UPDATE April 11, 2021:
Great thing about America #17: Americans are really smart people
Democrat politicians in the clutches of public sector unions like to tell us we’re falling behind the rest of the world. They ignore the simple truth that stupid, undereducated people still managed to create a booming economy and job market during the Trump years.
Now we’re stupid again. Our IQs dropped on January 20, 2021. We need unions to employ us and make sure we aren’t taken advantage of. Worse yet, we are talked down and lied to by a White House that treats us like fools.
We have no reason to expect honesty from this administration (see Great Thing about America #15), but the White House has adopted such a blatantly condescending style that we can’t take anything we hear seriously. The nonsense handed down from this administration ranges from hysterical to terrifying, but almost none of it makes any sense when you think about what’s being said.
Need an example? These are from Friday, April 9, 2021.
On the departure of Ambassador Roberta Jacobson from her Southwest Border duties, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan praised our “safe, secure, and just approach to our Southwest Border.” He offered this:
President Biden has asked Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the Administration’s work on our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, a testament to the importance this administration places on improving conditions in the region.38
I won’t insult you by pointing out how many things are wrong with that statement. We’ll let Biden’s policies for immigration Armageddon, his willingness to spread our tax dollars to corrupt Central American governments, and Kamala Harris’ disappearing border act speak for themselves.
So why does Sullivan take us for fools? Because that’s how Democrats view the American people. Remember, these are the politicians who don’t believe people of color are smart enough to obtain IDs so they can cash a check, drive a car, or buy a beer.
Even the climate-savvy are stupid in the Bidenverse. This bit of condescending nonsense came from Transportation Boss Pete Buttigieg:
Americans are spending too much of their money on transportation in the wrong ways or don’t have access to it at all.39
We are not supposed to notice or care how Democrats spend too much of our money on Democrats. That includes financing their political campaigns with H.R. 1, handing tax dollars to illegal immigrants in New York City, or propping up states like Illinois that couldn’t find its way out of a fiscal paper bag to save itself.
Apparently we’re also too dumb to figure out that the $2 trillion Buttigieg is talking about is also going to be forked over by taxpayer who will ultimately bear the brunt of the American Jobs Plans’ corporate tax hike.
So Americans are stupid and that includes you and me. The fact that our economy was exploding with growth and jobs before the coronavirus struck is completely lost on hacks like Mayor Pete who boast “the biggest investment in American jobs since World War Two”40 while Biden ignores the role of China in damaging our economy and prefers to back Democrats paying for their personal favorites under the misnomer of rescuing the nation.
Friday was a very busy day for the White House. The president had this to say after his weekly economic update and announcement of spending increases that include funding for the Violence Against Women Act:
And so, out there, we’re — we want to make sure we go through this backlog and find out, to bring some — some certitude to — for the woman who is saying, “No, no, it was true. That’s the man. He did it.” And it changes the whole perspective — all the hearings we held on that.
And also there — it makes major investments in the fight against climate change.41
Let’s leave it at that, shall we?
UPDATE April 16, 2021:
Great thing about America #18: fairness is not about whiteness
President Biden made a shocking statement yesterday on behalf of the House approval of the Paycheck Fairness Act. I can’t imagine he wrote it. Even at his most befuddled America’s president should be far above this kind of overt racial pot-stirring.
This is what our leader and alleged moral arbiter had to say about America’s gender pay gap:
For AAPI women, it’s 87 cents for every dollar a white man earns. For Black women, it’s 63 cents. For Native American women, it’s 60 cents. And for Hispanic women, it’s 55 cents. Those gaps are an affront to our values as a nation — they are unacceptable to me, and they should be unacceptable to every single American.42
So to be clear, the issue isn’t really about the pay gap between men and women. It’s about advantaged white men making more than women of other races. That’s a reprehensible comparison, but I’ll cut him a little slack because there is probably a statistical reason. When you write this sort of liberal agenda piece you want to make things look as bad as possible. Adding black or brown men might lower the wage gap and make it look better than the White House desires. Adding Asian men – who make more than white men – would be racist and besides, white men are America’s pariahs. Why miss an opportunity?
So privileged white men it is. Our unity-minded president just gave America another reason to despise millions of our friends and neighbors.
If only America had a leader capable of moderating the radical left talking points that someone is shoving in front of him. Instead, we have a talking head that mouths agenda-laden words written by persons unknown. This is why the White House can’t even make a statement about the Equal Pay Act without stirring the race pot and then falling back on two values we know the left has zero respect for:
Equal pay is about justice, fairness, and who we are as a nation — it makes all of us stronger, and it represents what America is truly about.43
No, Joe. Pillorying white men for political gain is not what America is truly about. It’s what your party is truly about.
UPDATE April 19, 2021:
Great thing about America #19: hope for America’s future
We took the truism that America will keep getting better for granted. There were warnings that this was not the case. The Trump slogan “Make America Great Again” induced such anger and hate in the left that people who wore hats and T-shirts displaying these hopeful words were confronted and even attacked in public.
Instead of hope for the future the left is openly inspiring rebellion with the premise that America is a bad place and always has been. What should we make of prominent lawmaker Maxine Waters (D-CA) openly demanding confrontation in a city already racked by riots and looting and primed for more violence as a highly politicized police shooting trial draws to a close?
This isn’t the hope for unity that Joe Biden promised us, which brings us to another question:
Will the real President Biden please stand up?
This is a time when America looks to its president for hope. The problem is we don’t know who is in charge. Is it Kamala Harris? Harris and House Speaker Pelosi? Unseen and unnamed White House aides who scribble the nonsensical and even false words uttered by our national figurehead?
If there is any hope in these words, I can’t find it. They don’t even make sense:
And also, you know, with Daunte Wright in Minnesota — that God-awful shooting resulting in his death, and — and in the midst of an ongoing trial over the killing of George Floyd. And Lord only knows what’s happened based on what the verdict will or will not be there.44
What was Biden trying to say? Does it even matter? Americans don’t have a leader we can identify. If Biden really is the acting president we’re in trouble. More likely our country is run by a loose collection of left-wing ideologues guided by identity politics and a handful of far left extremists whose radical views threaten to tear apart everything that makes America great.
This can be a dangerous thing when we confront world leaders who are at the top of their game and know weakness when they hear it.
Well over half a million COVID deaths in the U.S. and three million worldwide are not enough for the White House to hold China accountable. Instead, Biden resorted to his party’s Russian election interference narrative and picked a fight with Vladimir Putin. The president’s remarks as he expelled Russian diplomats from the U.S. were at times confused:
And I told him: If it turned out that the invest- — as I thought — that there was engagement in our elections, that I would — that I’d respond.45
Nevertheless, much like his promise to unify America he promised that inciting conflict is not about conflict:
The United States is not looking to kick off a cycle of ecs- — of escalation and conflict with Russia. We want a stable, predictable relationship.46
Now is the time to de-escalate.47
Did Putin get the message? Of course he did. America has no leader. That means great hope for his struggling country and vanishing hope for America’s future.
UPDATE April 21, 2021:
Great thing about America #20: our country is not ashamed
Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. This doesn’t make America a country to be ashamed of any more than the tragedy that befell George Floyd makes him a national sacrifice for the benefit of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Party. This was a sad, avoidable tragedy. Our politics turned it into something much worse.
The narrative that America is a country to be ashamed of is fashionably pervasive with the woke contingent. There is not new. Michelle Obama scored points when she proclaimed that she had never been proud of our country. We certainly had no reason to be surprised or to disbelieve her, though the riches and success America bestowed on the Obamas should at least be deserving of a grateful nod instead of derision.
After the Chauvin verdict Joe Biden tried his best to speak words that someone in his administration must have mistaken for a unifying message. Some it sounded good:
This is the time for this country to come together, to unite as Americans. .48
But the real message was just more of the same:
It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the Vice President just referred to — the systemic racism that is a stain our nation’s soul; the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans; the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day.49
At least our president and vice-president are unified in their agreement about America’s soul.
The world knows about America’s shame because Democrats wouldn’t have it any other way. The political left cares very much about the global community’s opinion, but when was the last time you heard Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping talk about their countries with shame? For that matter, when was the last time you heard a Democrat talk like this about another Democrat? Even Maxine Waters escaped such a harsh judgment when she incited open confrontation in Minneapolis.
Biden insists that “At our best, the American ideal wins out.”50
That’s not quite the reality he describes. The president hopes that we can prevent this from happening again:
so they [black and brown people] don’t fear the interactions with law enforcement, that they don’t have to wake up knowing that they can lose their very life in the course of just living their life. They don’t have to worry about whether their sons or daughters will come home after a grocery store run or just walking down the street or driving their car or playing in the park or just sleeping at home.51
The tragic deaths he refers to are far less common than Biden and fellow Democrats would have you believe while they brush aside the truth of where the real killing is coming from. The left is constantly looking for the next excuse to be ashamed of our nation. We expect this from activists and it’s increasingly popular with the congressional left, but America’s unifying president?
America deserves better. We’re not the ones who should be ashamed.
39“Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, April 9, 2021.” whitehouse.gov. April 9, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/04/09/press-briefing-by-press-secretary-jen-psaki-and-secretary-of-transportation-pete-buttigieg-april-9-2021/, retrieved April 11, 2021.
41“Remarks by President Biden on the Weekly Economic Briefing.” whitehouse.gov. April 9, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/04/09/remarks-by-president-biden-on-the-weekly-economic-briefing/, retrieved April 11, 2021.
42“Statement from President Joe Biden on House Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.” whitehouse.gov. April 15, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/15/statement-from-president-joe-biden-on-house-passage-of-the-paycheck-fairness-act/, retrieved April 16, 2021.
44“Remarks by President Biden Before Meeting with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus.” whitehouse.gov. April 13, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/04/13/remarks-by-president-biden-before-meeting-with-members-of-the-congressional-black-caucus/, retrieved April 19, 2021.
45“Remarks by President Biden on Russia.” whitehouse.gov. April 15, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/04/15/remarks-by-president-biden-on-russia/, retrieved April 19, 2021.
48“Remarks by President Biden on the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Death of George Floyd.” whitehouse.gov. April 20, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/04/20/remarks-by-president-biden-on-the-verdict-in-the-derek-chauvin-trial-for-the-death-of-george-floyd/, retrieved April 21, 2021.
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