To quote the President of the United States: “Here’s the deal.”
In a statement from the White House, President Biden relayed:
“Today, we learned that our private sector has recovered all of the jobs lost during the pandemic and added jobs on top of that. This has been the fastest and strongest jobs recovery in American history. It would not have been possible without my administration’s decisive action last year to fix a broken COVID response and pass the American Rescue Plan to get our economy back on track.
In the second quarter of this year, we created more jobs than in any quarter under any of my predecessors in the nearly 40 years before the pandemic. We have more Americans working in the private sector today than on any day during Donald Trump’s Presidency – more people than at any time in our history.
No country is better positioned than America to bring down inflation, without giving up all of the economic gains we have made over the last 18 months.
The best way to achieve that goal is for Congress to pass legislation that lowers costs for families – from prescription drugs to utility costs – while reducing the federal budget deficit, in addition to passing the Bipartisan Innovation Act.”
What is that sound you hear?
That is the sound of Republican plutocrats wetting themselves that there is no Biden recession, inflation is losing momentum, and the voters want to defeat any candidate that supports:
- A demented gun owners’ rights over public safety.
- A ten-year child being forced to carry her rapist’s child.
- Banning books in public schools.
- Discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
- A manic devotion to twice-impeached, attempted election thief, and KKK-endorsed Donald Trump.
- Measures to suppress personal freedoms like individual voting rights.
2022 is not a referendum on the Biden Administration. 2022, as pundits like Matthew Dowd have said, is a referendum on the autocratic-anti freedom-apartheid fanaticism the Republicans are attempting to foist on the country.
Democratic and Progressive-leaning voters need to act as if this is 1998 and 2002 when the party in the White House defied midterm expectations and their party turned out to defeat the opposition forces.
They also need to learn from history about what happens when they do not turn out. In 1968, some Democrats were not totally happy with their nominee, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. As a result, Richard Nixon eked out a narrow victory at the polls.
Everyone remembers how well that turned out for the country with Watergate.
In 1980, many Democrats were disenchanted with Jimmy Carter, which paved the way for Ronald Reagan, the fringe candidate of his time, to become President. Unfortunately, Reagan weakened many social justice initiatives that Democrats had passed during the Great Society and War on Poverty of the Johnson/Humphrey Administration.
In 2000, many Democrats thought Ralph Nader was preferable to Vice President Al Gore. The result was the election of popular vote loser George W. Bush whose incompetence brought the nation 9/11, the war in Iraq, the Great Recession, and the appointment of Justice Samuel Alito, who overturned Roe v. Wade.
In 2010, many Democrats did not think Barack Obama was doing enough to fulfill his promises and allowed the Republicans and their Tea Party zealots to take over the House of Representatives. Good job.
In 2016, many Democrats thought Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in, stayed home or voted for Jill Stein because they liked her Bernie Sanders-style program more. Unfortunately, that attitude let Donald Trump win a narrow Electoral College victory, resulting in massive tax cuts for the rich, the poor management of the COVID 19 pandemic, and the appointment of three Supreme Court Justices who voted against gun safety and reproductive rights.
Again, paraphrasing President Biden’s words. “Here’s the deal,” Democrats need to remember to vote and not repeat the mistakes of not turning out as they did in past elections.
If that happens, as history shows, the candidates are not the best to lead the country, and the people suffer, and the nation moves backward.
Democrats: Do not repeat history this midterm. 2022 is a referendum on Republicans moving to take away your freedoms and rights. Turn out and vote on November 8, 2022.