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See, this is what you Democratic loyalists don’t get:
Sanders supporters, by and large, were not supporting Sanders, the person. Sanders had some good policy (and some bad, but far more good than any of the other Democrats on stage). Now Sanders has endorsed Biden, who had literally the worst history of anybody who was in the running. To you, who think in terms of personal loyalty, that means that Sanders supporters should support Biden. To most of Sanders supporters, it means that Sanders has screwed up, possibly irredeemably, because Biden is unspeakably evil, basically helped create nearly all the problems we face, and was part of a campaign in 2012 which said, flat out, that any progressive elements a Democratic candidate included in a platform were lies and that anybody who believed otherwise was a fool.
Since Biden has, historically, supported pretty much all of the things Trump has put into practice, but with a milder, blander demeanor, the most likely thing is that once in office he will begin trying as hard as possible to normalize all the things Trump was doing while pretending he’s trying to reverse them — so more funding for police (as he has already announced) and continued immunity from prosecution for them, more wasteful pointless wars, more austerity for the poor, more tax cuts for the rich… pretty much what Obama did in practice and Clinton wanted to continue, which is all a losing proposition for the US just like Trump. So why bother with Biden?
You left out his long history of abuse, STDs, and gaslighting, and also the time he was caught in 2012 saying that anybody who believed anything he had promised in a personal ad was a naive fool.
Too bad they aren’t running.
And more people didn’t vote at all in Florida than voted for either major candidate.
But, you see, third-party voters can be yelled at by saying “you have to vote to win, so voting the choice you like is stupid unless it will win”, whereas if you want to actually criticize Democrats who voted for Bush, or nonvoters, then you have to point out differences in the way that Bush and Gore campaigned — and Gore basically campaigned on the slogan “if you let me into office, I promise you won’t know there’s a Democrat in the White House”. Democrats don’t want to admit that the key to turnout is differentiating themselves from the Republicans — not when Biden, like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Al Gore, is chasing “moderate Republican” votes by pushing rightward. Admitting the real reasons for the loss in 2000 would mean admitting that the party has actively been trying to lose in most elections since then, and that raises some deeper questions about whether it is right to support the party at all, so the real rah-rah loyalists will never do so.
Ugh, no. I am barely able to muster the enthusiasm to vote for Prison-Industrial Complex: The Presidential Campaign with Trump in office. I may not even bother. Once he’s gone, I absolutely won’t vote for either of the two awful candidates the Democrats have chosen, ever again — and, after this, any of their down-ticket picks, either. “The Lesser of Two Evils” is not a valid strategy, at best it’s a holding pattern and when the candidates have records like those of Biden or Harris, it’s not even that — things are going to get worse even if they win, because they’re both authoritarian boot-lickers.
The whole point of the strip is that Trump is happy about the pick.
You seriously think the Democrats haven’t been helping? Go read up on Biden’s legislative history, and tell me that his 1994 crime bill, his 2005 bankruptcy bill, and the terrorism bill he wrote which served as the basis of the PATRIOT Act weren’t major milestones along the way. (And, of course, there’s the whole Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill thing, don’t forget that, either.)
It’s appalling that the Democrats are running, against Trump, the single person in the party who has done the most to harm the party and the country over the last 50 years. There is literally not a Democrat who has been as consistently awful as Biden, not even scum like Manchin, but the party is running him, and still somehow thinks that it’s only Republicans who vote against their own best interests.
You do realize that in this context, Biden and the Clintons (and, unfortunately, Obama) are all Patricians, right? I mean, Biden has already said that we can’t have single-payer or the Green New Deal because of the deficit, despite being perfectly okay with the ever-expanding military budget. (How anybody can possibly support that lying jacka&& is still a mystery to me.)
I remember reading an analysis of the history of deficit spending over the last 2 centuries — the US isn’t the only country to have done it, by any means, and it didn’t start in the 20th. Essentially every time budget hawks decry deficit spending, the amount that horrifies them ends up being trivialized by inflation within a generation. It’s still happening — go back and look at what budget hawks were worried about 40 or 50 years ago (you can even look at Biden’s speeches for the data, because he has always been a budget hawk, and even wanted to cut Social Security on those grounds) and the amounts they worry about are piddling in current dollars. What has changed is that until after World War II, the idea of deficit spending on the military during peacetime basically was unheard of. There was plenty of deficit spending on the military before then — but it happened when the wars happened, not every single year regardless of conditions.
Uh, that’s not made up. It was Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Look it up, since you apparently shoved it down the memory hole because it was inconvenient. And when the kid’s relatives tried to sue over it, Obama’s legal team, acting on his instructions, argued that nobody has the standing to challenge the executive branch on that subject, and the judge accepted it. Not only is that extraordinarily evil in and of itself, but it’s a precedent that I’ve been terrified Trump will decide to try to use, which I would have thought anybody with a working brain would have foreseen but which rah-rah Democratic loyalists like you apparently are incapable of noticing.
Don’t worry, Biden will fix it! Oh, wait, he says that people who commit crimes against property are anarchists and should be prosecuted for their political beliefs. Sure is a good thing that’s not a major red flag for fascism, isn’t it?
Anybody who votes for Biden is as much a part of the problem as anybody who votes for Trump.