Donald, Joe, and Bernie

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  • Author Randy Daniel
  • Published April 5, 2020
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Donald, Joe, and Bernie

By Randy Daniel

February 29, 2020 was Leap Day. It was also Election Day in South Carolina. Joe won it by a landslide.

Now, why is this state election day the subject of this essay? Not only was it a very important election in the state of South Carolina, it was an important election in the United States as well. This primary and the 14 held on Super Tuesday could determine who ultimately becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States.

The Democratic Party was loaded with candidates, as usual. There were five people running for their party's nomination, but the two worth mentioning are Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the latter being a "democratic socialist" that is officially registered as an Independent. The others, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Mike Bloomberg had miserable showings. After I initially wrote this article on February 28, Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out of the race the day after the South Carolina primary and have endorsed Joe. Warren and Bloomberg dropped out after Super Tuesday, with only Bloomberg endorsing Joe. Warren continues to leave us in suspense as to whom she will endorse.

Of the candidates who could not win, Bloomberg was the longest shot. He is a billionaire who attempted to buy the election and thus buy his way into the White House, just as Donald Trump did in 2016. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Donald Trump, Our Favorite President, is not on the Democratic Party ballot, but held one of his taxpayer supported pep-rallies in South Carolina on Friday night, February 28. South Carolina held an open primary. He told his Republican supporters to vote for "Crazy Bernie," because he is sure he can beat him in the General Election come November. Now, he’s not so sure. However, some were more than glad to accommodate his wish. Nothing is too good for their Favorite President.

It is apparent that Donald wants to make a mockery out of our election process. His reasoning is, why not disrupt the Democratic Party’s campaign process? It’s their fault the world is going to Hell in a hand basket anyway. He’s went as far to blame the current coronavirus scare now sweeping the country on the Democrats. What’s scary about this scenario is this guy’s the President of the United States. And he is running for a second term.

So, of the two Democratic frontrunners, Joe and Bernie, who was declared the winner of this pivotal election? The answer to that question is Joe; he won by a landslide. His political strategy worked; he rode in on Barack Obama’s coattails without an official endorsement from the 44th President.

Joe and Bernie Compared

Both are old white guys. Bernie is the oldest at 78; Joe is slightly younger at 77. However, age probably is not a factor in this campaign as both guys are in excellent health and more energetic than some people half their ages. I, for one, commend them for that!

Bernie and Joe have been running nonstop for several months with no signs of slowing down. Bernie did have a heart attack on the campaign trail a few months ago, but he had his stints inserted where they needed to be inserted, went home to Vermont to recuperate, and seems to have made a great recovery. He’s back in full swing, having won the first two electoral races of this young campaign season. Joe has had several health issues in the past, but also seems to be in excellent health.

With respect to the issues, both candidates’ platforms are ideologically close with both wanting to "rebuild the middle class." Bernie takes a more populist and somewhat radical approach on the issues, as an Independent candidate who calls himself a "democratic-socialist." He takes a more populist or progressive view of what changes should be made in our country to help this so-called forgotten segment of American society.

Bernie is not the first "progressive" or "populist" candidate to run or campaign against a Republican candidate, or a sitting Democratic President. Two populists from the annuals of political history were Robert La Follette, of Wisconsin, who ran on a platform of opposing corporate power and political corruption. He ran as the "voice for the people," in the early part of the twentieth century. Huey P. Long, a flamboyant and demagogic progressive Senator from Louisiana known as "The Kingfish," campaigned against Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930's. He was known for his "Share the Wealth Program."

Joe has a "Vision for America." He talks about the standard Democratic platform such as good paying union jobs, a dignified lifestyle that results from these good jobs, good schools, improved infrastructure, and an improvement in Obama’s signature accomplishment, The Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare." These are all strong planks in any Democratic candidate’s platform.

Bernie takes a more radical approach, as he wants to "remake the country." He wants such sweeping policies such as "Medicare for All"; this is the main plank of his platform. He also wants free college tuition and free childcare, and a reduction of our carbon footprint, which is popular with the young crowd. That is why they are drawn to him.

He wants the government to control most of the primary institutions in the country. Like a good socialist, he thinks the government can solve many of the pressing issues now plaguing the middle class. And, this is where he breaks ranks from Joe, who wants a "return to normalcy." He wants to put people to work. He’s betting that if he "tweaks" a few problems here and there, and puts people back to work on decent, good paying jobs, the middle class will become stronger. In his opinion, bigger government is not the answer.

Bernie’s Plan would make the federal government our nation’s largest employer. He claims he can pay for his signature campaign promise, Medicare for All, with an across the board payroll tax. Of course, most people do not like any type of tax, much less a payroll tax.

Bernie is a registered Independent who caucuses with the Democrats. That’s all fine and good as a United States Senator, but as President, he will be declared worse than a lame duck.

There’s no way that he would ever get his far-reaching agenda passed through Congress, no matter how popular it appears to his voting bloc.

Joe is a career politician, having spent most of his adult life in Washington, first as a Congressman then as a 6-term Senator from Delaware. He eventually chaired the Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees and finished his career as Barack Obama’s Vice President. He is running on the basis that he is the most qualified candidate for the presidency and sees himself as the best choice for defeating Donald Trump. In this assertion, he is probably correct.

Super Tuesday and Beyond

Joe will probably be the Democratic nominee. He had a great day on Super Tuesday, winning fourteen state primaries. He has capitalized on his victories and is building a grassroots coalition. He hopes to maintain his new status as the Democratic frontrunner.

However, if neither one cannot win enough delegates on his own to lock up the nomination on the first ballot, then there will be a brokered convention in July. This amounts to a floor fight where the super delegates would most assuredly give Joe the nomination. However, both Joe and Bernie want to win as many delegates as they can. Playing the brokered convention strategy is risky business.

Bernie was the frontrunner, but he relinquished his lead to Joe after Super Tuesday. Now, he finds himself on the defensive, scrambling to regain lost territory. His make or break state primary is Michigan coming up on March 10.

So, the South Carolina primary was "do or die" for Joe, and he looks like he "did it." His decisive victory breathed new life into his floundering campaign. Joe has picked up some key endorsements and appears to be building his grassroots coalition for the next round of state primaries, beginning on March 10, when five states take to the polls. Joe will probably make a good showing in these next contests.

Come "win, lose, or draw," the Big Money Guys in the Democratic Party will probably insure that Joe is the nominee. They see Bernie as a turncoat who is "muddying the waters," and an easy pushover for Donald as he would have a "field day" with Bernie. The upcoming weeks with the ensuing primaries should prove to be quite interesting, if you are a fan of the political game.

Donald has the Republican Party right where he wants it, completely under his control. Another master politician in post-World War I Germany accomplished this very thing. Donald also has Big Money and Business backing him to the hilt, so he is virtually assured of the Republican nomination. The only reason he conducts his political rallies every week is to get out of Washington and have a little fun at the Democrats’ expense. He was in Charlotte, North Carolina, putting on one of his shows when I first wrote this essay on February 29.

Our Favorite President has somewhat of an agenda, with his "Big Beautiful Wall" along the Mexican border as the primary plank in his platform. He recently brokered a truce with the Taliban, just in time to exercise his bragging rights, hours before the critical elections on Super Tuesday.

Donald likes to upstage anyone or anything that is in competition with him and his agenda. He is also trying hard to "look presidential" in the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic. A future pandemic, if it materializes, could spell doom and gloom for our 45th President.

So, the bottom line is that a vote for Bernie is basically a vote for Joe. By the same token, a vote for Joe is basically a vote for Bernie. Both of these fellows have basically the same message, but use different approaches to convey it to the American people. However, it comes down to whomever the Big Money Guys in the Democratic Party think has half a chance to defeat Our Favorite President, and that guy more than likely is Joe Biden.

The Probable Outcome in November 2020

Donald will probably knock off whoever the Democratic presidential nominee happens to be in November because he has more Big Money Guys on his bandwagon than Joe or Bernie could muster for theirs. It is also hard to dispute the fact that the economy is booming, for some people anyway, and most people vote "their pocketbooks." Donald claims he is responsible for the booming economy and most people swallow his twisted version of the truth, hook, line, and sinker. So, whoever the Democratic Candidate is will have their work cut out for them during this political season.

It will not be an easy task, as Big Business always favors the Republican candidates in a given presidential election. But, the Democrats could "luck out" as this current coronavirus scare could make or break Donald Trump.

The Importance of the 2020 Presidential Election

The election of 2020 could be the most important contest in the United States since the Civil War. The Democratic Party currently finds itself severely fractured, as illustrated by a democratic-socialist candidate who is a registered Independent, who was until recently, the frontrunner in a Democratic campaign. Joe's victories in South Carolina and Super Tuesday could unite the party. It depends on whether or not he can build his coalition and maintain it.

If Joe secures the Democratic nomination but loses the election, then the Democratic Party will more than likely fade into oblivion, having failed to oust King Donald from power. If that scenario holds true, then we will have taken the first steps to one party rule in the United States of America.

The eyes of a nation will be on this year’s presidential election.

I enjoy writing, it's a great stress buster. My favorite subjects to write about are American History, classic cars, and the occasional op-ed political commentary.

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