Joe Biden recently said that his father told him that he did not want the government to fix his problems, just to understand his problems.
This is a horrid example of what we can expect from the incoming administration. This was Biden’s version of “hope and prayers”, while having absolutely no apparent intent to solve problems.
Let’s go through a few points this raises.
First of all, this story has to be at least 60 years old. So this must have happened around 1960. Today is not 1960, it is 2020, coming into 2021. That is a span of two full generations. The entire global landscape has changed. Back at that time, unions had much stronger power and taxes on the rich were exponentially higher.
The conversation with his father did not take place during a pandemic which damaged the economy, leaving tens of millions of American out of work and desperate as many face hunger and eviction.
These words illustrate a clinically schizophrenic disconnect from reality. The entire purpose of a government is to solve the problems of the citizens of the country. If the government is not going to solve the problems of it’s populace, why have a government? To have an authority which taxes our wages, imposes restrictions and laws, censors our speech yet does nothing in the face of existential threat? Understanding our problems is useless if no action is being taken. That’s like understanding that the bus is going to drive off the cliff but not stepping on the brake or turning the wheel.
Lastly, Biden’s father was not elected president. In his own time, his father would never have been elected president by uttering such inane sentiments. It is Biden himself who was elected and he was elected to take responsibility for the welfare of this country. Not stand idly with his rich buddies and watch it burn. To me, his words say this is his intent, to just watch it burn while doing nothing.
I really have no desire or interest in hearing his “feel good”, “old timey fatherly wisdom” stemming from a time when the words held no value to begin with. He seems to be directing some of his speech at people who need no assistance and the rest at ancient people with a level of dementia equal to or exceeding his own. He can just keep his father stories and make some effort to focus on the present.
If he is not able or willing to make an effort to fix the problems present in this country, he needs to admit it and step down before he ever accepts the oath of office. Throw all of it out and start the election process over. We desperately need better than this.
Honestly, from this point forward, I am never going to stop being disgusted by Biden trying to portray himself as “Joey”, seemingly innocent and harmless. We have 50 years of his record along with his cabinet picks to tell us the truth.