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Joe Biden: Problem or Problem Solver?

Well, how can you not think he is racist? Since November 4th, people all over our great nation rejoiced when Joe Biden was elected as the President of the United States. They were happy Trump was out! Those people were happy that they voted out a fascist, racist, predatorial dictator, who’s an old rich white man. So, people came together to celebrate that they voted in a racist, sexual predator, who’s an older rich white man. 

To see so many people forget that we’re in a global pandemic and come together was a sight to see. But, I could not help but shake my head. How could you be so happy with taking out a guy, when the guy you are putting in is just as bad, if not worse. It was as if we forgot the guy Joe Biden is, but let me remind you, he is racist. I saw people get so focused on getting Trump out, that they did not care who they put in. 

We should’ve known that Joe was a problem. Trump supporters will go hard for him. Bernie bros will swear up and down that he is THE guy. But, Biden only made it this far because people did not like the other guy on the ballot. People were not going hard for Joe like they are for Bernie, Trump, or even someone like Warren or Hillary. It is clear that people were not celebrating for Joe, they were celebrating to spite Trump. 

That, there is the problem. People were so concerned with getting Trump out, they justified or ignored Joe Biden’s problems. People spoke about his crime bill for a bit, but so much went seemingly ignored. The fact that I did not hear people speak on his racist quotes that go back to the 70s, how his first presidential run ended, delivering the eulogy for a KKK member, him being a habitual liar, and Tara Reade, disturbed me. When he said, “If you have a problem figuring whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t Black”, I saw people make excuses. I heard people say it was a joke, but the fact that this old white man was comfortable enough to make this joke, tells you all you need to know. 

By now, you might be thinking that I am some type of Trump supporter, but that is not the case. I am not a fan of Trump and I totally understand people’s concern with Trump. He is very problematic. I have a problem with people looking at Joe Biden and thinking that he is America’s savior. This is the same man that said African-Americans are not diverse, Obama was the first clean and well-spoken mainstream African-American, and 7/11’s and Dunkin Donuts are filled with Indians. Not to forget that he also said he did not want his children to grow up in a jungle, a racial jungle. 

 I love this country and hope for the best, but I just have a feeling that if you do not already regret voting Joe, you will soon.

3 thoughts on “Joe Biden: Problem or Problem Solver?”

  1. David D Berkowitz '87 says:

    Mr. Grant’s piece, “Joe Biden: Problem or Problem Solver?” can’t see the forest for the trees. There are no perfect candidates. Folks swooned over Obama, but the honeymoon was over with the progressive wing when he was unable to get single payer passed despite the fact that he couldn’t get it through his own caucus, and yet nonetheless he lost both houses in the midterms passing the ACA. People forget that there are limitations to political capital and there is a long game to be played. Every candidate is going to have a problem behavior, problem policy stance, problem tick. People evolve, their opinions hopefully change. I certainly don’t want to be judged on my 20 year old self, many of whose opinions and behaviors have long since been abandoned or otherwise changed through personal growth and enlightenment.

    Biden is the right person for the job at this moment. No one else could thread the needle, and had his experience in navigating the Senate. Bernie had two stabs at the apple and couldn’t convince people. His policies were wonderful ideas, but in the context of two primary seasons, he never codified, never offered how he was going to get it enacted — “We’re going to have a revolution,” is not an answer, it’s a catch phrase. He’s also never gotten a major piece of legislation passed.

    The election is over, Biden is doing good work, and your point is to tear him down. Good work! You’re helping the other side. How about working to advance as much as we can get through with the current congressional dynamics, stop standing on ceremony, and move the progressive ball down the field. Stop wasting political capital on peacock votes that have all the feels but accomplish nothing and instead use what capital we have to accomplish as much as possible. Political capital isn’t a bottomless well — you only have so much. Use it wisely. The GOP fights but pulls together to move the ball down the field. We could learn something from them.

  2. Andrew Davis says:

    Mr. Grant, as you suggest, time will tell. I will not linger on the $10,000.00 of student loan forgiveness
    or the $1,400.00 stimulus check both of which you will be tempted to cash despite your distain for the source.
    I suggest that there are actually only two issues that fundamentally separate voters and parties in the US.
    First is the freedom of women to have domain over their own bodies. When the time comes, get back to me
    on the Supreme Court nominations that Joe B. makes as compared to those of DJT.
    Second is the new voting rights legislation of 2021. The recent past President wanted to suppress and limit the ability of the masses to vote. Joe B. will sign this legislation when it reaches his desk. I will be glad and I hope you will too.
    Andrew Davis Beloit ’79

  3. Mike Hartman says:

    So sad to see garbage like this in the Roundtable. Poorly written and totally without substance.

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