President Joe Biden, the fellow who promised to end the coronavirus pandemic if we’d just elect him to the nation’s highest office, has officially given up the battle he swore he’d win. It’s now someone else’s problem.
Candidate Biden swore before the entire country just days before the 2020 election that “I’m going to shut down the virus.” But not only has he not stopped its spread, under current trends it will have within a month – the coming winter of death – killed more on his watch than it did while Donald Trump was president. Nearly 385,000 have died from COVID-19 since Jan. 20, far more than the 220,000 dead under Trump that Biden said in October 2020 was a toll so unacceptable that Trump should “not remain as president of the United States of America.”
Under Biden’s standard, he should have long ago resigned from office. Instead, he’s admitted that he couldn’t handle the virus as promised, and passed the buck to the states.
“There is no federal solution,” he said Monday during a call with American governors. “This gets solved at the state level.”
This should surprise no one. Just two – two – days after taking office, Biden was already backing off his campaign pledge. “There’s nothing we can do,” he said on Jan. 22, “to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
Abdication of duty is typical of this administration. In one of its more well-known failures, Vice President Kamala Harris has done nothing to fix the immigration crisis on the southern border that she was appointed to resolve. Her refusal to do her job mirrors Biden’s punt on the pandemic. Apparently the work was just too hard.
We won’t blame Biden for failing to live up to his vow, though. It was impossible to keep anyway. Governments can’t stop pandemics. This should be clear to everyone by now. Viruses don’t respond to legislation or executive orders. Fifteen days to flatten the curve was meaningless to this virus. So are lockdowns. It doesn’t care which party is in the White House nor who is or who isn’t sending “mean” tweets.
But we will blame Biden for making a guarantee he couldn’t back up. He either knew he couldn’t kill the virus, yet said he could anyway, which makes him unfit for office because he used a blatant lie to rise to power. Or he simply wasn’t smart enough to know he couldn’t do it, which also disqualifies him.
We also hold the voters who believed him responsible. Because they put their faith in a quack, we now have a growing pile of problems on top of the pandemic created by this administration.
From COVID-19, to the border, Afghanistan, inflation, a return to energy dependence, the supply chain break, Russian and Chinese belligerence, and rising crime, there is no problem too big for Biden to run away from. It’s a sick, sorry performance that shows he has no business remaining president. Yet will have to live with him for a few more years. There is no tolerable replacement in the line of presidential succession.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board