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November 7, 2020

What I Want Biden to Say

Joe B’s going on soon. Before he does, just a quick clip of what I’d like to hear him say:

Millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump in this election. I want to address them directly.

If you voted for Donald Trump, I am your president. That doesn’t mean you have to listen to me. That means I have to listen to you. Every American deserves to be heard by their government, and while I am president, every American will be heard by their government.

So, it doesn’t matter if we disagree. It doesn’t matter who you voted for. If you are an American, I am your president. And I will do everything I can to use the power of the presidency to make your life better.

With that in mind, here is what you can expect from my administration.

First, here’s what we’re not going to do. We’re not building any walls. We’re not putting any children in cages. We’re not pretending that climate change is a hoax. We’re not turning masks into a political issue. And we are not taking away any American’s health insurance.

Now, here’s what we are going to do.

We are going to defeat COVID-19. I will lead a coordinated, national effort with the leaders of federal, state and local governments to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Regardless of if or when a vaccine becomes available, we will have a national infection rate of fewer than 100 new cases per day by the end of 2021, hopefully much sooner.

We are going to restart the national economy. We will have a new economic stimulus package that will offer new support for middle-class and working-class families, small business owners, and workers who have been affected by the pandemic. We will help each other and care for each other, and we will repair our national economy together.

We are also going to expand health care. We will move towards our goal of guaranteeing every American comprehensive, affordable health insurance, during this pandemic and into the future.

We will reassure our allies and our enemies of who we are, and where we stand. There should be no doubt about what that means. We stand with NATO. We stand with our allies in Asia. We stand with democratic societies everywhere, and with everyone fighting for democratic freedoms. We stand for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Freedom from fear. Freedom from want. And freedom from political oppression.

For the past 100 years, these values have guided America to its place as the greatest nation in the history of the world, and we reaffirm those values today.

Put simply, America is back.

But even as we reaffirm our values abroad, we must do more to defend those values at home.

Defending our values means treating opioid addiction and drug addiction as a medical condition, not a crime. We will solve the addiction crisis through our health care system, not our criminal justice system. And we will address it not out of anger or retribution, but out of compassion for our fellow Americans who are sick and need help to get better.

Defending our values also means recognizing that our criminal justice system is contaminated with systemic racism that disproportionately affects people of color, especially African Americans. We must have more justice in our justice system, and we will have more justice in our justice system.

That starts with seeing each other as human beings. We shouldn’t be talking about “black lives” and “blue lives,” treating people as parts of large groups that we pre-judge with stereotypes. Instead, we should be talking to each other as individuals. That’s why I’ve asked former President Obama to lead a nationwide listening tour of discussions between African American and Latinx community leaders, and law enforcement leaders. This is not a solution to the deeply rooted problems that cripple our justice system, but it is a place to start.

Defending our values also means confronting the climate crisis head-on. Yes, we need jobs, and we will have them. Yes, we need to grow our economy, and we will grow it. But it doesn’t matter how many jobs we create, or how much money we earn, if fires and floods and hurricanes and extreme temperatures destroy our communities and make it impossible for our children to even go outside.

We have to work here. But we also have to live here. And that means taking better care of our environment.

That is why the United States will rejoin the Paris Climate Change Agreement. We will commit ourselves to gain independence from fossil fuels by the year 2040. And by the year 2035, every car, truck, SUV and motorcycle will be powered by an electric motor, not an internal combustion engine.


Something like that.

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