Settle for

Biden

Sophie Koch

 

We have reached a point in US politics where it is undeniable that our democracy is crumbling and our need for human rights are at the forefront. Biden VS Trump. Democrat VS Republican. First off, I would like to disclose that politics are not this simple. As much as US citizens seem to be reflecting this ideology, one side isn't right and the other isn't wrong. I'm not using a common platform to fib about a perfect presidential candidate but instead exemplifying that alienating the democratic candidate is the last thing we need. At the end of the day, you vote for one person; now is not the time to be contrarian, but rather to make up your mind and support the better candidate. Not only does Joe Biden represent an end to a totalitarian government, but he represents the restoration of the lost ideal of human decency, as well as being a President to serve a nation of people rather than picking and choosing who to appeal to.

 

In terms of implemented VS proposed policy, in light of the times, Covid has killed 225 thousand Americans out of the 8.64 million confirmed cases. There is no such argument that can be made to show that Donald Trump has successfully dealt with a pandemic. Instead, he insists that the Pandemic is overblown and the US- or rather his officials, have done an amazing job containing and controlling said virus. To him and Americans that agreed with his opposed nationwide mask mandates and proposed withdrawal from the WHO, it's all fun and games until the leader of the anti-mask movement contracts Covid, carelessly spreading it among government officials and then being whisked away to receive better healthcare than 99% of Americans would dream of having access to. Trump tries to show that he is for the people and for their rights until he sees the first sign of trouble and tweets nonstop from his hotel room of a hospital receiving healthcare that he has helped to deny from US citizens. This hypocrisy most likely wouldn't even be put into practice if his actions were to be more like Biden’s proposed Coronavirus response: nationwide mask mandates and sticking with the WHO. Under the first amendment, you have a right to religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press, etc. What you don't have is the right to endanger millions of Americans by protesting “progressive policies” of wearing masks. That’s not you being denied your rights as an American, it's you playing with the lives of those from the country you claim to love so much.

 

Doubling down on the healthcare initiatives from both candidates’ campaigns, let's look and Donald Trump's said love for Americans: an opposition to the Affordable Care Act, therefore denying sick Americans or Americans with medical conditions insurance. Yes, the ACA is expensive, but let's delve into Trump’s conflicting ideology: Americans first right? Or I guess, Americans first until it inconveniences the economy. As the president of the United States, you have no place in letting the pettiness of a healthcare system implemented by a liberal president get into the way of Americans in need. Let’s take a look at Trump’s opposition to allowing undocumented immigrants to get insurance through Medicaid or other public insurance programs. For someone who is very vocal about undocumented immigrants and immigrants from specific countries, it seems rather hypocritical that his constant bashing of immigrants from specific regions does not apply to beautiful Slovenian models. Thus bringing me to my next talking point, women's rights and healthcare. Trump himself has been very vocal about his treatment of half of the US population…

 

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

 

Having a president that boasts of sexual assault is what is wrong with Trump’s America. In modern-day America, Melania Trump's green card - obtained through the Einstein visa - was not dependent on her academics (seeing that she speaks 6 languages)but rather a nude photoshoot shot for GQ. This is the problem with women's rights in America; as a female, I have a right to address Trump’s proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood. This proposition is not him protecting the lives of unborn children, but rather him appealing to his prolife demographic and denying millions of females from medical advantages that span from general healthcare to cancer screenings. The proposition is irrelevant to the idea of being pro-life or pro-choice, instead of dealing with the built up platform of high power men having a right to deny Americans in need on issues that don't concern them in the slightest.

 

An issue that even the most privileged American needs to deal with is climate change, which in contrast to Trump's statements, is very much real and an issue at the forefront of many future political decisions. To have a president that disagrees with the government playing an active role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions puts not only Americans' futures at stake, but rather incites global consequences resulting from the mindset of opposing everything inherently “liberal”. A common argument to  address is the act of fracking (drilling technology used for extracting oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, or water from deep underground) amongst both candidates. Donald Trump supports fracking in all understandings of the word. Biden’s support of fracking is limited to ending new drilling on public land, meaning that yes, he does in fact support fracking, but is putting limitations on it while simultaneously rejoining the Paris agreement. We know that Trump's campaign has been largely focused on the economy and business, however, being President means thinking about not only the economy, but the people, something which he has time and time again pushed aside. A presidency requires stability and, quite simply, human decency. Our reputation abroad has been in constant decline since 2016 as the US seems to be competing in a contest that no one else is playing. By making statements such as “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.” is destructive not on the premises and foundation of lies, but rather the implied narrative that we need to pass off exponential issues as the fault of another nation just to distract from our inability to accept fault in our country.

 

Being president isn't reality TV. It's not a publicity stunt that ends up harming our international relationships. It's not being a president for only those that vote for you. It's not using your title to excuse your indecency. 

 

You may not agree with all of Biden’s policies. It's appropriate to evaluate a candidate to the full extent, but you only have one vote and one candidate to vouch for. So instead of being preoccupied with how Biden may not be the perfect liberal candidate, recognise that he is electable in a time of such political diversion. You have one qualified candidate who has served in the senate and cabinet for 47 years, and beyond himself as a person, this vote is to restore our democracy and to restore our respectability and human decency as a powerful nation.

Truth be told, the statement “Biden is not the change that this country needs” does nothing for the democratic party. Instead it shows that until we have the perfect candidate, so be it. Biden is the current face of democracy unless you prefer the current government lineup. Recognise that he is our first step of restoring the United States into a respectable nation where people are held accountable for their actions, supremacy is denied, and justice is at the forefront.