Joe Biden still isn’t president, and we’ve urged President Donald Trump and his team to continue the fight to ensure the election was fair. But should Biden take the oath on Jan. 20, this country will go through some changes that will scar it forever.
Barack Obama, “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,” the black “storybook,” confirmed what many already knew, and that is this man who has such a severe deficit of self-awareness also lacks good judgment.
The former Delaware senator and two-term vice president is no lyrical “palmist.” He’s just a gaffe factory permanently operating at peak productivity. Who knows what he’ll say when dealing with the likes of Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping? Pair his history of motoring through a discourse of nonsense, with his cognitive decline, and we might have a regrettable scene in which he tells one or both to “trunalimunumaprzure” themselves, or calls them lying dog-faced pony soldiers, which in the case of Putin is close to the truth.
Biden might even tell South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott and the African-American GOP members of the House that they “ain’t black” because they didn’t vote for him. It’s a near certainty that before it turns warm again in Washington, he’ll call someone he shouldn’t a “horse’s ass” who’s “full of s—” and threaten to continue the disagreement outside as if he were settling some boozed-up frat boy argument.
The first 100 days of a president’s first term is often used as a measure to predict how effective he will be for the remainder of his time in White House. It’s based on “les cent jours” of Napoleon, which began when he arrived in Paris after his escape from exile in 1815 and ended when he lost power again. Biden’s first 100 days won’t be the slobbering love affairs we saw between the media and Bill Clinton and Obama. But he’s more likely to receive approving nods from the devoted-to-Democrats press than he is to meet his own Waterloo.
Though he’s flipped and flopped on a mask mandate, Biden said at least once that “if I’m president, on day one, we’ll implement the national strategy I’ve been laying out since March,” which has “a national mandate to wear a mask.”
“Just 100 days to mask, not forever,” Biden said earlier this month, either unaware that masks are no panacea, or more concerned with the “wearing is caring” theater. “One hundred days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”
Aggravating and infuriating as that would be, it won’t leave a mark. But Biden is sure to ram through a number of policies that will. For instance, he wants to:
- Hike taxes.
- Put even more health care into the hands of government.
- Roll back Trump’s deregulation achievements.
- Outlaw gasoline automobiles and replace them with electric vehicles.
- Steal outright millions of Americans’ jobs.
- Inflict a job- and business-killing $15-an-hour minimum wage.
- Pursue foolish, needless, America-defeating environmental policies, such as a fracking ban, and re-engagement with the Paris climate con that Trump wisely withdrew the country from.
- Unwrap Trump’s progress in the Middle East, which includes several peace agreements no one else could accomplish and a tough line against the Iranian regime that now has the mullahs on the defensive.
- Surrender to the Antifa and Black Lives Matter zealots who want to destabilize the country as part of his agenda to “transform” the country.
- Step on the Second Amendment.
- Ban plastic consumer conveniences.
Not all will be done in the first 100 days. Some, if there’s enough Republican resistance, won’t get through at all.
But whatever Biden is able to reach will carry costs, some social, others economic, a few both and all steep. If he’s the man taking the presidential oath next month on the Capitol’s west side, this country will be paying for decades for a mistake made, or for an appalling crime committed, in early November 2020.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board