The Great Philosophic Divide and Inflation

Conservatism is widely regarded to embody traditional values as the basis for wise government, forming the belief that looking backward is the roadmap to moving forward.  Conservatives find validation in the history of ideas fostering the American Revolution, and pursue refuge in religious morality, legal precedent and above all, the Constitution.  While Conservatives exist in all political parties today, most identify as Republicans.  So what does it mean, in its purest form, to be a Republican?

In the United States Republicanism was established as a representative form of government whereby citizens elect leaders from among themselves for a predefined term. Unlike European models of aristocracy with a permanent ruling class, a Republican form of government is a structure that ensures and protects the principles of democracy by creatinga constitution that guarantees basic civil rights that cannot be overridden by majority rule.

Chief among these principles are the concepts that natural law defines the inalienable rights of all human beings; the consent of the governed is required in all matters of self-determination; individualism is the foundation of freedom but the family is the foundation of society; and a benevolent government exists to provide for its citizens protections that cannot be provided individually .

At this point, there is little, if any, philosophical difference between conservative and liberal values as a foundation for government. The core  political differences are practical not theoretical.  Like a troubled marriage, it’s always about finances–who’s spending whose money.

Contemporary Conservatives line up behind corporations as the root of national economic strength, and embrace policies that fortify their income by the creation of a favored status and through favorable taxation policy and corporate welfare in the belief that it benefits corporate investors while trickling down to working-class wage-earners as salaries that translate to consumer spending and greater GDP.  It’s their idea of an economic perpetual motion machine, but really it’s a financial boomerang. Policies that support this approach to governance are myopic and the policy makers are self-aggrandizing, by favoring the very corporations they profit from, and who in turn finance their campaigns.  That’s the perpetual motion machine, the one that concentrates economic and political power in the hands of corporations.

When corporate profits soar while wages are stagnant, the dollar buys less and less. It’s a simple formula for inflation.  In this election year, conservative media sources have labeled it “Joe Biden’s inflation.”  In the U.S. the inflation rate is currently 8%, so why is it 10% in the U.K. and throughout most of Europe and 7% in Canada?  Clearly inflation is a global problem affecting all countries and every form of government equally.  This is not Joe Biden’s doing.

While Biden has taken measures to combat inflation, Republicans sit on the sidelines waiting for their turn to rule pending the predicted outcome of the 2022 midterms.  They have yet to propose a solution but have stated their intent is to create legislation that diminishes social security, Medicare and Medicaid programs, cutting benefits, thus guilt tripping retired seniors while diverting blame from themselves.  Where’s the trickle-down in that?

Is it Really “Joe Biden’s Inflation?”

Is it really?  Sure, we all know it’s a clever catch phrase designed to inflict damage on the democratic party during an election year, but like most epitaphs it was born to create a perception not to define a reality.

The cause of our current inflation is widely understood to be the perfect storm of supply chain breaks brought about by the covid pandemic, the rise in the price of oil due to the war in Ukraine and crop failures due to shifting climate patterns. For the average person who easily perceives these factors, it could not be more obvious.

What is not apparent is the myriad litany of events going back a decade or more, regulatory, legislative and injunctive, that compile an intertwined history, the foundation upon which the current problems are catalyzed, events both obscure, arcane and little understood by any but those schooled in economics (and maybe not even those.)

Recent studies by the Economic Policy Institute show that 50% of inflation is the result of corporate greed.  Think about it.  Was that Joe Biden’s doing?

In 2013 American corporations, the home of millionaires and billionaires, were recording record profits while middle class Americans suffered. While productivity 1973-2013 was up 74.4% to a total of 243% and compensation for the top 1% grew 138% in that same time period.  CEOs made 296 times what an average worker made and to further sweeten their profits, employers cut health-care benefits by 20%. A more specific breakdown saw middle wages rise only 6% while lower wages dropped by 5%.  So much for trickle-down theory.

Mind you, this was all before Joe Biden.  But wait…. there was still Donald Trump to be unleashed on the American economy.

“Like his boasts about the economy, the former president deftly left out his Administration’s role in the drastic rise in prices that Americans are currently suffering from.

The increase in consumer and producer prices is due to the dramatic explosion of money and credit which took place during the Trump Administration not only in response to the scamdemic, but in the years leading up to it.  In fact, the pandemic was a convenient excuse to inject massive liquidity into a system that began to hemorrhage in September 2019.

In the early months of 2020, the markets began to implode before the unnecessary lockdowns as the air came out of the financial bubble.  This has been ignored by the financial press and Trump himself.

Before the covid hysteria, Trump had repeatedly lobbied for “cheap” money, calling for a renewal of “Quantitative Easing” (QE), reduction in interest rates, and he even spoke about “negative” rates.  The former president threatened to fire Jerome Powell, whom he had picked to head the Federal Reserve, for not reducing interest rates far enough.  Trump complained that President Obama benefitted from the Fed’s accommodative monetary policy and wanted similar treatment to keep the financial bubble going.

Trump’s fiscal policy was also highly inflationary as he ran record deficits long before covid.  His tax cuts and failure to cut government spending led to greater government borrowing, which the Fed was forced to monetize.  Trump was on pace, well before the 2020 lockdowns, to spend more money in four years than Obama spent in his two terms.  By 2019, the deficit had grown to $1 trillion dollars, up $205 billion, 26 percent from 2018.”  (The Royal Examiner)

Wall Street created a loophole almost a decade ago, to escape U.S. regulation of complex financial trades related to commodities like oil and wheat. Then the Trump administration fortified the loophole.

On Tuesday, gas prices hit a record high. Today, the March Consumer Price Index is expected to show overall inflation still running above eight percent.

Republicans are blaming inflation on Pres. Joe Biden and rising wages. Democrats blame corporate price-gougers and Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. There’s some truth in there: the war in Ukraine and pandemic-related supply-chain issues obviously caused price fluctuations.

But the massive, wholesale run-up of global commodity prices is out of step with the fundamentals of supply and demand, a growing number of analysts say. And functioning futures markets would be buffering against the volatility we’re seeing , and the inflation resulting from it.

In other words, if Putin throws a stone into the oil markets, well-regulated futures markets should smooth it out to a ripple. In a dysfunctional market, Wall Street blows it up into a tsunami. That’s why consumers are now underwater from rising prices on everything from gas to food to the rare minerals in their electronics.

On March 24, Public Citizen Energy Program Director Tyson Slocum wrote that, “The past two years have seen an extraordinary surge in commodities market volatility.” He cites “evidence of excessive [Wall Street] speculation.”

As Antonia Juhasz reported for The Guardian, oil supplies are actually at record highs, and so is trading. And, as Juhasz notes, industry analyst Phil Verleger has said shifts in fundamentals that once might have accounted for changes of a dollar or less per barrel are now leading to spikes of as much as $10 per barrel.

What isn’t widely understood is that this Wall Street speculation didn’t just happen. As regulators began crafting new rules based on the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Wall Street swung into action, sleuthing out loopholes they could use to smuggle their swaps and derivatives business out of regulatory jurisdictions. They succeeded.

Their solution was so obscure, however, that even Slocum hadn’t heard of it. When I explain how it worked, he says, “Well, that’s interesting…what you’ve just described to me, that seems to be a serious problem.”

That’s what regulators under Pres. Barack Obama thought, too, when they found out about it. But one month after they proposed a rule to fix it, Trump won the presidency. His appointees blocked the fix, and there’s no indication that the Biden White House is even aware of the problem (even though the Obama administration was).”

(The Whistleblower)

Lessons Learned

Once the prominent structure on the Atlantic City Skyline, the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino closed in 2014. It has deteriorated so much in recent years that chunks of it were peeling off. After being sold in 2016, the new owner decided it best to demolish it. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was one of three failed casinos Donald Trump owned in New Jersey. All three filed for bankruptcy protection multiple times and all went belly up, the result of Trump’s management style– self-dealing financial troubles, and cheating small local contractors.
 
In short, under Trump’s management it had fallen prey to the same kind of thinking that currently resulted in the shut-down of the Texas energy system, a complete failure due to lack of maintenance, a misguided means of cost control for short term profits, near-sighted thinking with no contingency plan or even a viable plan for the future.
 
But not all of Texas was so affected. El Paso took a hard lesson from the blackouts it experienced in 2011 and made significant infrastructure changes to their energy system to forgo this and future tragedies.
 
You see, the state of Texas had adopted a “go-it-alone” policy regarding it’s energy grid and declined sharing energy with either of the two grids that define the 47 contiguous other states. Fortunately for El Paso, their location is on the far western border of Texas, too far from the Texas grid, thereby prompting them to join the closest grid, the Western United States grid. Consequently, unlike Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, El Paso did not have to go it alone.
 
There is a broad lesson here that can be gleaned from these two events.
 
Now, as Biden restores the relationships with our allies and dismantles the Trump policies of isolationism, a renewed sense of optimism and cooperativeness is born. The United States will not have to go it alone. Soon Biden will address the much neglected infrastructure problems that lord over our future, as well as the urgent need to address climate change. We need to take heed the lessons placed before us and realize that substantial investment in prevention will bear significant rewards in exponential savings and productivity.
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Staring Into The Eyes of The Devil

 

I could not be more proud today than to rejoice in the fact that after four years of cowardly acquiescence, we finally have a leader who is unafraid to confront Vladimir Putin’s aggressions directly.

In his very first phone call to Putin on January 26, 2021 Biden confronted Putin head on.

It’s well known that every American intelligence agency, seventeen in all, have reported that Russia interfered in the U.S. election of 2016 and continues interfering to this day. Russian aggression in Ukraine continues and their intentions in Syria are well known, but perhaps their most egregious action was placing a bounty with the Taliban on the heads of American servicemen in Afghanistan.  Nevertheless, as awkward as it may have seemed, the ever-thorough Biden confronted the diabolical “chess master” with all these and other difficult issues as well, such as the massive cyberattack via the Solarwinds hack and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

In that one call, his very first to Putin as President, Biden did more than Trump had ever done to confront Putin in his entire four-year term.

Biden is neither shy nor withdrawn.  He’s no “Sleepy Joe.” His cojones must be monumentally impressive. I’m surprised he can even walk standing up straight carrying their weight. As he told “New Yorker” magazine in an interview that when he met Putin in 2011, “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.   He looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’”

‘Nuff said! Who’s the Pussy Now, Donald?

 

 

 

Lost in Translation

I was fourteen when John Kennedy was assassinated.  The day before, the Catholic military school that I attended in San Antonio was let out to watch the Kennedy limo pass a mere two blocks from our school.  In all the years since, I have waited for the truth of his assassination to be revealed in its entirety.  I fully expected that RFK would be elected president and would access the secrets kept deep in the clandestine agencies of our government that know such things.  But that was clearly not to be.  After his assassination,  my last hope was Teddy who fell prey to his own weaknesses and that door was closed forever, leaving me with a library of books on the subject, theories all, except for the rare twenty-seven volumes of the Warren Commission Report I found in a used bookstore, a jumbled mess of disinformation, incredible assertions and physical impossibilities.

My hope for the truth was rooted in the false notion that the President of the United States was, by the very nature of the highest office he held, able to access any and all top secret information.  Certainly, a lot more is possible than impossible.

For example, Joe Biden has recently stated that he will undertake to reveal what is known about UFO alien contact with earth.  I guess we’re old enough now to take the truth.

So this sets me wondering.  In the interest of National Security does a current President have the right to know all the top secret activity of a former administration?  Would not the availability of this information greatly affect his ability to make the right decisions for our safety and well being? 

Trump has left us with many blank spaces in the record of his tenure, especially regarding his secret meetings with Putin and Russian dignitaries.  No one else from his administration attended and nothing was reported to the press.  There was however, one American who was there with Trump, sworn to silence, his translator.  Loyal to her oath she has not waivered from her sworn responsibility.  Perhaps now is the time to know what she knows.  It may well address the issues that divide this nation by confirming Trump’s actions as either noble or traitorous.  I am hard pressed to think that Biden is not entitled to know the proceedings of those secret meetings.  Now is the time for him to depose the translator and make a course correction. To do anything less is foolish.

Why We Watch

 
All America is waiting with excited anticipation for the big event tonight, where Donald Trump squares off against Joe Biden in the first of this year’s televised Presidential debates, hailed as if two prizefighters in a Vegas casino arena. For Trumpers it’s another opportunity to rally behind their carnival clown as he mouths off against the system that they see as keeping them down, as unfairly favoring minorities over majorities, and restricting their freedoms, trusting not in God but the word of Trump himself, to defeat the evil machinations of the progressive left and restore us to that perfect society where the meek fall in line behind the schoolyard bully with the prom-queen girlfriend and her girlfriend cheerleaders. Don’t step onto that playground unless you expect to get shouted down, Joe Biden. Get ready for the abuse, Joe Biden. The lamb is being led to the slaughter. All praise Jesus, Abraham and Moses!
 
How does one debate an opponent who will resort to all manner of theatrics to focus the attention away from policy and ideas and make it all about personality? How does one debate an opponent who refuses to play by the rules? Trump’s ability to manufacture his own data to support his personal narrative of success is legendary. Trump’s bombastic style, a litany of interruptive and irrelevant slurs punctuated with insulting monikers he has assigned his enemies, makes for great television and leaves the field littered with the bodies of his defenseless victims who play by the rules. Will Biden be yet one more victim tonight?
 
I would not want to be Joe Biden today as he ponders his strategy for the debate. His options don’t look very good right now. Should he abandon his principles, the guiding rules of fair play and decency, and get in the mud with Trump? OR…. Should he argue policy—dry, boring, generalized centrist policy, supported by idealized and largely theoretical plans for “building back better,” plans that are seen by Trump loyalists as a way to steal all that trickle-down wealth from the people who built this country for the rest of us to occupy, the oh-so necessary innovators who support us, the voiceless, save for Trump. To be sure, to attack Trump is to attack “us.”
 
So one has to ask, why are the rest of us. the other “us,” planning to tune in tonight? What is it that we want from this debate? Certainly we will not learn any new facts, policy or plans and even if we did, we all understand that they are at best, merely promises, that in our current society carry less weight than a boy scout oath or a Christmas promise from a department store Santa Claus. So why do we watch?
 
There’s only one true answer. After four years of hopeless despair in the face of overwhelming protest, after witnessing the deconstruction of American society and the devaluation of our guiding principles, after twisting in the legal wind created by Trump’s unqualified appointments and lackeys, we seek that ounce of satisfaction that may be gained by Trump getting his ass handed him.
 
Comeuppance, that’s what it is about. That’s why we watch.

Night and Day

Elections are not won on the basis of policy but on the perception of the strength of character of a given candidate, a belief that he or she possesses the leadership qualities that will signal a winner, the person who can command and enforce meaningful change.  In past years these qualities included honesty, intelligence, and a form of ethics rooted in morality as may be demonstrated in the way they have conducted their lives, past performance and success in their career and consistent public statements of record.

Yesterday, as I watched the televised roll out of the Biden Harris campaign, I was struck by the vast difference in style between the Democratic candidates and their Republican opponents.  Where Pence is muddled, obtuse and willfully unclear, Harris is precise, focused and logical.  But as much as the event was to introduce Kamala as Biden’s VP choice it was nevertheless Biden who made the most significant and lasting impression.

To see him speak was to watch a man comfortable in his own skin, confident in his remarks, and while clearly supported by prompters, seemed to effortlessly glide through his speech as if each utterance was impromptu, flowing unconsciously from deep within.  He was speaking truth from his heart, unlike Trump who rambles through his rallied speeches with disconnected anecdotes of divisive commentary and draws from a catalog of standardized insults, demonstrating a lack of meaningful substance.  That’s the real Trump, but when the other Trump is required, teleprompter Trump, his delivery slows as he stumbles and stalls in trying to expel the subdued vitriol prepared for him by villain Steve Miller, stunned by what he appears to be reading for the first time, like a third-grader stumbling over a new three-syllable word, such is his skill and comprehension.  To put it mildly, Trump is a glorified dullard.

In case you have been in a coma for the last three and a half years, you may have missed the ample evidence of Trump’s total lack of qualification for the office he occupies.  Trump does not read the reports he is given by his advisors but rather makes decisions by watching TV, surfing the internet and consulting with the kings of Fake News, commentators like Sean Hannity,  for advice rooted not in factual data but in prejudicial opinions that favor his ability to arouse an emotional response from the most intellectually vulnerable in their beliefs.  Is this a model for inspiration or desperation?  The answer could not be more obvious.

Hot Spice and White Rice

I don’t know about you, but when I go out for an exciting dinner, I’m looking for something different, not the same old, same old and definitely not something bland.  Do you know of anyone who goes out to dinner in search of white rice?  No, as much as I like rice, it’s not the main course, but a complimentary food, that typically soaks up the flavor and the sauces of the featured meal.  Fine dining can have several courses and many complimentary flavors but never is white rice considered a flavor.  It’s just bland filler.  And so it is with Mike Pence.

Kamala Harris, born of immigrant parents from Jamaica and India, is hot spice.  The fiery former Attorney General of California was the superstar of the many televised Senate hearings of the last few years. While largely an exercise in futility, she brought a sense of  justice and truth to a nation watching the inevitable unfold the predetermined outcome of a biased jury.  As her keen questioning cut through the pitiful evasions and obfuscations of the likes of Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Sessions and William Barr, it was for a while a delicious aroma carried on a cool breeze, but alas, we never shared a meal.  That is about to change.

I was not a Joe Biden supporter during the primaries, but in the last few weeks he has risen in my estimation to meet the challenge he faces in healing this nation.  His last two televised speeches have shown the breadth and depth of his abilities and put to rest any fears I previously had that Biden was simply “not enough.”  In choosing Kamala Harris as his VP running mate, he has made the wisest of choices and set the stage for some sweet revenge, as I look forward with great anticipation to the coming Vice Presidential debate.  Kamala Harris will eviscerate Mike Pence with a takedown that will be both humiliating and embarrassing for the inept politician with no mind of his own.  Trump speaks through Pence like a ventriloquist through a dummy, and as we all know that the dummy cannot think on its own.

So, I’m settling in for a satisfying meal of “hot spice” with a side of white rice that will soak of the flavor.  I hope you will join me in watching the Vice Presidential debate to experience what we have all been longing for and missing, a satisfying meal of political intelligence.

Lose to Win

Of all the Democratic candidates who participated in the Democratic primaries, who is the most likely to become President?  My money is on Julian Castro, followed by Kamala Harris and Corey Booker, not in 2020 but in 2028. Why do I say that?  Because they are the most likely candidates to be chosen as a Vice Presidential running mate in 2020 and will therefore inherit the nomination in 2028.
Last night’s debate was an embarrassment for everyone on the stage, a cacophony of muddled voices all talking over one another, mud wrestling for stage dominance, while ripping the flesh from the bones of the front runner, Bernie Sanders.  Shame on them all!
     It’s time for the Dems to get real.  Steyer cannot win.  He needs to get out.  Klobuchar is pitiful, constantly bringing up her grandfather, her father, her mother ad nauseum as if they will help her get elected.  Does she really expect mommy and daddy to put her in office?  During the debate, when she continues talking after her time is expired, she is warned, yet she continues on, refusing to give up her mic, revealing only her desperation, not her confidence.
     Biden is a stuttering old man, fumbling for his thoughts, confused and unable to think quickly on his feet. Yesterday in another speech he claimed to be running for the U.S. Senate. Biden, like Klobuchar, follows a script prepared in advance.  No matter what the question, they come back to the same-old, tired talking points.  Klobuchar just sounds insincere, Biden confused.  They are acting the part they have been coached into and it’s a bad fit.
     Blumberg is a spoiler and is just peeling off votes, but can never win.
     Three candidates have the sincerity of their convictions, but only one has the money and the organization to win…. Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren was my choice in 2016, but  she never ran.  I’m quite sure she understood that it was Hillary’s turn and to run would have just split the women’s vote.  She has passion reflected in her ideas and a winning personality, and wisely has chosen not to attack Bernie, but she must realize that a Sanders/Warren ticket will never come to pass.  It’s just too lopsided.  Buttigieg has made the mistake of attacking Bernie forcefully and has poisoned his well.  He’s smart and smooth and he would make an excellent President, but he cannot turn out voters on election day like Bernie.  Bernie has the ground team, thousands of dedicated volunteers, a structure built on the remains of 2016 that can knock on doors and get voters to the polls and polling shows that Bernie dominates in every demographic—over 65, under 35, College Educated, Blue Collar, Black, Latino, Suburban Women.  To attack Bernie is to shoot yourself in the foot, just another desperation move, but with real consequences.  It tills the ground well in advance for the coming Trump onslaught and knocks Mayor Pete out of the running for VP.  Too bad, I would easily have voted for a Sanders/Buttigieg ticket.
     So I say the smart candidate was Julian Castro.  He got out early and was not sullied in the ensuing food fights.  He has not attacked any other Democratic candidates and is politically “clean.” He can ameliorate the damage Bernie has endured over the communist subtext inferred by his remarks on Cuba and Venezuela and deliver the Latino vote in Florida and Texas.

 

 

 

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

 
Donald Trump and I were born around the same time. We are both “baby-boomers.” We’ve got a lot to look back and reflect on. So it is, that when he asks us to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” I find myself wondering, “just what period in our country’s history is he referring to?” As children I am sure we both devotedly watched “The Lone Ranger. ” As the show opened, the mellifluous voice of Fred Foy invited us to “return to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” Perhaps that was his big influence. American greatness was embodied in a TV cowboy hero. But as young as we were at the time, there was no yesteryear for us to remember and relive.
 
More likely, Trump remembers a time when a President could openly have an extra-marital dalliance with the most recognized movie star of the day under the eyes of a compliant press. Or a time when you could board an airplane with only a ticket for a seat and light up a cigarette. Back then flight attendants were attractive stewardesses… no men, no aging moms, no fat or short people, just pretty women dressed in bright colors of the latest styles of the type you might see on Jackie Kennedy. But pondering more substantive matters, we would have to go back to before he was born if winning a war figured into his scheme for greatness. The last war we won ended in 1945.
 
All those dates are too hard to align. No, a better way to determine his concept of American greatness is to examine the policy arc of his administration.
 
In choosing his cabinet he has placed individuals in each position that are sworn to the devolution, the dismemberment of the very entity they control. Making America Great Again means to eliminate consumer protections, roll back environmental protections, endanger protected species, privatize our national parks for exploration, facilitate climate warming, allow more pollution, destroy NATO while forming alliances with our enemies, reduce taxes for the wealthy, run the highest deficit in the history of our nation, create an environment where racism and white nationalism can prosper, savage election polling, frustrate gun-rights legislation, foster friendly friendships with murdering dictators, trust mid-east peace to his real-estate son-in-law, support the suppression of voting rights, women’s rights and gay rights, and confirm a misogynist to the supreme court. His failed solutions to immigration have been to ban brown skinned peoples, first the Muslims and then Latinos seeking asylum. Now that we have successfully filled our privatized jails with Black Americans, Trump’s answer to greatness is to send Latinos to privatized holding pens to await deportation while removing their children thousands of miles away, unaccounted for. Punitive greatness. His greatness does not recognize “advise and consent” just “consent.” Reading is just so blasé in the age of television, so are briefings. He deplores intelligence briefings and includes his own intelligence agencies and advisors in his list of enemies—the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, Homeland Security, the DNI. Airforce One is just his private vacation jet for golf outings, weekends at Mar-a-Lago, or campaigning and fundraising under the guise of official business.
 
Perhaps he just longs for the days of our first TV President, that broad-smiled cowboy of economic destruction, Ronald Reagan. Back in those days Reagan had his wingman, Oliver North to cover his tracks in Iran-Contra. While North, through the school of the Americas, was training the goon squads of Central American countries in the delicate art of eliminating dissident voices—priests, nuns, journalists, schoolteachers and union leaders—all in the interest of aligning the government of those nations with American corporate interests, he was running cocaine to Los Angeles to fund his illegal operations. Midnight raids with a machete and bodies strewn on the side of rural farm roads were as much an answer to the problems of dissidents then as methods employed today by the strongmen so admires, Putin, Kim Jong Un Duterte and Mohammed Bin Salman. Previous administrations had their corrupt, strongmen allies too… The Shah of Iran, Noriega, Sadam Hussein to name a few. Perhaps this is the greatness he admires.
 
For anyone over fifty, it is a near certainty that you have more days behind you than ahead. Most of us will not live to be one-hundred. Unlike their children, most of these Americans represent the moderate and conservative points of political view. They are the easy marks for a plea for past greatness. It’s easier to look backwards than forward. Backwards is a certainty and memory colors our self-awareness with a nostalgic yearning to be who we once were… to experience that first love, that first kiss, those early accomplishments, our dearest friends and family, as we grew together and apart. What lies ahead is uncertainty… what will become of me? All that is certain is loss, decline, pain and death. We look for something to ameliorate that certainty, perhaps if we could only be great again.
 
And so it is that I am wary of any candidate that asks us to look backwards. Our nation is about to cross a very busy intersection and we are its pedestrians. Which way do you look when crossing an intersection? I’m sure it’s not behind you. That is why I reject Biden’s attempt to retread the Obama administration through his campaign, asking us to look backwards to a better time, a time before Trump. If Biden cannot stand on his own and must rely on his association with Obama, then he has admitted to being his surrogate or proxy. He is asking us to look backward to someone other than himself. I like Joe, just not for President. He’s too little, too late. He’s not Obama.
 
 
 
 
 
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