Joe Biden: "Nothing Will Fundamentally Change"

Joe Biden has been declared president-elect of the United States of America to cries of "Thank God the child cager has finally gone!" and I fully understand the sentiment, I really do, but the problem here is Joe Biden built those cages to lock up unaccompanied minors, as confirmed by Politifact. He actually started the process of caging children that Donald Trump is so rightly vilified for, and he lied about it during the presidential debates.

"... and when they were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, they were shipped to Nogales from overwhelmed processing facilities in Texas. But they are still children in cages, not gangsters, not delinquents. Just children, 900 of them, in a makeshift border-town processing center that is larger than a football field." The Arizona Republic reported on Biden locking up children.

Yep, that's 900 children Biden locked up, and that's just what we know of... 

How can anyone lambast Donald Trump for locking children in cages and give Joe Biden a free pass for doing the exact same thing? If you scrutinise Biden's political record, it shows he is nearly identical to Trump on almost every level, just more subtle in his approach. You can barely call him a lesser of two evils. He's the kind of politician who claims to be on your side to win your vote, but takes a Republican stance when he thinks you're not looking, and is cynical enough to attack Republicans for what he himself is guilty of.

If you are to criticise the outgoing US President, as you rightly should, you simply cannot overlook the track record of Biden. From white supremacy to sexual assault to ruthless corporatism, the president-elect strongly looks like Donald Trump's Democratic twin. 

A history of white supremacy.

In the early 1970s, Joe Biden opposed moves to end the segregation of black and white school children, which was embarrassingly highlighted by his VP Kamala Harris during the Democratic primary. Harris was herself a victim of segregation until she was bussed to a desegregated public school.

“You also worked with [those segregationist senators] to oppose bussing,” Harris said. “And there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bussed to school every day. And that little girl was me.”

It gets worse. Biden was mentored by white supremacist Senator James O. Eastland who once called to "abolish the negro race." During the Democratic primaries, Biden was forced to apologise for his past praise for his mentor after being challenged by rival Senator Cory Booker. During his early political career, Biden surrounded himself with white supremacists, so his claim that Martin Luther King jr was his hero rings hollow. 

Sickeningly, Biden even pretended he took part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and was slammed by civil rights activist Shaun King for his inconsistencies. This claim, and many others, were fact-checked by The Washington Times (and other publications) and appear to be completely false. 

Joe Biden is a renowned serial liar who once plagiarised a speech by Neil Kinnock, which included parts of Kinnock's personal life that he passed off as his own! Biden later claimed the plagiarism was accidental, that he simply forgot to cite Kinnock, but "accidental plagiarism" is still plagiarism. Plus, he also plagiarised Robert Kennedy, JFK, and Hubert Humphrey! These gaffes, along with past law school plagiarism and exaggeration of his academic record is believed to have cost him the presidency in 1988. He is not just a racist, but a fraud.

Maybe some people outgrow their racism, but Biden certainly didn't.

In the 1980s, Joe Biden supported crime bills that disproportionately hurt black communities, under the false belief that harsher punishments and militarised police = lower crime. He authored The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which essentially created the prisons-for-profit system which is a key reason America has the world's highest prison population. The act led to prisons being filled with black men who faced shockingly harsh sentences for relatively minor crimes and it tore families apart, leaving a devastating impact which is felt to this day.

The fact is Biden owns mass incarceration — it's his baby — so comments such as: 'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black,' are a kick in the gut of the black community.

Whatever you do, don't mention Tara Reade.

You don't need me to tell you Donald Trump faced credible accusations of rape and sexual assault to outcry from the #MeToo crowd who were rightly insistent we should believe women. However, the troublingly partisan nature of certain elements of this movement was exposed when the believe women mantra was not extended to Tara Reade.

Tara Reade is a domestic violence advocate and lawyer who worked as a Congressional aide for Joe Biden from 1992 to 1993. She described in harrowing detail how she was the victim of demeaning comments from Biden and later raped by him. Her accusations, while unproven, are no less credible than any accusation levelled at Donald Trump. It's also worth mentioning, Biden has a history of inappropriate behaviour around women, which includes sniffing their hair and kissing their heads, and he faces a total of eight allegations of harassment and sexual assault. In this context, any accusation of rape must surely be taken incredibly seriously.

A corporatist, not a progressive.

Biden's voting record makes for grim reading: from cuts to social security, to restrictions on abortion, to NAFTA, to Wall Street bailouts, to military campaigns, he has taken a conservative stance. He even voted to cut welfare, knowing 70% of the recipients affected were children. Plus, he called award-winning journalist Julian Assange a "hi-tec terrorist"; voted to bomb Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Serbia; and condemned Palestinians for their "poor choices" so don't expect him to be a champion of human rights.

The president-elect is currently lining up Republicans for roles in his cabinet to the dismay of leftists, and is rumoured to want Dick Cheney to advise him on foreign policy! Hard to say whether the Dick Cheney thing is a joke, but fossil fuel lobbyists and war mongers are certainly making the shortlist, according to Politico. On top of that, Biden has expressed no empathy for the younger generation who so desperately need change:

“… And so, the younger generation now tells me how tough things are — give me a break! No, no, I have no empathy for it. Give me a break." Joe Biden, January 2018

Do those words sound like the words of a man of the people? Do they sound like the words of someone who wants to make a positive difference? Someone who wants to solve the problems crippling his country from prisons for profit, to police brutality, to the broken housing market, to private healthcare, to sky high student debt, to extreme wealth inequality, and the climate crisis?

If your answer is that you're still unsure, consider that Biden recently told his 131 billionaire donors that "nothing will fundamentally change" if he becomes president. Just consider the problems I've highlighted above, consider the horrors of the Trump administration, and then consider again the words "nothing will fundamentally change."

In the UK, Starmer-supporting centrists are thrilled with the election of Biden. They've used it as an opportunity to punch left, as though Biden's dismal performance against the worst president in memory is something to brag about. These people love to lecture the left that you can't change things without first getting into power, but here's their guy literally boasting that he won't change things! It's hard to tell whether they're being disingenuous or just showing signs of cognitive dissonance, especially when you consider they like to claim progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while simultaneously trying to destroy UK progressives in the same way Nancy Pelosi tries to destroy "the squad" (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, and  Rashida Talib).

"When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out ... it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful ... the explicit singling out of newly elected women of colour.” AOC told the Washington Post about Nancy Pelosi's criticisms of her. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hated by establishment Democrats because, like Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, she shows them for what they are - an anti-progressive, corporatist mob interested only in their own career advancement. When Joe Biden scoffs at policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal which are backed by 2/3 of the US public, the squad aren't shy in calling him out. That's why it's so laughable when UK centrists try to claim both Biden and AOC as their own in order to score points over the left.

Let's be absolutely clear: Joe Biden did not reach out to progressives, and the left did not rally behind him (although some did grudgingly lend him their vote). What actually took place was left-wing grassroots movements were co-opted by billionaires to create the illusion there was a groundswell of support for Biden among progressives. At the same time, Bernie Sanders was cheated by the Democrats in the primaries. He had a clause in his contract which stated that in order to run as a Democrat, he was obligated to campaign for the winner of the primary, were it not to be him. The Democrats' master plan was not to win over the left, but simply to assimilate left-wing voices and defuse them, to mixed success.

Much has rightly been made of Donald Trump's anti-democratic behaviour, but how can we overlook the Democrats are every bit as corrupt? After rigging the first primary against Bernie in 2016, their lawyer actually argued in court, the Democrats had the right to choose their candidate in a back room, if they wanted to!

Many well-meaning progressives on social media have been pushing the line that Biden chose not to punch left and instead form a unified coalition with progressives. I'm afraid it's nonsense. The left were marginalised and disavowed by establishment Democrats like Pelosi and Biden, and virtually no concessions were made. In the presidential debates, Biden placed huge emphasis on the fact he would not endorse progressive policies, saying things like: "That is not my plan. The Green New Deal is not my plan."

Biden wouldn't even consider adopting universal healthcare during a pandemic, scoffed at the Green New Deal and said he would go ahead with fracking, even when clear evidence shows it causes tremors and poisons local water supplies. 

Even if Biden did want to compromise with the left, instead of publicly ridiculing them, he couldn't anyway. He has lost control of the Senate and lost seats in the House of Representatives, making him a lame duck president from day one.

And then there is the elephant in the room - Biden's early signs of dementia.

A decade ago, Biden was sharp as a whip, but now he can barely finish a sentence. The left mocked Trump for this for four years, but with Biden it's worse. Much worse. At times, the man is incoherent. He frequently loses track of what he is saying mid-sentence and simply stops in his tracks. He certainly does not appear to have the mental faculties to run a country and I don't think he will run his country. Like Trump, I think he was just a face to get his party into power and that's where his role ends, apart from making occasional public appearances and greeting foreign dignitaries. But he can't keep up the pretence forever and my guess is Biden will not see out his presidency. He will step down in a year or so, citing medical reasons, and make way for ex-cop Kamala Harris who is so progressive, she jokes about her eagerness to jail parents if their children skip school.

Be under no illusions: the Biden/Harris victory is not a victory for the left. It's not even a victory for them, given the deadlock they'll face when trying to pass any meaningful bill. In a situation where the Democrats have the House and the Republicans have the Senate, the only winners are corporations. This is because no changes will be made, no new regulations brought in, and the wealthy elite can basically do whatever they want. It's a billionaires' free-for-all, and when the mid-terms come along in two years, you can expect a backlash as the public show their frustration at an administration which has changed precisely nothing.

And that may well pave the way for another Trump.

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Comments

  1. A choice between two cheeks of the same arse.

    Biden's sole virtue appears to be that he's not Trump.

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