Joe Biden has been declared the leader of the Democratic Party and exited its convention having delivered the best speech of his political life as part of his effort to gain the White House in 2020.
The Democrats’ candidate for president emerged from his bunker in a Covid-19 stricken world speaking of light, national unity and battling for the soul of America.
His performance and his party’s virtual convention were stirring and much more akin to what America looks like and some of what America must face.
His words are much different from those of President Trump who offers a darker vision of where the country is and where the United States is headed. According to President Trump, lawlessness and chaos are on the way led by those who hate America.
Welcome to the 2020 national election and the unraveling of a great nation.
While Mr. Biden was leading in the polls post-convention, the tweeter-in-chief had closed a substantial gap. Polls showed a high likelihood that White voters were still holding on to the man who vowed to Make America Great Again.
Mr. Biden opened his acceptance speech by quoting the great organizer and leader Ella Baker: “Give people light and they will find the way.”
“If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It’s time for us, for we, the people, to come together. And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” declared Mr. Biden.
The words expressed something that seemed right but can those words become reality? And, can a nation which prides itself as a great experiment and ever evolving perfect union face up to its past, its future challenges and why Mr. Trump held—and holds—such an appeal even as his country goes to hell in a handbasket?
The truth is America is in trouble and it will take more than a change of captain to right the ship. It will admitting that the original sin of this nation—slavery and the slaughter of the native peoples—must be addressed and redressed.
It cannot be a passing reference and admission that America was imperfect from the beginning. The truth is the seeds of the destruction of this nation came with her bringing our forefathers across the Atlantic and into the worst human atrocity committed in the last 6,000 years.
It was such a heinous crime that God Himself had to come out of hiding to see if the moaning, groaning and suffering was altogether what He had heard. It was.
With the coming of God comes the judgement of America and it will take more than politics for this great nation to survive. It will take more than splendid words, magnificent images and pledges of do-gooding.
“The dissatisfaction on our earth today is 100 percent. Everywhere you walk, everywhere you look the people are dissatisfied. When you have 100 percent dissatisfaction then there must be a 100 percent change,” observed the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in a July 4 message delivered from “The Garden” at his home in Michigan.
“There’s a burden that the earth is carrying that the earth must be relieved of. What is that burden? Everything that is on the earth came out from the earth so the earth is not burdened by what comes out from it,” he said in this address, “The Criterion.”
“The earth is burdened by the wicked living on a planet that was made for the righteous. The burden is now being shaken. The burden feels something coming because they’re being overthrown. You can’t live in a world made by God on the basis of truth living your life on the basis of a lie,” said the Minister.
“This has never been a country of the people, by the people or for the people. This is a country that never was made with a woman in mind. Therefore, they had to suffer years before they could even earn the right to vote. This country was not made for the slave because they only fashioned us as three-fifths of a human being. This country was not made for poor people.”
The Minister added: “It was made for White people of privilege, White people of scholarship, White people who felt that they are the masters of God’s earth and that they deserve privilege but no lesser being deserves that privilege.”
So, Mr. Biden and his vice-presidential pick, Kamala Harris, a Black woman and Asian American, wish to lead America into the light and into a brighter future.
But can they?
Because to bring America out of the true threat that she faces means acknowledging there is a power in the world greater than her power. And, it means America must admit that a people who she reduced to no people at all hold the key to whether she can survive. Take it or let it alone, but the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, patriarch of the Nation of Islam, has warned the United States will see no peace until the problem of the so-called American Negro is solved—with justice. He spoke of a permanent solution to the race problem in America that would mean separating the children of the slaves from the children of the slave masters in an independent state or territory.
The prototype of separation is found in the Bible as Jehovah chooses the children of Israel as His people and brings them out of Egypt, promising them a land flowing with milk and honey.
And while Blacks may prove integral to this national election and even determine the margin for winning, the solution is not a political one but a spiritual one.
God is not mocked. The Bible and Holy Qur’an are littered with the examples of the nations of the past God judged and destroyed. Can America escape the consequences of her wicked actions if others could not?
During the Democratic National Convention, there was constant misrepresentation of America as a wonderful immigrant nation. Such lies ignored and dishonored our ancestors who were forced to work themselves to death for the good of the settlers who killed the indigenous people of this land.
Is nothing to be given to us for our suffering?
How can a nation with police murders, political hatred, worker exploitation, inferior education, discrimination, vicious nationalism, militarism, international gangsterism and a prison industrial complex declare itself a shining city on a hill?
People had to die in this country for every inch of progress, this is no great experiment, this is no natural evolution toward a “more perfect union,” this is a terror dome. God has come to end it.
America’s hope is in following the example of Nineveh where the ruler led the people in repentance and the putting on of sackcloth and ashes as an expression of humility. It requires listening to one from among the slaves imbued with Supreme Wisdom and an understanding of what justice requires. That one is Min. Farrakhan, who offers light. Will America accept it?