The first thing that comes to mind about the speech President Biden just made is that I was not embarrassed. Not even once did I feel ashamed of the leader of the United States. And while that may not seem like a big deal, after what we’ve been through, it is. I spent four years feeling as if I should be blushing and ashamed for my country while the orange thing spoke in his braggadocious and blustering way.
So, first of all, I wasn’t ashamed. I was proud of the president. Yeah. I feel like yelling it. I was proud tonight of our American president.
I’m sure all the pundits will tear apart what he said, and some of them will be like Chris Christie, who said Biden sounded like he was giving the speech of a 15-year-old. Whatever, Chris. Been to the beach lately? Christie was so bad even Trump wouldn’t appoint him to his cabinet.
There are those who live and breathe to tear others down.
And there are those who give us hope and work to unite us. That’s what Biden is trying to do, and I think the Republicans may have a surprise coming when they find out how many of their constituents like and respect our current president.
Everything he said tonight was about helping regular, everyday, middle class and poverty stricken Americans. Hey, it was all about us. And he said it — the insurance industry is robbing us blind to put more money in the pockets of their CEOs. The rich are hoarding the wealth, the poor are hurting, the middle class is failing.
He said what we all know. Just because Wall Street looks good doesn’t mean the rest of us are doing well. Stocks have never been higher, but there have seldom been so many unemployed, underemployed, desperate, and struggling. The rich are indeed getting richer. But the rest of us have been left behind.
Why is that? It’s because all the money is being hoarded by the super-rich at the top. They’ve got their money and want to hold it. There is no trickle down and never has been. Money moves up, from those of us who have to buy food, pay rent, buy things on credit, etc., straight into the pockets of the rich. It may not look like it at first glance, but money flows up, not down.
The daughter of a union man, I like the parts about the unions being good for workers. I liked that he wants to give more child care help and invest more in the education of our children. I liked that he is unafraid to call unjust situations unjust. I like that he wants to get rid of high-capacity magazines that allow one person to shoot dozens in a minute or two. I like that he wants more background checks before anyone can buy a gun.
I like that he wants to tax the super-rich fairly and put the burden on the rich, where it belongs. To whom much is given…
In fact, I like everything Biden said. And I would, because I’m a democrat. But the thing is, I think a lot of regular folks who happen to be republicans will also like what he said. I think his ideas appeal to all the middle class without regard to party. The help he is talking about is what the non-rich masses need.
The average American won’t pay much attention to politics again until it comes time for another presidential race. In that amount of time, if President Biden gets even a portion of the things he wants through congress, we will all be better off for it.
His speech gave me what I never had while Trump was president. Hope. And it gave me great pleasure that two women — the highest ranking government officials in the country — stood behind him.
They’ve only just begun.