With the presidential election less than six months away, voters are faced with a stark choice. In a time of division and crisis, many observers note that the Democratic Party has become too extreme – flirting with socialism, advocating restrictions on gun rights, supporting “sanctuary cities,” and favoring illegal immigrants over our country’s Veterans.
Joe Biden could not have secured his position as presumptive Democratic nominee without going along with the leftward tide. Pressure from the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren has pushed Joe Biden very far to the left, including on the issue of illegal immigration.
According to a Politico report, critics of Biden believe that “Biden’s pronouncements on a range of issues — from energy to immigration to health care … paint him as a radical in moderate’s clothing in the general election” and that “his positioning will be particularly harmful in the Rust Belt states that decided the 2016 election.” (“Biden veers left on sanctuary cities” – https://politi.co/35MozrW)
The issue of illegal immigration has often been put forward as strong argument against the Democratic Party, both on economic grounds (jobs and wages for American citizens) and national security. But protecting the border has become even more important due to the coronavirus epidemic, which makes border security a health issue as well. Support of “open borders” and “sanctuary cities,” and Biden’s accusations of “xenophobia” could very likely to backfire against Biden and the Democrats in 2020.
On another hot button issue – defense of the Second Amendment – Biden’s record is quite worrisome. Earlier this year, when Biden announced that Beto O’Rourke “will be the one who leads” Biden’s gun control effort, John R. Lott Jr., President of the Crime Prevention Center and author of “The War on Guns,” sharply criticized the former Vice President:
“Biden was Barack Obama’s point person in his push for gun control. That wasn’t by accident. In choosing Beto O’Rourke, a person who openly brags about not owning a gun, Biden has made the election debate over whether people should even be able to own guns. Make no mistake about it, your right to defend yourself is as stake in November.” (https://bit.ly/3cjQUbq)
Rather than protect the jobs of workers in the energy industry and in the auto industry, Biden has taken an extreme position on energy independence. “No more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill,” Biden said in one of his party’s presidential debates. “Period. Ends…. [W]e should be talking about things like I’ve been talking about for years: high speed rail, taking millions of automobiles off the road.” (“Biden Goes Extreme: Give Oil Industry ‘No Ability’ To ‘Continue To Drill’, Take ‘Millions’ Of Cars Off The Road” – https://bit.ly/2WMzCxc)
As November draws closer, Biden will come under scrutiny and criticism as voters take a closer look at what his policies would be if elected president.