Picking up slogans from past presidencies is one of the campaigner’s oldest tricks. Ronald Reagan’s question “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” has been echoed in nearly every presidential election since the one in which he used it.
Joe Biden of late has added a meme to his campaign first uttered by the man he served under as vice president and whose name he sometimes can’t remember. It’s the “no red states, no blue states” meme that first catapulted Obama onto the national scene. Biden fell back on that formulation during the third debate when describing how he’d handle the coronavirus pandemic differently from Donald Trump:
Take a look what New York has done in terms of turning the curve down, in terms of the number of people dying. And I don’t look at this in terms of what he does, blue states and red states. They’re all the United States. [Emphasis added]
It was a lie when it was first used by what’s-his-name and it’s a lie now. America was bitterly polarized during Obama’s eight years. The war on police was far more aggressive than it is now, having the imprimatur of the administration. Obama’s spent the entirety of his two terms attempting to transform the U.S. into a European-style socialist democracy. (RELATED: Poll finds Obama’s fourth year in office ties most polarized in history)
Biden’s plans for the country, which have been extolled by his fellow Democrats as the most progressive platform in the history of the presidency, pick up where Obama left off. During the last debate he promised to “transition from oil” and has pledged to fill cabinet positions in his administration using a quota system to ensure “diversity.”