Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 8th, 2020
Although the contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump for the 46th President of the United States has proven to be extremely exciting and exhilarating to a great extent it was very frustrating with the enormous levels unfounded juvenile antics and shenanigans disguised in the form of legal maneuverings.
Be it as it may, Democrat Joe Biden overwhelmingly defeated President Donald Trump and shall become the 46th President of the United States.
Subsequently, the 77 year-young Joe Biden, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. The strategy proved effective, resulting in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, onetime Democratic bastions that had flipped to Trump in 2016.
On Saturday night, November 7th, 2020 at approximately 8:30 P. M. Biden offered himself to the nation as a leader who “seeks not to divide, but to unify” a country gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
In his prime-time victory speech seemingly not too far from his Delaware home, he continued to say “I sought this office to restore the soul of America, and to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home.”
It is believed Biden triumphantly crossed the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a greatly anticipated win in Pennsylvania. Accordingly, his victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed processing.
Reportedly, Trump is refusing to concede the contest and is threatening continued legal action alleging ballot counting irregularities. Nonetheless, Biden used his acceptance speech as an olive branch to those who did not vote for him, saying to the voters who did not voted for him; “I understand your disappointment, I have lost a few.” He added; Let’s give each other a chance.”
Biden very profoundly referenced Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and said, “For everything there is a season, and he continued to say; “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, to lower the temperature, to see each other again, to listen to each other again, to make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies! We are not Blue states or Red States! We are the United States of America! We are Americans!
In Biden’s statement, he declared it is time for the battered nation “to unite and to be heal.”
He added, “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. There’s nothing we can’t do if we do it together.”
Nonetheless, Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted.
However, many believes Biden’s victory is a repudiation of Trump’s divisive leadership and the president-elect now inherits a deeply polarized nation grappling with foundational questions of racial justice and economic fairness while in the grips of a virus that has killed more than 236,000 Americans and reshaped the norms of everyday life.
Admittedly, I cannot remember any U. S. Presidential Election that has resulted in such jubilation, celebrations and dancing in the streets of this country. Even though it is a moment of great joy and happiness at-times it was somewhat emotional and eye-tearing. The people in the street were happy and welcome the light at the end of the tunnel. Ironically, the entire world seems to have lapsed in an enormous state of celebration. Meanwhile, Trump is not giving up.
Departing from longstanding democratic tradition and signaling a potentially turbulent transfer of power, he issued a combative statement saying his campaign would take unspecified legal actions. And he followed up with a bombastic, all-caps tweet in which he falsely declared, “I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES.” Twitter immediately flagged it as misleading.
Trump has pointed to delays in processing the vote in some states to allege with no evidence that there was fraud and to argue that his rival was trying to seize power and an extraordinary charge by a sitting president trying to sow doubt about a bedrock democratic process.
Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the U.S. faces a reckoning on racial justice. Also, the California Senator, who is the first person of South Asian, and West Indian descent elected to the Vice Presidency, has become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government, four years after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
Actually, Trump is the first incumbent president to lose re-election approximately 28 years since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992.
He was golfing at his Virginia country club when he lost the race. He stayed out for hours, stopping to congratulate a bride as he left, and his motorcade returned to the White House to a cacophony of shouts, taunts and unfriendly hand gestures.
In Wilmington, Delaware, near a stage that has stood empty since it was erected to celebrate on Election Night, people cheered and pumped their fists as the news that the presidential race had been called for the state’s former senator arrived on their cell-phones.
On the nearby water, two men in a kayak yelled to a couple paddling by in the opposite direction, “Joe won! They called it!” as people on the shore whooped and hollered. Harris, in workout gear, was shown on video speaking to Biden on the phone, exuberantly telling the president-elect “We did it!” Biden was expected to take the stage for a drive-in rally after dark.
Across the country, there were parties and prayer. In New York City, spontaneous block parties broke out. People ran out of their buildings, banging on pots. They danced and high-fived with strangers amid honking horns. Among the loudest cheers were those for passing U.S. Postal Service trucks.
People streamed into Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House, near where Trump had ordered the clearing of protesters in June, waving signs and taking cell-phone pictures. In Lansing, Michigan, Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter demonstrators filled the Capitol steps. The lyrics to “Amazing Grace” began to echo through the crowd, and Trump supporters laid their hands on a counter protester, and prayed.
Americans showed deep interest in the presidential race. A record 103 million voted early this year, opting to avoid waiting in long lines at polling locations during a pandemic. With counting continuing in some states, Biden had already received more than 75 million votes, more than any presidential candidate before him.
Trump’s refusal to concede has no legal implications. But it could add to the incoming administration’s challenge of bringing the country together after a bitter election.
The now president-elect has had a long road to the nation’s highest office. In 1972, at just 29, he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served for more than three decades until becoming vice president under Barack Obama.
He previously ran for president in 1988 and 2008. Biden was elected the nation’s 46th president exactly 48 years after he was first elected to the Senate.
In a statement Saturday, Obama says Biden has “got what it takes to be president and already carries himself that way,” because he will enter the White House facing “a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming president ever has.”
Acknowledging that the election revealed the nation remains bitterly divided, Obama said, “I know he’ll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote.”
He adds: “I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support.”
After serving as VP for two terms, Biden was not expected to run for president until accepting calls from the Democratic Party to run in 2020. He emerged as a front-runner long before he formally announced his campaign in April 2019. During the primary race, he faced more than 20 challengers, a historic number of primary candidates, before ultimately coming out as the party’s nominee.
Also, Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, makes history, becoming first woman, the first African American, South Asian American and West Indian American to be elected vice president.
Moreover, Harris released a statement saying, “This election is about so much more than or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”
According to PBS, Biden believes in strengthening the middle class and strengthening unions. To help this, he proposes raising the minimum wage to start. According to his website, he will support a “pro-growth, progressive tax code that treats workers as job creators.” Essentially Biden is proposing making sure that laborers are not treated lesser than shareholders. He hopes to “reduce non-compete” clauses to help workers have more opportunities.
According to Biden’s website, he plans to “Check the abuse of corporate power over labor and hold corporate executives personally accountable for violations of labor laws; encourage and incentivize unionization and collective bargaining; and ensure that workers are treated with dignity and receive the pay, benefits, and workplace protections they deserve.”
When it comes to healthcare, Biden has been vocal about protecting the Affordable Care Act but also working to improve and expand upon it. In the plan, Biden proposes creating a new version of Medicare that will publicly increased tax credit value to lower premiums and expanding coverage for lower income Americans.
Biden has said he is in favor of a woman’s right to choose an abortion but has had a history of proposing certain restrictions on late term abortions and his past support of the Hyde Amendment, which halted federal funds for abortions unless the mother’s life was at risk. He has since publicly declared he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment.
- Biden is planning to invest in community colleges and training. His plan is aiming to provide two debt free years of community college or another form of training. He proposes increasing the maximum value of the Pell grants that assist students with college debt.
- Also, his plan is proposing to “support and protect” post 9/11 GI benefits for veterans and their families.
- Biden is in favor of banning assault weapons that will include high-capacity magazines and universal background checks.
- According to his website, Biden plans to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that protects gun manufacturers.
- In addition to putting a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, he will regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act.
- He plans to hold buy backs for communities so that residents.
- His plan outlines an effort to restrict the number of firearms an individual can purchase per month to one.
- Biden is planning to re-instate the Obama-era policy that mandates the Social Security Administration send the background check system records that reveal.
Biden has called climate change an “existential crisis” and balked at the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Personally, Biden has been an advocate for clean energy, specifically wind energy.
According to his website, Biden proposed the Clean Energy Revolution that proposes the following:
- Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
- Build a stronger, more resilient nation.
- Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change.
- Stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities.
- Fulfill our obligation to workers and communities who powered our industrial revolution and subsequent decades of economic growth.
- Biden is against building a southern border wall. He has been vocal about championing the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. He has not publicly discussed his proposal for the continuation or ending the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement entity.
- Biden’s website says his plan is to enforce immigration laws but that “putting people in cages and tearing children away from their parents isn’t the answer.”
- Also, Biden has proposed protecting undocumented members of armed services, veterans and their spouses from deportation.
- Biden plans to order a review of the Temporary Protected Status of certain “vulnerable populations” and plans to terminate the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries. He is proposing to bring home “a vast majority” of troops in Afghanistan.
- Biden will re-enter the Iran nuclear deal if Tehran returned to compliance with the deal. He has proposed re-entering the Paris Climate Accord agreement as well.