Here is a quick summary of this year’s presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Please take a look and see if you agree.
First, let’s talk about Joe Biden.
Is Mr. Biden likable? Usually pretty friendly? Does he seem like a warm guy? Yes to all three.
As for his accomplishments in almost a half century as a Senator and Vice President…how many can you name? Take your time.
OK, now let me help you out. The single greatest “accomplishment” Mr. Biden had as a senator was the 1994 crime bill, “The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act” which he authored and pushed through to enactment, which put countless Black prisoners away for longer sentences than their (mostly drugs-related) crimes warranted, and was at least partially overcome by President Trump’s support, and signing of, the ‘First Step Act”.
Other than that, what has Biden ever done? I’m serious; can you name anything? I’m not asking about what he promises. I’ve already seen the sun, the moon and the stars. I’m asking what he has accomplished.
Not very easy, is it?
And that is before we get to the fact – as anyone who watches/listens to him speak has to know, that Mr. Biden’s mental acuity has clearly, significantly diminished to the point that I’m not sure even he knows what he’s trying to say anymore.
OK, now let’s talk about President Trump.
Is Donald Trump unlikable? Yes he is, and then some. Trump is an egomaniac with paper-thin skin. He is a serial bloviater, who exaggerates almost everything in the positive or negative, and often plays fast and loose with facts.
But has he gotten things done – things other presidents make promises about but never seem to happen? Yes he has, and then some.
Think about Trump’s list of accomplishments – which, in part, includes record low unemployment for Blacks, Latinos and women (until the pandemic), higher wages for all workers, the return of manufacturing jobs to our shores, major peace deals in the Middle East, finally putting the screws to Iran, finally creating some semblance of fairness in our trade with China, revamping NAFTA in a way that is far more beneficial to us, finally getting our NATO “allies” to start paying their share of the organization’s costs, etc. etc. etc.
That is an amazing list. And it has been accomplished in less than one term, despite absolutely no help of any kind whatsoever from the opposition party.
So the issue boils down to what you would prefer; a likable, genteel, friendly guy who talks a good game and gives you little or nothing, or an unlikable, egotistical loudmouth who talks the talk but walks the walk as well, and gets things done?
That is pretty much the choice we have this year.