I’ve been trying to remember a time in my life when so many Americans held so much contempt and anger for an American leader. Speaking personally, I can remember Gerald Ford’s presidency – very vaguely – from my childhood years. Neither Ford nor any leader since him has had the vast majority of the populace as angry at him as Joe Biden does right now. Even on his worst day, Donald Trump still had a sizeable portion of Democrat voters who still ranked him as doing a good job as president (they were just too afraid to say it out loud).
With Joe Biden… not so much. Biden’s failures at home and abroad have managed to anger more than 60% of the civilian population, and probably a wide majority of the rank-and-file troops in the military. That’s an accomplishment of sorts… but it’s also toxic poison for a nation.
Biden’s inept actions (and inactions) before, during and since the botched Afghanistan withdrawal have infuriated the troops. Not the dummies at the top. They’re all painting their toenails, patting each other on the back, and congratulating each other and Joe Biden on what a great job they did. But the enlisted men and women and the junior officers are disgusted with Biden and their leaders.
They were shocked when they were forced to sit around twiddling their thumbs at the Kabul airport. Meanwhile, our NATO allies from Britain and France jumped in their armored Humvees, racked rounds into their mounted machine guns, and launched rescue operations to bring their own civilians to safety and evacuate them from Afghanistan. Our troops stood around waiting for a suicide bomber to cozy up to them.
When the bodies came home, a distracted and doddering Joe Biden checked his watch – five times – during the arrival ceremony. Biden continuously spoke over a Gold Star mom about his son Beau as she tried to tell him about the loss of her son. When he bothered to meet with other Gold Star families, he delivered scripted remarks. He doesn’t care about the troops at all, so he couldn’t just say something impromptu from the heart. At least he didn’t use a teleprompter.
No one has any idea how many Americans are still trapped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. 100? 200? 1,000? More?
Whatevs! We’ve got white supremacist insurrectionists to worry about in the homeland!
Biden’s approval ratings have dropped to 39% among all voters this week, as even Democrats try to shy away from him. Some people have had really low approval ratings by the time they left office, but I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a number that low for someone in his first year.
Joe Biden took office 9 months ago, and I have yet to use a certain word in the same sentence as his name. That word is “president.” Because he’s not a president. Not a duly elected one.
The situation at home is equally miserable. The price of gasoline won’t be stabilizing anytime soon, now that Biden has started yanking permits from oil companies in Alaska. Smart move! The supply chain disruptions due to Biden’s refusal to get Americans back to work (those COVID benefits are just too high) are insane. How does random stuff just not show up at the grocery store from week-to-week? I couldn’t get a gallon of milk yesterday! In America! Pretty sure that’s not Trump’s fault.
Rather than trying to fix anything that he has screwed up during his short time in office, Biden is now directing “the whole of government” to attack Texas for democratically enacting a new pro-life law.
We all got mad at Obama pretty regularly. But the people were never mad at him like this. Same goes for George W. Bush, Slick Willie, Bush senior, Reagan, Carter.
Every leader goes through a period where a bunch of folks get mad at him. But I can’t remember a time in this country when the civilian population and the rank-and-file military were this angry with the guy supposedly in charge. The situation has a lot of people asking an ominous question, and everyone knows what they mean: What are we waiting for?