve tried talking to them on Facebook and Twitter, and they seem determined to ignore certain undisputed facts.
For example, many Biden supporters will point to the people who support Bernie Sanders and blame them for the rise of Trump. Conveniently, they forget this part of history: during Joe Biden’s time in the White House of 8 years, Democrats lost more than 1000 seats in statehouses, governors mansions and in Congress. If Obama and Biden were so great, how did Democrats lose all those seats? Could it be their neoliberal politics was not really that popular? Could it be that conservatives and centrists like Obama and Biden were more interested in supporting the top 1% than the middle class?
Trump is not a problem to solve. Even if Trump is removed from office, the problem facing the Democratic Party is still there. Trump is just a symptom of a much greater problem than the centrist liberals are willing to admit. The much greater problem that they are shy to talk about is that they have helped the Republicans gain the power they have now, through numerous compromises with a party that doesn’t compromise. This despite the fact that Republicans have often had fewer registered voters than Democrats. According to Rasmussen Reports in July of 2018:
The basic facts: In 19 states and the District, there are more registered Democrats than Republicans. In 12 states, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats. In aggregate, 40% of all voters in party registration states are Democrats, 29% are Republicans, and 28% are independents. Nationally, the Democratic advantage in the party registration states approaches 12 million.
According to Gallup, trends appear to have reversed:
But the elephant in the room, the biggest sign of disaffection for both parties, is the number of independent voters. Looking back to 2004, I could find no year when the independent faction was smaller than either one of the two major parties.
The centrist Democrats have been hard at work lately, trying to paint Bernie Sanders as the cause of their pain. They say that Sanders is spoiling the race as an avowed independent but is running unfaithfully as a Democrat. Few of those same Democrats are willing to admit that they enjoy the spoils of a two-party duopoly that is nearly impossible to surmount in national politics. Even Republicans are shy to admit that the people who founded this country frowned upon party politics.
To make any headway with the press or the public, independents must swallow their pride and join either dominant party to get anywhere within national American politics. There is simply too much collusion between the two major parties and the press for independents to get a foothold in a race for president. I think it interesting that those same centrist Democrats so quick to pounce on Sanders’ independence, had so little to say about former Republican Mike Bloomberg. Perhaps they were too dazzled by all his money to see the ploy he was engaged in.
There is more to this history than just what happened during the Obama years. For roughly the last 40 years, conservatives in both parties have painted liberals as being the only political faction as one that prefers government intervention in the market. Biden is one of those conservatives, and to me, he’s a Democrat in name only. Honestly, looking back, I now wonder what Obama was thinking when he picked Joe Biden for his running mate.
Biden has argued in favor of segregation busing, bans on abortion (he’s catholic), and he sat idly by as Obama hired his cabinet picks from a list provided to him by the big banks early in his first term. There was corruption to be sure, but it’s nothing like what we’re seeing with Trump and his cabal. Corruption is a problem with both parties and Biden has yet to see what Trump will do with all his opposition research on Biden.
Biden, as a member of the House and the Senate, and as the Vice President, has had 50 years to help build the conditions that made American politics ripe for Trump. Biden has made great contributions to the Conservative Nanny State.
Sanders has been arguing against those conditions for as long as he has been running for public office. Biden has consistently appeased Republicans where Sanders does not. Biden is from the great corporate state of Delaware, the king of incorporation and business-friendly laws. Sanders holds no such connections.
And while Sanders is promoting big changes, Biden is advocating incrementalism at a time when even many Republicans wanted a big change. That’s why they nominated Trump and won. They wanted change and got it. We’re not going to get much change from Biden.
“I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who has made money,” he said. “The truth of the matter is, you all, you all know, you all know in your gut what has to be done. We can disagree in the margins but the truth of the matter is it’s all within our wheelhouse and nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change.”
“Let me be very clear: As president of the United States, I will reduce the outrageous and grotesque and immoral level of income and wealth inequality,” Mr. Sanders said in an interview. “What we are trying to do is demand and implement a policy which significantly reduces income and wealth inequality in America by telling the wealthiest families in this country they cannot have so much wealth.”
Further, Sanders pointed out during a debate that 3 of the richest people in America own as much wealth as the bottom 50%. That is not evidence of a free market. Not even close.
Despite this evidence, conservatives maintain that they want a free market. Well, if they really do want a free market, current conditions even under Trump, suggest that they really don’t want a free market. And Biden will compromise with conservatives to maintain structures in the economy that distribute income upwards.
Sanders isn’t begrudging billionaires for their talents or hard work. He’s lamenting a system that is structured to distribute income upwards. And he’s been doing that for 40 years, just 10 years shy of how long Biden has been in public office.
This is just one of the problems I see with Biden. And we haven’t even touched his mental capacity. I only have to search for “biden gaffe” to find the latest goof by Biden in a speech or in an interview. If Einstein is right about our capacity to solve problems, then Biden is not our man. He’s slowly losing his marbles before us and none of his supporters are willing to discuss it. None of them.
How then, can a man so ignorant of his own history, and of his declining capacities, be capable of solving the problems that gave us Trump? How can his supporters continue to insist that a man who made enormous contributions to the conditions that gave us Trump, be so sure of Biden? I have no idea. That’s why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders.