Joe Biden Is Not Person of the Year

All he did was not be Donald Trump. That doesn’t make him Person of the Year.


I consider myself a progressive and long unaffiliated with the Democratic Party. I supported Senator Bernie Sanders in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. I thought he was more than fit for the job and would help solve our healthcare, climate, and poverty issues…Or at least get us closer than where we are right now.

Some may argue that socialism is bad — despite not reading about how Democratic Socialism works in countries like Norway and Australia, where the “American Dream” is closer to a reality than in America — I would argue that it’s not. And anyone who tells you that Joe Biden is “radical” is lying to you.

The problem with Joe Biden’s Person of the Year nomination by TIME Magazine isn’t the nomination itself, but that it happened by the sheer fact that Joe Biden isn’t Donald Trump.

According to TIME, finalists were Joe Biden, Donald Trump, the Social Justice Movement, and Frontline Healthcare Workers.

A stat that’s most boggling: the winner of the U.S. presidential election has been named POTY in each election since 2000. George W. Bush won in 2000 and 2004, Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012, Donald Trump won in 2016, and now Joe Biden in 2020. The last time the winner of a presidential election wasn’t given the annual cover was when Dr. David Ho was named Person of the Year in 1996. Bill Clinton was given the honor in 1992 and 1998, both when he won the presidency for the first time and the year he was impeached.

Obviously, winning Person of the Year is not always a great thing. Some win because they invoked “extreme reactions” that year. Last year, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named POTY; in 2018, journalists who were killed in the line of duty were named POTY; in 2017, the POTY was given to “silence breakers” and the Me Too movement.

In 2020, why wasn’t it given to George Floyd and racial protests? Why wasn’t it given to Dr. Anthony Fauci and frontline healthcare workers? Joe Biden cannot be touted as breaking electoral records when most people voted for him to avoid another four years with the most dangerous man on the entire planet. That’s why so many showed up. He didn’t do this alone.

Progressives do not “like” Joe Biden. They tolerate him.

Bernie Sanders could’ve beaten Donald Trump. So could’ve Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and maybe even Tiger King, for Christ’s sake.

Trump had the easiest path to the presidency: handle coronavirus well…and maybe not even “well,” just enough to show people you sorta give a crap about humanity. Instead, the United States is breaking records in deaths every day to the point that the toll is more than 9/11 almost every single day. Families are in ruin and other countries don’t want us to visit them.

Somehow, Trump managed to mess up his chances and now he is the latest lame-duck president.

The Politico article.

A new piece emerged this month at Politico entitled, Inside the Left’s New, ‘Mature’ Political Strategy. Throughout the article, the author and Justice Democrats’ co-founder Saikat Chakrabarti outlines some optimistic viewpoints in how Biden can change America’s course for the better, in a more progressive direction.

Many of these points ring true: Joe Biden did run on a historically progressive agenda, like how he made climate change and racial justice centerpieces in his campaign. Of course, without doing this, Biden might not’ve captured young people’s attention. In Michigan’s Democratic Primaries, Biden didn’t win more than half of a single age group under 50, but rather, Senator Sanders did.

It’s not upsetting that Biden is being portrayed as a ‘progressive’ by left-wing media, but it really, really is. I don’t think anything about Joe Biden is super left-leaning in any capacity. The Politico piece paints Biden’s campaign through a lens of optimism. I’m not sure I share that same optimism.

For one, progressives have not seen picks in Biden’s cabinet yet. Bernie Sanders told Axios, “The progressive movement deserves a number of seats — important seats — in the Biden administration. Have I seen that at this point? I have not.” He mentioned that 35–40% of the Democratic coalition are progressives.

The Politico piece wasn’t necessarily a terrible take, I’m not a cynic and I’d love to see Joe Biden succeed. I just don’t know how much of an optimist I can be if we’re already painting him as ‘friends’ with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

I voted for Joe Biden, but we still need to hold him accountable.

25, lives in Lansing. I write stuff about gadgets and video games.

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