Politics

Biden A Divider, Not A Unifier

Buyer's remorse, anyone?

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I know the writer, Maureen Mackey, of the piece below. She is sharp, experienced, and a fine writer. She’s also a friend. She here joins much of America and asks just what the hell is going on in the White House?

A majority of American voters elected Joe Biden last year to, in part, stop the drama. He ran on a platform of national reconciliation. He said he wanted to put aside all the partisan horse manure and govern from a reasonable perspective. His background had been relatively moderate, given the Democrats these days relative to Pol Pot, and to a majority the pitch seemed legitimate. Now, talk about bait and switch.

The incompetence has been so legion, the confusion so manifold, the out to lunch sense of the president so manifest, that we are as divided, if not more so, then at any time during the Trump administration.

But at least Trump was ubercompetent. The economy, national security, Supreme Court choices, all hummed along nicely even under his mercurial suzerainty. Biden, as was said about officers during the Civil War, “couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.”

Maureen Mackey gives voice to so many who wonder if Joe Biden, as advertised, is a unifier or a divider. The answer is becoming increasingly clear.

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Mackey: Mr. Biden, please remember the men, women and children of the United States who are still not at home and whom it was your sworn duty to protect. Remember our brave military killed in the line of duty—killed while doing their best to serve our country in uniform, something so few in our nation ever do.

Remember the families of the 13 fallen. Their lives are forever changed, forever scarred. They will have needs going forward for many years to come. Remember all those others who helped the U.S.—and were given promises of protection. Their fate is now cruelly uncertain.

Biden must also remember his own vehement vows to unify the country. Biden said at his inaugural in January 2021, “My whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the common foes we face: anger, resentment, hatred.”

People voted for him partly because of those promises. How ironic that his own anger is one of the “foes” he referenced. The president, who never fails to praise his wife or listen to her, might take note of her own written words this week as schoolchildren return to classrooms this fall. In an op-ed, Jill Biden wrote, in part, “To keep our schools open and safe this year, it will take all of us coming together—being honest about the risks we face, listening to science, and working as one.”

Mr. Biden, in light of the current crises you and the rest of the country are facing, you might adapt the first lady’s words this way to your own urgent situation: “To keep our country open and safe for all time, it will take all of us coming together—being honest about the risks we face, listening to our fellow citizens with humility, interest and concern (no matter their politics or position), and working as one.” The health and very existence of our country depend on it.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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