Definition: Gravitas, seriousness and importance of manner causing feelings of respect and trust in others (Oxford English Dictionary)
Quote: I gravitate towards gravitas (attrib. Morgan Freeman)
In the News: Biden keeps stepping into it and voters couldn’t care less (Marc Caputo, Politico, 6.26.19)
In Context: Terrific Democratic candidates abound for the next election to unseat the fraudulent US president Donald Trump but only one has the magic bullet to shoot down then vampire sucking America’s democratic blood. Joe Biden is the only one with the gravitas based on experience grounded in a consistent integrity able to absorb missteps to debunk the fraud Trump simply by standing next to him.
Side by side, the contrast between the two is obvious. Trump spews vitriol, Biden stands steady.
Joe Biden is attacked for his age and the positions he’s taken during times that younger candidates in the recent Democratic debates can’t fathom. They’ve grown up assuming rights won for them by the likes of Joe Biden. In his best moments, he has the equanimity to resist the temptation to defend the actions he’s taken. In today’s fast-paced world, the steps that got America to this place cannot be summed up in a tweet. The results speak for themselves and Joe Biden conveys that with his impurvience to the pressure of needing to prove himself.
The formidable Kamala Harris would not have been on stage to vent her hurt over past experience had Biden not battled as best as possible the hardline racists bent on keeping blacks and whites completely segregated with blacks, of course, being second-rate citizens at best. Biden knows first-hand what it takes to defeat those guys and he knows that today’s Trump is just that kind of enemy.
Worthy candidate Swalwell may feel it is time to pass the torch and Biden himself may be more than happy to pass it, but 2019 America under Trump cannot afford the transfer. The torch of democracy is at stake. The usurper of America’s presidential powers now has that torch in his solic grasp and he has stated his intention to keep it by whatever means necessary. The torch must be wrested from him by one who can weather the storm of whatever outrages the current pretender unleashes. Based on previous experience, between Trump and opponents, only Biden has the ability to stand stock still to stare down Trump until he implodes on his own venom.
In a one-on-one general debate, inexperienced candidates would no doubt get entangled in the voodoo semantics untruths that Trump garbles to a dizzying degree at the velocity of a hailstorm. Biden may look astounded but he will not need to engage. He’ll stand pat through the slings and arrows, then his own sense of his gravitas will convey his response wordlessly to Trump.
Plain and simple, bully bravado is loud and intended to inspire fear. The wisdom to tame the bully is quiet and inspires trust. That wisdom comes from experience grounded in the integrity of knowing right from wrong and pushing for the right past socially accepted limits that time proves ridiculous. Google can’t convey the flavor of those struggles to those who haven’t lived them. At a transitional time when democracy is to be wrested from a tyrant usurper of the US presidency’s powers, Biden has the battle scars of the social wars that got America to the point where diversity is the key to ensuring the country’s Constitutional gravitas.
In short, the great ideas presented during the first Democratic debate will never get off the ground as long as Trump is president. As for defeating him in debate, there is no telling to what low blows a sitting president will resort to when he’s already proven he’s a cold-blooded power-monger with no sense of morality to tame his thirst for fame.
Therefore, youngster 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, put your excellent ideas on a back burner for a moment and listen to your better elders to defeat a really bad one. You’ll have plenty of time to implement all your socilly imperative goals but let the experienced one with the gravitas of character get the country over this bump in the road.