By today the question isn’t whether to vote for Trump or Biden, but whether to vote or not to vote. I mean seriously, if you haven’t made up your mind by now, you’ve been deliberately in denial about what’s facing our country.
As I’ve repeatedly pointed out, this isn’t an election between the left or the right, it’s an election between the sane and the insane. Joe Biden is the anti-Trump. Instead of a malignant narcissist, he’s a real and admittedly flawed human being, one who has experienced a lot of personal tragedy, one who, if anything, has too much compassion.
But consider the video below, made in the last year of the Obama presidency, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as “Veep.” After watching it, can you imagine that Trump ever being able to participate in something like this?
This is, of course, not a good reason to vote for someone as President. (It’s like the people who wanted to vote for Reagan or George W. because they could imagine having a beer with them.) There are so many reasons to vote for Biden over Trump, and various political commentators have spelled those out in great detail over the last month. I’m not going to regurgitate them here.
If elected, Biden will likely need to be the “Healer-in-Chief.” It will be a long time to get us back on the rails as a nation, and so much damage has been done. And who knows how long it will take Trumpistas to come and believe that the election was not rigged against him. We’re in for a long period before we have any prayer of returning to any semblance of normalcy.
In the meantime, if Biden is elected, I really hope that he does at least two things:
- He promises, right out front, to be a one-term President. That will relieve him of the need to run for re-election, and would really allow him to focus on healing the nation.
- I hope he governs like Ronald Reagan did, which is to delegate as much as possible to a professional and competent staff, and stay focused on the broad themes of his Presidency.
If he can do those two things, we may be able to exhale for a moment, before turning our attention to the other gigantic thing that we need to be dealing with, which is, of course, the coronavirus.
But one thing at a time. Let’s restore some sanity first.