Instead of attacking American public schools and about two-thirds of the country from one of the nation’s most famous landmarks, Joe Biden offered Americans a promise that we all needed to hear: a promise to rebuild our democratic institutions by taking important measures like restoring the Voting Rights Act. Biden’s address to the country was about more than the damage done by Donald Trump, however. He called on Americans that they have a chance to be better and to strive towards creating a more perfect union.
Somehow, Republicans still took offense to it. Even though Donald Trump, like much of the party, likes to paint all Democrats as people who hate America and indoctrinate upcoming generations to hate it too, Biden’s letter opened with emphasizing what a significant and cherished day the Fourth is for so many Americans. They took issue, however, with what he thought it meant: “But Independence Day is a celebration of our persistent march toward greater justice — the natural expansion of our founding notion from “all men are created equal” to “all people are created equal and should be treated equally throughout their lives.”
Most people probably would agree without seeing anything controversial about that statement. For RNC spokeswoman Liz Harrington, however, it was a different story. On Fox News, she accused the Biden campaign of having the audacity to rewrite the Declaration of Independence and all that it stood for. In her outburst, however, she gave a bit more away than she was supposed to. For all of their rhetoric about how “all lives matter,” or an economy that works for everyone, Republicans don’t believe any of it. It’s amusing to think that they’re trying to spin a basic national goal as propaganda and are outraged by it, but this moment is probably the single best example of why Republicans need to be voted out in November.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making