Joe Biden tells Class of 2020 some will ‘redefine what it means to be a global citizen’

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had a message for young Americans graduating school in his home state of Delaware this year that is 180 degrees the opposite of President Donald Trump’s philosophy: That some of them will come to realize the importance of being a “global citizen.”

“We’re gonna need the passion and ingenuity and the skill that all of you have to offer, to rebuild and transform this country,” Biden says in a message to the Class of 2020 graduates of Delaware State University.

“I’m looking forward to all of you becoming leaders, educators, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, artists here in Delaware” he continued.

“Many of you will be responsible for developing new technologies and new ways of engagement as a result of the education, support, and guidance you’ve received over the last four years,” Biden continues. “Some of you will redefine what it means to be a global citizen and lead the way in uniting people regardless of age, gender, race or zip code.

“We have a real opportunity to come out of this crisis stronger than we’ve ever been. And this Class of 2020, you’re gonna play a big part in that,” Biden added. “So, congratulations again. I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish. We need you.”

There are many aspects of Biden’s message to parse, but the passage that got a lot of reaction on social media was the part about becoming “global citizens,” which, of course, is the opposite of President Trump’s “America First” message. 

But there were other things that Biden said which have become buzzwords on the Left, like “rebuild” and “transform” — two words that imply things in America are broken, wrongheaded, and in need of changing.

Readers may recall that this was the language of Biden’s boss, President Barack Obama. In a speech that was widely panned by conservatives just days before his November 2008 victory, Obama told a rally in Missouri that his campaign was “five days away from fundamentally transforming this country.”

Throughout the speech he talked about “change,” and in fact, his campaign slogan was “Change We Need.”

What many voters failed to ask at the time — and again in 2012 when he was reelected — is, what kind of ‘change’ Obama sought, or what “fundamental transformation” really meant.

Because to ‘fundamentally change’ something implies there is little-to-nothing worthwhile or good about it as it stands. In essence, Obama was saying that America, as it existed, was so bad that our society, culture, and politics had to be radically altered from their core outward.

Biden appears to be taking a playbook from the same Left Obama led for eight years. He, too, has criticized Trump’s “America first” approach and has implied in recent interviews and appearances that he won’t pursue similar policies as president.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s reelection campaign slogan is “Keep America Great,” giving voters two starkly different choices to make this fall.

Brad Todd, writing at Fox News, summed the choice up this way:

Leading Democrats now regularly use the term “nationalism” as a multi-modal slur – often throwing in adjectives like “Christian” or “white” to spice it up further – while most Republicans understand the term to be a benign synonym of “patriotism,” or at most a declaration that the United States’ singular interests should come before those of other nations.

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