Is 2024 The Most Momentous Election In Our History?

By Donald A. Collins | 20 September 2023
Church and State

Shirts for sale on Jan. 6, 2021, combined loyalty to Jesus and to Donald Trump. (Photo: Joyce Dalsheim / The Conversation / CC BY-ND)

Mitt Romney’s September 13, 2023, announcement that he is not running again in 2024 for the US Senate was clearly made to alert President Biden and the entire Democratic Party of the dangerous possibility of a Donald Trump re-election if the Presidential race is a repeat of 2020!

Trump’s comments about Romney’s decision offer further evidence of Trump’s fascist intentions for seeking unlimited power if he wins.

Read his comments from the Hill about Romney’s retirement:

Former President Trump celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) decision Wednesday not to seek another term, calling his frequent critic’s retirement “fantastic news” for Utah and the Republican Party.

“Mitt Romney, sometimes referred to as Pierre Delecto, will not be seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate, where he did not serve with distinction,” Trump wrote in all caps on Truth Social, referencing the pseudonym Romney used for a private Twitter account.

“A big primary fight against him was in the offing, but now that will not be necessary. Congrats to all. Make America great again!” Trump wrote.

While attacking anyone who Trump believes is an enemy, this statement makes him sound deranged!

Trump’s stated post-election plans if elected are hugely dangerous. His nomination now seems likely despite his legal troubles.

With 70% of Democrats are wishing for Biden to retire, his opportunity for statesmanship has never been greater! But there seems to be no chance now that he will retire, despite the phony US House impeachment possibility or the Hunter Biden indictment.

And it seems there is no other plausible candidate who has expressed his or her intention to challenge Biden. That seems also to be true in Trump’s case, although a conviction might change that scenario!

David Ignatius’ 9/13/23 OP ED made a sound case for Biden’s not running for a second term: Age. Read his column here.

Another view to which I now subscribe is offered by Perry Bacon Jr. which argues persuasively that Biden, having done an outstanding job in his current term, will be old, but competent and if not in best shape by the end of a second term at 86, his VP Kamala Harris has proven effective in her role so far and would be able to carry on well.

I admit feelings of concern, as I expressed in an earlier OP ED, but as the incumbent seems determined and wholly focused on running, I am content to support him, despite the age issue.

Bacon argues his case well that:

the 81 million or so of us regular citizens who voted for him in 2020 — and will do so again — should be upfront about Biden’s age and what it means. If you are talking to a friend who is undecided or probably voting for Biden, but worried about him being so old, try something like this: “President Biden is flying around the world, giving long speeches and making tons of complicated decisions. He’s very up to the job right now. I hope and expect he will be able to serve his full four-year second term if reelected. That said, he’s 80 — so no one can promise he will be in great health in 2028. But Vice President Harris of course could step in if needed. She has plenty of experience — and the presidency isn’t a single person anyway. All of the people helping Biden would be by her side, too. And a President Harris would be much better than a President Trump.

Both parties need to address real problems not the play acting for personal celebrity by Goetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene and the GOP right wing US House extremists, who can’t get anything done including paying our debts.

Which Party regardless of candidate has a better chance of addressing these key issues?

Climate–Some progress?

Ukraine–unity constantly sought and maintained?

National debt unaddressed–by either party!

Immigration reform now not properly addressed by either party!

Dreamers–children born here of illegal immigrant parents–not yet approved as citizens!

Most of the fundamental problems facing America as we move towards the most critical Presidential race since the Civil War in 1860 could have been addressed on a bi-partisan basis had the GOP Senators showed the courage of Barry Goldwater with Nixon and taken the second of Trump’s indictments and convicted him of his obvious crime of masterminding a coup to keep Biden from assuming the presidency he legitimately won!

The wounds to our democracy inflicted by Trump and his allies will daunt our future for years regardless of whether he is convicted or not, but should he be elected to a 2nd term our democracy falls intolerable peril. Biden, regardless of his age is a presently well proven bulwark against such a disaster.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 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?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us” and “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”.

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