Nothing Vs. Trump


Leonard Zwelling

         To me Joe Biden is like an old suit. He is frayed around the edges, shows extreme signs of wear, and doesn’t exactly fit the moment. Among the contenders for the Democratic nomination for President, he was one of the least attractive. His sell by date is in the rear view mirror. The Democrats are asking a lot of the American people at this time of extreme physical and economic danger to trust a man like Biden. If he were running against anyone other than Donald Trump, I would say contest over. Biden loses. But he’s not. He’s running against Trump and that gives the American people a very difficult choice. Trump or nothing.

         I am not one of those never Trumpers who is concerned that given four more years in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump will permanently damage the United States. I actually find that he is quite ineffective in getting anything done beyond the nomination of conservative judges. There has been no meaningful legislation that has arisen since his inauguration. His stance on China is frankly refreshing although his positions on North Korea, Iran, Russia and Israel will not advance peace let alone American interests in the world. I thoroughly disagree with his removal of the U.S. from the Paris Accords. He has done absolutely nothing on infrastructure which would be a great way to stimulate the economy after the covid-19 downturn. The economic plight of 90% of Americans is worse than when he took office and he regularly turns to anti-science to make his decisions. He is a relatively inarticulate leader with a nasty anti-immigrant streak that suggests that he has no idea what America is really about and never did. He can’t even get the Wall built let alone get Mexico to pay for it.

         Then there’s the corruption, the misogyny, the racism and the inability to grasp what the Civil War was about let alone who won. Mr. Trump is not a student of history or much of anything else besides television game shows and real estate deals. In other words, at any other time, the contest should be over. Anyone should be able to beat this failed president. ABT—Anyone But Trump. But Joe Biden isn’t anyone. He’s close to no one.

         In essence we have a contest for the leadership of the greatest, most powerful nation on Earth between two incompetent old, white men. How did we get here?

         In 2016 Trump grasped the moment. Hillary did not. Thus, Donald Trump with the help of James Comey, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange and Paul Manafort took several key battleground states away from an arrogant Clinton and won the election.

         Biden by contrast, lost every primary up to South Carolina which he won because James Clyburn and the largely African-American South Carolina Democratic electorate voted for him and everyone else quit. That a relatively small voting bloc should upend the will of the Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire is frankly outrageous. But that’s what happened and now we are stuck with two inferior candidates for the highest office in the land.

         Americans across the fruited plain will have to decide whether they want four more years of chaotic leadership by a megalomaniac who cannot manage his way out of paper bag or a very old and over the hill ex-vice president who may well be cognitively impaired. What a choice!

         If there was ever a place for E, none of the above, this is it.

         I know that I cannot sanction any more Trump so will have to vote for Biden even as I pray that somehow someone else will get the Democratic nomination. This is the toughest time for America that I can remember for over fifty years. It’s going to be a real test of someone. Why does it have to be these two guys?

         I remember when I was a kid, my father took me to Yankee Stadium on Old Timers’ Day. It was a thrill see the old guys in pinstripes like Joe DiMaggio and Charlie Keller, but their baseball game was not exactly big league. The 1958 Yankees like Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra played the real game later. That was who we had come to see.

         Trump Vs. Biden is like Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium except there’s not real Yankees afterward. They’re the whole show.

         Rain check, please!

Leonard Zwelling