The Biden Conundrum

After six weeks in office, President Biden has not yet held a press conference, but his spokeswoman promises one at the end of this month.  That’s nice as a free country deserves to occasionally hear from the guy running it.

There is no question that Mr. Biden appears befuddled at times but, remember, he held his own in two debates with Donald Trump just a few months ago.  So, it’s hard to evaluate the 78-year-old President’s mental capacity in any kind of responsible way.

Having written “Killing Reagan,” I know about cognitive decline in the White House.  After President Reagan was almost killed by an assassin’s bullet, he was in and out mentally for a time.  Some days he simply could not do the job and there was quiet talk among some of his senior staff of exploring the 25th amendment.  That allows for temporary or permanent removal of a president if he or she is unable to function effectively.

In the book, we document what happened in Ronald Reagan’s first term and how it was kept from the public. Eventually, President Reagan made a stunning comeback.

Today, some anti-Biden pundits believe old Joe is being set up for removal using the 25th amendment, but I don’t see that. The President has been exceedingly accommodating to the progressive movement so why would the ardent leftists, who control almost all access to Mr. Biden, want him gone?

At this point, President Biden is supporting the Green New Deal, quasi-open borders, massive, pork-laden spending, and higher taxes.  This is like a greatest hits album for leftists.  So, there will be no “Joe Must Go” chanting by progressives.  No way.  Joe must stay because he’ll do exactly what they tell him to do.

The chief domestic advisor to President Biden is the infamous Susan Rice.  She of Benghazi fame when, speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, misled the world about the Libyan terror attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador.  Ms. Rice is also a major pal of Michelle and Barack Obama. Believe me when I tell you that Ms. Rice is the exact opposite of befuddled.  She is laser-locked into changing the United States.  She wants to impose a paradise of equity, where certain groups of Americans get special treatment and government perks courtesy of everyone else.

Joe B. is absolutely on board with that even though it’s possible he might not understand what it all means.

The Biden administration is not going to end well. I could be wrong, but I don’t see perspicacious leadership in the Oval Office.  I see a figurehead who may be unable to calculate the consequences of his policies. Does Joe understand Americans are paying a lot more for gas since Inauguration Day?  Is he processing that thousands of undocumented foreign nationals, some with Covid, are now crossing the southern border?

Does Joe know that his “green” envoy, John Kerry, is in the pocket of the Iranians?

It would stun me if Joe Biden is actually aware that after six weeks, a number of bad things have happened in this country. Maybe he’ll be asked about all that in his end of March press conference.

But knowing the White House press corps, I kind of doubt it.




Bernie’s Q&A: The Brothers Cuomo, Abbott, Trump hatred, and more! (3/5) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Bernie, I don’t feel safe visiting New York City and Chicago anymore. The crime is way too high for me. Living in the Chicago area, I’m a Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) governing member and subscriber, but last year, I didn’t subscribe (and it wasn’t because of Covid-19 although the CSO ended cancelling the year’s concerts). The crime just makes me uncomfortable. I like my little town of Libertyville, because things seem to be safe here. Am I wrong to feel this way? –Jerry G.

You are absolutely NOT wrong, Jerry. Common sense demands that we not pretend what’s happening isn’t really happening. I don’t blame you one bit. Stay safe, my friend.

Since I’m convinced the Media is the biggest cause of all the wokeness, canceling and allowing minority voices (not racial) that force societal change; what would be your foundational building blocks if you could establish one Journalism syllabus that had to be followed in all our colleges & universities? –ScottyG

Either be impartial and put your opinions aside or find another class to attend.

There’s recently been news about unprovoked racist attacks against Asian-Americans; some resulting in the deaths of the victims. I’m also hearing the usual virtue signaling from the usual suspects about how “Trump’s xenophobic Asian Flu and Kung Flu” rhetoric has fueled the white supremacists in this country into attacking Asian people in bigoted displays of violence.  However, I’m also noticing that the most recent attacks have been occurring in New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco — you know, bastions of blue voters with their public embraces of diversity and tolerance.  In other words it’s not just those “racist red states” where these attacks are occurring.  Also, not all the suspects are white. In fact, several incidents involved Black and Latino suspects. Funny but I keep hearing from the elite left wing scholars who know better than us knuckle dragging rubes that “people of color can’t be racist,” but I digress.  On the one hand, the much-hated Trump has inspired people of color and even white people in heavily blue areas to attack Asian Americans, at least that’s what Chuck Schumer and others have implied. On the other hand, the left (especially the MSM) want to continue blaming white supremacy for all these attacks while ignoring the fact that a large number of “people of color” are actually the perpetrators of these hate crimes. Your thoughts? — “Enter The Dragon & Blame White Supremacy For It” Regards from The Emperor

My thoughts, Your Holiness, are pretty much the same as yours. Liberals both in an out of the media are uncomfortable (and that’s an understatement) when describing criminals who are not white. When black men attack elderly Asian women the criminal’s race does not become an issue.  Okay. But it DOES become an issue when the criminal is white. Then, they can use the Trump is responsible storyline. I’ve said this before: There’s no hope in getting a fair shake when journalists are heavily invested in identity and racial politics.  And the same is true for politicians.  We know the truth because we can see the videos of those Asians being assaulted. That may have to be good enough for now.

Bernie, are you certain these “suburban voters” will come back to the GOP once Trump is out of the picture? A lot of these suburbs that used to be Republican havens are becoming awfully woke. It seems like John and Jane suburbanite are more interested in social media likes, which come by embracing liberal lunacy, than they are low taxes, responsible government spending, and sensible law & order. — Joe M.

No, Joe, I’m not certain that suburban voters will return to the GOP if Trump fades away. But I’m pretty certain that they’ll stay away from the Republican Party if Donald Trump continues to make a lot of noise. What I’m saying is the GOP won’t have a shot at winning them back if Trump gets in the way — but Republicans might have a chance if he shuts the hell up. But you’re onto something important: Suburban voters are becoming “Woke” which works in the favor of Democrats. But when the revolution adversely affects them, they may look for comfort in the GOP if Trump doesn’t screw things up.

Can these be considered examples of Systemic Racism in this country?

  1. 35-40% of the abortions in this country are done on black fetuses (while Black Americans make up only 12-15% of the population).
  2. Black precincts are increasingly eliminating cash bail, disproportionately placing law abiding black lives at risk, just as defunding police campaigns seem to do.
  3. Failure of inner city schools and resistance to charter schools disproportionately effect Black communities. You can pump billions into HBCU schools, but if the kids can’t read, write or do arithmetic, the money will not have the desired effect.
  4. Minimum wage laws have historically displaced Black Americans from the workforce
  5. The media and institutional perpetuation of Black victimhood is hurting Black teens. I know some who don’t want to get a drivers license because they’re certain the police will one day kill them.
  6. Believing that a group of Americans are incapable of negotiating through our society without help, resulting in the unintended consequences as above.

Unlike Jim Crow Laws, these policies, at least on face value, want to help, but seem to do the opposite, but just like Jim Crow, these policies are becoming institutionalized and disadvantage my fellow Black Americans. Then again I might be just over thinking it! — George A.

Your analysis if both interesting and I believe original too, George. You can certainly make the case — as you do — that “well meaning” initiatives of the left are hurting the people they say they want to help. But let’s remember that a lot of these liberal initiatives are primarily designed to make white liberals feel good about … themselves. It’s their way of showing that they’re good white people — not like those white bigots. Shelby Steele has written a lot about this. He calls it white racial manners — the way white liberals show black people how good, how innocent they (the white liberals) are. Thanks for the question and the analysis, George.

What are your thoughts on Governor Abbott removing ALL covid restrictions in Texas including the mask mandate inside public places? It’s his right to do it, but with the projection that there will be enough vaccines for everyone by the end of May (barely over two months away), it seems like a really good way to usher in a new and totally unnecessary spike in infections an even deaths just as we’re approaching the finish line. — Jen R.

President Biden agrees with you, Jen, but honestly … I don’t know. Consider this: California and New York pretty much shut down their respective states while Florida went in the other direction. And Florida doesn’t have a higher death rate than either. Is it possible that lockdowns may not be as effective as we’ve been led to believe. If Texas has a spike in infections, the governor will have to answer for that. But if there’s no spike, President Biden will have to deal with his “Neanderthal” remark about the Texas decision — that is if his friends in the media decide to hold him accountable.

Bernie, do you think NY Gov Cuomo will end up resigning? Just about everyone is turning on him at this point. — Brian M.

I don’t. But if he loses this battle it’ll probably NOT be because of how he handled COVID, but rather what he said or did regarding the women who have made accusations against him. Not necessarily because that’s more important than COVID, but harassing women will get you in a lot more trouble these days than sending old people with the virus into nursing homes where they died. Go figure!

I had to laugh when Chris Cuomo said on CNN this week that, because his brother is at the center of some big news stories at the moment, it’s not appropriate for him (Chris) to cover those stories. Ha! Chris has been covering his brother and bringing him on his show for interviews all throughout the pandemic. Now, when the news for his brother is BAD, he can no longer cover him? — Ben G.

I was a correspondent at CBS News for 28 years. The idea that a reporter would be allowed to cover his brother-the-governor is beyond belief. But all they care about today — certainly on cable news — is ratings. And if chatting with his brother got people laughing and watching, CNN was OK with it. But, as you say, once the news turned south, Chris had to start behaving like a real journalist and CNN had to start behaving like a real news organization. Again, this is why I can’t take cable news seriously.

I hope you can sleep nights better now that Trump is no longer in office, and hopefully let go of some of the hatred you have for him. Maybe knowing now that we have a more politically correct, and far superior leader in Joe will also help you get past your hatred. — Daniel A.

Daniel, my friend … I have no hatred for Donald Trump. None at all. The times I’ve talked to him he could not have been more gracious. We got along very well. He even called me once to get my opinion on whether he should run for president. I told him I’m a journalist and don’t give opinions to people thinking of running for president. He understood. It’s not even his policies that I have trouble with. It’s him. He has a toxic personality — unlike the one I saw in Scotland and New York when I interviewed and chatted with him. He cost the Republican Party the House, the Senate and then he pulled the trifecta — losing the White House as an incumbent. Why do you suppose that is? I say it’s because most Americans don’t like the nastiness they saw in him. So be assured I wish Mr. Trump well. I hope he’s happy. But I also hope he stays out of politics — for the sake of Republicans. As for our current president: I’m not a fan.

Bernie, the New York Post reported this week that China is now requiring foreign visitors to their country to submit to an anal-swab COVID-19 test before being allowed entry (no pun intended). Being that the virus originated in China, do you believe this was their endgame (no pun intended) all along? — John D

I have no time for questions like this Mr. John D. I have a plane to catch. Going on a very special vacation — to Shanghai. I can hardly wait.

 


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Off the Cuff: Amazon and the Cancel Culture

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Questions to Determine Whether a Friend or Relative Is a Liberal or a Leftist

The great tragedy of our time is that liberals vote left.

Virtually every value liberals have held for a century is now held by conservatives and scorned by leftists. Therefore, America, in serious jeopardy of being lost, will be saved when people convince the liberals in their life that the left, not the conservative, is their enemy.

This process begins by establishing whether a friend or relative is a liberal or a leftist. If it turns out that he or she is a liberal, it is worth engaging in respectful dialogue on the issues of the day. If the friend or relative is a leftist, you can probably only talk about innocuous subjects such as the weather (though not about global warming) or sports (though not about players taking a knee during the national anthem). If you talk about the great issues of the day with a left-wing friend or relative, that could be the last time you talk to each other. He or she is likely to unfriend you not only on social media but also in life. Leftists generally do not dialogue; they dismiss.

Here are questions you might want to pose to friends/relatives to determine — as much for them as for you — whether they are liberal or left.

Race

1. Many universities now have all-black dormitories, and some have all-black graduation exercises. Do you support these developments?

2. The University of California has declared this statement racist: “There is only one race — the human race.” Do you agree with the University of California, or do you agree with the statement?

3. Is the goal of being “colorblind” — doing one’s best to ignore a person’s color and concentrating only on the person’s character and personality — a noble goal or a racist one?

4. Do you believe the color of a person’s skin tells you anything of importance about that person?

5. Do you agree that all white Americans are racist?

6. If your answer is yes, would you tell the millions of blacks in Africa and the Caribbean who wish to emigrate to America that they would be making a poor decision? If not, why not?

7. Is it possible for a black person to be a racist?

8. Is it racist to claim that Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the greatest music ever composed?

9. Is the national anthem racist?

10. If your answer is yes, what would you like to put in its place?

11. The English department at the University of Pennsylvania removed its painting of William Shakespeare because he was a white European male. Do you agree with that decision?

America

12. Do you agree with The New York Times’ “1619 Project” that America was not founded in 1776 but in 1619 with the first arrival of black slaves in North America, and that the Revolutionary War was fought in order to preserve slavery?

13. Should statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln be taken down?

14. Has the United States, overall, made the world a better place?

15. Would America be better, worse or the same as now if all Americans dropped their religion and became secular?

16. Has capitalism been a net-plus for America and the world?

17. Everyone would like to improve America. Some would like to, in their words, “fundamentally transform” it. Would you?

18. Could a good person have voted for Donald Trump in 2020?

19. Do you believe that CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media are biased toward the left or try to present the news as accurately as possible?

20. Should America have full control over its borders to prevent illegal immigration?

21. There are between 11 and 30 million people in America who entered the country illegally. Should they all be put on a path to citizenship?

22. Should those who enter America illegally be called “undocumented immigrants” or “illegal immigrants”?

23. Do you believe police departments should be defunded, or at least have their budgets severely cut?

24. Should the government provide vouchers to enable parents to choose what school their child attends?

25. Which school do you believe is more likely to be attacked by a gunman: one that has a sign in front that reads, “Gun-Free Zone” or one that reads, “This School Has Armed Personnel”?

Men and Women

26. Should it be legal for a teenage girl to have her breasts surgically removed because she identifies as a male — or should there be a minimum age of 18 or 21?

27. Schoolteachers have been told to stop calling students “boys and girls” because a student might not identify as either male or female. Do you agree with this policy?

28. Should biological males who identify as females be allowed to compete against biological females in sports?

29. Is the statement, “Men give birth” science-based?

30. Do you agree with the practice of inviting a drag queen into public libraries and elementary school classrooms to conduct a “Drag Queen Story Hour”?

Speech

31. Do you believe that free speech allows for hate speech, or should hate speech be banned?

32. If you believe hate speech should be banned, who do you believe should determine what is hate speech?

You might want to send these questions to the people in your life whose views are to the left of your own. At best, you (and they) will realize that you have more in common than either of you previously thought. At the very least, their answers will bring you both clarity. And at worst, they will explain why there is a rift between you — and why you might want to restrict communication to weather, sports, recipes and warm memories.

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Trumpian for the Foreseeable Future

Following Donald Trump’s CPAC speech Sunday night, Nikki Haley received quite a bit of online mockery for this tweet:

The running joke was that the tweet had to have been composed and scheduled beforehand, because anyone who’d actually watched the speech couldn’t have missed Trump’s trashing of congressional Republicans (by name) who’d spoken out against him over — and voted to hold him accountable for — the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump celebrated their censures and even called for the party to “get rid of them all,” which doesn’t exactly sound like a message of unity, nor a “liberal media” concoction. In fact, it sounds rather suspiciously like part of the ever-expanding “cancel culture” that Republicans have been railing against.

Anyway, if the battle for the soul of the Republican party is simply a made-up thing, one has to wonder why Haley would have said this to Politico’s Tim Alberta less than two months ago:

“We need to acknowledge [Trump] let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

Actually, one doesn’t have to think about it a whole lot to understand what happened. On January 6th and the days that followed, there were actually quite a few prominent Republican leaders who had finally found the nerve to speak out against Trump and what he had done to their party and the nation; Haley was just one of them. They clearly believed his provocation of a domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol would mark the end of his tenure as a political force. Early polls seemed to support that conclusion, showing a stark drop in Trump’s approval… even among those in his own party.

Haley stated as much in her interview with Alberta:

“I think [Trump’s] going to find himself further and further isolated. I think his business is suffering at this point. I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have… I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”

But memories are short, political cultism is strong, and partisans in the media are extraordinarily effective at deflecting blame and re-writing narratives.

Within days, Republican voters had found their way back to Trump and were calling on their congressional representatives, in large numbers, to stand by him or face consequences. Dozens of Republicans in congress who privately voiced support for impeachment and conviction chose not to back that support with their vote. Many of those who’d spoken out strongly against Trump were suddenly tamping down and even withdrawing their criticism.

Haley, who’s very seriously weighing a 2024 presidential run, was one of them. And those who haven’t read Alberta’s piece on her may be surprised to learn that it wasn’t the first time.

Others, of course, have been much more consistent in their sycophancy:

As CPAC further illustrated, conformity to Trumpism continues on, even in utter defeat. Trump received huge cheers for all the “winning” (his word) he’s been doing, despite his four years in office resulting in the GOP losing the presidency, House, Senate, the states of Georgia and Arizona, the suburbs, and quite a few independents. Not to mention that he was impeached twice (including the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in U.S. history).

How does one reconcile this? CPAC showed the way, building much of their weekend event around the same false premise that not only incited the January 6th attack, but that a majority of Republican voters still believe: Trump didn’t lose in the first place.

Numerous panels were dedicated to the issue of election fraud, not the provable kind that we catch trace instances of in every election, but massive, historical fraud that was supposedly pulled off last November by the media and Democrats working in concert. The elusive “proof” of that conspiracy, which never found its way to the courts, has “probably” been “shredded by now,” according to one panelist.

One might conclude from this piece that Haley might have been correct on Sunday after all, at least in regard to the GOP “civil war” not happening.

I mean, if the party, in very large part, can’t even recognize all it has lost under Trump, why should anyone expect any serious internal battles to be waged?

And when we watch someone like Haley go (in just a matter of a few weeks) from arguing that the GOP shouldn’t have followed or listened to Trump, to saying his words are “what the party needs to unite behind moving forward,” it’s hard not to conclude that the war is already over. That is, if it ever really started.

Yes, as the rest of the country moves on from the Trump era, the GOP remains beholden to the man who cost the party so dearly — a man who, based on his win/loss record, would be branded a “loser” by the very same crowd if his last name were anything other than “Trump.”

That’s their choice, of course, but it’s not a recipe for success — not for the party and not for the country. Here’s to hoping we see that GOP civil war at some point.

 


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