Joe Biden: “We cannot let this, we’ve never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never, never let our democracy sakes second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy and … correct the public health.”

It’s time for a game I like to call “translate Sleepy Joe’s ramblings into English.” I think he was trying to say that we can’t let the Covid-19 pandemic cancel the presidential nominating conventions or the general election. That would be correct. Here’s a few things that are incorrect:

  1. Barely intelligible grammar/pronunciation.
  2. During the Civil War, the election of 1864 wasn’t all that meaningful, considering the Southern states (D) were not part of the United States at the time and couldn’t exactly vote for president. Also, Lincoln (R) ran with Johnson (D) on the National Union ticket, but Lincoln was killed a month after winning re-election, and Congress (mostly R) hated Johnson so much that he was impeached for the first time in history, and avoided removal by one vote.
  3. There was no pandemic in 2017 or 2016, except for HIV/AIDS, which has been a pandemic since the 1980s, and is mostly in Africa at this point.
  4. The United States is a constitutional republic with democratic elections for representatives (although originally elections for United States senators were not democratic, but held by state legislatures). Not a “democracy,” which implies direct democracy.





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