Opinion: Joe Biden’s Policies Reflect Socialist Thinking
To say that the 2020 presidential election will be the most contentious in recent memory is the understatement of the century.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have relentlessly attacked each other on their campaign trails and in the presidential debates. Trump has accused Biden of being a “socialist,” while Biden has firmly denied these claims.
But we cannot take Trump’s word that Biden is a socialist, but we must look at Biden’s record on major political issues and see if Biden truly is a socialist.
Merriam-Webster defines socialism as a “political theory advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.” If Biden’s policies reflect this definition, he has socialist leanings.
Biden has been an adamant supporter of the vile act of abortion. Earlier this month, he stated that he would make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land,” which would guarantee that the practice of abortion would stay legal for years to come.
While supporting abortion does not automatically make someone a socialist, Biden has taken his stance on abortion to a level that reflects socialist thinking. Biden stated that he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of government funds to pay for abortion services except in certain circumstances. Through this statement, Biden has implied that he believes that the government should oversee providing what he calls “healthcare” to women seeking an abortion.
This is one of the core principles of socialism: “individuals rely on the state for everything from food to healthcare.” So not only does Biden believe that abortion is acceptable, he believes that the government should start paying for it, which is a basic principle of socialism.
Furthermore, Biden’s stance on Obamacare further reflects his desire for all demographics to rely on the government for their well-being. Biden’s plan for Black Americans includes expanding Obamacare to address the “systematic racism” within healthcare. Many agree that expanding Obamacare will assist in improving the health care situation for Black Americans.
Once again, Biden is showing his true colors with his stance on this position. If the government can simply provide more money to Black Americans, he pushes them into the cycle of relying on the government for their well-being and never truly escaping poverty. This school of thought gave Bernie Sanders trouble on his campaigns, because he said the answer to fixing racism was economic reform (which does not yield long term benefits).
Biden further upholds socialist thinking in other areas as well:
• The Green New Deal
• Racial Equity
• Economic Reform
In each of these areas, Biden relies on the government to fix the problem by redistribution of funds from one area to another.
Biden has stated that he is not a socialist several times and he has tried to mask his socialist leaning in his policies. This would likely mean he would lean toward the socialist school of thought on numerous other issues. After examining his stances on issues, it is safe to say that Biden is a socialist.
John Simmons is the Web Manager. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnSimmonsJr7.