I was willing to give Joe Biden a chance.
After four years of the Trump Show, I was determined to keep an open mind and hear the man out, but my expectations were always low going into the Biden era. Joe Biden has always been a corporate neoliberal. There was a small chance that he would govern as a moderate and stand up to the Far Left in the Democratic Party. In light of his record, the case for Biden wasn’t strong enough for me to vote for him though. I went from being a strong Trump supporter in 2016 to sitting out the 2020 election.
Joe Biden’s inaugural speech was flat and shrill. He came across as menacing and like he was dictating terms to a defeated enemy rather than reaching out to his fellow Americans after a bitter election and at a time of record polarization and division. He spoke about “unity” with Trump voters in terms of “systemic racism,” “white supremacy” and “domestic extremism.” Meanwhile, it is Joe Biden’s Washington, not Donald Trump’s, that looks like a fascist police state occupied by an invading army. In four years as president, the “fascist” Trump never created a Green Zone in Washington, DC. “Democracy has prevailed” in the sense that the ruling class in Washington now look like the rulers of Baghdad.
Joe Biden was elected president to sign a more substantial COVID-19 relief bill, to clean up Trump’s mess by containing and defeating COVID and to start rebuilding the American economy. Instead of focusing on the virus which had killed over 400,000 Americans, which is killing both Democrats and Republicans and conceivably bridging the partisan divide by mobilizing the country against a common enemy, he seemed to focus more on the boogeyman of “white supremacy.” It seems like a major blown opportunity to me. I think he should have focused on the virus, putting people back to work and overcoming political division.
Couldn’t Joe Biden have smiled and just said something like, “I’ve got great news. Donald Trump is gone and everyone is getting $2,000”? This would have been far better received.
Note: Blumpf is gone, QAnon is dead and the deck is cleared for a real populist movement to oppose Joe Biden. He lost his greatest ally today when Donald Trump went home to Mar-a-Lago.