The chatter surrounding Joe Biden’s age is intense and interminable. It is mingled with laments that young voters do not identify with the 81-year-old president and may not vote for his re-election, or may just not vote at all. Either scenario would help his expected Republican opponent Donald Trump recapture the White House.
As Biden appears unlikely to step aside in favor of a younger Democratic candidate, it is now time for Democrats and others who fear a second Trump inauguration to mount a concerted effort to educate through advertisements and one-to-one conversations with disaffected and dispassionate voters all that is at stake next November.
The ads and talks should, individually or collectively, include the following themes:
*Are you concerned about the future of reproductive rights?
*Should privacy and lifestyle rights be protected?
*Is the separation of church and state important?
*Do you favor tighter gun control laws?
*Should we do more to protect the earth’s environment?
*Is saving democracy, the rule of law and free elections, at home and abroad, worthwhile?
*Should Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) be protected?
Joe Biden has championed these causes. His likely opponent has not.
Over and over it must be stressed that a vote for Joe Biden, no matter how unenthusiastic it might be registered, would help sustain a positive future.
The MAGA alternative would produce a mega disaster.