This year is shaping up to be one that changes the face of America. A plague is still ongoing that is ravaging the entire world. A virus that has no political allegiance, it is just doing what it does – finding hosts to infect. Meanwhile, George Floyd’s death has caused a rally of people now the world-over. The rampant abuse of police authority in this country has taken center-stage, and it’s definitely something that needs to be talked about, in a way that’s serious. Not like after a mass shooting where the country talks about how bad automatic weapons are, only to turn around and do fuck-all about it. Another day in the endless turmoil that is America, eh?
As one might expect, since this is all happening in an election year, the big focus people have is wondering what the political landscape is going to look like with all this happening. Trump’s biggest thing he was hoping to run on was his economy. Now the economy is in shambles. It has gone into a recession that is far worse than the 2008 one. We narrowly avoided another Great Depression, and we may still hit it if COVID really rallies in the fall and brings things to a screeching halt once-again. And with the recent riots, instead of the President being out trying to unify people or at least calm things down, Trump is hiding in his bunker. The unlit White House seems to be a metaphor for everything that’s happening. Hell, the dude used tear gas to clear people out to do a photo opportunity with a Bible. He held that thing like it was poison to him.
The political pundits have all come out with their own opinions, but because I don’t watch cable news, I am spared the MSNBC and CNN stupidity. But because I live on the Internet, online news has a way of finding me. And there was one article in-particular that just blew my mind in how utterly bereft of understanding it was. An article on Newsweek opining that there isn’t enough college activism for Biden. Here’s a link to the article, let’s talk about it.
It begins by saying that the dude was a big activist during the Vietnam days, and that everything thinks Trump is bad (at this point, part of me thinks that only the dude’s cult of personality are thinking he is handling this well), but there isn’t enough college activism. The dude then asks the obvious question – why is this? I will say, this is the FIRST left-leaning news outlet that has actually let it slip in that people are wondering about Biden’s mental acuity. His campaign is keeping him out of the limelight, still, as much as possible because his gaffes are not going anywhere. Seeing them splice his comments together to come up with stuff that is usable in newsbytes is just the best. Reminds me of that line in Red Letter Media’s Best of the Worst video where Rich Evans has his grammatical gaffes and one of the dudes says if he was editing the video, it would sound perfect. They make the joke that for that to happen, they would need a ton of jump-cuts.
We’ve gotten to the point that I don’t see how the Biden campaign can keep not addressing the fact that their candidate’s brain is falling out most times he is being tasked with doing a speaking engagement or an interview. How will he handle speeches? But I digress.
The article continues opining the lack of college student engagement, then offering the most cursory reasoning that it may be because of the Democrats utter failure to initiate on ANYTHING that Gen-Z would want. Keep in mind, they are the ones in college right now. It isn’t millennials anymore. We’re out of college, building careers and starting families. Here’s the thing – Gen-Z is growing up in a world that millennials like myself have become utterly disenfranchised by. A world where there are two parties controlling the entire discourse, and NEITHER party represents the values that we stand for. The Democrats are NOT a liberal party. Not the establishment ones. They are moderate Republicans, as far as I’m concerned, with how far to the right the party has gone. Article doesn’t talk about that.
Where are the political voices who are willing to talk about the reality that the reason people don’t get involved is because of how dejected they are? The article says that Bernie Sanders needs to rally his supporters on college campuses. So tell me – with what? The ONLY thing that Biden’s campaign has is that he isn’t Trump. That’s it. He has made VERY clear his opposition to universal healthcare. Don’t tell me about the Affordable Care Act and how he wants to make it stronger. I’ve seen his idea. It’s an even bigger birthday present to the private insurance industry scam that keeps Americans in bondage. Every other First World nation has universal healthcare in one form or another. This plague has highlighted more than anything what this country needs.
It also doesn’t help that Biden has a bad habit of pimping out his opposition whenever he is greeted with any push-back. He yelled at blue collar auto workers. He told people if they don’t like him to vote for someone else. It seems like he is quick to anger. That ties in with the dementia thing, by the by. He said if people believe that allegations that Tara Reade made, vote for someone else. He inspires absolutely no confidence as a potential leader. Is that deliberate? Is that his way of sneakily trying to get out of his situation, by pimping out the other side? If so, it’s clever.
Perhaps it is telling that this article is demanding that Bernie get his supporters to fight for Biden. The man is unable to fight for himself. His campaign keeps him in a corner somewhere until they absolutely can’t avoid having him out talking in interviews that I guarantee are so scripted. Where they can give him the most softball questions possible in order to make it so that he doesn’t have to get into complicated issues. So instead of trying to get the candidate himself to build populist support, get the guy he beat by having his campaign make deals with everyone else (can’t wait to see VP Klobuchar, in all her milquetoast majesty) so they would drop out.
This is a man who has to get Obama to talk to people on his behalf. You’re the Democratic party nominee! It should be you out there. This is an election where, in a year of strife and madness, we have no active voices from either party when things are at their absolute worst. Sure, I figure it’s because Obama is black and the current issue is about what’s facing the black community, but if the party wasn’t scared to death of him saying something weird or stupid or losing the plot like that time he just stood there staring at the camera for 30 seconds until his wife came on, or that time when he was giving an online town hall and was talking but seemed to forget where he was and just wandered away and they had to cut to a still image to avoid dead air, then they would have him talking to people. And the writer of this article is saying Bernie isn’t doing enough. Is there ANY political commentator who is going to ask the hard questions?!
In the past I’ve said that it doesn’t matter how bad things get in this country, I’m not doing a lesser of two evils voting, and now that viewpoint gets put to the test. Biden is a weak candidate. Trump is showing how weak a candidate he is now more than ever. It’s a battle of two weak men, one with narcissism like you wouldn’t believe, and the other with dementia. I refuse to participate in this dog and pony show. I’m a millennial, and the Democrats aren’t trying to help my generation. What exactly are they doing for Gen-Z?
Until next time, a quote,
“The lines of what is considering right and wrong in society today have been blurred. With common sense no longer our guide, we make decisions based on selfish wants and desires. This has resulted in a deluge of self-centered people who delight in taking advantage of the weak. However, even in this modern day and age, it is imperative that we act in the best interests of all.” – Toranosuke Yoshida, Persona 5: Royal