Ruth Lieberman

Bye bye Biden

US Presidential Debate. (Wikimedia Commons)

The US presidential race was decided tonight.

Watch for President Biden to be put (gently) out to pasture, while the Democratic party scrambles to replace him with a new, younger, more attractive nominee. Then witness former president Trump lose his strong lead as he takes on more serious competition, scrambling for a win in November.

I fear this is the end for Republican hopes, if indeed they stick to the current candidate, while the other side fields a stronger candidate who can woo the middle, and win the election.

Let’s be honest: The American people don’t seem to be looking forward to the November election, making their choice between a sitting president who seems to be past his prime – to put it mildly – and a past president who tends to put people off.

While President Biden’s handlers have kept his failings at bay, or at least somewhat beyond the public eye, it is now clear to all that it’s time for him retire. High time. The debate showed us that Biden will indeed go home, and the Democrats will scramble to replace him.

What the election should be about is the issues that affect Americans and the free world. It’s the economy, stupid. And foreign policy. Health care. Borders. Family values. Freedoms and responsibilities. What the world needs is a serious, frank discussion of what direction America is going. And where it wants to be in a year, a decade, and what we leave for our children.

That’s what we the people need. But sometimes we get what we deserve. And we’ve created a world of pop culture, TikTok, sound bytes; rather than serious debate. How do you dial back the trend? One thing I’ve learned over the course of this current horrible war that Israel is fighting, is that I have renewed belief in the next generation. These are our children, whose eyes are glued to their screens, yet they have shown up. They fight for their values, for their country, they come together with those who seem so different, side by side, teaching us an important lesson in how to figure things out.

I have renewed confidence in our future. Our children have shown us in the past months that they are indeed ready to take on the challenges that we have not yet solved. And I hope and pray that they will realize the potential, to make smart choices and advance solid ideologies that protect our values and move us forward.

We would be wise to suggest candidates who can shoulder this responsibility, and that might mean stepping aside for the next generation of leaders — it wouldn’t be a bad thing, for any of us. I, for one, am looking forward to that.

About the Author
Ruth Lieberman is an Israeli-based political consultant and licensed tour guide, combining her love of Israel with political acumen to better Israel's standing both at home and in the eyes of the world. She has consulted for political leaders in Jerusalem and in Washington, from work on election campaigns to public advocacy and events. Her tours in Israel connect Biblical history to modern realities, to highlight Israel's achievements and promote its policies. She's also added 'archaeologist' to her title, working on an advanced degree in the field.
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