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Should Biden Run for Reelection?

When Joe Biden arrived at the White House in 2021, I felt that two big changes took place in our society: First, instantly the craziness and dysfunctionality of our federal government ceased. The endless circus the White House had become under the Trump administration (2017–2021) suddenly disappeared. Like magic. And I don’t miss that; if you do, you certainly have a problem.

The other big change, at least from my perspective, was that Biden took the right approach in confronting the pandemic. His administration accelerated the distribution of vaccines and Covid-19 tests, and funds were provided for struggling small and medium businesses, as well as community organizations. Unfortunately, many abuses happened, and I still don’t understand why some churches received funds when they don’t pay taxes.

That was a huge difference with Trump, who recommended that people drink chlorine to control the spread of the virus. However, Trump himself didn’t drink it and when he got Covid-19 he was treated with the newest medicine available—of course, he was then the president.

But even with the many positives that Biden can show the electorate, there are some issues that really trouble me: his age and his old-fashioned attitude toward the global balance of power.

Biden is 80 years old. Even if he looks healthy, we have to stop the practice of having “old” and “very old” people in power, including in Congress. Don’t we have enough with 81-year-old Sen. Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.)? Recently, he fainted during a press conference in Washington, D.C. And he is serving his seventh term! And how about Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.)? She is 90 years old and regularly misses sessions of Congress.

It’s time to put a limit on these individuals staying in power for so long in power and at an old age. Experience is important, so they could probably act as “consultants” but not holding an elected position.

My other concern about Biden is that he has a cold war perspective of the world and is constantly warning us about the “menace” of China, Iran or Russia. This leads to ongoing increases in the military budget and potential confrontations with those countries. Remember, the United States has more than 700 military bases around the world, hundreds of CIA stations and more. The U.S. military capacity is way superior to all those other countries together. Yet Biden is pushing a potential military confrontation and poisoning people’s thoughts.

I would like to see Democrats have a younger and more “modern” candidate, such as Gavin Newsom, who is doing a good job in California.

Till next month.

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  • Eduardo Stanley

    Eduardo Stanley is the editor of the Community Alliance newspaper, a freelance journalist for several Latino media outlets and a Spanish-language radio show host at KFCF in Fresno. He is also a photographer. To learn more about his work, visit www.eduardostanley.com.

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