Biden/Harris – “That’s The Ticket”

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I’m asking again — Please, Berners, do not enable Trump.

I refuse to be a Trump enabler. That means voting for Biden/Harris rather than staying home or voting for some 3rd-party, not-a-chance-in-hell candidate.

With Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, the Democrats are ready to roll. In the words of Dan Rather, “Biden/Harris — That’s the ticket.”

I wanted Bernie Sanders to be the nominee for president. Badly. But that ship has sailed, and Bernie has thrown his support to Biden. So has the progressive poster woman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m following their leads.

Harris is a great choice. She doesn’t have the progressive bona fides I’d prefer, but she’s a fighter. I can’t wait to see her beat Mike Pence in their vice presidential debate. And regardless of whether you agree with what she’s done in the past or what her positions are, she’s smart. Very smart. That’s what we need in the White House.

I hope, like me, other Bernie supporters show up to vote for “The Ticket.” Because, frankly, our republic needs us. And because if we don’t, Trump could win the election (assuming he and his enablers allow an election to take place at all).

I believe as deeply as I’ve ever believed anything in my life that a second Trump term will spell disaster for our democracy and, more importantly, for our planet. We simply cannot continue down the current path. As I wrote in a post a couple of weeks ago, “It’s no longer hyperbole to say we’re fighting for a viable future for all species, including homo sapiens.”

So I appeal to my fellow Berners.

Is this what we wanted? No. Is it what the nation desperately needs right now? I do not believe so, but it’s a step in the right direction. Is it infinitely more acceptable/desirable than the alternative? Absolutely.

Please show up. Please keep fighting for what progressives believe is crucial to our future. And please vote for Biden/Harris on November 3.

That’s The Ticket.

It’s the best one we’ve got, the best and only chance to stop the Trump train wreck.

Posted with permission from Martin C. Fredericks IV,

© 2020 Martin C. Fredricks IV. For more from Fredricks, check out his blog – IV Words.

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Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV is a husband, father of three, proud Fargoan (N.D.), small business owner, reader, writer and progressive. He's also the founder of the IV Words Blog ( Finally, he's a ginger; ergo the “Red.” Living blue in a deep red state is tough, but somehow, day by day, he gets by.

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