By JOHN KANELIS / email@example.com
Donald Trump demonstrated during his term as president an inability to resist the demands of those on the far right wing of the Republican Party.
As an aside, I’ll resist referring to the GOP as “his” party because I consider Trump to be a Republican In Name Only.
No such qualifier is required of President-elect Joe Biden, a center-left Democrat with years of credentials to illustrate the point.
So, the question of the day is this: Will the new president be able or is he willing to resist the tug from those on the far left wing of his own party?
I am just a single voter, but I’ll offer this: I hope he can and does. I voted for a “good government” presidential candidate, which is what I see in President-elect Biden. By “good government,” I favor a federal government that is prepared to step up and help when needed, but is not willing to capture all the duties and responsibilities assigned to state and local governments, or the private sector.
I sense the president-elect is of the same ilk as yours truly. If that proves out to be the case, then I will be happy.
Meanwhile, the president-elect will have to steel himself for the onslaught of pressure he no doubt will feel from the “democratic socialist” wing of the Democratic Party. To be candid, I still am not sure what a democratic socialist is, other than perhaps being someone who doesn’t want the government to assume control of every aspect of our lives.
Still, I sense in Joe Biden a reluctance to avoid the socialist label, despite what Donald Trump and the GOP sought to attach to him. Trump accused Biden of being “anti-God,” of wanting to take guns away from Americans — while destroying the Second Amendment to the Constitution, of disarming the military, of taxing us into oblivion.
I have looked at Biden’s record and to be honest I don’t see evidence of any of that during his 44 years as a U.S. senator and vice president.
The man is a mainstream Democrat. I want him to govern that way. I am going to hold out hope that he will do as I wish. If not, then he will hear from me. Hey, if he does govern the way I want him to govern, he might still hear from me.