The Dismal State of the Union

The Dismal State of the Union

 

“Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he’ll never gain the hearts and minds of the Iranian people.” — Jell-O Joe Biden, State of the Union Address

And you have any doubt that we’re all in mortal danger?

Yes, Jell-O Joe Biden actually said that during his State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Often sounding like the drunk you run into at a city bus stop late at night and stumbling on almost every sentence uttered during the rambling, 62-minute annual ritual talk, if Biden failed to inspire confidence in you, imagine how much less he might have inspired in the besieged Ukrainian people had they gotten to hear him.

Dedicating the first 12 minutes of his talk to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden’s claims for credit in deterring Putin fell short and could easily be picked apart. Perhaps the bigger danger lies less in this administration’s missteps that led to the current situation than in its self-delusion that it actually did and is doing all it can to deter Putin. Every day that delusion, not just in regard to Ukraine but on every front, is paraded before the public, and increasingly the only ones deluded are the President and his coterie and the ever smaller percentage of the population who continue to think there is any hope for this administration.

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but somehow it came as a bit of a shock to realize that this was Biden’s first SOTU. To me it seems like years since he took office and began driving the country straight into the ground, starting on Day One. But, no, it’s been just over one year. And the scariest part is to think that there remain nearly three more years of this national nightmare. While the Republicans are likely to secure a take-over of the Congress, perhaps of historic proportions, in November — assuming we and the world make it that far — it’s painful to think that 10 months remain before a change comes to that branch of government. And still, even then, the White House will remain in the hands of squinty Joe, the profoundly inept Kamala, and the merry band of morons pulling the strings of what passes for government in this country.

There was some fantastical thinking among some in the pundit class that Biden might have taken advantage of the SOTU to do a reset, given how fabulously his so-called policies have failed over the past year. But, no, that was not in the cards. Mostly he just drilled down on the same stupid objectives, obfuscated and outright lied on some of the administration’s “successes,” and rebranded the dead-in-the-water “Build Back Better” monstrosity.

Smoke, Mirrors, and Fooling Some of the People

The Grifter-in-Chief’s claims that he united NATO and that we did, and are doing, all we can to deter Putin fall flat on their face in light of the facts. It was when Putin moved his tanks and troops into Ukraine that galvanized Germany and caused other countries to sit up and take notice. Until then, Biden and Harris’s feeble calls for “unity” had little impact. Shocked into action, Germany finally agreed to send lethal aid to Ukraine and even neutral Switzerland and Sweden took action to sanction Russia. The U.S. dragged its feet on cutting Russian banks off from the SWIFT international bank transfer system, and still has cutouts for the Russian energy sector, which makes up 40% of the Russian economy and provides funds to Putin to fund his warmongering.

Biden made a big point of having released 30 million barrels of oil from our national strategic reserve and talking other countries into releasing an additional 30 million barrels from their reserves. To the uninformed, that sounds like a lot. But when the U.S. alone uses 20.5 million barrels a day, that amounts to less than three days worth of consumption, not to mention that it defeats the purpose of having a strategic reserve in the first place. Meanwhile, the U.S. is still buying more than 670,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia. And while the U.S. goes hat-in-hand to beg OPEC to pump more oil to control jumping prices at the pump, Biden has canceled drilling on U.S. public lands, stopped all new drilling in this country, blocked construction of new liquefied natural gas terminals that could supply U.S. natural gas to Europe, and canceled the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried Canadian oil to the U.S.

Who does Biden think he’s kidding? Even as he spoke Tuesday night, the price for oil spiked another $5 a barrel on Asian markets, and has gone up still further since. The world price for oil is now pushing $114 a barrel, up more than $17 or 8.4% for the week, as I write this.

With a 40-mile-long (64-km-long) column of Russian tanks and other vehicles headed toward Kyiv, the U.S. blocked Poland’s offer of old Mig fighters to Ukraine and it also refused to provide a number of U.S. jets slated for retirement. It took nearly a week of Russian aggression for Biden to finally announce the U.S. would ban Russian airline flights into the country, something the Europeans did days prior. Doing everything we can? Hardly.

More Blather on the Domestic Front

Biden’s drivel didn’t stop with Ukraine, of course. After leaving the Southwest border open for his entire term, leading to record numbers of illegals entering the country over the past year, Biden lamely called for securing the border. He lamented the rising death toll from fentanyl deaths, for which he bears so much responsibility, and blathered on about funding, rather than defunding, the police, in contravention of his party’s policies over the past two years and contributing to spiking crime across the country.

“The answer’s not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police,” he called out to applause, as if from trained seals, citing what might be obvious to most Americans, as members of the Squad, responsible for so much of the leftward lurch of the Democratic Party, sat on their hands.

Showing that he doesn’t have a clue about the economy or how business works, he told business to “lower your costs, not your wages,” completely oblivious to the fact that labor costs are the largest expense for most businesses. And then, criticizing corporations that allegedly pay no taxes while making billions of dollars, he called for an increase in the corporate tax rate to 50% from the current 21%, the reduced rate which was responsible for repatriating so much corporate money back to the U.S. Never mind if, as he claims, corporations don’t pay the 21%, how he intends to get them to pay the 50%. Logic apparently is not Biden’s strong suite, either. Meanwhile, even as we still buy Russia’s oil and many of our military parts come from China, Biden called for buying American products.

Perhaps most noticeable was how the COVID virus, after permeating the halls of Congress the past two years, suddenly had been banished exactly on the night of the SOTU, and masks, previously required by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suddenly had virtually disappeared from the hallowed halls. And in contravention of the teacher unions’ obstinate position that has done so much harm to the nation’s children, he called for students to return to the classrooms. Ya’ think?

We can’t have a Biden speech without some reference to his deceased son Beau, making some obscure connection to burn pits and his death, and then we also can’t have a Biden speech without some form of plagiarism, either.

“The state of our union is strong because you the American people are strong,” Biden shouted, sounding remarkably like his predecessor, who said during one of his SOTUs, “The state of our union is strong because you are strong.”

One of Biden’s more memorable quotes melanged together some half-formed criticism of Trump’s border wall with promotion of vaccines which, let us not forget, came about as a result of the latter’s Operation Warp Speed:

“You can’t build a wall high enough to keep out . . . a . . . a vaccine,” he said.

If you want more depressing entertainment, you can read the full transcript of the SOTU here.

If any of this troubles you, take heart. The intrepid Kamala Harris awaits in the wings. Asked by a radio host to “break it down in laymen’s terms for people who don’t understand what’s going on [in Ukraine] and how can this directly affect the people of the United States,” the second in command of the Free World broke it down in terms more suited to kindergartners.

“So Ukraine is a country in Europe,”Harris said. “It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia is a powerful country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine. So, basically, that’s wrong.”

Are you starting to get the idea why I say we are sooo fucked?

Featured Image: Sunken Boats. Carlos Moral Reis, Pexels. Used with permission.

Russian Convoy of Tanks and Military Hardware Bears Down on Kyiv. BBC. Used under Fair Use.

State of the Union. Sarahbeth Maney, AP. Used under Fair Use.

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