Joe Biden’s first year of living in the White House has brought Americans record-breaking crime, once-in-generation levels of inflation, and one foreign policy embarrassment after another. At LewRockwell.com, Pat Buchanan explains that despite Biden’s stated intention to run for president again in 2024, it may be time to consider retirement. He writes (abridged):
As President Joe Biden’s poll numbers sank this fall, and the presidentially ambitious in his party began to stir, the White House put out the word.
Forget all that 2020 campaign chatter about Biden being a “transitional president.” He intends to run and win a second term.
Well, perhaps. Yet, skepticism abounds.
First, if Biden ran in 2024 and won, his second term would extend to January 2029, when he would be 86 years old. He is already, at 79, the oldest president in history. Does Biden look like a signal-calling quarterback with seven years of playing days ahead of him?
When one views his diminished mental capacities and the issues menu before him, it seems a certainty that we are not looking at a two-term president.
Inflation under Biden has soared to 6.8%, and at the Federal Reserve, there is talk of three interest rate hikes in 2022.
And the Biden inflation is no longer spoken of as “transitory.”
For his handling of inflation, Biden has an approval rating of 28%, with two-thirds of all Americans, 69%, disapproving of the job he is doing.
On the crime front, our major cities are now setting new records for shootings, stabbings, homicides and murders. Cable and TV news carry regular videos of “flash mobs” invading and looting downtown stores and fleeing before the police arrive.
In Biden’s America, civilization itself seems to be breaking down.
In Biden’s first year, migrants have been crossing at a rate of close to 2 million a year. Scores of thousands of “got-aways” — unknown homeland invaders who evade any contact with U.S. authorities — have vanished into our population since Biden took office.
“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war,” said Ernest Hemingway. “Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin.”
It may be time to consider a retirement announcement.
Patrick J Buchanan
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