Approximately a few months ago, with nearly no warning, a Twitter account named College Republicans for Joe [Biden] issued their first statement. The organization, based out of D.C.’s American University boldly asserted in their first Tweet that, “The stakes couldn’t be higher in November. For our Republic’s sake, we will put #CountryOverParty and campaign for Joe Biden.”
The organization appears to have worked closely with American University’s Students for Joe Biden, further demonstrating American University’s longstanding tradition of liberal student activism. The organization relies on many of the exact same presumptions and criticisms made by President Trump’s liberal opponents.
To be clear, former Vice President Biden is a good and decent man. Despite suffering through several unspeakable tragedies, Joe Biden has been a dedicated public servant for a very long time. Lindsay Graham, a Republican Senator from South Carolina, nearly cried while describing Joe Biden “as good a man as God ever created.”
In the outgoing days of the Obama administration, the entire U.S. Senate erupted into applause as Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican, amended the title of cancer research legislation to include the name of Biden’s late son, Beau. Late Republican Senator, John McCain (R-AZ), and his daughter, Megan McCain, have both spoken candidly about Joe Biden’s character, and the record is clear. Joe Biden is an honorable and decent man, on and off camera, to everyone he meets.
The former Vice President is many things, but he is not a Republican. College Republicans for Joe appear to use Biden’s character, and his character in contrast to President Trump’s, as their sole political selling point. Character is important, and personal criticisms from folks who would otherwise agree with you are especially important and should be listened to. However, character is no substitute for policy.
President Barack Obama was right when he said that Joe Biden “already has what is the most progressive platform of any major party nominee in history.” Joe Biden has stated that he would refuse to deport anyone who arrived illegally unless they “committed a felony or serious crime.” A Biden administration would implement a gun buy-back program and an ‘assault weapon’ ban. The former Vice President would also ‘codify’ Roe V. Wade and ensure that taxpayers foot the bill for abortion.
While it may seem obvious for some, it apparently warrants repeating: Joe Biden is a Democrat. He is not a moderate, and he most certainly is not a Republican. College Republicans for Joe know this, and that’s the reason they haven’t amplified any of Joe Biden’s policies. In other words, this organization consists of literally only a handful of individuals who are so upset with the President’s behavior and public statements that they are willing to take political losses up and down the board. While one would be in the ideological minority, it is entirely consistent to be a Republican and oppose the President. It is not, however, consistent to refer to yourself as a Republican yet simultaneously desire for a Democrat to occupy the Oval Office.
Your vote this November is tantamount to some kind of ideological endorsement. Occasionally, a candidate’s past or personal behaviors factor into one’s decision to endorse their candidacy as a lawmaker or an executive. But, when you’re voting for a lawmaker, the question that rightfully comes to most people’s mind is, “What is this candidate’s take on the law?” When that candidate’s perspectives veer too far away from your own, you vote for someone more closely aligned with your own values. Or, in the rare instance that both major candidates are unable to earn your vote, you don’t vote. This is ultimately what College Republicans for Joe is unable to answer.
A fair Republican might oppose many of the same things, but what does Joe Biden offer disaffected Republicans? The answer is nothing.
If you’re a Republican who doesn’t like Trump, don’t vote for him. But, if you’re okay with unrestricted access to abortion, open borders, and an end to the Second Amendment, that’s fine, but you need to be honest and consistent. Register to vote as a Democrat and change your organization’s name to “College Democrats for Biden,” because that’s what you are: a Democrat.
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