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Monday April 29:

Joe Biden did his first rally since officially announcing his candidacy the previous Thursday. Speaking at a local Labour union in Pittsburgh PA (I.e. teamsters local 409, having earlier been endorsed by the International Association Of Firefighters), he was portrayed by the main stream media as the presumptive democratic nominee. (The online video of his speech is not widely anonymously available e.g. on YouTube - rather one has to sign up for JW player to watch his ‘for the worker’ speech online. Red flag).

The MSM focused on his Twitter spat with Trump that day, claiming that Biden had gotten under Trump’s skin regarding blue-collar working people, inferring that Biden was the Democratic candidate Trump feared most. Shades of 2016 were apparent, when the media gifted the presidency to Trump by arrogantly ignoring the progressive voice in America.

During the course of his speech, Biden incorporated a somewhat scripted sounding claim indirectly referencing a well-known idea in moral philosophy, originally espoused by Immanuel Kant (a corollary of his ‘categorical imperative’). Biden suggested that American employers in general had been guilty of treating employees as a means to an end, not as an end in themselves. Their value and dignity as human beings was not being respected: they were being used.

Even setting aside his plagiarization (lies) in his first presidential campaign, this was a very odd claim for Biden to make, despite his attempt (in concert with the corporate media) to portray himself as a friend of the worker. Biden voted for NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) in which American companies out-sourced their labor, taking jobs away from Americans and giving them to people in other countries. (Bernie voted against NAFTA.) Biden’s vote was one that favored the interests of American corporations, not working Americans.

If you think that supporting American workers is morally right, independently of the consequences for corporations (their profits), you wouldn’t support NAFTA, yet Biden did. Biden, in terms well-known to undergraduate moral philosophy students is a consequentialist; someone who thinks that the only morally relevant thing about an action (or policy) is its consequences. Yet he portrays himself as someone who thinks that some things e.g. the way employers treat employees are just wrong, regardless of the good consequences for the employer.

Consider for example the cable company Comcast which owns CNN, the network on which Biden was making the Kantian (deontological) moral claims alluded to above. On the first day Biden formally announced his candidacy, he met with Comcast executives (not their employees). Comcast have an interest in maintaining the status quo in which pharmaceutical companies pay a lot of money to bombard you with propaganda/commercials about their products on CNN. Such propaganda/commercials in turn promotes the interests of big pharmaceutical corporations ripping off the typical American employee with extortionate drug prices. The same propaganda/commercials also support the interests of the private health insurance companies whose main concern is not health care but profit.

In taking lobbyist money from Comcast executives, is Biden the middle-class hero he portrays himself to be in Pittsburgh? Biden’s poll ratings are boosted because he is talked about favorably on CNN, owned by Comcast, which takes money from big pharma to show commercials which benefit drug companies and the private health insurance industry which they work in tandem with. Could it be that the reason the panelist propagandists of CNN bend over backwards to excuse Biden of having no policies is because he is a centrist democrat (i.e. republican) who is against progressive policies like Medicare for all which would be bad for big pharmaceutical corporations and the private health care industry, but GOOD FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE, JUST AS IT IS FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE REST OF THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD?

Biden suggested in Pittsburgh that it is morally wrong for an employer to treat an employee as only having instrumental value, i.e. being valuable only to the extent that as an employer you can extract as much profit from the employee as you can legally get away with. Yet in voting for NAFTA, Biden voted for the exact opposite of this notion, such that American corporations (e.g. Apple) could legally get away with outsourcing jobs to workers in other countries like China where employees are willing to work for virtually nothing.

Biden’s attempt to pass himself off as having a Kantian position on ethics is a bigger joke than when he was found to have plagiarized a speech by Neil Kinnock (leader of the SOCIALIST U.K. Labor Party at the time) culminating in Biden’s being forced to drop out of his first presidential run in 1988.

Given Biden’s political history - authoring the crime-bill, his treatment of Anita Hill and other women, his vote for the Iraq War, his siding with credit-card companies’ immoral policies (much like Debbie-Wasserman Schultz’s support for pay-day loan-sharks), why is CNN using their propaganda machine to support Joe Biden rather than Bernie? Relatedly, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (former chair of the DNC in 2016, who was forced to resign in disgrace) was instrumental in sabotaging Bernie’s campaign in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, yet CNN never mentions this fact.

Trump will pick all this apart if the Dems use their kill-switch against another progressive candidate (Bernie) as they have done since the end of World War Two.

(Remember Hillary Clinton’s private stance / public stance position regarding her speeches to Wall Street Goldman Sachs insiders in 2016?)