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Canadian Dimitri Lascaris raises troubling questions about the kind of president Joe Biden will be

He’s no saviour, there’s nothing progressive about him, he’s as beholden to the plutocracy as Trump. —

No 2681 Posted by fw, November 12, 2020 —

Dimitri Lascaris

“Today, 12 years after Obama first assumed office, the world awaits the presidency of Obama’s Vice-President, Joe Biden. What should we expect? The answer should be abundantly clear—as long as we do not allow our collective joy at the demise of Trump’s presidency to cloud our judgment. Biden first became a US Senator in 1972, almost 50 years ago. His half-century record of holding public office is a rich source of information about the kind of president he is likely to be…. Joe Biden is no saviour. There is nothing progressive about the man. He is as beholden to the plutocracy as Trump. One can easily imagine that Biden is relieved by the Democrat’s apparent failure to gain control of the Senate, because Republican control of the Senate provides Biden with a convenient excuse to abandon his empty promises of progressive action. Since Biden’s victory became clear, he has repeatedly stressed unity. After four years of Trump—the most divisive President of our lifetimes—the promise of unity seems appealing, but not from the lips of someone like Biden. For the new president, ‘unity’ means making concessions to Republicans and abandoning the progressives who fought so hard to ensure Trump’s defeat. In the final analysis, the best indication we have about the type of leader Joe Biden will be is the assurance he provided to some of his rich donors at a ritzy Manhattan fundraiser in June of last year: if he were to become the President of the United States, Biden told them, ‘nothing would fundamentally change.’”Dimitri Lascaris

Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist.

Two of a kind.

Lascaris’ unflattering portrait of Biden was likely shaped in part by his personal experience working for the Barack Obama 2008 re-election campaign — an experience that led Dimitri to realize he had been deceived by the former president. Although Lascaris recounts this “Obama episode” in the first half of his article, I opted to exclude it from my abridged repost below. In addition, don’t miss the links at the bottom to two related articles that also raise deep concerns about Biden.

To read Lascaris’ complete article, including his disillusioning Obama anecdote, click on the following linked title.

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The king is dead, long live the king by Dimitri Lascaris, dimitrilascaris.org, November 9, 2020

Joe Biden’s record in public office raises troubling questions about the kind of president he is likely to be

Today, 12 years after Obama first assumed office, the world awaits the presidency of Obama’s Vice-President, Joe Biden. What should we expect? The answer should be abundantly clear—as long as we do not allow our collective joy at the demise of Trump’s presidency to cloud our judgment. Biden first became a US Senator in 1972, almost 50 years ago. His half-century record of holding public office is a rich source of information about the kind of president he is likely to be.

For starters, Biden’s record raises troubling questions about his commitment to anti-racism

First, Biden’s record raises troubling questions about his commitment to anti-racism. As noted by Ed Kilgore in a [June 2019] New York Magazine article:

“But the reminiscences and actual events of the past that keep getting Biden into hot water are not, by and large, sudden revelations of previously unknown aspects of his political career. His early Senate years as an anti-busing advocate were well-known. The whole world watched his erratic stewardship of the Clarence Thomas hearings and his associated dubious treatment of Anita Hill. The 1994 Crime Bill that was used against Hillary Clinton by both Democratic and Republican critics in 2016 was universally understood to be a Joe Biden product; I personally sat spellbound in front of a TV back then and watched him indefatigably promote it on C-SPAN. And his chummy relationship with the racist grandees of the Senate Judiciary Committee was evident for all to see as he climbed the seniority ladder over the years. Before he was known as a grabber and a hugger, Joe Biden was most definitely known as a back-slapper.”

On environmental justice, Biden vows NOT to ban fracking, opposes Green New Deal, and open to Alaska oil drilling
Biden’s commitment to environmental justice is as questionable as his commitment to racial justice. Biden has repeatedly vowed not to ban fracking, which has enabled America to become the world’s largest producer of oil. Biden has declared his opposition to the Green New Deal. On Biden’s watch, the Obama administration opened up pristine wilderness in Alaska to oil drilling.

Biden is also a warmonger

Biden is also a warmonger.

    • He supported Bush’s criminal war on Iraq,
    • and before that, the bombing of Yugoslavia.
    • The NATO-led destruction of Libya happened while Biden served as vice-president,
    • as did Obama’s drone-killing spree.
    • In one of the debates leading up to this year’s election, Biden vowed to make Iran—a country whose people have been devastated by US sanctions — “pay a price” for the unsubstantiated claim that its government tried to interfere in the US election.
    • During his presidential campaign Biden assured the press that he foresaw no significant cuts to the US government’s stratospheric military spending. Indeed, within hours of his victory, defence contractors expressed confidence that Biden will preserve the status quo.

Biden opposes government-run healthcare, which 72% of Americans favor

What about the vitally important issue of healthcare? The US is the only wealthy country that does not have universal health coverage. Its citizens pay far more per capita for healthcare than the citizens of any other wealthy state. Tens of millions of Americans lack health insurance. An estimated 530,000 American families declare bankruptcy each year because of medical issues and bills. It is no surprise, therefore, that 72 percent of Americans want a “government-run healthcare plan”—but not Joe Biden. The supposed saviour of the American people has repeatedly expressed opposition to the wildly popular Medicare-For-All.

Biden will be relieved if Dems fail to gain control of the Senate, which allows him can drop his phony promises of unity and progressive action

Joe Biden is no saviour. There is nothing progressive about the man. He is as beholden to the plutocracy as Trump. One can easily imagine that Biden is relieved by the Democrat’s apparent failure to gain control of the Senate, because Republican control of the Senate provides Biden with a convenient excuse to abandon his empty promises of progressive action. Since Biden’s victory became clear, he has repeatedly stressed unity. After four years of Trump—the most divisive President of our lifetimes—the promise of unity seems appealing, but not from the lips of someone like Biden. For the new president, ‘unity’ means making concessions to Republicans and abandoning the progressives who fought so hard to ensure Trump’s defeat.

Biden assured his rich donor friends that “nothing would fundamentally change” under his presidency

In the final analysis, the best indication we have about the type of leader Joe Biden will be is the assurance he provided to some of his rich donors at a ritzy Manhattan fundraiser in June of last year: if he were to become the President of the United States, Biden told them, “nothing would fundamentally change.”

Watch for the “real Joe Biden” to emerge as he selects his cabinet.

The real Joe Biden will re-emerge in the weeks ahead, as he selects and announces the members of his cabinet. The people Biden chooses to help him govern a superpower that is in rapid decline will tell us all we need to know about the presidency to come.

Mercifully, Trump has lost, but the profound injustices that empowered him remain.

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SEE RELATED

Biden Will Have The Most Diverse, Intersectional Cabinet Of Mass Murderers Ever Assembled by Caitlin Johnstone, November 9, 2020 — Well you’ll be happy to know that the next US president and his crack team of ventriloquists are assembling a cabinet of mass murderers that’s as diverse, inclusive and intersectional as America herself. It’s been obvious for a long time that Joe Biden’s cabinet would be packed with Obama holdovers, war pigs and whatever primary opponents he owes favors to, but now that he is the media-anointed winner of the presidential election we’re getting a bit more confirmation on who they’re expected to be.

Biden, Democrats prepare right-wing administration by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, November 9, 2020 — Lists of prospective cabinet nominations leaked to the media from Biden campaign sources are loaded with figures from the right wing of the Democratic Party or the national security establishment, such as Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense, Lael Brainard for Secretary of the Treasury, and Susan Rice or Chris Coons for Secretary of State. … If anything, congressional Democrats have taken the lead in what amounts to a campaign to purge the left wing of the Democratic Party in a preemptive effort to appease the Republicans.

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