11 Things You Should Know Before Voting for Joe Biden

Updated on March 10, 2020
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Dr. Thomas Swan studied cognition and culture at Queen's University Belfast. He enjoys exploring the interplay between politics and culture.

Joe Biden is not the man most people think he is.
Joe Biden is not the man most people think he is. | Source

This article will cover several things that you are unlikely to know about Joe Biden's voting record, beliefs, motivations, and character. Beginning with his views on reproductive rights, each claim made in this article will be supported by either a reliable source or a quote from the man himself.

Biden Is More Pro-Life Than You Think

At the beginning of Joe Biden's political career, he was unashamedly opposed to abortion and had a dismal view of women's rights. In 1974, he said:

I don't think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.

— Joe Biden

His admittedly "social conservative" outlook changed little over time. In 1981, Biden voted to let states overturn Roe v. Wade and, in the same year, passed the Hyde Amendment, banning federal funding for abortions and US foreign aid for abortion research. He repeatedly upheld the Hyde Amendment, saying in 1994 that, "those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them." In 1996, 1998, and 2003, he also voted to ban "partial-birth" abortions, despite the lives saved by such procedures.

Biden's social conservatism also contributed to his vote against gay marriage in 1996, and a history of racially discriminatory policies and statements (see below).

As recently as 2019, Biden still supported the Hyde Amendment, but, after receiving considerable criticism, he now claims to oppose it. However, if you expect a more liberal Supreme Court under his Presidency, you may be disappointed.

Biden Wants to Cut Social Security

Despite recent comments to the contrary, Joe Biden has been trying to cut Social Security for forty years. In 1995, he told the Senate:

When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the government. And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time, and I tried it a fourth time.

— Joe Biden

As early as 1984, Biden had teamed up with Reagan Republicans to demand Social Security cuts. Decades later, and after dozens of other examples, his strategy had not changed. In 2018 he said: "Paul Ryan was correct when he did the tax code. What’s the first thing he decided we had to go after? Social Security and Medicare. Now, we need to do something about Social Security and Medicare."

Could it be that Biden's very recent change of heart is more a case of telling people what they want to hear?

Biden Voted for the Iraq War

To say that Joe Biden voted for the disastrous Iraq War is an understatement. He was instrumental in obtaining Democratic support for the War and spoke several times in support of it himself. He even took credit for writing George W. Bush's 2001 Patriot Act that destroyed the rights and privacy of US citizens. Later, he pinned a Liberty Medal on Bush for "services to veterans" in 2018.

Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War and appeared to have no regrets in 2018.
Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War and appeared to have no regrets in 2018.

Giving a medal for "services to veterans" to a war criminal who ordered 4,700 American soldiers to their deaths, with around 9,000 veterans taking their own lives afterwards, is abhorrent and an insult to all those who died. The following video contains one veteran's reaction.

In many other ways, Joe Biden's foreign policy mirrors that of Republican administrations and the hawkish actions of Democratic ones. In 2019, he sided with Donald Trump and John Bolton in supporting a coup in Venezuela (they have the largest oil reserves in the world; Iraq is also in the top five). Biden has also supported regime change wars in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

Biden Is Opposed to Medicare for All

Medicare for All would provide healthcare to every American, saving 68,000 lives and preventing the suffering associated with over half a million bankruptcies annually. Will it be too expensive? No. Multiple studies confirm it will save each family about $2,800 annually after tax rises are considered. Will the quality of care be worse? No. Medicare for All will increase life expectancy by 2 years and reduce serious illnesses by 15%. Will people lose their private insurance? Probably, and they will get better, cheaper coverage in its place.

For these reasons, most of the developed world has a Medicare For All system. They can afford it and they want to keep it. In fact, 70% of Americans also want Medicare For All, so why is Joe Biden opposed? Apart from bringing up the easily debunked reasons above, Biden wants to build on Obamacare, a failed system that has been a highly profitable gift to the health insurance industry. Biden even invoked his dead son in an emotive, roundabout defense of it.

Biden Voted For NAFTA

In 2016, Hillary Clinton was hammered in the Rust Belt for her history of support for NAFTA and the TPP. Such "free trade deals" depress wages and send jobs overseas, and Clinton's support ultimately allowed Donald Trump to win crucial swing states in the 2016 election (e.g., Michigan and Wisconsin).

It is therefore worrying that Joe Biden is no different. He voted for NAFTA, free trade with China, and supported the TPP, and he has defended these actions during his 2020 campaign for president.

Biden Does Not Care About the Climate

Joe Biden may want to re-enter the Paris Accord (which, unfortunately, is a non-binding collection of words that promise little action), but the Obama-Biden administration oversaw the greatest US oil production gain in modern history, opened the arctic to drilling twice, and laid more oil pipeline than any previous administration.

Biden's own words and actions also say plenty about where his commitments lie. He is unwilling to ban fracking and, in almost Trumpian fashion, borrowed his climate policy directly from fossil fuel companies. When confronted about his destructive policies, Biden told a voter to "go vote for someone else."

Biden Wrote the 1994 Crime Bill

In 1994, Joe Biden helped write a notorious crime bill that led to the mass incarceration of African Americans. For example, the bill imposed higher sentences for drugs commonly used by minorities compared to drugs used by white people. It also included the widely condemned "three strikes" rule for imposing life sentences (affecting minorities who are targeted more by police), and greatly expanded the use of the death penalty.

Biden argued strongly for the bill, saying it was to "keep predators off the streets" who were "beyond the pale," perpetuating harmful myths about communities of color.

Biden Wants to Keep Student Debt High

Despite pretending to care about the middle class, Joe Biden has backed several bills that make it harder for people to reduce their student debt. For example, in 2005, he was chiefly responsible for passing legislation to prevent people from accessing bankruptcy protections to discharge their student debt in court. The financial industry, which benefits from such legislation, has donated millions to Biden over the course of his career.

Corruption and Money In Politics

To understand why a politician would support such policies, we should revisit 1974, when Joe Biden participated in a revealing interview about political corruption. When the interviewer politely assumed his innocence, Biden appeared to question that, saying: "I’m not sure you should assume I’m not corrupt, but thank you for that." He then proceeded to say that corruption is "implicit" in Washington and, in an apparent admission, said, "you have to go to those people who have money, and they always want something."

Even worse was his allocation of blame for this situation: "I think the American public, in a way, rips off we politicians by forcing us to run the way they do." The most damning statement came near the end of the interview, confirming that even when Biden wasn't able to be corrupt, he wanted to be:

I didn’t have many larger contributors, and the only reason, see, I went to the big guys for the money. I was ready to prostitute myself in the manner in which I talk about it, but what happened was, they said, “Come back when you’re 40, son.”

— Joe Biden

Well, Biden did come back. In the 2020 race for President, about 64% of his cash has come from "large contributions," which isn't surprising. The first day of his campaign was spent at a lavish fundraiser with corporate lobbyists, GOP donors, and health insurance executives.

Many of these powerful friends have companies registered in Biden's home state of Delaware, which may be the epicenter of US corruption. The state has a lax court system and leaves numerous loopholes for corporations and criminals to jump through to avoid taxes, create anonymous shell companies, and shift dirty money around. Over a million companies are based there (285,000 in one building alone); more than the population of the entire state.

The consequence of all this corruption is policies that allow the rich to get richer (unregulated greed, low tax rates, etc.) and the poor to get poorer (medical bills, student debt, low wages, etc.). In fact, Biden voted to repeal Glass-Steagal banking regulations in 1999, paving the way for the 2008 recession.

It should therefore come as no surprise that wealth inequality and poverty rose during the Obama-Biden administration. The top 1% of Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 90%, and we should only expect this trend to continue under a Biden administration. In fact, Biden recently assured his wealthy donors that if he is elected in 2020:

No one’s standard of living will change. Nothing would fundamentally change.

— Joe Biden

Accordingly, Biden said in 2018, "I don't think 500 billionaires are the reason we're in trouble. The folks at the top aren't bad guys."

Biden's History of Racism

It would be unfair to say that Joe Biden is motivated solely by money and power. He is also motivated by offensively regressive beliefs about race.

In 1975, he opposed desegregation efforts (busing black children to white schools) with use of some shaky "separate but equal" arguments from the 1890s. The arguments might not have been so transparent if he hadn't praised a segregationist that same year, calling George Wallace's arguments "right." Then, in 1977, he voiced concern about America becoming less white, saying he didn't want his kids to grow up in a "racial jungle."

In 2006, Biden made a racially insensitive remark about people from India:

In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans, moving from India to America, you cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts without at least a slight Indian accent.

— Joe Biden

Then, in 2007, Biden suggested that minorities are inherently less intelligent than white people, attributing Iowa's better schools to a lack of minorities. In the same year, he implied black men assault women and have a problem using contraception, saying, "I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town holding rallies in parks trying to get black men to understand it’s not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no."

Also in 2007, Biden said that Obama is making history because he is:

the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.

— Joe Biden

Taken together, these remarks suggest Biden was only chosen as Obama's VP to appease white closet-racists who were afraid of a black President. Yet, in 2020, many African American voters appear to be supporting Biden precisely because of his association with Obama. Of course, all races make uninformed choices for various reasons, but Obama-nostalgia appears to be the reason for this particular uninformed choice among this demographic. (We must also remember that it is the media who are to blame for not informing the public, not the public themselves.)

Biden's Lies and Plagiarism

Finally, to understand what it takes to say these horrible things, to support these abhorrent policies, and to engage in this corruption, we should revisit Joe Biden's unsuccessful run for President in 1988, a year in which he lied to a room full of people about his time in law school. Biden claimed to have finished in the top half of his class and to have been awarded a full scholarship and numerous honors on his way to completing several degrees. All of this was untrue. The following video contains these lies, spoken by the man himself.

Biden also plagiarized five pages of an essay he claimed to have written in law school. He went on to plagiarize other politician's speeches without giving citation or credit to the original authors. Biden claimed to have been "dumb," presumably because "dishonest" would have sounded worse.

Whatever was in his mind, the American public thought they could do better than a dumb President, and Biden was forced to withdraw his candidacy. Thirty years later, is it any less of a sin?

Unfortunately for Biden, his dishonesty (and I think we can call it that) was not limited to 1988. In 2020, he claimed to be have been arrested in South Africa for trying to visit Nelson Mandela. He was caught in this lie while on the campaign trail in South Carolina—apparently trying to fool the state's large African American population into voting for him.

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If you have read this far, I hope you no longer intend to support Joe Biden: a man who has supported wars that have killed millions, trade deals that have decimated the Rust Belt, a crime bill befitting his bigotry, a healthcare system that kills 68,000 Americans annually, and policies that have destroyed the environment, stripped benefits from the vulnerable, and that have prevented women from accessing reproductive care, gay people from getting married, and students from accessing bankruptcy laws.

Joe Biden has a rotten record because he is corrupt, as made clear by his own remarks and the immoral swamp that is his home state of Delaware. He is corrupt because he is a compulsive liar, bigot, and plagiarist with an inability to tell right from wrong.

Whether you agree with me or not, a good number of liberals and progressives will not support Joe Biden because they are aware of at least some of what I have said. So if you are an apologist for all that Biden has done, know that many people do not forgive so easily, and they will not stand beside you in 2020. If you really want to beat Trump, stop apologizing for Biden, and instead find a candidate with a modicum of integrity.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Thomas Swan

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    • Thomas Swan profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      Perrya, I think Trump is about as horrible as Biden. It is the mark of a true partisan to equate dislike of their candidate as love of the other candidate. It is also the mark of a partisan to throw away principles and decency to advance the goals of the tribe.

      James, when Trump votes for something like the Iraq War, I will believe that. Until then, Biden's death toll is a bit higher.

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      James A Watkins 

      3 months ago from Chicago

      Except for voting for NAFTA and telling lies and committing plagiarism, I think your article gives damn good reasons to vote FOR Joe Biden - especially against a man touting an evil ideology that killed 100,000,000 innocent people and enslaved 1,000,000,000.

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      perrya 

      3 months ago

      Author is so pro-Trump, but to all of what he thinks will turn voters away from Biden, I say So What to all the topics. I knew them all. Voters will send Trump home. One is either for or against Biden or trump, but beating Trump is paramount.

    • Thomas Swan profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      Hah, well I can't relate to the oatmeal fantasy, but I hope it happens for you on your 72nd! Maybe put a spoon under your pillow that night! :D

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      Oh Thomas...you're so sweet. At my age, trust me, I need nothing to SLOW my brain down! LOL. Could probably use something to perk it up a bit!! I'm waiting on my 3rd GREAT grandchild! Truth be told, I think I visit YouTube to ogle at those incredibly handsome, sexy Aussies on Married at First Sight!....Then I can dream that one of them will be sitting on my bed in the morning, waiting to spoon feed me my oatmeal...........Now REALLY, Thomas, what did you think I was going to say??? Sweet, little innocent me?? My 72nd, birthday is coming up in April.....and Yes, my profile picture is really me, 8 years ago. Great Genes, honey.....got 'em from my parents! A Hell of a lot of good they do me as I sit in front of the fireplace in my Rocker, reading very tame novels! Good Night dear man.

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      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      It is quite similar to the Australian accent. About as similar as the Canadian accent is to the US. Yes, the Jodah name rings a bell from years ago (I haven't used HP much over the past few years other than to approve comments). You must love that accent a lot! Revisiting old TV shows isn't too unusual. I do the same for 15-30 mins before bed. Helps me sleep somehow. It might slow the brain down to revisit familiar scenes.

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      Is the New Zealand accent more like the Australian accent? I ask because I absolutely LOVE the Australian accent......have even gone online to sites that TEACH it!! I've learned to immediately recognize it now when I hear it.....It is so distinct! I'll share a little secret with you. I told our Aussie Fellow-writer here at HP, "Jodah,"....(surely you know, Jodah?) That I got hooked on the T.V. show, "Married at First Sight-Australia" and fell madly in love with all the people on it. Now, I will even go back to "visit" them on You Tube!! LOL!!!! Can you tell I'm an old Romantic who lives alone & entertains herself??!

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      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Paula for your kind words. I'm not originally from NZ. I've lived all over. Grew up in the UK. Spent a year in the US (Tennessee). Now a few years in NZ. Not that I'm wealthy at all. My studies and scholarships have permitted travel and various placements. So my outlook is as a citizen of the world, not of any particular country. But, I've come to view politics in America as more important than in any other country because of America's effect on the world. The wars, the economic hegemony, the coups and interference in other countries, but also the profound injustices and corruption within US borders too. It became a hobby to learn about, and eventually a mode of activism. I've spent many hours in the last few years in progressive facebook groups discussing the 2016 and 2020 elections. I wrote this because, despite my busy workload, I wanted to give 12 hours of my time to make the world a better place. I research and I write, so that's what I did here.

      I don't blame you for not being interested in NZ politics. I'm not either! The country isn't that important on the world stage. It has a more liberal outlook than the US. People here tend to be kind and respectful. The scenery is great. An effort has even been made to get nature into the cities, with lots of greenery and bird life about. I do like living here more than the UK or US. I can't speak to what your son likes about it so much, but life here may be a bit more easy going and less of a desperate scramble. The accent is a bit funny too. The "e" sound in a lot of words sounds like an "i" sound, which is funny when they say "deck" or "decade."

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      Sharlee 

      3 months ago

      Paula, I just love the voice of common sense. So happy to see it alive and well here at HP. Lifts my spirit to greater heights.

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      Thomas....I have hesitated to mention this but I feel I need to say it. It truly impresses me that someone from New Zealand is so interested & motivated to research so intensely, write so eloquently and share your work on line, regarding American politics/politicians..

      Should I be ashamed to admit that it would not & has never entered my mind to engross myself in these topics concerning New Zealand? In fact, all I know about your country is that my eldest son, who travels extensively, far & wide for his business, absolutely LOVES New Zealand. He mentions this often and sends me photos that he has taken. I respect his opinion and he's very selective about what he finds worthy of his attention and fondness, so he has me wondering what I'm missing by not knowing much to speak of,about New Zealand. I've considered changing this and giving NZ some of my attention.

      (Just some idle thoughts I felt I'd share with you) If you don't mind me asking.....what actually motivated you to be interested in & so well-educated in the U.S.A? It fascinates me whenever someone shows such interest in my country. It's wonderful to know, considering so many nations seem to hate us! (although I'm well-aware this hatred is based on pure envy.) Again, Thanks Thomas. P.

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      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Paula. Yes, talking to partisan Democrats is like talking to a brick wall. I just checked my stats and despite views from nineteen countries, none so far have been from Russia!!! How will Putin ever check my work? :D :D ....I have to laugh because thinking about the red-scare stupor the media have put people into is less pleasant. Ten years from now, maybe they'll realize there were no prosecutions for collusion, conspiracy, or treason because it was all a load of hot air to distract them from the lack of healthcare they're now dying without because their insurance company cranked the shaft to a point at which they suddenly care.

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      Thomas....Points well-taken....and BTW, unlike our defensive, obsessed & angry liberals......I am also open to your valid opinions!! Thanks for the great response!

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      Hi, Sharlee....Well.... we probably could "imagine" worse, but why bother?......the Dems are doing a fine job of running losers. Personally, I love that! Bring 'em on, you looney liberals.....Oops, no offense! LOLOLOLOLOLO. Yes, Sharlee, I do have a reputation for speaking my mind. At least it proves I HAVE one!! Cheers, my friend!

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      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Paula! Yes, I thought the title might be a bit off, but it's snappy and like a request to face the consequences of what they're planning to do. If people can read this article, verify what I've said, and still vote for Biden, then they are sick in the head or have some moral filter hammered into their brain by vested wealthy interests (e.g., media corporations). The "we must defeat Trump" crowd can give some justification to abandoning principles that any decent person should hold, but not while there is a primary and better choices available.

      You are of course right than Biden has been exhibiting cognitive decline: forgetting names, confusing his wife with his sister, stumbling through speeches and debates, and so on. But, I knew it would have been considered a "low blow" by many Biden supporters to bring it up. And, until we get a confirmed diagnosis, it's still speculative (albeit fairly obvious). It's the kind of argument that works with people who already dislike Biden, but will be quickly and angrily dismissed by his supporters.

      I know what you mean about many of the people in Congress, although I am opposed to term limits because it would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I want AOC to stay in Congress for decades, because she is one of the good ones. If she is replaced, the next person will probably be worse. I actually think Bernie is still fit as a fiddle and "all there" mentally, and I wouldn't have wanted him booted out of Congress 20 years ago. If we replace every politician after 8 years, we just speed up the corrupt revolving door between big business and Congress. It doesn't solve the problem and may make it worse. In all cases, there should be a full, impartial, peer-reviewed medical performed. I am fairly sure Biden would fail if his included a cognitive functioning component. And Nancy Pelosi sounds like she is too heavily medicated to function.

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      Sharlee 

      3 months ago

      Paula, Say what you mean much? Love it! absolutely loved it... We have Bernie - Mr. gives away shi- ...

      And then Biden - Mr. can't remember shi- ...

      Could the Dems come up with anyone worse?

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      JOC 

      3 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      So, wait. You make the claim that polls favor Bernie. Were these the same polls that had Clinton winning in 2016? I'm surprised you didn't know how wrong the polling can be.

      The only poll that matters right now is that a majority of Democrats realize Bernie is not really a Democrat at all and are lining up behind Biden because he has more support in midwestern states than Bernie does, and that's where this election will need to be won.

      Every single candidate that has dropped out of the Democratic primary who has endorsed someone, has endorsed Biden. That's actually uniting the party, something Bernie can never do.

      And what an uneducated claim to say Russia did not attack our elections in 2016. Thank you for proving how right-wing you truly are by denying such an obvious factual event. Perhaps try reading the Senate report on the Russia interference or even the Mueller Report. And many GOP members have readily admitted what Trump did was illegal, but they still chose to keep him in office during the impeachment. The fact you see no issue with what he did underscores that you really don't understand our elections.

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      Suzie 

      3 months ago from Carson City

      "Before voting for Biden?"..OMG...HA! Fat Flippin chance. Complete Morons should certainly be able to see that Creepy Uncle Joe needs a nice long rest....somewhere, but certainly NOT in a White House bedroom!

      And on that same note, Uncle Joe's not alone. There are so many over-aged, over-worn, stayed-too-long-at-the dance....Kooks, sleeping in their seats in Washington....I suggest one enormous Rest Home for the Elderly & Feeble U.S. Politicians. There's a time to serve and definitely a time to bow out.

      You did a marvelous job on this piece, Thomas, as always. I apologize but I just had to state one of my biggest concerns and complaints about the people who quite clearly need to know when it's time to say, "Good Bye." I see this as a very major issue within our Political system. (I don't even think I need to name names....it's so obvious to anyone with an ounce of brains and clarity!.......Maxine, Nancy, Fienstein, Bernie, Biden, etc etc etc.............

      Speaking of Good-Bye........Later, Thomas! Good article!

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      Thomas Swan 

      3 months ago from New Zealand

      JOC, I know that the Russians are alleged to have helped Bernie. And I know there is no evidence for it beyond the word of some intelligence officials who won't give any evidence. If you have evidence, let me know. I find it unusual that Putin would support both Trump and Sanders who are opposites on the political spectrum, and I don't buy your excuse that Sanders is more likely to lose to Trump. The polls have consistently shown for many years that Sanders has the best chance of beating Trump. I'm surprised you thought I didn't know any of this, given the extensive sourcing and researching that went into my article. I suspect I know more about all of this than you do.

      What you're saying about "Biden appealing to moderate conservatives" is exactly what was said about Hillary in 2016. The exact same words. There is a quote of Chuck Schumer saying it (again, my research is extensive). She lost. Why are you repeating the same strategy with another status quo centrist? Who convinced you that's a good idea?

      I'm sorry you've been indoctrinated by the mainstream media into thinking Russia is your enemy. The Russiagate fiasco and impeachment circus have been a wonderful distraction from the fact that Biden and the other corporate democrats have no platform. They are a "zombie party" as Chris Hedges has said. Bernie's Medicare For All and Green New Deal policies are supported by the majority of Americans (look up the polling), so I'm also sorry that you've been indoctrinated into thinking they are not.

      The fact that a return to normal foreign relations is all you care about suggests you are sitting in a position of relative comfort, so I can see why you're OK with a candidate who will not help the millions of desperate Americans who need Bernies policies to live (e.g., the 68,000 who die every year from lack of healthcare).

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      JOC 

      4 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      It's been made clear that the Russians support Bernie's candidacy so they can paint the entire Democratic Party as Socialist which helps Trump get re-elected. This article smacks of that. It's not surprising you do not understand that, being from another country.

      Biden will appeal to moderate conservatives who like a slower rate of change in the country. Bernie's policies are just too dynamic for those communities. And in this country, at this time, we need stability and a return to a person who understands who our allies truly are and not the Russians and North Koreans.

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      Thomas Swan 

      4 months ago from New Zealand

      JOC, I use words like "we" either to guide the reader (i.e., "we should revisit 1974") or in the context of the global implications of his Presidency for things like climate change. I have an article critical of Trump. The one where I compare him to Hillary and say they are both terrible. I have one other article critical of Hillary and I think that's it. So 1 vs 2 became none vs plenty in your mind? And how are Biden's own words Russian propaganda (unless he is Russian?) How is his voting record Russian unless they control his mind? Did they make him vote for the Iraq War? For NAFTA? To repeal Glass-Steagal? To write the 1994 racist crime bill? To write the Patriot Act? To stand up in the debate and say he wouldn't ban fracking? To hang a medal on GWB's neck? Come on...

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      JOC 

      4 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      This is an odd article. One, you use words like we, but your profile has you from New Zealand. Second, not a single article critical of Trump, but plenty against Democrats listed in your profile. So to argue for Bernie, just seems like Russian propaganda since he's slated to be one to peg as so far left that the middle will not vote for him.

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      Thomas Swan 

      4 months ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Sharlee. I'm glad you found it informative. It did take a weekend to put together, but I had many of the sources already to hand following numerous political discussions. I just needed to put them all in one place.

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      Sharlee 

      4 months ago

      I enjoyed reading your article, very informative. I can see you put a lot of research into this piece. You provided a lot of information I did not know about Joe Biden. Good work.

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      Thomas Swan 

      4 months ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for commenting, Catherine. I will direct you to the last paragraph and add that for all the people you try to recruit as apologists for Biden, on here and on social media, there will be thousands who you won't reach or who won't listen. And that's because they have good reasons for not supporting Biden. He killed their jobs, or denied them healthcare, or locked them in prison, or insulted their race.

      This is exactly the same problem we had with Hillary in 2016. A core of Democratic supporters, who had spent their lives defending Hillary from (often unsupported) attacks from Republicans (e.g., Benghazi), were also willing to apologize for all the corrupt things she actually did do (e.g., Wall Street pandering, Iraq War vote, NAFTA vote). But, that core of support was no more than 20% of voters. The rest of the population were not blind to it and had to make a tough decision between two evils. Clearly, Michigan and Wisconsin voters weren't oblivious to her vote for NAFTA and went for Trump in 2016.

      And what does Biden offer that is different? He also voted for those trade deals and wars. He also symbolizes the establishment. He is a status quo centrist, just like Hillary. Do you really expect a different result to 2016? In my mind, if Biden is nominated, the election is already lost. So I will do everything I can to stop Biden, now, while we still have a chance. This IS about electability. Most of the polls, when considered together, have Sanders beating Trump by the largest margin. That's because he takes all those anti establishment independents away from Trump. And yes, they will call him a socialist. They called Obama a socialist too. And Carter. And they would call Biden a socialist. It doesn't matter.

      You can tell people to not "nit pick" and to just accept it all, and you can get ready to blame them after Biden is defeated, but there are millions you won't reach, and most of the ones you do reach won't listen. Biden is unelectable, despite your efforts to convince people to elect him.

      You can also sit in relative comfort, where your biggest concern is the President's Twitter, and tell more desperate people to ignore policy, but policy means life or death to millions. A return to the status quo may be all YOU need for now. Other people need a lot more.

      About 68,000 people die every year in the US because they don't have Medicare For All. Trump and Biden are against Medicare For All. Sanders is not. Our planet's climate is falling apart and we may not have four more years to wait for someone who will do something about it. Trump and Biden are awful on climate policy. Sanders wants to transform the economy with his Green New Deal. On the policies that really matter, Biden and Trump have more in common with each other than Biden and Sanders do. This is not an election between a "disease" and a choice of two Democrats. It is an election between two diseases and Bernie Sanders.

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      Catherine Mostly 

      4 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Now is not the time to vote for another revolution. Nit pick every little thing about Joe all you want, you can do that with ANY political candidate that you decide you don't like. It won't change anything because this election isn't about policies. Its about who Dems, Independents and #NeverTrumpers can/will simultaneously support to remove a disease in the WH.

      Its not about who 'deserves' my support more, its about who can defeat a potus who views himself as a dictator. A dictator who has absolutely no interest in uniting people, but deepening divisions as much as possible every chance he gets.

      Its about disempowering enabled and emboldened white supremacy activists. Its about taking America's national security interests (not to mention name-calling and lies) off of Twitter.

      Its about a whole lot of things that can be readjusted just by removing one harmful man from the potus office.

      Joe isn't a threat, he's not that interesting - which is what makes him 'electable' by most people's standards. He is the 'middle ground' person that most people can tolerate voting for - and that's it. Bernie is just the opposing force of Trump, which would only bring more division to this country.

      We will not voting be Joe in because of his policies; and he'll most likely be a 1-term 'bridge' president. That's all we need, for now.

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