America is at a Defining Moment. That’s Why I’m a Young Person Supporting Joe Biden.
In the middle of the night in Claymont, Delaware, a young boy grabbed his flashlight, his book of poetry, and stood in front of the mirror.
“Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books.”
He held the flashlight up to his face while he was practicing, as he was embarrassed by how his face became contorted while he spoke the memorized lines.
He went to school, where he encountered bullies who attempted to humiliate him with nicknames such as “Dash” and “Joe Impedimenta.” Even one of his teachers mocked him by calling him “Mr. Bu-bu-bu-Biden.”
America is at a defining time as a nation, faced with multiple crises that have fully exposed the systemic inequities that have plagued our society for far too long. In addressing these critical challenges, it has never been more clear that having competent and compassionate leadership matters. With only a short time until voting begins in a presidential election with so much at stake, now is not the time to remain on the sidelines.
As Vice President Biden has said from the beginning of this race — above all else, this election is a battle for the soul of the nation. This election is about people who, like Joe as a kid, look in the mirror and are unsure if they belong. It’s about people whom the current president has mocked and marginalized — those who look different, who speak differently, who identify differently, who pray differently — they all deserve to know that they make our nation stronger. They deserve to have a president who sees their full value and worth, and a president who supports policies to affirm that inherent worth.
This election is about the people hurting from the health and economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, and who deserve a president concerned about their well being, rather than one whose constant focus seems to be his own self-interest. It’s about the people across the nation crying out for racial justice, and who deserve a president committed to eliminating institutional racism, rather than one who incites hatred for his personal political gain. It’s about the people with pre-existing health conditions whose lives are dependent on having an administration that will protect and build on the Affordable Care Act, rather than one who is in court trying to completely tear it down.
It’s about the immigrant families who have been separated at the border by this administration, the young people calling out for climate action to save their future, and the poor and middle class people who have been left behind by a president whose policies are not designed to help them. It’s about our democratic norms which are under assault from a president who praises dictators while abandoning our allies, and it’s about so many other people in this nation and around the world who are counting on the United States to be a leader for good. Joe Biden knows how effective government should work, and he has a policy vision that will help us repair the immense damage the current president has caused and build a better future.
It is imperative that we all do everything we can between now and election day, and use every ounce of energy we have to defeat Donald Trump. Our country and the world cannot take another four years of his lack of leadership, and his brand of politics - deliberate division - must be resoundingly rejected.
One of our nation’s mottos, “E Pluribus Unum,” states that we are “Out of Many, One.” In this moment of pain and challenge for so many, we need a leader who deeply believes in that statement of common purpose. We need someone who believes that each one of us is part of one human community, intricately and unquestionably interconnected with one another. We need a president who knows that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, and who has the capacity to listen and grow as a person. We need someone who acutely understands that every moment of life and every person we cross paths with is a precious gift, and who sees that our greatest strengths as a nation are in our diversity and our ability to lift one another up.
That leader is Joe Biden.