Quotes: I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to put on socks, I don’t have to (Albert Einstein, quoted by Alan Shenstone in Sayens, Einstein in America, 1985)
The only source of knowledge is experience (ibid. Ideas and Opinions, 1954)
In the news: Younger 2020 candidates hint at age divide in hitting Biden (Will Weissert, Associated Press, 6.13.19)
In context: America is a young country, it’s cultural roots planted on distant shores. Thus the recent rage for ancestry searches that make Americans feel renewed by knowing where their families originated. Thus, a young country with roots far-flung is a will-o-the-wisp susceptible to the scheister that was quite possibly elected by foreign actors not subject to America’s vigorous laws. In a confusing global age full of perils, America needs a steady Joe Biden to right the ship of state while the country gathers its breath and averts a world war.
Millennials are America’s future and they seem headed in the right direction, a modern America whose social values are shared with like-minded allies and the aspirations of the most successful emerging nations. Millennials, however, and many of those running for office now, were ready-born into a digital, high-tech world where human rights were presumed, even if on a rocky road to actualization. They missed the struggles that went into attaining those rights. They don’t have the time to deep search the facts behind the hard-won achievements.
Enter Joe Biden who was there, who attests to America’s institutional memory. What counts is that he was on the right side and still is, regardless of the understandable charge that he is tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. He learns, as in the case of “personal space” and abortion rights in light of the current environment. His statements may seem flip-flops to youngsters but he’s just showing America where he’s been. With that, he illuminates how far America has come. Rapidly.
Joe Biden is the solid Plymouth Rock upon which America can regain its footing in a rapidly changing global world. America needs a rest after the last two schizophrenic years where truth was false one day and reversed the next by its leader, the President exerting the full powers of his mighty station to enrich himself, his family and his cronies. America needs an affable Joe Biden who can lead the young Millennials on the path to making America great again according to the values set down by America’s deepest roots, our forefathers.