The GOP Says Biden’s Bad! Democrats Say Biden’s Old. Trump Old and Bad! True Heroism Now? Retire To Beat Trump?

By Donald A. Collins | 13 September 2023
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What don’t people like about Biden’s first term?

Afghanistan and immigration?

Both were Trump or GOP legacies.

On Afghanistan, read two pieces here and here.

On Immigration reform read here.

Read on why Biden gets panned by the GOP. This piece was written before the 2021 midterms but the same language prevails.

Here’s a recent one which cites many positive things but also the border immigration problem.

Then there are the polls which show Biden and Trump running neck and neck.

Of course, as Biden points out to voters in considering the Presidential choice, consider the alternative.

Here’s my main point in writing this piece:

I so regret this disaffection with Biden who in my opinion has performed admirably. At almost 93 and playing 9 holes of golf 4 times a week and writing OP ED columns almost daily, I am, as my family and friends say, “A Super Ager”.

I thus feel a strong empathetic connection with the President who I will certainly vote for if he is the nominee.

My caveat is the possible effect of a No Label candidate taking Biden votes or the very real chance that Trump might somehow win a second term which would be disastrous for democracy here and in the entire free world.

I fear the Biden election machinery is so well started that Biden will not be willing to step aside, feeling as he says “the job is not done” etc.

Second terms have often been disappointing as Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton demonstrated.

There is a long history of the curse of a 2nd term; read here:

The second-term curse is the perceived tendency of second terms of U.S. presidents to be less successful than their first terms.

According to the curse, the second terms of U.S. presidents have usually been plagued by a major scandal, policy inertia, some sort of catastrophe, or other problems. There have been twenty-one U.S. presidents who have served a second term, each of whom has faced difficulties attributed to the curse. The legend behind the second-term curse is that after Franklin D. Roosevelt broke the de facto second term limit by running for third and fourth terms, the ghost of George Washington might have put a curse on any president who seeks a second term. This legend notwithstanding, several presidents who served prior to this, including Washington and Roosevelt themselves, were plagued by problems in their second term more serious than in their first.

Whether this perceived tendency is real is a subject of dispute: for example, political statistician Nate Silver, after analyzing presidential approval ratings for Harry S. Truman through Barack Obama, did find that approval ratings were lower on average during second terms, but he also found a variety of other reasons to explain those ratings, such as regression toward the mean, and he concluded that “the idea of the second-term curse is sloppy as an analytical concept”. In addition, political writer Michael Barone cited several presidents who had successful second terms, and wrote that “second-term problems resulted more often from the failure to adjust to changed circumstances and unanticipated challenges”. Conversely, a 2013 report in The Economist has said that the existence of the second-term curse is supported by data. The report stated that each of the eleven second terms served from the beginning of the Theodore Roosevelt administration to the end of the George W. Bush administration were less economically prosperous than their respective president’s first term, save for the second terms of Truman, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. However, these findings could be due to the effect of survivorship bias; presidents who are elected for a second term are more likely to have had a good first term, making their second term look worse by comparison.

As we reach year end and this virtual tie between Biden and Trump continues, the polls may stay the same.

This hopefully will mean that a No Label candidate will not emerge, but again this does not dismiss the uncertainty of who’s going to win in the 2024 election.

The major concern all Americans of both parties should have is about the chance a fascist could win and with it denigrate perhaps fatally our democracy with Trump’s continuing usurpation of freedoms as he attempted to accomplish in his first term.

He’s already disabled our Supreme Court for decades and his appointments will continue to confirm Christian nationalism as dominant in our justice system.

A July 17, 2023, NY Times article entitled “Trump And His Allies Forge Plans to Increase Presidential Power in 2025” reports Trump’s blatant admission that he will seek fascist powers if reelected. Here are quotes about these plans:

Mr. Trump and his advisers are making no secret of their intentions — proclaiming them in rallies and on his campaign website, describing them in white papers and openly discussing them.

Some elements of the plans had been floated when Mr. Trump was in office but were impeded by internal concerns that they would be unworkable and could lead to setbacks. And for some veterans of Mr. Trump’s turbulent White House who came to question his fitness for leadership, the prospect of removing guardrails and centralizing even greater power over government directly in his hands sounded like a recipe for mayhem.

“It would be chaotic,” said John F. Kelly, Mr. Trump’s second White House chief of staff. “It just simply would be chaotic, because he’d continually be trying to exceed his authority but the sycophants would go along with it. It would be a nonstop gunfight with the Congress and the courts.”

The agenda being pursued has deep roots in the decades-long effort by conservative legal thinkers to undercut what has become known as the administrative state — agencies that enact regulations aimed at keeping the air and water clean and food, drugs and consumer products safe, but that cut into business profits.

Read the full article here.

Is there the possibility that Biden will take his well-deserved accolades for saving our democracy and decide NOT to run for a second term? Very Unlikely.

However, in so doing Biden would assure that the fascist MAGA GOP gets thrashed out of any political clout and could be replaced by new numbers who will return to the GOP’s traditional beliefs in fiscal responsibility, integrity, fairness, and legislating based on secular goals for citizens of all faiths, colors and sexual choices.

Those of us who hope that women’s right to abortions will be a powerful incentive to re-elect Biden, but we cannot be totally confident that abortion choice and Trump’s total unfitness will carry the day.

In a nation of 340 million there are many fine people of both parties who are qualified to lead our great country.

Biden’s legacy as a great one term President would be assured if he made this critical decision not to run ASAP and let the Democratic Convention choose among a number of strong leaders whose reception based on Biden’s successful first term would be enthusiastic across a wide spectrum of voters.

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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