And then there were two.
With the news that Bernie Sanders has officially ended his campaign for President, the nation is left with Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump as the most likely candidates this Fall.
"I also want to thank our surrogates who many to name. I can't imagine that any candidate has ever been blessed with a stronger and more dedicated group of people who have taken our message to every part of this country." @BernieSanders #ThankYouBernie pic.twitter.com/Kx9MS4ZYMU— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) April 8, 2020
Where Does That Leave Americans?
American Democrats have spoken by showing strong preference to Joe Biden, a more moderate liberal compared to the more extreme liberal Bernie Sanders.
It’s difficult to put a value judgment on what this says about America’s future. As a voter currently bereft of political party, I look at all candidates and generally feel that we could do much better with choosing candidates to lead our country.
Matthew seems to think that voting Democrats have moved closer to Bernie’s ideals as a result of this campaign. I’m not so sure. I think the data supports that most people in the Sanders camp were young and focused on free healthcare and debt-free college educations.
Though I do not personally agree with many of Bernie’s stances. I find it hard not to respect his message.
Glaring inequalities very much exist. People aren’t being cared for by their families and communities. This much is true.
Not many people seem capable of holding this approach to politics, but I honor many politicians and leaders I disagree with. Basically everyone qualifies.
Concerns About Joe Biden
I’ve watched half a dozen of Biden’s public speaking engagements over the past year and I’m concerned about his health. He frequently stutters, says the wrong words, and confuses his speech.
I don’t understand why Biden’s health isn’t a massive factor in presidential campaign reporting. What underlying conditions is he keeping secret? Or worse, just not getting diagnosed?
Anti-Trump voters will read this and likely reply that they’d prefer a debilitated Joe Biden over a dishonest President Trump. To which I have no real retort. President Trump is a conundrum to me. The effects of his presidency, insofar as I understand them, are about 50% significant growth and improvement and 50% significant loss and deterioration.
It’s truly a marvel to behold. We live in unprecedented times. And the man with the biggest heart for the littlest people has now left a human-sized hole in the campaign.