Day 15: The No and the New

The only way to rid the nation of Trump is to vote for Biden. It’s a strategic fact driving millions of Democrats, independents, and Republicans to fill out the same bubble on their ballots, temporarily coalescing into a vast and powerful coalition. If they get their way, Joe Biden, perhaps the most underrated frontrunner in US history, will be the oldest person ever elected to the presidency. He is also one of the most knowing national politicians when it comes to our civic traditions, when it comes to the machinery of government and foreign affairs, and when it comes to the people on the Hill, who are the crucial players when it comes to deals.

Saying no to Trump is saying yes to Biden. Implicitly, the contest between the two is an opportunity to reject an “imperial presidency” in favor of a more balanced Constitutional government. Under Trump and his allies, the tripartite organism born of the Constitution has grossly atrophied. The federalism that holds the states and citizens together in one powerful conglomeration is now bitterly resented and railed against, as though the Proud Boys or Wolverine Watchmen or even Anonymous could build up something more viable and fairer in its place.

If Trump wins, what’s left of the republic will swiftly decline. If Biden wins, the republic will survive, but barely. For the scars of Trump’s wreckage to heal, the body politic will need much in the way of restoration and reform. “Build Back Better,” indeed. Forces at work in American society ordain that, if elected, Biden will preside over a political rehabilitation reshaping the economy, the presidency, Congress, and the parties. Paradoxically, then, one of the oldest members of the old political guard stands to authorize and usher in a dramatically new age.

Those who believe the federal experiment is worth continuing will vote for Biden. Blue voters believe that they can resolve the current crisis in a way that promotes Americans’ collective health, security, and prosperity. They believe that saying no to Trump is saying yes to a new and improved United States.

Image: “Condemned to Die” (1894),
from this source.

Illustration from Puck’s magazine shows reformers building a guillotine
for corrupt politicians condemned in the court of public opinion.

4 responses

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Biden’s role as president will become “Healer-in-Chief.” A mighty heavy weight to carry as he returns our great nation to government that is productive. I am hopeful that Kamala takes a larger than usual role in her vice presidency.

  2. I remain cautiously optimistic that Biden will win. Back in 2016, Hillary was in a situation similar to his: she was up in just about every poll but did not win. Now, though, the nation has had four years of a real horror of a president who, bit by bit, has ripped apart our country, savaging our Constitution and republic.

    This election is going to be chaotic, with the lousy covid all over, the orange head constantly spreading lies about mail-in ballots, and getting way, way too much air time to spread his craven fantasies and lies.

    Yesterday, a Bloomberg writer penned an op-ed on how orange head could win: UGH!!

    • I was lastingly reassured after watching the PSA video that the FBI director Christopher Wray and other agency heads involved in election security put out lately. They are not Trump lackeys. They are going to make sure that no enemy foreign or domestic messes with the vote.

      Our votes will be counted, of that much I am sure. If Biden wins by more than one state’s margin, I believe it unlikely that the results will be challenged. I am praying and looking for a true landslide for Biden. This is my instinct. I could be wrong, but I’m all in.