Magazine August 10, 2020, Issue

Transform It All

Joe Biden speaks about his economic recovery plan in New Castle, Del., July 21, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Does Joe Biden write his tweets? Does an aide gently guide his finger to the keys on his phone while humming a soothing melody? Whoever’s in charge of his account, this was sent a few weeks ago:

“We’re going to beat Donald Trump. And when we do, we won’t just rebuild this nation — we’ll transform it.”

Barack Obama made the same pledge, noting his intention to fundamentally transform America. Some credulous folk thought this meant “improve,” but that’s like saying you “improved” the Mona Lisa by painting it over, Jackson Pollock–style. No, that would be a transformation.

The Left adores transformation, because

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