President Biden Talks To Us In Person And Straight In His Town Meeting

By Donald A. Collins | 22 October 2021
Church and State

In a CNN Town Hall, Anderson Cooper asks President Joe Biden if he would be open to altering the filibuster. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

On CNN’s one and half hour program on Thursday evening October 21 alone on a stage with host Anderson Cooper, I watched a powerful presentation by a man fully connected and conversant with the dazzling and confusing array of current issues, but also very hip on the future implications of doing nothing to improve our nation’s future, as is the case with the current GOP.

Perhaps for first time in a long time I felt much more as though I was having a personal conversation with the President. His words, based on the applause of his admittedly invitation only audience, but also in the expectant faces of those who were asking him very pointed questions, seemed to me to be ringing true to his audience.

Biden, in taking those hard questions from this audience and Cooper, replied in a clear and plausible way, often prefacing his answers by saying, “Here’s the deal.”

It was to me a bravura performance showing, as I repeat for emphasis, a President in full knowledge of the complex situations he is dealing with-and hopefully will be able to move forward on, despite the split within his own party and the flagrant opposition of the non- governing GOP.

Americans, in the opinion of many experts, are at a crossroads which is so clearly and ominously described in Fiona Hill’s new book, “There Is Nothing For You Here—Finding Opportunity In The 21st Century”. She describes the wide spreading absence of educational opportunity, as the traditional heavy industries in many countries vanished, with those left behind in pockets of unemployment or low paying jobs became willing to embrace the lying mouthings of Trump and causing the most disaffected among them ultimately to storm our Capitol on January 6th and to continue to be told and believe his lies thereafter.

You can read Fiona Hill’s story and her ominous contention that populism as offered by Trump—absent educational and reasonable employment opportunity for all will allow the continuing increase in that present 30 percent of our citizens who will continue to buy the lies and fantasies that the Trump types offer.

This positive course is what Biden is hoping to achieve.

Read the fascinating Washington Post review on Fiona Hill entitled “The rare Trump insider memoir that doesn’t obsess over Trump” here.

She depicts a really dangerous and little understood trend in the USA.

Biden also noted this educational need as it is so needed to help improve conditions not only here but in places for example such as Central America to help reduce their citizens impetus to migrate.

Could this help to other nations, carefully monitored for effectiveness could be the only true path to the global solution to population reduction which allows all humans choices not only for a more viable future but choices away from the dangers of religious or authoritarian orthodoxy that demand ignoring healthy choices based on scientific knowledge not the fantasies of those seeking personal power??

As Biden told his Town Hall audience “Just K though 12 education is not enough”.

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, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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