Biden calls himself the unity candidate. He isn’t

Daniel Curran ’21

If Joe Biden wins the presidency, he will inherit a divided nation. He has said that he will be a president for all Americans, and that his main goal is to unite both Democrats and Republicans once again and to move forward as a nation. If that truly is his goal, then he has failed so far.  

     The Biden election strategy has been pretty clear from the start. Hide him as much as possible from the limelight and to keep the focus on Trump. Based on polling, that strategy has worked relatively well. But by doing this, he has either not commented on or refused to answer many key questions on voters’ minds, including whether or not he opposes stacking the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster, abolishing the Electoral College, and granting statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (all which have been proposed by key members of the Democratic Party). By not answering these questions, Joe Biden has already made his intentions clear. He knows that by opposing these he will have a difficult time getting the vote of the progressive wing of the party, and if he agrees with these policy prescriptions, he will anger not only Republicans, but moderate members of the Democratic Party as well. 

     Biden is considered by many to be a moderate. His policy says otherwise. In order to gain the support of the far-left counterparts, he has been forced to add several far-left propositions including the Green New Deal. Biden’s website says, “Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.” 

     Biden also said in the presidential debates that he wants to transition away from the oil industry, which according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) provides 9.8 million jobs and accounts for 5.6% of U.S. employment. Although he says his energy plan would replace these jobs, it does not account for the fact that Biden is essentially forcing 9.8 million people into a change in career.  The Biden tax plan would also usher in significant increases in income, capital gains, and corporate tax, as well as impose a carbon tax, which will likely alienate fiscal conservatives. 

     To add to this, he has also chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate, who has been rated the most liberal member of the Senate according to GovTrack (a nonpartisan political website). She cosponsored the Green New Deal and openly called to end private insurance. Although she insisted during the vice presidential debate that a Biden administration would not end fracking, her earlier statements suggest otherwise: in a town hall during the primaries,  she said, “there is no question I am in favor of banning fracking. “ According to Bernie Sanders, a Biden-Harris administration would be the most progressive administration since Franklin Roosevelt. 

If you think that by electing Biden it fixes all of the division within our country, I would warn you to think again.

     This notion that Joe Biden is a unity candidate is utter nonsense. A Biden presidency would be nothing but four more years of partisanship. If he meant what he said about uniting the country, he would instantly come out against packing the Supreme Court and all other radical-left causes; he would pursue centrist policies, such as bipartisan infrastructure and healthcare bills. When Joe Biden left office in 2016, he left behind a more divided country than the one he inherited. If that weren’t the case, then Donald Trump wouldn’t have been elected. 

     The anger within Trump’s base is a direct result of the Obama-Biden agenda. So if you think that by electing Biden it fixes all of the division within our country, I would warn you to think again.