Sometimes things don’t work out after all
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
copes with frost; green thrives; crops do not fail.
Sometimes a man aims high and everything works out.
A people will sometimes recoil from war,
choose an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they cannot leave a stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born to…
President Joe Biden held his first press conference yesterday and answered questions with his unique brand of passion, compassion, honesty and dry humor. Against so many predictions, and in the face of tremendous hope but little faith, he is making a start on the damage done to the US, and the world, by the last administration and too many years of Republican abuse of power.
This despite the fact that the Democrats do not have an easy majority in either the Senate or the House. The only thing that strikes me is that he is not afraid. Combined with his deep integrity, it makes him a powerful man.
Professor Paul Krugman recently wrote an article in the New York Times about the reasons for the sudden ineffectiveness of the Republican Party in blocking progress. “Republicans may have simply lost the ability to take politics seriously,” he wrote, agreeing with Jonathan Cohn’s argument (regarding the GOP’s inability to destroy Obamacare) that the Democrats get the job done but the Republicans, who don’t, “no longer know how to think through tough decisions, make the compromises necessary to build alliances, and get things done.”
My opinion is this. Since 2008, I never thought there were any brilliant minds or hard workers in the Republican Party or that any of their strategies had an ounce of common sense, other than voter manipulation and suppression which, along with a mind-boggling right-wing media outlet to exploit racist fear is all they have needed to hold on to so much power.
When he uses corrupt methods to acquire it and can abuse it with impunity, he becomes lazy, believing himself to be infallible, and fails to notice when his grip is growing tenuous and when the opposition is gaining momentum. It is the oldest story in the history books.
There is also the possibility that the Republicans have not been/aren’t smart enough to discern intelligence in their opposition. Remember when Paul Ryan was promoted as the party genius?
The truth is, the Democrats have long had all their brains, but as a group of voters they have been an undisciplined lot, wasting opportunity when it was available because compromise of any kind was anathema. But this crisis, from what they lost and what Trump and the Republican Party were doing to the country, forced them to come together.
That’s the “bipartisanship” that had to happen since 2010, and Biden was/is experienced, wise and smart enough to recognize it. This president, with a universe of compassion in his heart and wisdom of the ages, who has had the strength. and courage to allow repeated trauma to transform him into a man of great stature, he fears no one, least of all Republicans. He gave them a chance to work with him, and when they didn’t, he shrugged and moved on, undaunted.
In his speech yesterday, when asked about his campaign promise to work with the Republican Party, President Biden smartly replied: “I may not have united Congress, but I am uniting the country.”
In this monumental crisis, he has risen up to meet the challenges and become the progressive I suspect he always wanted to be. Humanity, supreme competence, expertise and experience reign supreme. African Americans, minorities, and progressives are represented in government and have influence. They are energized! It’s all coming together for them now and it’s falling apart for the Republican Party, which has finally reached that tipping point of being too weakened by its own corruption to be effective.
When asked about 2024 and who he thought he would run against, he quipped, “I have no idea if there will be a Republican party. What about you?”
Joe Biden. The hour comes, the man comes.
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