Joe Biden becomes America’s 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. For millions of Americans (and millions more from nations around the world), this will be the equivalent of opening the windows and undertaking the much-needed spring cleaning.
I’ve made no secret I detest the current president; his conduct and many of his policies reveal an absence of character and goodness. The man is corrupt, and I won’t miss him.
But forgive me for not jumping on the Party Train that some people believe is associated with a Biden presidency.
Biden is a good man, one for whom words such as “empathetic” and “kind” apply. But there is no reason to believe that robust change will come during his years in office.
Oh, sure, Biden might throw a bone or two to the hard left in order to ensure they remain muted in their criticism of him. But to anticipate a vision for what America can be in the 21st century, and then acting on it, is just not there. And that vision, by the way, is not owned by the aforementioned hard left.
I accept the pandemic will cut into what Biden might be able to accomplish. But a massive economic proposal to give Americans more stability in the short term is not a vision. It’s a necessity.
Biden will not attack the entrenched problems that damage the country: economic inequity, community degradation, insufficient infrastructure, failing schools, corporate dominance of every sector, inadequate health care, the lust for hegemony, and more. This is a man who has spent close to 50 years inside the Washington bubble, one in which money talks and the powerless are left outside in the cold, forced to look in through the windows to see the opulence and abundance inside.
A stronger America is one in which people matter over profit; allegiance to country is real, not faked; family-first policies are considered normal, not radical; community need is more important than corporate greed; faith is celebrated, not reviled; the education system graduates students with requisite hard and soft skills; pride in the homeland matters; power is used for honor, not hegemony; small businesses flourish; roads, rails and airplanes operate at peak performance; allies are, in fact, in our corner; veterans are respected; and integrity and character mean something.
It’s doubtful any man or woman seeking the presidency will do what it takes to, dare I say, make America great, but I’m confident Biden won’t.
Biden will be an improvement over the wannabe dictator he will replace. But he’s more likely to return America to an inadequate normal than anything else.