Restore character to White House

To the editor,

The November election is about leadership. This year confronts the nation, communities, families and individuals with unprecedented crises. The COVID-19 pandemic ravages health, undermines the economy and inspires fear. The unconscionable police murder of George Floyd, yet another Black American, laid bare the unhealed wound of racism in America. So, the Black Lives Matter movement has joined the tense national conversation, even as we celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage.

We need a leader to bring all Americans together: people of every color and heritage; women and men; LGBTQ and straight. Joe Biden is that leader. He has long experience in public service, 36 years in the Senate and eight years at the side of President Obama in the White House. He manifests compassion learned from the loss of family members and from publicly helping to lead the nation through economic recovery from the Great Recession. His selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate exhibits commitment to gender and racial equality, as well as to the needs of public safety.

The contrast with the sitting President is stark. President Harry Truman famously said, “The buck stops here.” The man in today’s White House instead lays blame everywhere but on himself, his policies, his actions, or his incessant self-serving words.  

The most egregious example is the pandemic. Simulations that sought to prepare leaders for it did not conceive a scenario in which the U.S. President would marginalize medical scientists and promote untested remedies. He ignored months of warnings about COVID-19, denied the threat, refused to lead a national response and broadcast divisiveness to the nation instead of unification. Measured by the world average COVID-19 death rate, his words and his actions – or lack of them – have already cost close to 200,000 American lives. 

The differences go deeper: integrity vs. corruption, truth vs. lies, policy knowledge vs. seat-of-the-pants ignorance – in short, character. Of course, there also are deep differences over such issues as climate change, growing economic inequality and the role of America in the world.

America needs regime change. Vote Biden-Harris.

–  Dick White, Durango