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NO Biden -- Some of the Reasons Why NOT Biden

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We are in the battle for the soul of this nation". But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.

Joe Biden's campaign announcement video (3:30), April 25, 2019

Biden's candidacy announcement video is an elaborate exercise in false consciousness, opening with a misleading invocation of the Declaration of Independence. He never mentions the Constitution. The video segues into a shameless bit of soulless exploitation, manipulation, and misrepresentation of the racial events in Charlottesville in 2017. The portentous music, together with Biden's funereal tone, work hard to create the sense that there was meaning and substance where there was neither. Biden can only fake gravitas. He goes on and on about "American values" and "who we are" without naming a specific value or saying who he thinks we are. This is political pandering in the form of a Rorschach blot. This is crude demagoguery that boils down to an appeal to elect a familiar under-achiever just because he's NOT Trump.

Last time anyone looked, ALL the candidates were NOT Trump. And a good many of them actually stand for both articulated values and thought-out policies to put them into practice.

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Most of Biden's career has been spent standing by and letting things happen, things that attest to the historic character of "who we are," but are anywhere from not admirable to despicable. Biden's announcement video suggests that Biden would promote racial healing. He never has before, why would anyone believe he could now?

Trump calls Biden "Sleepy Joe." That's actually a compliment in the context of his record. "Sloppy Joe" would be more apt. Trump grabs women by the p*ssy, Biden grabs women by the shoulders. There's a difference, but they're both grabbers. Maybe the most realistic thing to call him is "Creepy Joe."

In reality, Biden has been horrendously awake and active on the wrong side of too many issues. Here are some of them, unranked.

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Biden actively supported the Iraq War, helping President Bush lie the country into war.

Biden actively supports the Afghanistan War and always has. He supports drone strikes and CIA-trained death squads without any apparent concern for civilians maimed and killed.

Biden is silent on Saudi Arabia's criminal war on Yemen, green-lighted by President Obama.

Biden has advocated a non-specific "military solution" for Syria, but not recently.

Biden's son Hunter had lucrative interests in Ukraine that were under investigation by Ukraine's top prosecutor. Biden has boasted of leaning on Ukraine president Poroshenko, who fired the prosecutor.

Biden backed the aggressive and deceitful eastern expansion of NATO, knowing it would likely lead to unnecessary confrontation with Russia.

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Biden has long supported tax cuts for the rich.

Biden supports cutting Medicare and Social Security.

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Three cheers. Excellent summation and why Biden is more of a joke--though not funny--than Ukraina's new President. His main qualification is that the Democratic bosses tell just enough people to vote for him, that he'll get pushed through by the Superdelegates in round two at the Convention . He is like Truman when we need a Henry Wallace.

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He is like Truman when we need a Henry Wallace.

You hit the nail on the head. Biden is nothing but NObama v2.0

Submitted on Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 4:32:21 PM

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Yup, Biden wouldn't be my choice, but it's important to understand just where the American electorate currently is. Obviously, we're way early in the process, but Biden is currently surging in polls.


More than likely, the country is not capable of going from President Trump directly to President Warren.


The latest Gallup info lists 27% of the electorate that identifies as Republican, 26% as Democratic and 44% as independent.


I may be wrong, but I would venture that most voters who call themselves "independent" are completely unaware of Biden's history and probably don't care.


Discounting unforeseen events, it's likely Biden will end up being the the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. And, flawed as he is, I would much prefer to see him in the White House than the "current occupant".

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I find I can no longer mentally engage in this circus of absurdity. With so much as stake worldwide, this stance makes me sad, but IMO, sane. So it's where I stand, in spite of whatever criticism I may incur. Elvis has left the building.

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Janet, I hear what you say. Whether it be biden or hillary or bama or rump or either this or that candidate here or over there, it simply don't matter anymore. Ok, maybe on the fringe and divisive issues it might a bit. But those issues are not what really matter. It is the big and important issues that no straight story comes out straight from the MSM that matter. It don't matter what candidate from here, there, or anywhere, up there or down there, to the left or to the right, that gets elected. They will learn quickly they have only become a puppet whose strings are pulled by those that they better not cross.

For me all that has become a benefit. I don't have to waste my time getting to the polling booth and tapping digital buttons on a black box gadget that is not accountable.

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"In an Orwellian twist of language designed to justify the war resolution, Biden claimed in Senate session in October 2002, 'I do not believe this is a rush to war. I believe it is a march to peace and security.'

This gave President Bush the unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States" (emphasis added).

It was an invasion that led to the premature death of 4500 mostly younger U.S. Americans and of course to much larger Iraqi casualties. #NurembergCrimes W Bush - "The Crime of Aggression" 9/11 #PrePlantedExplosives "used at the WTC" - on Page 12 #GrandJuryPetition.

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Anyone who thinks the crime syndicate which calls itself the Democratic Party cares about the "soul of the nation" needs to be placed under full time supervision by a responsible adult. Biden is the 2020 version of Hillary. The party elites will, once again, utilize fraud and whatever other crimes are required to insure that its candidate is fully committed to serving the 1%. The farce of electoral politics will continue as usual.

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