Democrats may possibly have elected "the other guy" candidate who wasn’t Donald Trump.
So just who really is Joe Biden?
Like, for example, what has he ever accomplished over his half-century in government that would qualify him for our nation’s highest office?
Try to name a single example.
I dare you. I double-dare you.
Clearly, Joe Biden has never been known to be an independent thought leader capable of programming his own teleprompter.
During a previous presidential run Biden claimed at a 1987 New Hampshire campaign stump to have attended law school on a full scholarship, graduated in the top half of his class, attained three degrees with 165 credits that only required 123, and was named "outstanding political science student."
As later corrected, Biden had received a one-half scholarship, obtained one degree, ranked number 76 out of 85 University of Syracuse Law School graduates, and never received a political science award.
In fact, he was nearly kicked out of law school for plagiarizing five pages of a paper written by another student.
Biden later explained that his memory had simply failed him.
We’re given to understand that Joe is the one that will lead us out of the COVID-19 pandemic death and economic devastation disaster that he largely attributes to Trump rather than to China. . . after he had characterized the president’s rapid action to shut down travel with the country as "hysterical" and "xenophobic."
Also flash back to the Obama-Biden administration’s handling of the H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic as recalled by then-Vice President Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain:
"It is purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history. It had nothing to do with us doing anything right. It just had to do with luck. If anyone thinks that this can’t happen again, they don’t have to go back to 1918, they just have to go back to 2009, 2010 and imagine a virus with a different lethality, and you can just do the math on that."
Then there’s the record of Joe Biden as an experienced foreign policy leader that will make us safer from military adversaries.
When CBS’s "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan asked Robert Gates, who served as the Obama administration’s secretary of defense, if he still stood by a statement in his memoir that Joe Biden has "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades," he replied, "I think I stand by that statement."
Barack Obama’s approval to launch the raid resulting in the killing of Osama bin Laden was considered to be a crowning achievement of his presidency and a big factor influencing his re-election a year and a half later which Robert Gates and other advisers in the decision referred to as being a "gutsy call."
Only one individual who counseled the president on the matter reportedly disagreed with that action. As former Defense Secretary Gates documented the meeting in his memoir, "Finally, the president went around the table and asked each person for his or her recommendation. Biden was against the operation."
Gates attributed this to Biden’s concern for the "political consequences of failure."
Just as President Obama deserves credit for his gutsy and successful call, President Trump might warrant at least comparable recognition for his bold leadership that took out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
Regarding the national economy, the Obama-Biden administration’s two terms presided over the slowest recovery since the Great Depression, while the first three pre-coronavirus years of the Trump-Pence White House ushered in the best performance with lowest unemployment in modern times.
A recent Gallup poll found that 56% of Americans said they were better off than they were four years ago, compared with Obama and Biden (45%) in 2012 when they each won second terms.
Joe Biden now promises (threatens) to void Trump tax cuts that have reduced corporate taxes under Obama from 35% to 21%, previously the highest in the industrialized world, and which chased U.S. corporations and hundreds of billions in capital to more business-friendly countries.
And wasn’t it Joe Biden that famously told popular "The Radio Club" African-American host Charlamafne Tha God that "If you don’t support me, then you ain’t Black?"
Lots of the show’s usual listeners apparently weren’t tuned in.
Despite all attempts to brand President Trump as a racist, he received a growing number of votes from Black men this year over 2016, while former Vice President Biden receive two points fewer than Hillary’s 82%.
According to NBC News, about 26% of Black men with high school diplomas or less supported Trump, along with 22% with bachelor’s degrees, and 20% with advanced degrees.
Then, of course, let’s not forget Joe’s closing remarks at the second and final presidential debate when he prudently stated that the "character of this country is on the ballot." But as for presumably offering himself as a superior character role model to Trump, what’s up with that?
Recall that during the first Democratic presidential debate, his own vice-presidential pick, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., accused him of de facto racism in working with segregationist senators to oppose school integration through bussing.
On another occasion, during a Nevada campaign event, then-Senator Harris stated that regarding several women who had reported feeling uncomfortable about receiving "unwanted touching" from him, "I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it."
We might also be reminded that Joe’s family purported influence peddling deals with Ukraine, Chinese and Russian oligarchs purportedly revealed on his son Hunter’s laptop from hell is far worse than all false charges Trump was endlessly investigated and even impeached for.
Finally, as for understanding who Joe Biden really is and stands for, we can at least take his word on one thing.
Sadly, he’s no Donald J. Trump — who we’re very likely to see a lot more of in the presidential campaign run-up for 2024.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. Larry has written more than 700 articles for Newsmax and Forbes and is the author of several books. Included are: "How Everything Happened, Including Us" (2020), "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.
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