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The Biden Cabinet? It’s All About Identity Politics. by The Elephant's Child
December 17, 2020, 8:12 pm
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What most of us have not noticed is that the Biden campaign and president-elect announcements of coming appointments is all about, is actually about identity politics. When the campaign first started, Joe Biden announced that he would choose a black woman as his vice president, and settled on Kamala Harris, who isn’t black, but qualifies as a “person of color” as her mother was from India and her father from Jamaica.

Susan Rice, left over from the Obama administration, fully qualifies as Black, in spite of many objections to her previous habit extensive lying, will have a major role. Joe Biden has gone on from there, culminating with the selection of Pete Butigieg for Secretary of Transportation, with the specific mention that he would be the first openly gay member of the Cabinet. Apparently there are many identity designations that must be checked off the list in cabinet nominations to properly qualify as “inclusive”. Pete Buttigieg, formerly the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, formerly on the vast list of potential candidates for the presidency, is openly gay and in a gay marriage. There’s nothing there that qualifies him to be in the cabinet. He apparently did all right as mayor, but no spectacular accomplishments. He is bright, a former Rhodes scholar, served in the military.

On being chosen as Joe Biden’s Secretary of Transportation, he quickly promised to fight racial, economic and environmental injustice as the nominee to head the Department of Transportation.

During his speech, he warned there was a dark side to the DOT.

“At it’s worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities can reinforce racial, economic, and environmental injustice, dividing or isolating neighborhoods,” he said, promising to work to deliver “equity” and “empower everyone to thrive.”

He also criticized President Donald Trump’s approach to infrastructure, promising to work so “the idea of an infrastructure week is associated with results and never again a media punchline.”

Buttigieg said that he was a transportation enthusiast, citing his love of riding on Amtrak trains, studying while traveling on a cargo ship, and proposing to his husband Chasten at the Chicago O’Hare airport.

Not sure what other identity politics roles remain to be filled. You want to be particularly attentive when Biden starts with the theme of “Build Back Better”. That’s the theme of “the Great Reset” to be avoided at all costs. If you are not sure of just what “the Great Reset” is, see earlier posts, or go to Climate Depot, linked in the sidebar for good explanation. Or for that matter search for the Time Magazine issue on “The Great Reset”. Truly frightening.

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