Joe Biden throws himself in the ring
Carlos Alberto Montaner
Joe Biden will try to be the Democratic candidate. It was, as you know, eight years vice president of the United States in the administration of Barack Obama. He’ll try to put the bell on Donald Trump. It’s number 20. That is not to say more divisions, there are, but an increase in the range of offers. While it is difficult that, within the Republican Party, to challenge Trump (unless John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio, Republican, anime) among the Democrats abound those who wish to reach the White House.
There are Democratic candidates for all tastes. There are white ladies, black, mestizo and with a slight pre-Columbian racial touch. There are Catholics, Protestants, agnostics and Jews. There is, for the first time, a clearly gay candidate, a veteran of the Afghan war, married to another lord. There are socialists bent on correcting markets and there are those who prefer capitalism even at the risk of growing differences. I said: There are for almost every taste and persuasions.
For now Biden leads the aspirants, but that fact is not enough. Fifty different choices are made in the United States to elect the candidate, and more radical voters often prevail. Although Biden was the best choice for defeating Trump, he will win the candidacy for the most votes in the primaries and Sanders may win that fight.
In Florida, where I residing, a very important state for the election of the President, there is a movement for independent voters (as my case may be, the disclaimer ahead) to participate in the selection of candidates. The number of independents is slightly higher than that of Republicans and Democrats. If it were, Sanders probably wouldn’t be the candidate. Independents tend to moderation and not marry parties, but with government programs and leaders who offer guarantees to fulfill them.
In general, the Independents are skeptical and elect the candidate who seems better or even at least bad. Sometimes they are in favor of the Republicans and others elect the Democrats. That (another disclaimer) has been my electoral conduct. One of lime and another of sand, according to the positions of the candidates. I would have loved, for example, that John McCain would have sat in Lincoln’s armchair, and would have preferred Jeb Bush instead of Donald Trump, but, as the Spaniards say, “What cannot be, cannot, and, moreover, is impossible.”
Trump is getting ready to face Sanders. His declaration of “War on Socialism” is aimed at these ends, although, for now, the senator from Vermont has been limited to defending the gratuitousness of health and education. (“Gratuity” is a language license. Someone will have to pay for it.)
In fact, these positions are not excessively troubling. At the end of the day almost all of Europe faces the costs of health and university studies from the general budgets of the nation. If it is understood as “human capital formation” It is an investment. If you think that this is a “right”, as the constitutions often claim, I believe it is a misconception. But it seems that most of American society today wants to go through that hoop and is not worth discussing if they are greyhounds or podencos.
What scares me about Bernie Sanders is his position on leftist totalitarian dictatorships already in the adult stage of his life, when he had readings and experiences to discern correctly. To fall in love with the Cuban revolution in the Sixties is excusable. Many boys paraded behind the Magic Flute of the Hamelin bearded Caribbean. To continue singing Loas to the Cuban revolution in the 1980s, when it was clear that it was a Stalinist regime, subordinated to Moscow, greatly repressive, is intolerable. Especially when we know that he added to his devotions the Sandinista barbarism after the overthrow of the Somoza tyranny.
Biden, finally, if CNN hits, and if he gets to be the candidate, will take on his ballot as Vice president to Stacey Abrams, the young black, novelist, graduate of law at Yale University, who nearly won the Georgian governorate. A good selection. An educated, African American and southern woman could magnetize the black, Hispanic, and female vote that she would need to defeat Donald Trump.
In 2009 a young African-American senator from Illinois came into the White House, and a white political veteran, senator from Delaware, and made a notable government, however having inherited a colossal economic catastrophe originating in the poisoned mortgages that They accumulated since the time of Bill Clinton and its successor George W. Bush.
Their successes, of course, do not disguise the immense foreign-policy disclosures, among which was the surprising unilateral opening of the Castro regime in December 2014, which Obama denied over and over again. This happened despite being public and notorious that the Cuban dictatorship, not only Vampirizaba to Venezuela, but also their sinister military experts gave shape and meaning to the tyranny Chavez anti-American.
In any case, the secrecy with which this episode was handled suggests that this blatant mismatch was the total responsibility of Obama and not his vice President Joe Biden. Perhaps in January 2021, he would like to preside over the country to an old, full of experience target, which would lead as VP to a brilliant young African-American. That would be poetic justice. It’s almost the same ballot he won in 2008, but the other way around.
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*@CarlosAMontaner. CAM’s latest book is a review of the Crooked roots of Latin America, published by Planeta, and accessible
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