The Case For Biden

Reply Fri 28 Aug, 2020 10:38 am
@Region Philbis,
The Lincoln Project is doing some interesting ads against Trump.

I don't think that opposing Trump is their entire motive, though. They look to be launching a media business, with this as the springboard.
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Reply Fri 28 Aug, 2020 11:14 am
The reality is that the case for Biden is really simple beyond simple - He is not Trump.

In political science circles it is well known that especially in rotten democracies with in effect a 'two party state' as found in both the US and UK, they are driven by the handful of swing voters. It is such people who change the results each time. Such people do not 'swing' on any positive note. Rather they vote for X because X is simply not Y

As far as I can see Trump has achieved nothing apart from wasting money on his own vanity projects and spending most of his time sacking people ..... All whilst trying to suppress the media and the law.

The man (Trump) is blatantly repugnant in all possible ways and not fit for human consumption ... But that is not what people vote for or even against. In the case of the USA and the presidential election it is:

*Has president X put more $'s into my pocket ... Yes or No.
*Has president X made me feel my job is secure .... Yes or No
*Has president X made me feel personally safer .... Yes or No

That is as complex as it gets for most. Your next president will be chosen as always by the people who cannot make a decision and stick to it.

Trump of course plays the über moronic 'patriotism' card every second of every day - Patriotism is what the public get instead of services and decent government in Neo Liberal countries such as the USA.

Neo Liberalism is of course an extremely close derivative of National Socialism, aka Nazism. It has nothing to do with 'Liberals' as the ultra morons like to trot out in their utter ignorance on here and elsewhere.

So, vote "Not Trump!" is the message which the Democrats need to focus on, so the air head swing voters might get the message.
cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 28 Aug, 2020 08:09 pm
Trump is now working to destroy our postal system, because he claims mail in voting is fraudulent without providing any evidence. There are plenty of evidence that Trump is a psycho. He demanded the execution of five children in NYC. He's told over 20,000 lies in three years. I believe that's a new world's record. Trump claimed, "I'm a very stable genius." Unfortunately, many Americans believe him. All of our allies don't. It seems, distance has its benefits.
cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 28 Aug, 2020 08:11 pm
@cicerone imposter,
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Region Philbis
Reply Wed 2 Sep, 2020 05:07 am

81 Nobel laureates endorse Biden for president

Eighty-one Nobel Prize winners endorsed Joe Biden for president in an open letter on
Wednesday, citing the former vice president's "willingness to listen to experts" and his
"deep appreciation for using science to find solutions."

The Nobel laureates, winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Medicine and Physics,
stressed the importance of elected leaders making decisions based on science,
particularly during a global pandemic.

"At no time in our nation's history has there been a greater need for our leaders to
appreciate the value of science in formulating public policy," the letter reads. "During
his long record of public service, Joe Biden has consistently demonstrated his willingness
to listen to experts, his understanding of the value of international collaboration in
research and his respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual
life of our country..."
cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2020 04:33 pm
@Region Philbis,
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Region Philbis
Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2020 05:37 am

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Reply Thu 17 Sep, 2020 08:55 pm
Can y’all imagine Trump doing live townhall events like the one Biden did tonight? Can you imagine him getting questioned by citizens for hours - on his policies, beliefs and plans - and him standing there, listening and providing cogent, detailed answers? Can you?
Reply Thu 17 Sep, 2020 08:56 pm
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Frank Apisa
Reply Fri 18 Sep, 2020 05:12 am
snood wrote:

Can y’all imagine Trump doing live townhall events like the one Biden did tonight? Can you imagine him getting questioned by citizens for hours - on his policies, beliefs and plans - and him standing there, listening and providing cogent, detailed answers? Can you?

Not without laughing out loud, I can't!

Anyone continuing support for him has got to hate our Republic. I hope we survive him.
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Reply Fri 18 Sep, 2020 05:56 am
It feels like power is slipping away from Trump and his administration, and they are trying desperately to claw it back. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his team are trying to criticize the president without getting sucked into his orbit, so they can focus on moving the country forward.

Today began with Trump’s former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warning in a New York Times op-ed that the 2020 election will determine “whether the American democratic experiment, one of the boldest political innovations in human history, will survive.” Our enemies, both “foreign and domestic,” are trying to destroy our faith in the upcoming election.

Calling for a bipartisan and nonpartisan commission to oversee the election, Coats said, “We must firmly, unambiguously reassure all Americans that their vote will be counted, that it will matter, that the people’s will expressed through their votes will not be questioned and will be respected and accepted.” He warned that if instead we accept “Total destruction and sowing salt in the earth of American democracy,” the only winners would be Vladimir Putin, [Chinese leader] Xi Jinping and [Iranian leader] Ali Khamenei.”

Coats did not mention Trump by name, but it was clear the president and his supporters were uppermost in Coats’s mind. Trump has repeatedly insisted that the mail-in voting means the election will be tainted, and that the only acceptable outcome is his own reelection. Today he tweeted: “Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to “voters”, or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED, which is what some want. Another election disaster yesterday. Stop Ballot Madness!” This is entirely inaccurate, and Twitter flagged it.

Trump followed this tweet with one urging people to vote in person and another claiming: “There is a group of people (largely Radical Left Democrats) that want ELECTION MAYHEM. States must end this CRAZY mass sending of Ballots. Also, a GIFT to foreign interference into our election!!! Stop it now, before it is too late.”

(Trump seems eager not just to stop mail-in voting but also to get people to vote in person, even urging North Carolinians to vote in person a second time after filling out a mail-in ballot. It’s happened enough that I’m curious about why he seems to want people to cast their ballots in person, especially since voting machines in North Carolina notoriously malfunctioned in 2016.)

Midday, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned the House Homeland Security Committee that “the intelligence community consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections” by spreading disinformation through social media, online journals, and so on. Russians are “very active” in their attempts to undermine Biden’s campaign. They are trying to “sow divisiveness and discord” and “primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment.” Russians are spreading the idea that mail-in ballots are insecure, and that Biden is slipping mentally—both stories Trump echoes.

Trump took to Twitter to argue with his FBI director. “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam. Check it out!”

The president’s attempt to deflect attention from Russia while putting it on China is more disinformation. Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Brian Murphy last week said that DHS acting Director Chad Wolf told him “to cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the United States, and instead start reporting on interference activities by China and Iran. Mr. Wolf stated that these instructions specifically originated from White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.”

Today the administration lost two more employees to the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR), launched a week ago by former DHS officials Miles Taylor and Elizabeth Neumann. The group is made up of current and former Trump officials who oppose his reelection. Josh Venable, the former chief of staff to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Olivia Troye, the former top homeland security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, who played a key role on his coronavirus task force, both joined REPAIR today. Troye says she supports Biden because she thinks the U.S. is in a constitutional crisis, and “at this point it’s country over party.” Troye recorded a scathing video about Trump for the coalition “Republican Voters Against Trump.”

Late this afternoon, a federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s changes in the United States Postal Service in response to complaints from 14 states. Judge Stanley Bastian agreed “The states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service. They have also demonstrated that this attack on the Postal Service is likely to irreparably harm the states’ ability to administer the 2020 general election.” It’s not clear what the injunction will do, though, since most of the changes have already been made.

To reassure his base, Trump today announced he will create a national commission to promote "pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation's great history." He claims that U.S. schools are indoctrinating children with a left-wing agenda that teaches them to hate America. This announcement was solely an attempt to rally his base; the federal government has no authority over school curriculum.

Tonight Biden participated in a CNN town hall in Pennsylvania with host Anderson Cooper, where he tried both to critique Trump’s administration and to demonstrate why he would be a good replacement for the president. The first difference between the two candidates was apparent immediately: while Trump sat during his town hall, Biden stood for the full hour and fifteen minutes. He was extremely well prepared for the live, unscripted comments from voters. Like the questions for Trump two days ago, the questions Biden fielded were pretty obvious ones.

He both answered the questions in detail and used them to criticize Trump. He took the president to task for his “close to criminal,” “totally irresponsible” response to the coronavirus and said that, if elected, he would increase testing and promote wearing masks. In response to Attorney General William Barr’s statement this week that lockdowns to combat the virus were the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in U.S. History “other than slavery,” Biden said, "What takes away your freedom is not being able to see your kid; not being able to go to a football game or a baseball game; not being able to see your mom or dad, sick in the hospital.”

Biden pointed out that he and President Obama had never had to send troops into a city, and that crime had declined on their watch while it is ticking up under Trump. He criticized Trump’s attack on the peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., for a photo op, (although he incorrectly said Trump held the Bible upside down). He called for more accountability within police departments while defending “the vast majority” of law enforcement officers as “decent, honorable people,” who were eager to get rid of the “bad cops” in their midst. As president, he would bring law enforcement officers, unions, and communities of color to "sit at the table and agree on the fundamental things that need to be done” to move the country past the crisis it is in.

Crucially, Biden addressed the vast income inequality in America, casting himself as a voice for ordinary Americans. He reached back to his own youth as the son of a salesman in Scranton, Pennsylvania to contrast himself with Trump, who was born into great wealth. “I view this campaign as a campaign between Scranton and Park Avenue,” Biden said. “All Trump can see from Park Avenue is Wall Street. All he thinks about is the stock market.” He called for a raise for health care workers to more than $15 an hour.

When asked how he would make sure that future elections are not marred by this year’s great fight over mail-in ballots, Biden told voters, “Firstly, I would not try to throw into question the legitimacy of the election.”

h.c. richardson
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