Rachel Alexander

When Barack Obama picked Joe Biden to be his Vice-Presidential running mate, he demonstrated that he was not in favor of “change,” but would continue the Democrats’ conventional policies. Biden, a member of the U.S. Senate since 1973, has become more liberal over the years and now represents the liberal wing of the Democrat Party.

The reality is, the only “change” Obama is bringing is that he is African-American, and at age 47 is significantly younger than most U.S. Presidents have been (JFK was elected to President at age 43). Those two distinguishing characteristics are a lot less determinative of what his administration will be like than his record and viewpoints on issues – which are both far to the left.

If Barack Obama looked like Ted Kennedy in physical appearance (their political views are almost exactly the same), he would not be doing this well in the race for president. It’s wonderful that society has moved beyond racism, but now it’s gone too far to the other extreme, promoting race to the exclusion of everything else.

Voters aren’t interested in “change” because the Republicans haven’t done a good job – we’re the wealthiest country in the world with the highest living standards. The primary reason voters are interested in “change” is superficial and shortsighted; it’s due to natural presidential party fatigue and the Federal Reserve’s meddling in interest rates. Manipulation of interest rates inevitably leads to recessions which lead to voter disillusionment with the party in power. Combine that with Bush’s acquiescence to the Democrats on spending during a time when our federal debt is spiraling, and voters are easily fooled into thinking that Democrats are the cure. In reality, the Fed’s manipulation of interest rates has little to do with the party in control of the presidency, and a Democrat administration will increase spending and taxes faster than any Republican administration would.

So what does Biden bring to an already far left presidential ticket? There are two things that stand out about Biden: his history of plagiarism, which forced him to drop out of a 1988 bid for president, and his liberal voting record.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She also serves as senior editor of The Stream.