Chris, thanks for your spirited response. I want to honor you by providing a reply. Here goes.

I read his website. No hope, no change. Nothing serious. Nothing bold.

Health care? He proposes a public option because he thinks that most Americans like the coverage they have. I doubt they really do. I have a decent plan myself, but even that, is a gamble. A public option will quickly attract the sickest among us and the private insurance companies will be free to cherry-pick their customers among the rest.

Infrastructure? He’s planning on spending about 0.005% of GDP per year. China spends on average about 8% on infrastructure. No hope, no change there for Biden either.

One more? Climate change. He gives lip service to the Green New Deal. He’s only talking maybe 1% GDP a year. But still that image of his son working for a gas company in Ukraine. What was he doing there again? Selling access.

Even if Biden believes in making those investments for infrastructure, he has a long history of compromise with the GOP, a party that doesn’t want to compromise.

I stand by my statement that Biden contributed to the conditions that gave rise to Trump. Trump and the GOP don’t exist in a vacuum. And the compromiser in chief is Joe Biden. Why he would consider a GOP VP is beyond me. And I really don’t know how you come up with non-sequitur after that. You make denials of the points of my article with little foundation for support.

Democrats lost 1000 seats while Obama and Biden were in office. You don’t contest that fact. But you don’t seem too interested in why that happened.

With regard to whether or not Trump is the problem, he’s not. He’s a symptom and Biden fed into the conditions that gave rise to Trump. He was compromiser in chief in the Senate and in the House for decades before Trump rose to the occasion of running for president. Trump saw an opening and he took it. Had Obama and Biden acted to actually help more than just their college-educated friends, we might have had a different outcome.

You may think that I speak of conspiracy theories, but that right there, is a non-sequitur. When 3 of the wealthiest people in America own more wealth than the bottom 50% and the top 1% take in 20% of the national income, you have to admit that we didn’t get there overnight, and certainly not within the 3 years that Trump has been in power.

Even if Hillary got the popular vote, enough of them saw through Hillary for Trump to win the Electoral College. Perhaps there is some common ground here because I would love to abolish the Electoral College.

Equating Trump with Hitler is an interesting choice on your part. If you want to unify the country, that probably won’t do.

As to Biden’s corrupt nature, I see it even without looking at his sons’ behavior. He has received money from billionaires, he has super PACs, and when wealthy people give money, they have an expectation. If Joe and Hunter Biden did nothing improper, there would be no controversy. But I still see that conservatives in Congress believe that there is something worth investigating. Even if their behavior wasn’t “improper”, a vague term that doesn’t reach to “illegal”, the immorality of that cushy job to me is readily apparent. And you say, “false” like that’s all you have to do.

The Green New Deal is hardly pie in the sky. It’s actually cheaper than doing *nothing*.

As to your assertion that Sanders has already lost the nomination, both leading candidates are far from securing the delegates required to win. And we can rest assured that the fat cat superdelegates will side with a glassy-eyed, vacuous smiled man named Biden. They need a puppet, and Biden will fit like a glove for them.

And you say that it’s time to face the reality that “our” choice is between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump. So soon? Do you really want to shut down the primary before even half the states have voted? How democratic of you, sir. How generous!

I think you assume too much, as many do, that getting rid of Trump will solve the political problems before us. Removing Trump from office may help, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem that got us here in the first place: an aristocracy, including Mr. Biden, that really doesn't care about the rest of us.

Warren touched upon that, and so infuriated Wall Street. Sanders talks about it and names it the billionaire class. I think of the aristocracy as the donor class and/or the creditor class. Biden isn’t quite willing to go as far as Warren or Sanders. And that to me says he wants a return to the way things were before Trump. But if we go there, we can expect another man like Trump to prevail upon us, again.

Your conclusions about the nomination are premature to say the least. Your assumptions about Biden are naive at best. An elected official who takes money from the wealthy will always feel that he owes them something, and he will give the wealthy priority over all other constituents because of the gifts he’s received. That’s how human beings work. That’s Joe Biden.

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