By Tim Kennedy
In what many referred to as the “most important speech of his entire career,” Joe Biden sought to capture the “heart and soul” of the nation during his closing remarks at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last Thursday night. He said that we as Americans will, “choose hope over fear, facts over fiction (not ‘truth over facts’), fairness over privileged.” The DNC’s 2020 conventions had its fair share of pre-crafted, boiler plate speeches and Biden’s acceptance address for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States was no different.
Biden took the time to appeal to all Americans, “I will be an American President, I will work hard for those who did not support me.” Surprising considering how Biden was all too quick to distance himself from those who questioned his policies and likability throughout the Democratic primary. Although Biden has gone on the record multiple times claiming that President Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus, he has not shied away from politicizing the virus himself. Biden dedicated a lengthy segment of his speech to bash President Trump’s coronavirus response:
“Just judge this president on the facts. Five million Americans infected by COVID-19. More than 170,000 Americans have died. By far the worst performance of any nation on earth. More than 50 million people have filed for unemployment this year. More than 10 million people are going to lose their health insurance this year. Nearly 1 in 6 small businesses have closed this year. And this President, if he’s re-elected, you know what will happen. Cases and deaths will remain far too high. More mom and pop business will close their doors, and this time for good. Working families will struggle to get by. And yet the wealthiest 1% will get of billions of dollars in new tax breaks.”
Instead of choosing hope over fear, Biden decided to capitalize off of fear mongering. Biden, as well as many within the Democratic party, has endorsed various draconian measures, such as a nationwide shutdown, in the past. The shuttering of small and large businesses alike via local mandates in primarily Democratic run cities, such as Washington D.C, is one of the main attributing reasons for the nation’s bulging unemployment figures. As for those who have perished from the virus, Biden chose to omit how various governors’, such as Andrew Cuomo of New York, coronavirus policies may have put segments of the vulnerable population at risk. So why then does Biden feel all too comfortable resting blame on the current occupant of the White House?
Another trending topic is whether schools should re-open this September. In his speech, Biden stated that he would defer judgement to local governments on when and how schools should re-open for in-person instruction. Many in the Democratic camp have flip-flopped on the issue over the past couple of months. The Biden campaign has proposed a national strategy that calls for a flexible approach. However, at its core, the Democratic strategy lacks specifics.
In the closing remarks of his speech, Biden took one last jab at the President, arguing that, “the days of cozying up to dictators is over,” most likely alluding to the President’s numerous nuclear summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. However, need we not forget that this is the same presidential candidate who endorses renewed relations with the Castro regime in Cuba. Biden also attempted to present an image of himself that is tough on China. Slightly paradoxical considering how then presumptive Democratic nominee Biden distanced himself from President Trump’s anti-China rhetoric in regard to the coronavirus.
Now having officially obtained the Democratic nomination for president, Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign will have to decide if it will lay out a specific and detail-oriented strategy for “Rebuilding” America or continue to rely on quick political jabs.