Tag: Joe Biden

John Lewis is Riding with Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Do Everything in my power.’

By Michael April 8, 2020 0

Congressman John Lewis (D) Georgia, the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, gave the nod to former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming Georgia Presidential Preference Primary.

The Georgia primary was initially scheduled for March 24 but was pushed back to May 19, 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Lewis’ announcement made it clear that he is riding with Biden clear into the November General Election. read more

Biden Toppled As Front Runner and Blacks Haven’t Voted Yet

By Michael February 11, 2020 0

In a recent national poll, former Vice President Joe Biden drops from atop the polls as the likely Democratic nominee, a front-runner no more.

Biden’s moderate approach to defeating impeached President Donald J. Trump displaced for the democratic socialist ideas of Senator Bernie Sanders and former New York Republican Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg is waiting on the flank for Sanders and Bloomberg to falter. read more

Joe Biden Didn’t Suck As Bad As the Pundits Contend

By Michael February 8, 2020 0

I watched the debate from New Hampshire. Contrary to the television political pundits, I thought that Joe Biden had a great discussion about his views on the future of the country.

The future, after all, can not begin until Donald J. Trump is defeated. Biden made it clear that the goal of the 2020 campaign season is to defeat Trump. read more

We Are About to See If Joe Biden Has Grit

By Michael July 1, 2019 0

Six years ago, several draft Biden organizations sprang up around the country. These draft Biden movements encouraged the then Vice President to enter the Democratic race to replace his boss, President Barack Obama.

Biden would be a shoo-in many in the “Riding with Biden” movement thought. He was after all the Vice President for the first Black person elected President of the United States of America. read more

Is America Ready for a Gay First Family

By Michael May 3, 2019 0

Before former Vice President Joe Biden pushed President Barack Obama into coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, this was an unthinkable question.


Biden’s 2011 support for Gay marriage may be more of an impediment to his chances of winning the Democratic Primary in 2020 than any of the other issues raised about his four decades in public life read more

Biden’s 14 Second Sound Bite on Dick

By Michael May 3, 2019 0

Yesterday I read with amazement a tweet from a woman I admire for her spiritual affirmations. The tweet said, “I like Dick.” An explicit declaration of what she likes, right.

I did a double-take. Did my friend tweet what I think I read?

I was not surprised to learn that my friend might actually like Dick. But it stunned me to see that she admitted liking Dick in such a public space. read more

Democrats Take Center Stage

By Michael October 11, 2015 0

Finally, Democrats are poised to take center stage in their quest to hold onto the oval office for another four year term. By law, President Obama is prohibited from seeking a third term. On Tuesday, the Democrats will host their first of four debates in the 2016 presidential campaign season. It will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. CNN will provide a two hour coverage of this debate. It will be moderated by Anderson Cooper, who will be assisted by Dana Bash, Juan Carlos Lopez and Don Lemon.

So far this campaign season, the Democrats have taken a back seat to the high jinks of the Republican Party’s field of seventeen candidates. The Republicans have hosted two debates and two preliminary debates to accommodate its huge slate of candidates. Republican thought and spin have been all over the air waves, unabated by Democratic policy statements.

The American public has witnessed Republican contenders  engage in a blistering, unfiltered back biting, insult hurling and name calling escapade, reminiscent of an average social media newsfeed. Almost to a man and lady, they have sought to see who can appeal to the worst attributes of humankind.

For instance, GOP front runner Donald Trump pontificated during one debate that vaccinations were a contributing cause of Autism. There is absolutely no science that remotely backs up his contention, according to well respected research on this subject.

On the stage with Trump when he uttered this nonsense was the leading neurosurgeon  in the country, Dr. Ben Carson, who failed to correct Trump’s assertion; probably because, this is a widely held view in the Republican community and Carson did not want to appear to be politically out of line with Republican thought.

Meanwhile, the Democrats during this period, have appeared throughout the country at campaign rallies, with limited exposure. But Tuesday night, they will have a national television audience to themselves for the first time. It will be the Democrats turn to frame the issues facing America as the second decade in this century comes to a close.

On stage will be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee. These five democrats may be asked to make room on the stage for Vice President Joe Biden, should Biden either decide he is in the race or that he wants to participate in the debate in the event he later decides he will enter the contest.

Tuesday’s debate is expected to be long on public policy issues and short on personal assaults by the candidates. It will not have the same sex appeal or star power of the Republican debates.  The Democrats are expected to refrain from name calling and personal attacks. Expect each of them to spend their time telling the American people why they should become the 45th President of the United States of America.

The Democrats’ debate on Tuesday should be like the welcoming relief of a breath of fresh air, after the dumb down approach to campaigning the Donald Trump troupe has presented to the American electorate in the early stages of the 2016 campaign.

On Wednesday morning, if social media news feeds are filled with disappointment over a reasonable discussion of the issues, it will be a clear indication that the way to win in 2016 is by spouting “meme” quotes – “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc, that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users” – that remove the necessity for people to do a little reading and some critical thinking before selecting the next American president. In which case, the 2016 winners will likely be chosen for their inability to think themselves out of the proverbial “wet paper bag” and not because of their grasp of the complex issues facing the nation domestically and internationally in the coming decade.

 

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com .

 

SOURCES:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/10/politics/democratic-debate-time-date/

http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-democratic-primary-debate-schedule/

http://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2015/10/09/5-things-you-wont-see-in-the-democratic-debate read more

Why Not Joe?

By Michael March 13, 2015 0

Joe Biden has stood behind President Obama the last six years in every crisis from reviving the economy, to immigration reform, gay marriage, negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the war in Iraq and health care reform. Photo Credits: upi.com

 

A conversation from a far region in the back of my mind:

Why not Joe?

Really, Joe?

Yea, why not Joe? 

Joe who?

Come on, you know, Joe – Joe Biden.

Is he still in public life?

Well, yea. He is still the Vice President of the United States of America.

You got to be kidding me. That old fossil is still the Vice President of the United States?

For crying out loud, I mean, for laughing out loud, where have you been living the last six years? read more