• Rick Laib

What Are You Asking For?

The 2020 Democratic National Convention has come and gone. Many hoped it would revive some element of pomp we have seen in years past, but this was not the year for pomp. Rather, the convention was a collection of videos. I would like to see the Republicans bring some energy during their convention, but we know it will most likely be in the same format and the same result.

Videos or not, one element we knew we could count on from years past was an official nomination; there are no more quotations around candidacy as Joe Biden has officially been offered, and accepted, the nomination for Presidential Candidate for the Democratic Party. In his acceptance speech he promised we can overcome this season of darkness, he will be an ally of the light, and as President he will draw on the best of us, not the worst.

These are fine things to promise, though they speak to no actual plan. They were feel-good comments delivered to garner support. But to be fair, this is not often the time to reveal plans. And to be even more fair, it was not a message intended for me—this was in fact a message delivered at the Democratic National Convention, and that message, though publicly made available, was intended for an in-house and in-party audience of which I am not part of.

But Biden could potentially be my President and so I think it is fair to ask: What is the plan? We know the plan for Democrats is to get Trump out of office. But what is the plan for America? We keep hearing, “Get Trump” but my question is, “But what is the plan? How do we move forward?” Let us put it this way: the election is held today and the Democrats win the Oval Office, the Senate, and the House. Trump is out of office…now what?

I think I use to know what the Democrats wanted but my sense is that the majority opinion of the party has changed. My concern is not what is next—my concern is that the Democrats will not say. They will not say not because they do not know but because they can’t. As Newt Gingrich points out, “If they were too openly moderate, the left-wing would go crazy and if they were too openly left-wing the Country would go crazy.” Campaign season is going to move very quickly, and my wager is that very few future policy commitments are going to be made on behalf of the political left with the exception, of course, of their gold standard: Get Trump.

Maybe you want President Trump out of office. Why? Because he is mean? Fine, you are entitled to that. But do you know what you are getting in return?

Don’t you think you ought to know?

Rick Laib is the Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District in Illinois. He can be reached at

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