It is without surprise that President Joe Biden officially announced his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential elections. It was a long-time coming decision. When announcing his candidacy, he stated the following:
“When I ran for President four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America. And we still are. The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer. I know I want the answer to be and I think you do too. This is not a time to be complacent. That’s why I am running for re-election.”
This announcement was made in a video official campaign launch in which Biden’s communication team dramatized the “battle for the soul of America.”
It is interesting to see in President Biden’s launch speech that he focused the “battle for the soul of America” on the matter of freedom. Do we have more or less freedom? And he is right to focus his “battle for the soul of America” on freedom because freedom is, indeed, the credo of the American republic. The problem is that The solutions he proposes do not give more freedom to Americans but less freedom instead. The truth is, we cannot have more freedom with more government. And President Biden believes in the big government. He believes that the federal government should be expansive and more intrusive in human affairs. He is convinced that Americans could be freer if government “helps” them optimize output. But government involvement reduces people’s freedom since government engages in a redistributive process to maximize output. And this redistributive process leads to an inefficient allocation of resources because government imposes legislation that prevents individuals from using resources as they see fit in order to maximize output. Thus, this process necessarily reduces people’s freedom rather than maximizing it.
Biden's Approval Ratings since January 2021
Polling shows Democrats prefer a candidate other than Biden, but there isn’t a consensus on who that alternative would be. An NBC News poll released last Sunday found 70% of Americans, including 51% of Democrats, believe Biden should not seek a second term. Another poll, conducted by Reuters, shows that 39% of Americans approve of President while 54% disapprove of his work. This tells us one clear message. The American people do not want Joe Biden. While each American may have his reason for not wanting President Biden to run for reelection, the consensus remains that he shall not run for re-election. One question remains: will he be challenged by other Democratic candidates or will they all rally behind him like in 2016 with Hillary Clinton?
It ought to be said that Biden’s record as president in his first term was extremely disappointing. Under his four-year leadership, the United States underwent many negative changes that impacted the country. High inflation, increased taxes, federal budget deficit, wokeness, the war in Ukraine, and the depreciation of the U.S. dollar. What will Biden do differently if he were re-elected? The Republican field is already starting to take shape as Donald Trump and former Secretary Nikki Haley have launched their campaigns. Gov. DeSantis and U.S. Senator Tim Scott are taking initial steps to run. The 2024 elections will surely be a very vibrant electoral process, and as time goes on, we will know if President Biden can be reelected or not.