Biden is inside attain of historic greatness – a view that was onerous to think about 100 days in the past
Perhaps one of the underrated parts of Biden's success to date is the fact that he has enthusiastically united the Democrats behind his cause. Almost all along the line, the president has exceeded the expectations of the left while implementing a pragmatic agenda that is celebrated by moderates and centrists alike. Perhaps it is simply a matter of meeting the needs of that historic moment – like the introduction of the vaccine. But for those of us on the left, Biden has miraculously proven what we've been screaming about for years – progressive politics is popular politics, even in red parts of the country. This is borne out by the overwhelming popularity of Biden's rescue plan, as well as the enthusiastic response to its plans for American jobs and American families.
This has excited progressive organizers in small towns and rural areas as well as in urban areas of the country. Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org, hailed Biden's first 100 days as a potential enabler for rural communities, not to mention national politics.
"President Biden is campaigning for critical federal programs designed specifically for the types of communities that Democrats have struggled to connect with in recent decades," Hildreth said in a statement. "If the Congressional Democrats manage to get the American employment plan and the American family plan through – and capitalize on the important investments from the American rescue plan, they could shift the political fault lines in America for decades to come."
The truth is that Americans seem to have spent the last decade longing for a federal government that more aggressively meets their needs, and the pandemic has only compounded that desire. After Republicans starved citizens of all federal aid for four decades until the richest 1% of the country consistently did more banking than almost everyone else combined, people seem to be looking for government intervention that not only spurs economic growth but also conditions the playing field for more reset fair participation in the nation's many fortunes.
Even more miraculous, this kind of monumental systemic change – major structural change, as Senator Elizabeth Warren says – is within reach. The direct payments included in the American bailout, improved unemployment benefits, and tax credits for low to middle earners were a start – they gave people a lifeline and hope, and that's worth a hell of a lot in times of crisis. But the increased financial aid, job creation and access to education that are included in the plans for jobs and families and funded through tax hikes for the rich and corporations are the president's legacy. It would really start giving struggling Americans a real shot at a better life while empowering the middle class that made this nation the envy of the world in the 20th century.
In short, Joe Biden is on the verge of rolling back decades of damage. Ronald Reagan and so-called small government fiscal conservatives visited this country. It is no exaggeration to compare what is possible at this moment to the revolutionary nature of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, as historian Doris Kearns Goodwin did in a recent NPR interview.
Indeed, Kearns Goodwin compared the strategic progress of Biden's initiatives with those of FDR. Roosevelt, she said, "systematically moved from the banking crisis to jobs and then to regulating the stock market." Now Biden is making a similar turn, she said, from the pandemic to his employment plan and the systemic reforms he is incorporating into his proposals.
The other tempting idea that Kearns suggested to Goodwin is the fact that any president who emerges from a crisis that his predecessor failed to navigate is usually on the way to be judged very positively by history while the former husband is for all times is downcast.
"Think of President Hoover," she said, "unable to face the Depression Crisis – viewed as one of the worst presidents. FDR, able to be one of the best. Buchanan, unable to face the growing secession of states." and the growing divisions between the North and the South – considered one of America's worst presidents. Abraham Lincoln comes in and becomes one of the best. "
It doesn't take a genius to find out where Trump ends up in this formulation.
While none of this is inevitable – things could easily drift off course – the very possibility of a transformational shift was pretty unimaginable just a few months ago, when the dark cloud of Trump and all the horror it embodies was still misery on the land rained But yeah, here we are 100 days after Joe Biden's presidency and it feels damn cute.