I was worried this was going to happen. I was scared that as soon as progressives lost Bernie Sanders to the inevitability of electoral math we would fracture away from what is at stake: Donald Trump cannot remain in office for another four years. I am a supporter of both Warren and Sanders, and even fought back against the push for Sanders to drop out of the race before the odds against him were absolute. I too think the two party system is one of the great flaws of this country. But now is not the time for a never-Biden movement. The disunity of progressives is the exact same mistake that gave us President Bush in 2000 when Al Gore clearly lost the election after Ralph Nader siphoned off progressive votes because progressives claimed that there was no difference between democratic nominee Al Gore and Bush. And this lack of unity is exactly how we went wrong with President Trump in 2016. One of the key skills in making progress in politics is knowing when to push for change and when to acknowledge the necessity of compromise. Bernie Sanders himself acknowledges this necessary strategy. Despite going on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” in 2009 and expressing his severe disapproval of the Affordable Care Act for its “lack of ‘a strong public option’ to compete with private plans and control premiums,” Sanders voted for the bill two weeks later acknowledging that even if it wasn’t as much progress as he would like, it was still a step in the right direction. If Sanders acknowledges the necessity for this compromise, his devoted supporters should do so as well.
As much as I fought for either Warren or Sanders to have become our Democratic nominee, the only option Democrats are left with is former Vice President Joe Biden. Now, as much as I resent the fact that he’s the last one standing, it is incontestable that we’re no longer talking about which nominee would be best; we’re talking about who here would be the least bad. At the very least, Biden is a step in the right direction (in this case, perhaps even a step away from the wrong direction). Even Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his support for Biden, and has directly endorsed him. Sanders understands that at this point there is something greater at stake.
The women of this country cannot afford another four years of President Trump. The working class of this country cannot afford another four years of President Trump. People of color of this country cannot afford another four years of President Trump. And just about every single person impacted by a progressive issue won in any Supreme Court case cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump. After three years, the president has managed to appoint two very conservative justices to the Supreme Court. Unless we get a Democrat into the White House in November, we very likely might lose another Supreme Court seat, turning the tide to six conservatives and three progressives in the Supreme Court, for sadly as much as we love her, there is a very real possibility that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may not be able to sit on the bench for another four years. The reproductive rights afforded by Roe v. Wade are on the line here. The Center for Reproductive Rights produced a report in 2017 which clearly states that if Roe v. Wade were overturned, 33 states would not permit legal access to safe abortions. If you dug just a little below the surface, you would see that the 2020 election is so much more than an ideological fight for the most progressive values; there is an incredibly harmful possibility of a Trump victory. We cannot afford to lose another seat on the Supreme Court, not if we would like to see the people of this country continue to maintain control over their reproductive rights and their own bodies.
If we want to end the toxic regime of colorblind ideology in our courts that holds us back from remedying the racial injustices of our past, we must remove Donald Trump from the White House. Republicans have historically put emphasis on packing the courts with judges with conservative values, judges who believe that true racial equality equates to colorblindness. Democrats must focus on getting progressive minded judges onto benches across the country in order to give people of color their long overdue equal status in our society. We lose all hope of doing this if we allow President Trump to reside in office for another four years and continue to install conservative judges and justices who assert that all in this country are similarly situated despite race and that we owe nothing to those we have subjugated and continue to subjugate.
You ask me not to beg you to vote for Joe Biden. But that is exactly what I am going to do, not because I am particularly fond of his past or even in love with his policies, but because there is something so much greater at stake. Think about women across this country who would likely lose their right to an abortion and reproductive rights; people of color across this country who are continuously harmed by the colorblind regime of the court system; and those who have the most to fear from the novel coronavirus, from the elderly in nursing homes to all those with preexisting conditions. Empathize for just a minute: With all of these people in mind, I beg you, vote for Joe Biden. Let’s not repeat 2000. Let’s not repeat 2016. We cannot afford it. Let’s take on the two party system, but not now. Millions of Americans less fortunate than yourself can no longer afford to have an incompetent tyrant in office.