Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.107.2: THE WORST BEST CHOICE (?)

Joe Biden sent me an email today thanking me for helping him and his campaign. I never gave Joe a donation or even a word of support or encouragement.  Since well before his hair plugs I have thought of Joe as a second-rate politician, a foot-in-mouth dolt who says a lot of stupid things, and a legislator who voted for the Iraq war. He was a feckless vice president for a feckless president and, as far as I’m able to discern from his rambling, un-inspirational stump speeches, he promises more of the same. Uncle Joe is a gaff-ridden dumb ass, and that isn’t going to change. He’s always been basically a go-along-to-get-along pol who would not recognize an original idea if it was a sharp rock and he was sitting on it bare-assed. And maybe that makes him, regrettably, the right guy for the political need of the moment . . .

Because . . .

unfortunately, somebody slipped Bernie Sanders a stupid pill. Why he chose to define himself as a socialist and a revolutionary—he could’ve just as easily chosen atheist, child pornographer, or KKK Grand Dragon––in a country where barely half people could define socialism much less distinguish it from communism, or any -ism.  Since the day he did that he has been on the defensive, trying to create an association with “democratic socialism” which most Americans do not understand either. And to use the term “revolution” anywhere in the same paragraph, was pure political emasculation.  Nevermind that Bernie has the best political structure and policy ideas for this country—he really wants something more akin to FDR’s “New Deal”.  But Roosevelt never called himself a socialist; instead he came up with a new term for which he would always be in the positive position of defining himself. Bernie might have been better off coming up with a neologism like “social capitalism” that would allow him rhetorically windsock as the need called for it. What he did is jeopardize the most essential concern of Democrats, which is the ability to get rid of Donald Trump. Democrats would elect a fence post to achieve that.

And Biden qualifies.

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©2020, James A. Clapp (UrbisMedia Ltd. Pub. 3.5.2020)

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