Lessons from the Election and Demands for Joe Biden – from Peace Action

Joe Biden made the centerpiece of his campaign a battle for the "soul of the nation," making the election about character instead of running on the issues. The results showed that this was a flawed approach. Supporters of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal were nearly all returned to office, even in competitive districts. The corporate wing of the Democratic Party will continue to resist broadly popular initiatives to cater to their donors, representatives of the big banks, health insurance industry, drug companies, and arms manufacturers. If the Biden administration fails to solve the crises we face, the American people they could well turn to another right wing populist—perhaps one even more dangerous than Trump. Send a message to the Biden campaign and to your representatives in Congress:


-         Support Peace in a Time of War

-         Medicare for All in a Global Pandemic

-         The Green New Deal in a Climate Crisis

-         Criminal Justice Reform in an age of Mass Incarceration

-         Shift Military Spending to Domestic Needs

We may celebrate the coming end of the Trump presidency, but we must have no illusions. We all know that Joe Biden has not been a friend to the peace movement over the course of his long career. Nevertheless he has promised to return to the Iran nuclear deal, stop the war in Yemen, restore arms control treaties like New START, Intermediate Nuclear Forces, and Open Skies, and return to the Paris Climate Agreement. We must hold him to these promises and push him further. During the campaign, Biden attacked Trump from the right on China, Venezuela, and North Korea. These positions are unacceptable and dangerous. Being someone other than Donald Trump is simply not enough. The stakes are too high. The success or failure of the Biden administration will hinge on whether it supports the policies of the people, including peace. Do your part and let the politicians hear it. For their own good, they'd better listen!  For information contact Jim Carpenter, End the Wars Coalition, (414) 347-0353, http://www.peaceactionwi.org/  or Brian Garvey, Massachusetts Peace Action info@masspeaceaction.org