A Reader Writes to Talk about Joe Biden
I’ve been following you for several years. I support your views and am very grateful for what you write.
I am a Catholic and a Democrat. I will be voting for Joe Biden. I will be voting for Joe Biden as a vote against Donald Trump, that is all. I think he will be better for the United States than Donald Trump, but only marginally so I felt the same way about Hillary Clinton.
I don’t know anybody who is thrilled with Biden particularly. But compared with Trump he is Pericles. 😊
I am begging you to watch this video because I believe it addresses some of the problems with the Democratic establishment.
I follow Kyle Kulinski frequently, and I believe he intelligently explicates the reasons for growing dissatisfaction with that establishment, especially among young people. Similar views are expressed on The Hill with Krystal Ball and Sagaar Enjeti, The Rational National, The Humanist Report, and, to some extent, Jimmy Dore, who is a looser cannon than the others I mentioned.
I have no idea who any of those people are, but I get the complaints about Biden and share many of them. On the other hand, I note that Sanders is speaking with genuine praise for him and I begin to suspect that he may surprise us by being a better President than his detractors on the Left take him for. Sanders remarked recently that he could be the biggest Progressive since FDR. That gives me hope if for no other reason than that he will have a helluva lot of damage to repair after Trump. But more than this, I think he has shown himself capable of doing something the Right Wing Freak Show is utterly incapable of: learning. One of the reasons I oppose Cancel Culture is that it locks people into past mistakes instead of letting them change. I think Biden is a different man than he was 30 years ago. Not perfect, but better. Whether he can break with corporatist Democrats remains to be seen (and I am skeptical). But I’m willing to give him a chance.
Mostly though, I’m supporting him (as are you) because Trump, the GOP Crime Syndicate, and the MAGA Cult are the gravest threats both the US and the American Church have faced since the Civil War. The harms the American conservative MAGA cult of antichrist worshippers Mammon, Mars, and Moloch have inflicted on the Church’s witness are beyond calculation. Only God can heal the damage that Freak Show has done.
I know this is forward of me to just throw all this at you, but I am a Catholic who shares with you a concern for the implementation of the social doctrine of the Church, and who believes that the Democratic establishment, because of its enthrallment to corporatism is, although less of an impediment to that implementation than Republicans, an impediment nonetheless.
No argument from me. I feel no need to defend Biden’s flaws. It’s one of the core differences between a Catholic approach and a Right Wing MAGA cultist approach. The MAGA Cult lied to itself that they would “hold Trump’s feet to the fire” and make him do their bidding. In reality, what immediately happened was that they began defending every filthy lie, cruelty, abuse, incompetence and crime he committed, 24/7/365 and have done so from 11/8/16 to the present. They have fallen deeply, madly in love with him. He owns their prostituted hearts and are (as COVID demonstrates) willing to kill and die for him. They don’t care what he says or does. They love it all.
I don’t expect all that much from Biden, though I think him a basically decent man who will try to do his best. That’s all I ask. I oppose, as ever, his views on abortion. I think going to war to make the Little Sisters of the Poor provide birth control is dumb. But I also understand that since there is no prolife party, this is just mainstream politics and not the Great Tribulation that selfish right wingers want it to be so that they can focus self-pity. So I can oppose him on this, but still grasp that compared to the torrent of evil Trump has unleashed while not doing a damn thing about the unborn the Cult pretends to care about, he will still be a vastly better president. And I begin to suspect that he may be a far better president than I had dared hope.
I am going to continue to send videos like this to you. Only blocking me will stop that. I believe they represent a perspective that those Catholics who have not jumped on the Francis-hating, Trump train may be open to hearing.
Okay. Not sure why you think I’d block you. 😊
I will keep you in my daily prayers. I am reading your book about Mary, and it has been wonderfully informative.
Thanks! I very much appreciate prayers, because I really need them. Glad you like Mary, Mother of the Son. My new book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching will be out in September/October from New City Press. I think you will find it useful! God bless your work in the Vineyard!