As it appears that Biden will be the next president we are all trying to recover from the whiplash of the election. Whiplash from vote recounts, legal actions, masses of mysterious ballots being logged in the middle of the night, claims and denials, voting machines located in foreign countries, etc.
After several weeks of these neck-snapping events, two things seem certain to me. First is the undeniable fact that the election process was less than squeaky clean. How dirty was it and what result there was on the election can be debated, but we will likely never know the full truth of the matter.
The second certainty is that the Biden presidency (or the Harris presidency as the case may be) will be a failure on most if not all fronts. Let us consider a few examples.
Foreign affairs: Trump kept China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran in check for four years. He withdrew most of our combat troops from the middle east, he strengthened NATO and made Europe pay more of their fair share, and he brokered peace between several Arab countries and Israel. He also strengthened and modernized our military. Biden will be able to do none of these resulting in a weaker NATO, degraded military, and renewed conflict in the middle east. China, and perhaps others, will become more aggressive in expansion and trade.
Economy: Undeniably Trump reduced unemployment, increased household incomes, reduced taxes on individuals and companies, increased the value of retirement accounts, brought companies and their jobs back to the US, and drove the stock market to new highs. Biden can do none of these things. He is committed to raising taxes on individuals and companies. This will weaken consumer spending and give companies new incentives to move capital and jobs back to more favorable tax climates.
Domestic peace: Admittedly Trump picked fights with people that were totally unnecessary and damaging. But, he also reduced the mass of illegals flooding over our southern border by building barriers and increasing border security. Biden will not be able to sustain that effort due to budget and political pressures thrust upon him by the radical left-wing factions of the Democratic party.
Coronavirus: Two companies have rolled out vaccines in record time under Trump. Biden will inherit the problem of continuing the supply and managing a very complex delivery system as well as convincing a skeptical public of the vaccine safety. Future deaths (likely to be higher than past) will be laid at Biden’s door.
Political cooperation: At no time in memorable history has one political party made such an all-out effort to push a sitting president out of office such as we have seen over the past four years. Early indications are that the radical Democrats may now begin to eat their own. The far-right liberals, the career political hacks, like Pelosi, Shiff, and other power-crazed officials have already begun to turn on each other and it is unlikely that Biden and team can stop the feeding frenzy.
Well, though this epistle is far from complete it is getting too long, so I welcome your thoughts.