I was talking with a friend recently about what a tough few months we’ve experienced for ourselves and our country. Labor Day, the traditional end of the hot weather “vacation”
season, is in the rearview mirror, and no one I’ve heard from is regretful to see the summer of senile Joe Biden fade into the past.
A number of commentators have called August the worst month for a sitting president -- perhaps ever -- but it will take years to place events in their proper historical perspective to determine the wisdom of the pronouncements. No doubt Biden has taken a lot of hits lately, all self-inflicted wounds and richly deserved criticism for a man who clearly isn’t up to the job at any level -- intellectual, emotional or cognitive. The debacle that was his Afghanistan exit will stick in everyone’s craw for a long, long time. With the administration now admitting there were Americans left stranded under control of the Taliban, it remains to be seen how ugly it will get.
Making matters worse for the flailing White House occupant, the “delta” variant of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP, or Wuhan, if you prefer) virus shows no sign of going away. As if anyone could forget, Biden based his 2020 campaign on the notion that he alone could magically make the aggressive (probably) man-made flu bug disappear. It hasn’t happened that way. Cases are up in comparable numbers to the worst of the waves of infections (deaths are nowhere near what they were thanks to vaccines and treatment, however) and all the liberal political consultants’ propaganda campaigns in the world won’t help Biden now.
Every time senile Joe, Jen Psaki, Rochelle Walensky or Anthony Fauci speak on the subject it’s another reminder of an unkept 2020 promise. Their never-ending campaign to blame unvaccinated people -- and/or red state governors -- for the spike isn’t working either, since studies show the vaccine holdouts aren’t your typical MAGA flag waving Trump supporters.
From Brian C. Joondeph, M.D. at American Thinker the other day, “’A new report has found that the most highly educated Americans are also the most vaccine hesitant.’ This was not a survey of a few hundred, but of 5 million Americans. They found a U-shaped curve with greatest hesitancy among the least and most educated. ‘The most common concern for those who are hesitant to take the vaccine is potential side effects, with a lack of trust in government close behind in second.’”
The second category’s folks aren’t prone to be reassured by pleas from a habitual liar like Joe Biden.
At any rate, things are tough for the embattled Democrat president as we journey out of summer. Patrick J. Buchanan wrote at CNS News:
“[I]n the first August of the Biden presidency, the U.S. suffered defeat in its longest war, underwent a humiliating evacuation under the guns of its enemies, continued to endure the worst plague in 100 years, and saw an invasion of its southern border by illegal migrants that called into question whether we Americans retain the resolve to preserve our country.
“Nor is this all. In this August of 2021, American politics seem at their most poisonous.
“Race relations are as raw as they have been since the '60s. In the wake of George Floyd's death under the knee of a Minneapolis cop, an outpouring of hostility against police has brought record retirements and resignations by cops across the country. Result: an unprecedented surge in urban shootings and killings, with children prominent among the victims.”
Buchanan might’ve put the bad tidings too lightly. Biden was supposed to be the gleaming ray of hope among the media-spun eternal darkness of Donald Trump’s time in office, but the days of airy Bidenesque pronouncements like “I’ll restore the soul of this nation” are a distant memory. Last time I checked, the “soul of the nation” didn’t include leaving Americans and trusted allies to beg for mercy from the archaic whims of the 7th century mentality Taliban.
The only souls we’ve concentrated on lately are the lives snuffed out by a terrorist’s bomb in Kabul two weeks ago. Joe Biden and his henchmen can’t do anything right.
One person observed that Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared frightened like a hostage in a video as he addressed the nation after the final U.S. personnel took off from Afghanistan’s international airport on the other side of the globe. Since the last contingent to leave did so under the cover of darkness, at least the scene wasn’t reminiscent of helicopters departing Saigon in April of 1975. But Blinken’s dour personal performance didn’t brighten many people’s outlooks, either.
Then there’s the “do nothing” accusation game.
It's funny how both sides always accuse the other of “doing nothing” during crises, such as those that plagued the Trump and Biden administrations. Both sides can’t be right, something I’ve argued ad nauseum to the liberal amateur political scientist friends and acquaintances who portend to know so much about politics and human nature and the way things work because they read big-name newspapers and watch an hour of the local news every day and then regularly tune-in to the evening line-up of their favorite cable news channel.
What they’re doing isn’t developing an objective opinion, it’s committing oneself to the slavery of an editorial director’s or news producer’s point-of-view. Liberals often complain that Trump supporters are ignorant and uninformed because they “only” watch Fox News and therefore are brainwashed by the swami-like narrative of Donald Trump as crafted by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
But isn’t a conservative’s fondness for Fox merely balancing the regular stream of “information” by the government speakers? No one interrupted Blinken when he talked and lord knows we’ve all been fed a steady diet of Biden’s COVID brains’ blather, false projections and mask baloney since he took his oath of office. We’ve heard Biden’s and the Democrats’ side of the story, and if there’s anyone who “did nothing” on a number of fronts, it’s Joe Biden himself.
In contrast, Donald Trump’s actions on COVID were bipartisan in terms of the enormous “relief” packages he signed formulated by Congress. Trump also brought in the “experts,” Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birks, and distributed the resources Congress appropriated through the executive departments. If doling out hundreds of billions -- or trillions -- isn’t “doing something” about the pandemic, I’m not sure what would qualify. And then there were the vaccines.
Biden has merely followed up on the groundwork laid by Trump and his people, all the while taking all the credit for good results and deflecting blame when matters go wrong. Well, now that things aren’t going the way Joe promised, he owns all the COVID consequences, too. When coupled with the Afghanistan debacle, it sure doesn’t look like the nation’s “soul” has been restored, does it?
Buchanan didn’t mention it prominently in his piece, but part of Biden’s disastrous summer included the senate Republicans’ capitulation to Democrat leaders on the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, which would dump more federal money into the trash bin in pursuit of race-based construction projects and expensive green energy capability that only a comparative few would benefit from (such as electric car owners).
Democrats then passed a budget resolution blueprint in both chambers and are poised to add another 5+ trillion to this year’s federal spending calculation, mostly on straight party line tallies. The country’s voters are in no mood to pile up more debt when everyone is still reeling from the Afghanistan travesty and suffering through smothering inflation and boosted gas prices due to Biden’s anti-energy policies.
The summer may have ended but this doesn’t mean poor senile Joe Biden’s troubles are a thing of the past. Congress will return from recess soon and Democrat leaders will try to steer attention away from their figurehead president’s public relations crisis. All Democrats, Biden included, will make passionate pleas for more federal spending to combat the pandemic and those “suffering” under mandatory orders to restrict business activity.
America has dealt with the CCP virus for a year and a half now. Americans have lived with the up-and-down fortunes of Afghanistan for two decades. The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon arrives on Saturday. It’s hard to think of a time when our leaders have failed us so miserably. Goodbye, summer, but will the fall truly be any better?
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