Biden’s VP Choice Will Be Seriously Racially Contested

By Donald A. Collins | 8 July 2020
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Folks, the other key issues which this vital website daily defines, explains and defends so well will continue to be well received by its wide constituency around the world whatever happens, but many of our concerns and issues could be sorely affected by a 2nd Trump term.

As you are all well aware, Joe Biden, when nominated as the chosen Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, had assured his party early on that he would pick a female VP running mate.

This announcement of course has waved a large potential red flag in front of Trump’s partisans and clearly—now that Trump’s campaign strategy has become evident—will bring out a most potentially damaging attack on Biden whose slightly older personal age (almost 78) like Trump’s age (74) certainly will also be compared.

Personally, I take exception to anyone making age the governing criteria in one’s job qualifications.

I, at 89, of course think of both men as quite senior, but not too senior for many more years of active life wherever they choose to live. And as for serving in public office, remember Associate US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens? He served admirably from 1975 until his voluntary retirement in 2010. And he lived on seemingly quite well until he died at 99 in 2019.

Back to Biden’s VP picks.

If, for example, Biden picks Elizabeth Warren, she will be seen by many as too liberal and not a minority. If he picks an African American woman, she will likely be seen as a racial leap too far by many of Trump’s presumed solid 40 percent base and even some others as well.

Biden in ensuring a VP woman Democratic candidate is helping recall Walter Mondale’s history of picking a woman and not winning, but in my mind Biden is exhibiting a sensible bravery which Americans should and likely largely will recognize.

Remember, however, that not many VPs ascend to President. When they do, we are often surprised by their success!

Remember, as history proved, when President Chester Arthur (1881 to 1885) after James Garfield’s assassination, eschewed the influence of his corrupt NYC boss.

And most of us today can applaud President Harry S. Truman, who started in machine politics in Kansas City, then finished FDR’s 4th term in 1948 and went on to another distinguished term of his own. When he retired as President, he steadfastly refused board memberships and other sops offered, saying those folks only were wanting his name to gain influence for themselves! How rare was that behavior in light of subsequent history?

The enlarged role women now play at every level in our country’s governance and business should be proof to all of us that our concern about female competence can only be set aside today in America. Surely Margaret Thatcher’s example, whether you liked her political views or not, cleared gender as a prohibiting factor for PM there as does the long tenure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

So, Folks, clearly the main issue in this election for many Americans has to be the turning out of office a President whose sole focus seems to many to have been self-aggrandizement.

Biden, in the opinion of many seems to be an honorable man, who at least has plentiful first-hand experience with and knowledge of how our remarkable governmental system should function. It seems likely that if elected Biden would seek to leave the same honorable legacy as predecessors Arthur and Truman. This seems especially likely now after Trump when such a balanced record is more urgently needed than ever in our entire history.

The fabled Broadway production of the musical “Hamilton” would still be touring if not for the Coronavirus pandemic. Its multi-racial cast offers symbolic evidence of its broad relevance to today’s Americans about how amazingly and successfully as a democracy our Constitutional government has evolved!

And remember the election and two term record of Barack Obama, our first African American President, served notice to all Americans of a needed basic new racial principle was added to our democracy!

Staying on a positive forward course of bringing us together as a nation now stands at dangerous risk, awaiting a crucial verdict on November 3rd.

Again, this website offers such wide education about so many crucial topics in its daily postings. However, remember that the many other key issues which this vital website defines and defends so well will need to continue to be treated whatever happens, but their future outcomes could be sorely affected by a 2nd Trump term.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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