As Is: Heroes

“So, come on ye childhood heroes! Won’t you rise up from the pages of your comic books, your super crooks, and show us all the way! Make your will and testament. Won’t you join your local government? We’ll have Superman for president. Let Robin save the day.” From Thick As A Brick, written by Ian Anderson.

The Old Folks At My Home

It’s amazing which people I’d vote for over Donald Trump. I suspect at least seven billion out of our global population of 8.2 billion would make that list, including a couple former Nazis who draw the line at fascist fundamentalism. This is not about Trump. This is about saving our nation — and not just from Trump. He’s not even the tip of the MAGA iceberg. In fact, after November they will no longer really need him.

If my goal was simply to defeat Trump, I’d back Taylor Swift. And it’s not about Joe Biden‘s accomplishments, which are truly breathtaking particularly given the fact that if Joe sneezed not a single MAGA would say gesundheit. It’s been four years of pushing the boulder up the mountain against a right-wing House of Representatives, a nearly evenly split Senate, and a Supreme Court filled with religious fascists too insane for The John Birch Society. Against all that, Joe has been doing great.

Judge Holden

This is not about age, and it most certainly is not about a bad head cold. That’s not what we saw last Thursday. Mick Jagger is only a year younger than Joe, and Keith Richards is the man who invented aging. While Joe was debating Judge Holden, Mick and Keith were kicking ass on stage at Chicago’s Soldier Field. But the job of running the United States of America should be a bit more focused.

(Yeah, I know. It’s only rock and roll…)

It’s about Joe’s ability to reliably perform the toughest job on the planet. Fact is, I’d probably vote for Judge Holden over Trump if I had to… but then I’d leave for a more peaceful environment. Mongo might be preferable. The issue is finding a person qualified in every significant respect to handle the job as though they were a human being who gave a fuck about other human beings.

Kamala Harris may not be the perfect choice, but no one is or ever has been. Harris is a great choice with the knowledge, the fighting spirit, the commiseration for human beings, and the wherewithal for the job. I should point out that, historically, I have been unlikely to promote former prosecutors but Kamala has most certainly shown the right stuff.

I know something about geriatrics, being one myself. There are times when I don’t think I should be allowed to have the keys to the car. Joe, who only has eight years on me, is not in shape to run this nation during what quite likely is going to be a continuing and mind-numbingly increasing right-wing Christian Nationalist take over. If you think the last four years were tough, just think about the next twelve months.

Joe deserves all the praise that has been heaped upon him, and he deserves an important continuing position in our government. But it would be cruel to expect him to continue to take full responsibility for what is one of the most demanding jobs on the planet.

This is not about turning our backs on a man who has served our nation extremely well for many, many decades. This is about saving our nation from despotism.

And, besides, it will make it easier for him to pardon his kid on his way out.

Don’t get me wrong: I will actively support the DNC’s choice this August. That convention is in Chicago as well, but the Rolling Stones probably won’t be there. I want to see Trump reduced to doing commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Preferably, from prison.

(Thanks and a tip of the toupee to my old pal Steve Saffel, to whom I enunciated some of these thoughts yesterday.)