The Horror Story of American Politics
At 79 years of age, Joe Biden and his White House tried to redefine the word “recession.” According to Freddy Gray, Biden was trying to stop America’s being officially in one.
Joe and his wife, Jill, visited a flood in Kentucky, which is what presidents and first ladies are meant to do. On the way back, however, the old man couldn’t get on his jacket as he stepped off the Marine One helicopter. Jill had to help him, and he dropped his sunglasses on the tarmac. Barely a day goes by without Biden stumbling in some way, and it all adds to an overwhelming sense that the president is too decrepit.
Lest you think Mr. Gray is being too harsh, consider this:
Pity the families of the 12,400 Americans who have been shot dead this year, as gun crime hits levels not seen in US cities since the early 1990s.
Or pity the American infants who can’t be fed. For several months, the US has been suffering an acute shortage of baby milk formula. “The babies are crying and the babies are hungry,” said Pelosi back in May.
(Pelosi) and Biden promised urgently to address the issue — caused, it seems, by a combination of lingering pandemic-related supply-chain issues and America’s leading baby milk producer having to shut down one of its plants over health and safety concerns. It’s mid-August and the baby formula crisis hasn’t been resolved.
An Act of Political Intimidation
If the United States isn’t a banana republic, it is doing quite a convincing impression of one, continues Mr. Gray in SpectatorWorld:
On Monday night, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, apparently looking for evidence that the 45th president, a spring chicken at seventy-six, had hidden official documents in contravention of the Presidential Records Act — an offense that could see him barred from returning to office.
Legal scholars are by no means sure that anybody would be able to prove that Trump willfully withheld sensitive government records — after all, the FBI said that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” with her emails as Secretary of State, then a State Department investigation declared her not guilty of deliberately mishandling evidence. Still, the authorities didn’t break into any of Clinton’s homes (not publicly, anyway), and so Monday’s raid looks a lot like what Trump says it is — an act of political intimidation you might expect from a tinpot dictatorship in the developing world; a desperate bid to find something — anything — that might prevent Trump running for the White House again in 2024.
Back to Joe Biden
In recent days, the Democratic spin machine in Washington has been insisting that, contrary to what you might think, the White House is in fact… winning. Never mind that more than 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, Biden is on a “hot streak” — according to a large number of media outlets — because he’s started making strides with his economic and environmental agendas.
Record High Employment?
That sounds great if you ignore
- the cost-of-living crisis
- the decline in real-wage earnings
- the two consecutive quarters of economic shrinkage.
Meanwhile, more than 70% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, Mr. Gray points out:
Biden is on a “hot streak” — according to a large number of media outlets — because he’s started making strides with his economic and environmental agendas.
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