There are only 124 days left until the Democratic National Convention, and it has already become clear who the nominee presumptive is.
Joe Biden has been a staple among American political circles for well over five decades. A senator, a vice president and now a “third-time’s-the-charm” presidential candidate who has masterfully betted on his previous legislative and executive experience to pull ahead of several equally qualified and diverse candidates to become the obvious standard-bearer of the Democratic Party in the 2020 general election.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Joe. He’s an amazing guy. Very down to earth, loves to crack jokes and has a mouth full of pearly whites that I’m sure a whole nation of middle-aged women would die for. He’s truly an elder statesman. But just this once, I was prepared to go to battle to make Elizabeth Warren our next President. Deep down inside, I knew that Joe would be the nominee — but I had to go with my beliefs.
Now that Joe is within arms reach of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination, I think it’s time that we — as a party — face this new reality and refocus our efforts to beat Trump in November. I have an overwhelming number of reasons why I felt prompted to blog about this, but there are a few main points that I want to highlight…
Biden is running for President, not Congress. One of the main lamentations that I hear over and over again from individuals who are deeply anti-Biden is his support of various pieces of legislation that proved to be highly controversial upon passage, namely the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, better known as the “1994 Crime Bill.” I won’t go into the history of the bill (as you should already know it), but I will bring to mind that this election does not center solely on the Presidential election. That bill took an act of Congress to pass. As a matter of fact, it passed 235-195 with both Biden and the beloved Bernie Sanders supporting it.
So let’s do our due diligence and not focus one hundred percent of our attention on this race for President. We have a third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives to focus on as well.
Read the candidate’s platform. I make it a practice of mine to read up on a candidate’s platform as soon as they announce their intent to run for office. I want to know what they’re about and how they fare compared to other candidates. All it takes is a simple visit to their website and BOOM — there it is. However, I’ve been in the company of many people who have made all kinds of outlandish claims about a candidate’s views based on what they heard versus what they read. Good news for the Bernie Bros, if you took the time to look at Joe’s platform, you’d probably notice that it’s a lot bolder and more progressive than even Obama’s platform back in 2008. Of course it’s not as socialist as Senator Sanders’, but it’s a comfortable vision and massively more in line with the majority’s views than the current president’s.
STOP THE DISILLUSIONMENT. This is probably the worst of all.
If Bernie doesn’t win the nomination, it’s not the end of the world — I promise you. As a responsible voter, I promised myself that I would support the Democratic nominee, no matter who it was. I would fight for who I wanted in the primaries — but once that period is over and my choice wasn’t chosen, unify. I refuse to begrudgingly complain about what the current president will be doing in the next four years knowing that I didn’t vote because I was too sour about the primary results. We cannot afford to gripe and complain about who should’ve won or call for the heads of the establishment. Now is the time to shed the sore loser mentality and put on your battle gear with the nominee.
We have 237 days to get our act together. Otherwise, at least another four more years of corruption and embarrassment on the world stage lies ahead.