Reflections

Hope is more important than optimism

Hope is more important than optimism. Leaders have a vision of what is possible, are confident, inspire and mobilize us to defeat threats. Pessimists promote lethargy, fear, want proof we will succeed before they act. They call us naïve but hope guide success. I try to avoid these discussions but the question of whether Joe Biden should step aside is too important. Those who argue Biden should yield to a younger candidate make good points. Trump is a snake oil salesman, liar and existential threat to democracy. Biden is older and less articulate than ones ideal leader. He screwed up in the recent debate.  Still I stand with President Biden. He is the best we have.

This is the most significant presidential election of my lifetime and that is saying a lot. I grew up during the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement. I went to war in Vietnam and was a leader in the peace, labor and aligned progressive politics. As a practice I avoid inflammatory language but electing Donald Trump invites fascism. Racism, antisemitism, left and right wing extremist forces weaken our nation. They periodically threaten to dominate but are contained. Trump promotes authoritarianism and promises to support white supremacy and use Federal power to punish those who dissent.

We need a proven leader to stop him. Biden is an elder and his character, integrity, experience, skills and life of services outweigh Trump’s threat to America.  We Democrats are a majority in America and made our decision to nominate President Biden. I am not willing to disenfranchise voters and offer an untested candidate.  I respect Biden’s vision, hope, experience, practical leadership skills and decisions. Also I trust Kamala Harris as our back up.

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  1. Great article Ed. I have heard since 1968 that each election is the most important of our lifetime and I believe it’s true. Nixon in 1968 instead of a Dem (Bobby Kennedy, damn) changed the direction away from the justice of the 1960’s and would lead to the election of Reagan, another catastrophe to the road we are on and a super important election. The Neo-liberalism of the Clintons would give us George W. Bush and eventually the danger and sickness of Trump. Even when hopes are crushed, I am hopeful at election time. I still believe there are more decent people than not.

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Ed Murphy has a long history as a leader in public policy, organized labor, economic and workforce development.

He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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