You’re not settling: The case for Joe Biden

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Barry Lewandowski, Contributing Writer

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2016, just over 60 percent of eligible Americans exercised their right to vote. While there is no specific reason turnout was so low, the narrative that permeated the election was the idea that neither candidate was good enough.

In 2020, the Democratic Party seeks to inspire voters to drive up low voter turnout and to prevent a defeat this November. However, the strategy most are leaning into is not inspiring hope.

Settle for Biden is a self-described grassroots organization, made up of former Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren supporters, who believe that former Vice President of the U.S., Joseph Biden, “isn’t fantastic but Trump is far, far worse.”

Settle for Biden’s Instagram account has over 150 thousand followers, with posts that refer to Biden as Trump’s better alternative.

This strategy may intend to encourage voters, but it will not work. The idea of former Vice President Biden being Pres. Donald Trump’s better alternative is not inspiring. The narrative that Trump and Biden are both bad candidates breeds cynicism.

Here’s a better message: In 2020, Vice President Biden is uniquely positioned to succeed as President of the U.S., and he should enthusiastically receive your support, for two key reasons.

The first? The Democratic Party and American democracy have never been more polarized.

Many times, when discussing whether someone should be President, their policy is the most important criteria. This mindset is not working. The coronavirus pandemic requires informed solutions. It requires action, not talking points. We need someone who will listen to experts and govern. Biden is a politician who believes in listening.

After Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for President, members of Sanders’ and Biden’s campaigns met to form a unity task force. This group worked together to form an 1110-page document detailing their recommendations inspired by both Biden and Sanders’ policy ideas and goals.

A president should make decisions based on policy the American people believe in. They need to work with people who may disagree with them. Biden has proven he can do that. A governing politician, who is trusted by many, listening to the progressive ideas around him and modifying policy accordingly.

The second, and the arguably most important reason we need to support Biden, is the state of our country. More than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and fires are destroying the West Coast, prompting emergency evacuations for thousands of Americans.

“We are a country in terrible anguish right now,” said Jon Stewart, former host of “The Daily Show” in an interview with Stephen Colbert.

“When I see Biden… I see a guy who knows what loss is, who knows grief,” said Stewart

“What I think in this moment this country needs is a leader of humility… (who) understands that he doesn’t understand, that understands the humanity of this experiment and the difficulty that it is in maintaining it and that we have to connect with each other on a much deeper level without the bullshit,” he said. “And it gives me hope… that maybe he is the man of the moment.”

Joe Biden is not your Trump alternative. He is a man of humility and dignity. He’s the man who met a 13-year-old boy named Brayden, and helped him with the same stutter Biden has pushed through his entire life. He’s a man equipped to govern based on facts. In 2020, he’s a candidate to get behind, regardless of the incumbent President.

Don’t settle for Biden. Vote for Biden. Fight for Biden as if your life depended on it. Because with the coronavirus pandemic, fires on the West Coast and hurricanes hitting the U.S. with more and more frequency, it just might.