As I reflected on last week’s debate, it occurred to me that the entire debacle was a metaphor for the Trump presidency and his current campaign. By repeatedly interrupting and goading Joe Biden, by offering up half truths, exaggerations and in some cases full-out lies, he often brought out less than ideal responses from Vice President Biden, just as he has brought out the worst instincts, insecurities and prejudices of the good people of the United States.
Instead of continuing on the slow but steady path and the hard and complex work it takes to achieve racial, social, gender, economic and environmental justice for our country and lead the world in doing so, Donald Trump’s presidency and campaign whistles to and with a wink of an eye, condones the actions and beliefs of white supremacists, bigots and billionaires lobbying to keep their money at the expense of the poor, the uninsured, the immigrant and minorities, and for what? All so he can satisfy his ego and narcissism by winning a second term.
Vice President Biden isn’t perfect. No candidate is, but let’s elect someone who will bring out our elusive better angels, not divide us.