EDITORIAL: Vote Biden and restore decency

York Dispatch editorial board
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at the Lodges at Gettysburg on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Biden warned that "the forces of darkness" are dividing Americans, stressing that as president he would strive to "end the hate and fear" consuming the nation. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

There are so many reasons to deny Donald Trump a second term as president, we could list them alphabetically.

Suffice it to say he is a lying racist whose incompetence has cost countless American lives while making our country a pathetic pariah on the global stage.

His time in office has been a national tragedy. It likely will take decades to repair the damage this con artist has done to our society and democracy in just four years.

Four more? What a sick joke that would be.

The country is in shambles — from the horrifyingly inept pandemic response, to the historic recession it brought on, to the civil unrest caused by continuing systemic racism and violence against people of color by law enforcement.

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Since Jan. 21, 2017, Trump and his administration have been methodically tearing down the government, setting a match to the State Department, to intelligence agencies, to the Environmental Protection Agency, to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to the U.S. Postal Service ...

We cannot think of a department that has not been altered for the worse by our deeply flawed current president, aided and abetted by fellow Republicans in Congress.

Democrat Joe Biden, with 47 years of experience in government, has the skill set to rebuild what Trump has destroyed.

We now desperately need a person at the top who understands government and how to govern, who appreciates science and expertise, who knows the meaning of diplomacy and can control his impulses. (“Control your impulses” — yes, that is just how low the bar has been set under Trump.)

Where Trump is a narcissist who judges others based solely on what they can do for him, Biden has shown he knows the worth of people in general.

You will not find him mocking the handicapped, belittling our service members, or coddling white supremacists. He is actually a fully formed and functioning human being, which, sadly, is more than we can say for Trump.

Biden knows the pain of loss and can empathize with the families of the 210,000 Americans and counting who have died during the pandemic — many more, experts say, than would have died if Trump and his gang hadn’t botched our national response.

Even if he was not the father of a veteran — son Beau, who died of brain cancer — can anyone imagine Biden calling our service members suckers and losers, as Trump allegedly did?

Sure, it is only an allegation, but can anyone imagine Trump making those comments? Of course! It is right in line with his on-the-record attacks on Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam era POW, and Gold Star parents who dared to criticize him.

Yes, Biden is a white, moderate, safe choice for the White House, and his long record is littered with bad votes and gaffes.

But the former vice president will not weaken the system of representative government. He will not boost the probability of tyranny.

And for God’s sake, Biden has more than a shred of decency.

That alone is enough.