Why I will not vote for Joe Biden

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    • #355187
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      by Hamid Dabashi

      Once again it is presidential election season in the United States and once again progressive critical thinkers who care about the future of our humanity find themselves in a quandary – to get rid of the wicked Donald Trump and his corrupt family and cronies should they or should they not opt to vote for yet another corporatist liberal, Joe Biden.It is deja vu, it is a rerun of a tired old movie, it is Groundhog Day:We had it with Trump and Hillary Clinton last time, and we have it again with the same Trump and even worse Biden now.

      I completely sympathise with the leading American public intellectuals caught in this snare.

      Cornel West, the eminent African American philosopher, for example, says he is planning to cast an “anti-fascist” vote for Biden in November despite his concerns about the former vice president’s ties to “Wall Street and militarism”. West knows all too well Biden will betray every single ideal and principle for which West stands, but he is so disgusted with Trump – and rightly so – he is doing what in Persian we call “jumping from one crumbling column to another with hope”.  

      The same is true with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and political activist who is also on the record encouraging people “to vote for Joe Biden and then haunt his dreams” – whatever that may mean. Politicians like Trump or Biden do not dream for us to haunt their dreams. They are the definitions of nightmares. Neither Trump nor Biden is to be trusted, and Chomsky knows that. But he is jumping from one crumbling column to another – is it with hope or is it in despair?



    • #355193
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      Every word is true.  Good read, thank you.

    • #355196
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I think many Americans get their emotions all twisted up when faced with such bad choices because so many of us are taught in this culture to look at the world in a binary adversarial fashion. It’s in our laws–Plaintiff vs. Respondent, The People of (insert state or United States here) vs. Alleged Criminal. It’s in our movies and books–Good Guys vs. Bad Guys. It’s in our foreign policy propaganda–Freedom vs. Dictatorship. And, of course, it’s in our sports–Our Team vs. Their Team.

      We are always told we must make a choice between whatever two choices are offered to us, and when we refuse, we’re called amoral or immoral or crazy by those who insist there is either no justification of or even possibility of refusing to choose outside of the framework which is presented.

      The Manichean binary world is a powerful illusion, but is always an illusion when it comes to voting or sports. There is always a third choice–to vote for neither bad choice or to refuse to care which team wins. That emotionally upsets people who refuse to see that reality, but that’s their problem until they see through the illusion for themselves.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #355202
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      But I have to look at it from another perspective. Which of those bastids are most likely to protect the programs my family (most poor) need to survive? At this moment I do not know the answer to that question but I know a lot of others who are also asking it.

      If you think that I have been voting D because it was the lessor of two evils you are wrong. I have always had to look at policies – for my family, for the special ed group that I advocate for and now the elderly and minorities.

      This election scares me more than any ever has – two idiots who do not care about what is happening to the 99%. Great choice. With our luck we will end up with Kayne West.


    • #355206
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      2020 King of the War Mongers

    • #355215
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      Which candidate is least likely to abolish the remnants of the New Deal.This one’s a definite worry to Social Security recipients like my husband and me.

      The way it looks to me,both of them will destroy the social programs—Trump will do it right away,Biden will do it slowly.Either way we’re doomed.

    • #355223
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      voting for “someone else” or boycotting the election entirely are no longer in communication with the Democratic Party.  Thus, we really are on our own.

      Both parties support pro-war policies, regressive income taxation, modern health care as an earned privilege and not a civil right, sink-or-swim domestic austerity, outsourcing, ‘drowning [Social Security/Medicare] in the bathtub’, militarized local law enforcement, on and on and on.

      Not a difficult choice for me to vote for – as Biden encourages – “someone else”.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #355232
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      I only wish I could make myself this clear when people try to shame me for refusing to comply with their wishes to vote for the horrific war monger. Have yet to meet anyone who berates me for refusing to vote for asshat orange hair. Thank you for this great article!   I will be passing it on



    • #355428
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      Many people aren’t aware of his history – crime bill, bankruptcy bill, Iraq war, Ukrainian quid pro quo.  But some are willing to listen when they hear about facts that they didn’t know.

      The hard part?  Suggesting who to vote for, so I suggest that they look at third party candidates that they want in office, rather than voting against a major party candidate.

      And if they don’t find someone, there’s also a reminder that they don’t have to vote for anyone for President.

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