posted on Nov, 8 2020 @ 07:49 AM
My wife was watching their victory addresses, and in the interest of trying to put a fresh foot forward and extend an olive branch for candidates that
I was highly critical of, I sat through the program (with the exception of the confetti/silly mingling after the speeches). Here are some brief
observations on the presentation & content of their addresses, and maybe some clues on policy we can glean from it.
* Starting off positive, I thought both Harris' and Biden's speeches were fairly well-delivered and polished. I paid veryclose attention to the TIME
each was given to speak, with my unofficial estimate that Harris spoke around 8+ minutes, and Joe spoke for about 14+ minutes.
* For Kamala, the contrast between here address and some of the interviews she'd given couldn't have been sharper. I will conceded she did fine
delivering scripted remarks behind a lectern. This doesn't lessen her proclivity to laugh uncontrollably and struggle to find words during impromptu
interviews that are unscripted, and I do have doubts about her ability to converse with other leaders/dignitaries in a natural and authentic fashion,
but for last night, she did seem to do fine.
* Joe, I mean, that's the most cogent and coherent I've seen him in months?? His oratory was kind of bland and limited to usual political
pleasantries/buzz words, but he was for the most part comprehensible and gaffe free (with the exception with the amazing repeated tendency he's shown
to confuse the US COVID death count, with this constant reference to "Two hundred thousand million")
* Down to policy hints. The most repeated phrase I heard was "systemic racism". Across both speakers, I believe this was mentioned 4-5 times. I am
very eager to hear in MODERN TIMES, in 2020, what "systemic racism" means to Biden & Harris. Over the past 4 presidential administrations, POTUS and
VPOTUS, 3/8 of the offices have been held by black Americans. The highest executive positions in the land. What, in these people's minds
constitutes "systemic racism", and at what point will be safely declare it extinguished? When 50% of all affluent, wealthy, successful
professionals, doctors, lawyers, CEOs in the US are black? When 50% of all students at institutions of higher education are black? I wish someone with
nuts would try to pin down Harris and let her articulate what the impediments are that systemically hold down minorities, other than the fact, well,
they represent 13% of the total population and it's kind of hard to statistically formulate a model where 20%+ (what is their target number here??
30%???) of all vital/high-paying careers in the US employ PoC, UNLESS, you're trying to simply jam percentages/quotas in rather than evaluate on
individual merit/competency. There's this thing called the Bell curve, and in any statistical population, it's a real scientific thing.
* COVID was also highly mentioned, and Joe even let drop that on Jan 20 2021, he'd be putting together a "top team of scientists" to formulate a
"Biden/Harris COVID Blueprint". One thing is for sure: EXPECT LOCKDOWNS PERHAPS ON A SCALE AND SEVERITY NOT YET SEEN IN THE PANDEMIC. Joe
himself set the stage for this when he said, in so many words, it's impossible to have healthy economy UNTIL we defeat the virus. O RLLY Joe, defeat
the virus? Kind of like our utter conquest of the common cold and Influenza? Be ready, get prepared, Jan 2021 will mark another wave of harsh
* A complete dearth of any tidbits around foreign policy or geopolitical stances. SHOCKED FACE! We have faced heightened economic competition,
military tension with China, now we are embroiled in a trade war (welp, that will I'm sure be cancelled, back to letting China siphon off every last
job in the US), not to mention the near certainty that COVID was the byproduct of, in the best case, completely negligent handling of the virus in
a research facility in China. Live and let live will be Joe's stance on China, or more likely, complete and utter capitulation on any and all
* Lots of token mentions of "justice" and "healing", but I heard really nothing concrete on ideas to preempt vicious riots and destruction in our
cities anytime a PoC is injured while interacting with police irrespective of whether or not the subject is compliant or completely out of control
and exhibiting wild, threatening behavior. Maybe this administration feels that all of this hullabaloo will simply evaporate now that Orange Man
Bad is on his way out the door, Trump himself was the one instigating the epidemic of resistance to arrest nationwide, and his exit will magically
"unite America" and solve the real and pressing challenges faced in keeping our cities safe and secure.
* Lastly, climate change was mentioned a few time, I believe (paraphrasing) Joe went so far as to insist "we will solve the climate!", whatever that
means. Reading between the lines, and this shouldn't shock anyone, this administration will be very active in prosecuting a "Green"-friendly
agenda. I personally will give them a little latitude here and see how they proceed. There is a WIDE GULF between the AOC "Green New Deal" financial
shakedown and at least some reasonable, sensible shift towards embracing renewable energy, limiting harmful pollution, etc. Time will tell which end
of the spectrum this administration moves towards, I really hope it's geared towards sensible, incremental improvements, not an AOC command and
control "green communism" agenda.
Please feel free to fill in any info you heard that I omitted.