Today, I voted for Joe Biden for the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. While he is not the perfect candidate, he is the best equipped to lead Americans out of the current populist movement, and create an America that is more rewarding and welcoming. He is the best candidate available, even if he is far from perfect.
For one thing, Biden’s position most closely aligns with my own. He is a capitalist who is socially liberal. He acknowledges climate change and has effective plans to stop it. He also understands that the answer to populism is not more populism, it is less. While it is no secret that some of his past political experience is full of missteps, including the 1994 crime bill and his endorsement of segregationist senators among other things. He has evolved and made efforts to change and understand as a person. I do not condone everything he has said and done in his career, but I praise his continued involvement in politics and his willingness to stand up for what he thinks is right.
In addition to my alignment with Biden on political views, I also wanted to stop Bernie Sanders from being nominated and to avoid the normalization of the socialist policies that Bernie Sanders argues for. If I have learned anything from Trump it is that the President controls the views of the party, for better and for worse. Trump’s behavior and his views have become normal within the party, and I do not want that to happen to the democratic party. Trump has changed the Republican party from one of free trade and deficits to one of Trumpian Nationalism. The last thing we need is another one of our parties being led by a Socialist. While all of his policies may not be inherently Socialist, much of what he argues for and stands for is worrisome if he would be able to act on it effectively.
I also find many of his positions outside of economics to be troubling. Part of me is very proud that Sanders is a Jewish American who is running for President and doing well. I am also nervous about Sanders’s anti-Semitic cohort and his lack of support for Israeli funding. I also find his lack of support for AIPAC troubling. So while I can understand potentially voting for him in a general, I will do whatever I can to stop Bernie Sanders from winning a primary.
Regardless of who you vote for, I encourage you to vote. Educating yourself and participating in our democratic process is one of the most important things you can do as an American. If you have not voted yet, there is still time to do so and regardless you should definitely vote in the election in November.
With that, if you have any questions about why I voted the way I did, I would be happy to answer them. Enjoy the weather and REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS!