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Biden and Harris have awful records. Trump is making it easy for me to vote for them anyway.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent, respectively, the go-along-to-get-along stasis of a lifelong politician and the frightening potential for abuse by a cop on a well-meaning crusade. 

Particularly when it comes to civil liberties and criminal justice reform — umbrella terms for the issues with which I’m most politically engaged — they have absolutely terrible records as overreaching “tough on crime” politicians. 

And yet I’m going to vote for the Democratic ticket anyway — resolutely, though not without some lamentation that it has come to this — because Donald Trump’s presidency is that indefensible and destructive. 

Voting while holding one’s nose 

It feels terrible to vote for candidates you dislike or distrust, but we’ve all got our own political calculus. Mine is centered on an unbending desire to see Trump’s political career end in humiliating defeat. 

An ideal scenario would be voters rendering Trumpism toxic overnight by not only firing him from the presidency, but giving Democrats full control of Congress. Only when Trump proves himself a liability to the party he hijacked can the GOP be reborn as something resembling their supposed ideals, a free market-supporting center-right party that wouldn’t pursue policies like an economically damaging trade war. 

Not because my political identity is particularly fascinating, but merely for the context of this column, I’ve taken to calling myself a “civil libertarian,” mainly because civil liberties issues are what animate me most.

At various times I’ve voted for Libertarian, Republican, and Democratic presidential tickets. I’m atypical in the American electorate — a politically-active registered independent who rejects the duopoly and truly holds no allegiance to either liberal or conservative orthodoxy. 

Point being, I’m nobody’s reliable Democratic voter. 

And I am not voting for Biden/Harris because I have any hope of them “uniting” the country or “returning us to normalcy.” With some of the most prominent voices on the left twisting themselves into pretzels to justify rioting and looting, and the US’ major right-leaning party openly embracing QAnon conspiracy theorists and bigots, I’m confident this country is politically and culturally broken, and will be for some time. 

Biden and Harris have my vote despite their deplorable records in government. Those records are a primer on what they could do in the most powerful office in the world. I want them to be kept honest about those records. 

Biden made bad laws, Harris enforced laws badly

Way back when there were 20-something Democratic presidential candidates, I zeroed-in on Biden and Harris as the two I’d least like to see at the top of the ticket. 

Biden presented himself as America’s folksy, work-across-the-aisle, “get stuff done” lawmaker. And boy did he get stuff done. 

Over four decades as a senator from Delaware, Biden tried to outdo the Reagan-era Republicans in crafting Drug War legislation. He helped create the role of federal “drug czar.” He was instrumental in drafting the mass incarceration-exacerbating 1994 Crime Bill. He bragged about introducing legislation that did “everything but hang people for jaywalking.” 

Even in the 2000s he was …read more

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