In 2008, after eight years of another Republican failure in the White House who placed our nation in two unwinnable wars and a near depression, our nation’s people were excited to go to the polls. Barrack Obama’s charisma and intellect inspired a large turnout and our nation was blessed with the man we desperately needed to save our country’s future.
In 2012 the turnout was not as large; the feeling of pure excitement had faded. However, most Americans were aware that we needed to reelect the man who began our economic recovery.
History will describe the 2016 election as boring and more of a battle of personalities than a contest based on ideas. Sadly, millions of uninformed Americans believed Trump’s many, many lies and with the help of Vladimir Putin and the mainstream television media Trump was gifted the Electoral College.
Here we are in another election year. Although early in the campaign season there was some excitement based on diversity and new ideas to move our nation forward, America’s voters are now forced to choose between two men who are too old to understand the needs and wishes of our young nation.
Last evening, March 10, forced voters to face the reality that our two choices on November 3rd will be between two old, white men who are as exciting as erectile dysfunction.
For me, there is only one choice. Joe Biden is an American, and only an American should be allowed to claim the title of President of the United States of America. However, I’m not excited about this fact. This is what worries me.
The truth is that a large voter turnout guarantees a win for Independents and Democrats. This is why every Republican politician takes measures to create voter suppression. I fear that our largest voting bloc, millennials, will lose the excitement generated by Bernie Sanders and choose not to vote. This has been the situation until 2018 when younger, more diverse candidates were elected in local, state, and federal elections.
I am also afraid that Biden’s history with women will become the focus of the Trump campaign. His actions during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 were as reprehensible as the actions of Republicans during the Kavanaugh debacle. His disrespect for Anita Hill was obvious and unforgivable.
Biden has no new ideas and this is the primary reason I feel as though I will be voting for the lesser of two evils.
After last night’s results, it is obvious that Democrats are voting for the man they believe can remove Trump from the White House. I’m disappointed for two reasons. First, if Biden fails to create enthusiasm for his candidacy, I doubt that he can defeat the buffoon in the White House today. Second, I believe that voting is not only a right, it is a duty. We must always vote for the best candidate, and voting against the worst is not productive; consideration for moving our nation forward is discarded.
Biden does not share my beliefs for our nation’s future. He is opposed to Medicare for all. He has not mentioned education or women’s rights. Although he has referred to gun violence, his position is unclear. Not once has he mentioned the rights of the LGBTQ community. Where is he on fair taxation and income inequality? If Biden fails to take a strong position on these issues he will not encourage voters to stand in long lines on voting day. He must take a stand now; right now.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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