Joe Biden was never my preferred candidate. I am going to vote for him in November, it will be with a held nose, Yet, I am glad he is the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States. His ascension to the top of the ticket gives me the chance to reflect on the hypocrisy of supporting him if you’re a liberal or rejecting him if you are a conservative.
Joe Biden once said that “when it comes to civil rights and civil liberties, I’m a liberal but that’s it. I’m really quite conservative on most other issues.” Sure, Joe Biden is currently pro-LGBTQ+ and has been on the right side of some civil rights issues but, at the end of the day, he is very much a conservative when it comes to criminal justice and the “rule of law.” Moreover, he has vowed to reject any form of Medicare for All, and even though he has an F rating from the NRA, none of his policies are truly a threat to gun ownership in the United States.
The point is that, if you’re a Bush era ‘compassionate’ conservative, Joe Biden is your guy. He’ll try his best to walk the thin line between supporting equality for the non-white and LGBTQ+ person and protect the privilege of the white-Christian-conservative at the same time. He’ll try to help the traditionally oppressed to move up the social ladder without upsetting the bigots’ privilege. He’ll talk about equal economic opportunities while defending capitalism, an economic system founded on inequality.
Biden is the candidate many white working-class conservatives thought they were getting when they voted for Trump in 2020. He is a classic neoliberal moderate and, for liberals to suggest otherwise – as many wishfully do – is either fantasy or hypocrisy.
It seems like only yesterday that every Democrat was proclaiming their undying support for the #MeToo movement. When Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh of rape, Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris (among many others) insisted that, at the very least, she deserved a fair hearing. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is an office of such import that he allegations had to be heard in public and taken seriously. Justice demanded it.
Now that Biden has been accused of sexual misconduct by Tara Reade, however, many Democrats have changed their tune, and it sounds a lot like the melody Republicans played in their defense of Kavanaugh: “We don’t know what really happened. If the assault really did happen, then why is Reade just now coming forward? After all she was not this vocal when Biden was nominated for VP, twice!”
Why does this hypocrisy exist. And that answer is quite simple. The conservative cannot support Joe Biden without admitting that they screwed up by supporting Trump. They cannot support Joe Biden without admitting that their rhetoric about the Democratic party being this communist cesspool is bullshit. And the Democrats will never admit to their hypocrisy when it comes to supporting Joe because then that would force them to admit that maybe they do not believe in the #MeToo movement like they say they do.
Excuse my sexist language, but as my granddad would say “It is time for us to ‘man-up’ and do the right thing.” It is time to do something that is hard and admit that we, both conservatives and liberals, were wrong and made the wrong choice when it comes to our party leaders. If we care about our principles, if we care about our country that is in the midst of a pandemic and probably a depression, It is time we swallow our pride and vote for someone who will reflect the principles that we preach. If that means voting for Justin Amash if you’re conservative, do it. If that means writing in Bernie Sanders, do it. Either way, a vote for Trump is a fuck you to American conservativism and a vote for Biden is a fuck you to women.