Trump’s Back, But Don’t Sweat It

Donald Trump’s attempt to become a viable presidential candidate in the 2024 Election is a total farce an insult to America. Liberals would have you believe that the former president has an efficient political system in place, capable of blowing up the ambitions of anyone who does not show him respect. I think this characterization is a canard.

True, there are small pockets of radical right-wing fervor around the country. But they are unorganized, not institutionalized and have very little political clout outside their own domains. Trump was unable to lead the government and effectively recruit capable aides. Yet, liberal commentators would have you believe that he has a large organization of operatives prepared to sabotage our government and our political system. This is a myth.

Let’s get personal for a moment. The man is a narcissist and cares about no other person than himself. He’s not a patriot. He endorses activities that supposedly reflect well on his ideology. [Consider the assault on the Capitol]. His ideology is fluid and changes on a daily basis in response to criticism. What makes me chuckle is that Joe Biden was such a horrible candidate that Trump was able to have a decent showing in the 2020 elections. Against a qualified Democrat opponent, Trump would have lost decisively. And remember, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016, the only politician in America who couldn’t beat Trump at the time. He’s had the good fortune of running against two incompetent losers.

Trump believes that the electoral system is corrupt. For sure, there was some cheating going on. But the crimes espoused by Trump and his minions are just too unbelievable for most Americans. Our electoral system is not perfect, but it has weathered the passing of time and as given us duly elected officials for over two centuries. The criticism of our system by liberals is similarly over the top. With a bipartisan effort, our lawmakers should be able to find compromise for a voting system for those who are currently disadvantage.

Trump’s terrible reputation was widespread before he was elected in 2016. Americans took a chance on him because he ran against a person who’s even more despicable than he. We elected a person who had no governmental expertise and had a history of terrorizing anyone he dealt with in business. When we look back, it’s easy to say it was a stupid move by the voters. The country needed a change, and we just picked the wrong person. Why would Americans do it again? Why vote for a man who is universally hated?

Trump had some good plans. Unfortunately, he was unable to prove that they were beneficial for America. Now, even Trump’s best proposals are anathema just because he offered them. The “wall” and immigration policies Trump laid out would have been far better than the mess at the southern border at this time.

 Trump called out deadbeat countries for underfunding NATO. Trump exposed China for what it really is, our most deadly and sinister enemy. Trump would not negotiate with Iraq’s ayatollahs. They are liars who hate all non-Islamic people. And the list goes on. Trump would have been a better president if he hired and listened to informed aides. He wanted to be a dictator, and the country did what it should, bounce him from office.

I hate to denigrate fellow Americans, but I just cannot see why Republicans of any type would support Donald Trump, the most hated man in the world, for president, at such a vulnerable time for Democrats.

Biden is too old, two weak and not intelligent enough to run the country. It took him a short time to prove he doesn’t know what the hell is doing. He is a puppet for the radical progressives who want to change the world in one presidential cycle.

Good Republicans candidates could very well retake control of both houses of Congress in 2022 and the presidency in 2024. Let’s not blow this opportunity by giving Trump a voice in our political system once again.

Start Packing, Mr. President

Everyone, including the writer, has been very critical of actions, and inaction, of President Biden in recent weeks. Perhaps we should be focusing on positive steps that the leader can take to benefit America and Americans even if they mark the end of the insane power play by liberals in Congress.

The first thing that comes to mind is the infrastructure deal that nearly every legislator said would be good for the country. Our infrastructure needs an upgrade lest we watch our bridges and roads become more dangerous and crumble before our eyes. Democrats are currently using the $1.5 trillion deal as a bargaining chip to do another $3.5 trillion or more of entitlement giveaways. Virtually every Republican is against the latter deal, and most would vote for the first infrastructure proposal without any hesitation.

Democrats need to be amenable to deferring conversations about borrowing a spectacularly large amount of money for social and environmental improvements. Getting something done would really help Democrats at this moment. And they could assign blame to Republicans for not supporting the follow up legislation. This could have a meaningful and beneficial impact on Democrat political standing in both 2022 and 2024 elections.

Trying to add $5 to 6 trillion to our national debt at this moment is really a terrible idea. And to attempt it without any support from the minority is political suicide for Democrats. Loudmouth progressive crazies in the liberal fold will just have to wait and see and how the chips fall in the coming elections to implement the biggest entitlement program in history. I don’t think the large new legislation is doable in the foreseeable future. Democrats should attempt to push through pieces of the larger deal that would attract Republicans, especially some things relating to climate change.

It may be too late, but Biden really needs to take drastic action along the southern border and stifle illegal immigration. He and Kamala, who is supposed to be managing the process, are just ignoring the despicable refugee conditions that have developed. The suffering at the location is not acceptable. Biden should support “the wall” that most Democrats mocked a few years ago and flood the area with troops that will be needed to stop more illegals from entering the country.

At this point, there will be dramatic and horrific human suffering regardless of what direction the federal government takes. It should opt to end the migration even if the use of force is necessary. It has become nothing less than an invasion.

Biden’s approval ratings are dropping precipitously each day as he dodges questions from the media, and his progressive colleagues continue to talk up unrealistic expectations. Biden’s administration was doomed right from the start by the likes of Sanders, AOC, Pelosi, Warren and all the fashionable progressives in Congress.

Promises were made and no one except the opposition bothered to count votes to see if the razor thin margins in the House and Senate could accommodate such drastic changes in our social programs, much less adding another $6 trillion to the deficit. Biden was snookered into supporting outrageous changes built on a vicious attack by progressives on Republicans and conservatives.

The time is coming when Democrats are going to have to back off and let Biden’s term fritter away. He will be remembered as a dismal president, one who didn’t have the energy, courage or skill to do the to do things demanded of him by power-grabbing progressives.

The least Biden should do is end efforts affiliated with changing our society and economic systems in one presidential cycle. Democrats made promises that were impossible to keep and should be prepared to lose big in 2022. Maybe that will encourage them to work on projects and goals with Republicans that are attainable.

Biden’s Impending Demise

The most important issue for Democrats is recognition that their majority in Congress is paper-thin. A few votes in the House and only one in the Senate may prevent them from overhauling entitlements, governance, taxation, voting, environmental issues, immigration and so on.

This paper-thin margin is already giving the likes of Pelosi, AOC, send Sanders, Warren and all the rest of the ultra-progressives a fit. Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are not in lockstep with their Democratic colleagues in the Senate. Without both of their votes, liberal initiatives will fail.

What are Manchin and Sinema’s concerns? For one, they don’t believe the country should try to change itself drastically with without bi-partisan support. Why don’t Democrats appreciate how much sense this makes? The partisan divide in Congress, fostered by really aggressive rhetoric by Democrats, is going to completely destroy any effort by our lawmakers to address the needed reforms in the areas mentioned above. Our entitlement system, taxation and relationship with the environment need fixing. But borrowing 4 or 5 trillion dollars coupled with frivolous spending across the American landscape is not the answer.

A second overhanging disaster is the potential of financial instability within the American economy. Today, the US is able to borrow all the money it needs to fund the growing annual shortfall between tax receipts and expenditures. However, the gap has widened to epic proportions, and some may begin to question the strength of the American dollar. Our national debt is $28 trillion and growing at a feverish pace. The only source of relief for Democrats is to raise taxes on one class of people. But affluent taxation will not be enough to pay for new entitlements being discussed at this moment.

Too many Americans don’t pay taxes because they are below the minimum threshold. Our government (US taxpayers) subsidizes these Americans, but with no quid pro quo in almost any case. Assistance during COVID and for the loss of jobs is justifiable and noble. It’s something that the federal government should do. But paying people to stay home (and not work) is a recipe for disaster. Entitlements should not be perpetual support, except for those who cannot work for legitimate reasons. Entitlements should be available to people in temporary need. Every able-bodied person should have a job guaranteed to them by the federal or state governments. Only then can we reduce the stress that entitlements have put on our economy.

Why are Democrats so anxious to give entree and citizenship to illegal immigrants? Why reward foreigners for breaking our laws? Who are these immigrants? Do they do anything for our economy besides use our resources? Are they disease free? Did they break the law in other ways? Why do hardworking Americans have to pay for the shelter, food, schooling and medical bills of these illegal interlopers? Is it because these individuals will ultimately vote for Democrats? Are Democrats so sinister? Our immigration policies need to be fixed before the migration problem really gets out of hand. Efforts by Biden and Harris have been pitiful regarding this matter.

Currently, legislation in the Senate is subjected to a filibuster by the minority party. Certain issues such as confirmation of judges and justices are done with the majority votes.

The filibuster protects the minority from frivolous proposals by the majority. It is the only source of redress during times of stress and government misdirection. The majority always wants to eliminate the filibuster to make legislation easier. This is the case even though the filibuster will protect those who lose their majority in the future. Sens. Manchin and Sinema recognize the importance of the filibuster and are prepared to prevent any changes. They are patriots for demanding good government.

Joe Biden is really struggling to develop a consistent foreign policy network. Our enemies are the same regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican is sitting in the White House. Biden has decided that every issue addressed by Trump was improper including his handling of Europe, Iran, China and Russia. This visceral approach makes no sense. The positive things done by former administrations should not be abandoned for political reasons. Of note are the botched Afghanistan withdrawal and a stated desire to work with the rogue ayatollahs in Iran. The diminished status of Israel in the eyes of the Biden administration is also a huge mistake.

The list goes on. Biden is being overwhelmed by progressives in every area of government. Our country is not prepared to become socialistic. We are capitalists, and we demand the federal government solve our problems and deal with the evil and horrific actions of others around the world.

Coincidentally, in yesterday’s New York Times, Charles M. Blow discusses the fact that Democrats are in danger of losing the support of many Americans based upon Biden’s performance. Even a diehard liberal commentator like Blow recognizes that Joe is failing in many areas as he tries to govern the United States. I won’t repeat the things mentioned in Blow’s article, but many are discussed in this essay.

Two Very Different Women Attacked By NYTimes

Ironically, I decided to write one rebuttal to op-Ed pieces that tear apart two very different women, Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder, and Kyrsten Sinema, the centrist Democratic senator from Arizona. Both women are under a microscope for their behavior. The New York Times sanctioned the hit pieces in their editorial section.

The author of the Holmes story was at Harvard around the same time as the now infamous former CEO of Theranos and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame. She presents her deepest feelings about the success and financial gains of Holmes in a short time span, as if anyone cares.

The author accuses Holmes of stifling the momentum that women have enjoyed in recent years in business and otherwise. I think the op-Ed is bogus. Holmes is a liar who committed various types of illegal activities including securities fraud. Everybody knows this, and she will pay dearly for her missteps. Holmes, in no way, has taken anything away from women that have been successful in recent years or will be in the future. In fact, it appears that the author is just realizing that she does not have the right stuff to make a big splash in her own career.

The article about Sinema is a red herring. The liberal columnist who wrote the article thinks she is a narcissist because the senator has become an outspoken impediment to the outrageous objectives of progressives during the past few months. She has expressed her opinions about big government and will fight to decrease the staggering amount of entitlements and giveaways in Joe Biden’s four or five or six billion plan to socialize the country.

The fact is that many people, including the writer, think that Sinema is a patriot by criticizing and refusing to vote for her party’s extraordinary spending extravaganza. She has risked her political fortunes for principle. She probably should change her party affiliation.

As an aside, Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, has teamed up with Sinema in an effort to bring Biden, Pelosi, AOC and Sanders back down to earth. Both Sinema and Manchin are doing their country a great service by pushing back against an unwise spending spree and one-sided legislation that will hurt the country economically and widen the gap that separates Democrats from Republicans.

Why is it that liberal commentators denigrate every politician and Republican that they disagree with? Maybe the media is culpable for the inability of our political parties to work together.

As for Holmes, she is merely a misguided, self-deluded opportunist who lied for financial gain. Her actions have nothing to do with the fortunes of great women.

Perspectives On Getting Older

Forty-two years ago, I was 30 years old. On my birthday, I found great comfort that I would not retire from work for another 35 years and had many exciting moments ahead of me. My employer at the time forced retirement at age 65. Little did I realize how quickly the time would go by.

My career had its ups and downs, but generally it was pretty good. My health was never an issue in the old days. I began to have annual checkups, and they were uneventful, a pain in the small of my back, wisdom teeth removed and such.

As the years passed, I was seeing doctors more often. The increase was barely discernible in the beginning, but now it’s all encompassing. Our bodies start to scream out for more attention as we move past 60. Hopefully, our problems are few and minor, but the doctors keep testing and probing until they find things that, at worst, will kill you, and at best, are annoying episodes that temporarily disrupt your life.

The luckiest among us have a partner to share the good times and the bad times. When you area older, you naturally worry that that he or she will precede you into heaven. When someone dotes over you for 30 or more years, you really start to depend on them for their wisdom and assistance (and everything).

Of course, there’s usually an extended family involved, children and grandchildren, to afford comfort and make good memories. But, at some point the young people must find their own happiness and will have limited time to give to you as life becomes more difficult and threatening.

Personally, I believe in the afterlife. I refuse to accept that 70, 80 or 90 years of life is the extent of our existence. Anticipating a new beginning at death makes the expectation of our demise more acceptable. In fact, religion and spirituality, I think, were created precisely for the purpose of ushering us into a new life. But I give those who believe death is the final moment of our existence great credibility.

You may ask why I’m writing this diatribe about life and death. I really don’t want to stick my head in the sand. I want to embrace my demise as just another moment in life, the last one. I want to be philosophical about the reality that everyone who lives must also die. I want to be brave when my time comes and give my loved ones the courage to face their ultimate reality.

As I lived my life, I came to understand that a man or a woman is ultimately judged by how they deal with problems during their lives not by how they respond to good times. No one cares how many deals a person does or how much money they accumulate. Rather, it’s the quality of your life, the beauty of your children, your legacies that you leave behind. Were you charitable? Did you help others? Did you create things that made other lives more livable and happier? These are the things that make your family and friends proud to have known you.

In the meantime, as I find my way through the 70s, I intend to weather my inconsequential aches and pains from football and rugby, enjoy my family, tried to talk about and think about important issues and prepare myself for whatever the good Lord has in store for me.

Be well.

Afghanistan Discrimination Against Women

If you had any hope that Afghanistan would emerge as a prosperous, diverse and law-abiding country, forget about it.

As an example of the despicable authoritarian regime, a New York Times article indicates that the Taliban has closed all public universities to women. They can no longer be teachers or students. This form of discriminatory sexual abuse is a small part of numerous religious and cultural practices that demean woman and their role in Afghan society.

How can a country operate effectively in today’s world when it has laws that denigrate half of its population? How can men be so unkind, unempathetic and misogynistic to their mothers, wives and daughters? What are the women thinking every time they are abused by male relatives and strangers on the street for improperly covering their faces or leaving their home without a male escort? Are Afghan men concerned that other males will covet their wives? If their wives are so important and dear to them, why do they treat them with such scorn?

An emergence of Afghanistan would be more likely if women could respond to the tyranny of men in their lives with a high level of animosity. The citizens of the godforsaken place known as Afghanistan would benefit greatly by a new menu of rules that pertain to females in the country, and them receiving some level of equality. Why don’t women around the world support Afghan women with money and outspoken abject disgust of Afghan men?

Woman in the US have many issues that are unresolved, but they are on their way to equality. Females who are treated like second class citizens in other countries should call upon their sisters around the world for help and good wishes.

Another place to accelerate this effort is the UN. All nations should work together in an effort to bring men under control in countries like Afghanistan. The UN has frequently expressed its concern for human right violations against woman globally, but I believe this needs more focus on places like Afghanistan.

Some men have been abusing women in the name of religion and culture for centuries. It’s time these abuses were made public and governments proactively respond to end them.

Notre Dame Rugby 60 Year Reunion

By Sal Bommarito, ’70

I attended the 60th year celebration of Notre Dame Rugby in South Bend, Indiana this past weekend. It was an opportunity to see fellow teammates from my rugby days, 1966 through 1970.

So many memories came to mind during the two-day event that culminated with a Notre Dame/Purdue football confrontation. Some team members I had not seen for over 50 years. Like all reunions, it’s pretty strange to see someone after many years. I was attached to six other guys and one wife for the events, which included the aforementioned football game, varsity and junior varsity rugby matches, a dinner and a tailgate party.

I spent most of my time with our former captain, “doughboy,” “metro” and his wife. When I first caught up with the group, we chatted about our spouses, children and grandchildren. Everyone is pretty much retired; we are all 72 or 73 years old.

Of course, we discussed our respective medical issues. You can’t put two or more old guys together and not discuss prostate and heart issues. Given that we all experienced some belly expansion and a lot of lines on our faces, the conversations were apropos.

Surprisingly, we didn’t spend much time reliving former victories and losses on the pitch. I seemed to remember far more game moments than the others, something that struck me as odd. By far the most talked about event was our trip to Ireland, where we played six matches against college level teams and a couple of pickup games. My recollection of these events are still vivid.

During our rugby days, scrimmaging everyday was the usual activity. It gave the younger players an opportunity to play against the first team. These sessions were brutal and much more violent than most of our matches with other college teams and rugby clubs. The competition was extraordinary. And, injuries were quite common.

Rugby was a year-round commitment. We had Fall and Spring matches, and we worked out together all winter in the football stadium underneath the stands and up and down the steps of the stadium in freezing weather. When the Indiana snow subsided, we took it to the rugby field and began the grueling intra-squad matches that would determine who started on the first and second teams. The starting teams were chosen by the captain and four or five starters. There was a tremendous amount of animosity during these sessions of team selections.

Rugby is a violent sport. Winston Churchill said, “Soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.” I wouldn’t exactly call us gentlemen. Suffice it to say injuries were commonplace. I had my fair share, two concussions, many stitches, a broken hand, numerous other broken bones, etc.

Quite a few Notre Dame students played football in high school. I was one of them. I considered walking on and trying to make the football team, but it was a it was a losing proposition. The freshman football team had 30 plus scholarship players, some of the most fantastic athletes in the country. There was little need for walk-on support.

So, what does one do at ND if you can’t play football, you play rugby? We had all-state high school players on the team. We always had excellent players and won most of our matches. We did get our asses handed to us when we went West to play against Berkeley.

When I arrived at school, which was all men by the way, I went to a student fair where the clubs on campus recruited freshmen. I saw the rugby representative and was immediately seduced. Ultimately, I played and traveled for four years and had the best time given the lack of women on campus. We tried to schedule games in cities where the football team was playing, so we could see them live.

After a hard game on the pitch, ruggers are always ready to party. The rugby team was my “animal house.” There were no fraternities, so we mustered after each game with our opponents and tore the house down, literally. The school asked us to become a varsity sport, and we responded by asking them why we would give up the opportunity to have a beer and a cigarette at halftime.

The friendships that developed where longstanding. When I was a freshman, I got to know many of the older teammates who looked after me. I was 17 when I arrived at ND. Unfortunately, there were very few of the old timers at this reunion, which saddened me greatly.

It’s impossible to not circle back to our Irish tour in the spring of 1968. Notre Dame in Ireland was a real event for the natives. They loved the way we played rugby, like US football, and the way we partied and misbehaved when we were off the pitch. We were greeted in some towns by mayors, clergyman who prayed for our souls and party hounds just like ourselves. The more we misbehaved the more the locals loved us.

While traveling around the country, we stopped at a Guinness facility. The company was nice to give us an extended tour of the operation ending with a longer period of time to taste their beers. It was a cinch to drink two six packs in a 1/2 an hour, which all 30 of us accomplished. We preceded to get rowdy and were escorted off the premises. Someone, I can’t imagine who, stole the Guinness flag off the top of the factory.

The friendships we made were strong but not strong enough to ensure contact because of the Vietnam War and the formation of new families. We were all trying to achieve success and take care of our loved ones. In my case, 50 years streaked by before I made contact with my rugby buddies.

A half century changed the physical layout of the campus and turned all of us into old men with cherished memories. I’m glad metro talked me into participating in the 60th celebration.

Biden’s Downfall: Afghanistan, Immigration and Entitlements

Let’s face it, Joe Biden is having a really difficult time performing the role of chief executive and commander-in-chief. His leadership skills are shaky at best, and his aides and fellow Democrats are leading him down some dangerous paths.

There are a few issues that stand out, that could very well foretell the future of the Biden presidency, even at this early stage.

The Biden administration has been saying it is doing a great job disengaging in Afghanistan, dealing with its leadership and extricating Americans trapped in the country. These comments are laughable.

Afghanistan is a dangerous place that is home to the Taliban, a misogynistic group of men who place little value on women and anyone who is not Islamic. The group is so warped that it believes fostering terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda and violent militia groups are legitimate undertakings.

The Taliban hates America for a variety of reasons, the most important is that they believe we are heathens. We invaded their country 20 something years ago and have not been able to deflate the spirit and determination of Taliban rebels. Many in history have had the same result.

The time for America to evacuate Afghanistan arrived, and Joe Biden ordered the troops home. For some reason, he decided to abandon Americans who would who were distributed throughout the country and Afghans who worked with America over the years. Moreover, equipment, armaments and intelligence were left behind in the haste to leave the country rapidly. Now the Taliban is killing its people with US rifles and tanks.

It was a plan from hell. Who told Biden that the Taliban would allow Americans to leave without any repercussions? Who told Biden that the government transfer would be bloodless and orderly? Who told Biden that the Taliban would allow anyone to leave the country, including people who were loyal to the US? Either the generals told the president everything would be hunky dory, or he made a decision to that effect.

Individuals who we’re locked up for terrorist crimes at Gitmo now hold senior positions in the government. The deadliest Taliban leaders are controlling the country. And, terrorist groups are mustering on Afghan soil preparing to wreak havoc on peaceful neighbors and the US.

Biden’s grade for his Afghanistan strategy is an “F”, even if a couple hundred thousand people have been air lifted from the country to this point.

We haven’t heard much about the southern border for the past few weeks, but the situation is dreadful. Biden inadvertently invited individuals from below the border to come to America as part of his open border immigration policy. Who arrived? Dirt poor people, people with no hope, sick people, uneducated people and a bunch of violent people. The sad part is that the number of unaccompanied minors grows every day.

It’s already been speculated why Biden and Democrats would welcome so many into the US. Some say it is because these people will ultimately support liberal causes in our country when they become citizens? It’s hard to imagine a person wading across the Rio Grande today pulling a lever to vote for AOC or Nancy Pelosi in the next 10 years.

As with Afghanistan, the president had no plan to deal with the mass of humanity that is now parked at our borders.

And finally, I want to discuss the $3.5 trillion entitlement giveaway that Democrats or at least most of them believe is so important.

The question is not who wants the legislation. Democrats support numerous social programs, climate change, etc. Rather what are the implications of the legislation?

They are horrendous. It will end the economic growth we are now experiencing. When this aid is monetized it will create inflation and drive us into a recession. But we’ve already rehashed all this. The question is will it come to fruition?

Democrats are trying to use parliamentary procedures in Congress to avoid an expected filibuster by Republicans. I’m not quite sure of the possibility. But assuming it is doable, Democrats probably won’t have the votes to pass the legislation in the Senate and in the House.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, is not going to vote for the legislation. He changes the vote in the Senate from 50-50, which does not include the vice president who votes in a tie, to 51-49 for Republicans. The senator said he was not going to support a massive entitlement without concurrence of both political parties.

In the House, speaker Pelosi can only lose three or four votes given the magnitude of the legislation. It is likely that a few Democrats will resist.

The writing is on the wall. All of Biden’s pet projects are turning to garbage. He is going to see that his tenure is limited by the results of the 2022 midterm elections.

Biden Is A Puppet For Radical Liberals

From the start of Biden’s campaign to become president, I had doubts that unfortunately have come to fruition. The president was a political hack for years, mostly in the Senate. He concluded his subservient years with an 8-year stint as vice president in the Obama administration.

Most of the time, Biden bounced around like a pinball trying to make his constituencies and his colleagues love him, appreciate his ideology and understand his propensity to flip flop for political expediency. Biden has had a change of heart about too many issues over the years to outline in this post. They include abortion, crime and international relations.

What’s most important is what has Biden morphed into during the first few months of his presidency. For one thing, it is hard to believe that he is the origin of new policies he now espouses. Joe Biden has become a puppet for certain left-wing influences in the Democratic Party. He decided to go far left even though, in in his heart, he knows that the demands of Pelosi, AOC and Schumer are not good for America.

The only semi original idea he has put into action was the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. To follow in the footsteps of four presidents, Biden did not waste time jawboning about the hopeless situation in the country. He recognized that supporting a nation in Asia that is dominated by radical Islamic bullies and misogynists was very bad policy and not endearing to Americans.

Unfortunately, it also appears that Biden, looking for a quick political victory, ended up with egg on his face by ignoring the warnings of his generals about the strength and determination of the Taliban. For some unknown reason, Biden ordered the exit of soldiers before the evacuation of Americans and helpful Afghans. The Taliban jumped on this naive strategy and took control of the country. The result: a promised exit, but with loss of American and Afghan lives. The country is now in turmoil in the hands of violent and uncivilized religious fanatics.

The sh__storm on the southern border of the US was another screwup that materialized in a matter of days. Joe wanted to be supportive of open borders and encourage a gaggle of new and likely Democrat voters to enter the US illegally. These people, thousands of them, had no money, no place to go in the US, no papers, no job opportunities and were in poor health (some with COVID).

In a heartbeat, Biden’s sycophants created a refugee crisis that rivals situations we have seen throughout the Middle East and other places around the world. These people are not going to be able to vote for liberal causes for some extended period of time assuming they can dodge immigration officials and find someplace to live in America.

And lastly, what is going on with the infrastructure deal? Virtually every politician is in favor of a proposal to improve our bridges, roads and other infrastructure across the country. Pelosi refused to move forward unless a follow-up deal for three to $4 trillion was assured. The latter deal is 100% opposed by Republicans. So, all the legislation was held up and funding for new infrastructure and associated jobs are in limbo.

Where is the leadership? Where is the negotiating skill that Joe Biden supposedly has? Does anyone care about the potential damage that a $4 trillion entitlement will have on our national debt and our economy? Liberals don’t care about anything other than giving away money with no quid pro quos other than a promise to vote a certain way.

Someone should give our pols an Economy 101 lesson about the evils of inflation and high interest rates.

The US Is Still A Credible Super Power

In a previous blog post, I described the potential loss of credibility in the US because of the untimely and botched withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Once again, the US disappointed the global community of nations, but that does not mean nations around the world will not work and consult with the US to intervene in future diplomatic, political and financial crises.

An op-ed piece in the New York Times by Dennis Ross claims that the nation’s history since the 70s is proof that, in spite of several disagreements and embarrassments, other nations, the UN and NATO still solicit the help of the US on a regular basis.

Mr. Ross looks back on the “ignominious” 1975 evacuation of the last Americans in Vietnam. At first, credibility was in question “but it did not spell the end of American leadership on the world stage nor did it leave others to believe that they could not depend on the United States.”

In 1979, Jimmy Carter had to deal with a hostage crisis in which Americans were detained for 444 days. It was marked by a failed rescue attempt, while the rest of the world witnessed American impotence.

Ronald Reagan, after losing 241 Americans in the 1983 Beirut Barracks bombing, promised to avenge the death of American soldiers, but instead, withdrew our troops from Lebanon. No lasting harm was done to American credibility.

George W. Bush invaded Iraq, justified by the false belief that Saddam Hussein held weapons of mass destruction. The US effectively destroyed the country and unseeded Saddam. This action contributed to sectarian conflict and the evolution of ISIS. The fallout from these decisions did not relegate the US to a lesser role in global events.

Obama drew a red line on the use of chemical weapons by Syria. The president failed to react when such weapons were used on Syrian civilians. There was no great response to Obama’s hesitancy to react militarily.

Trump made several decisions including a threat to pull out of NATO and to invade Syria, which rolled off the backs of global leaders.

Recent Biden decisions to remove troops have Americans in an uproar along with the rest of the world. Internationally, the response will have a far less impactful than from domestic critics. Ironically, most Americans wanted the US to bring our troops home, but the tactics employed were ineffective and naïve. The blunders in Afghanistan may be a death toll for the Biden administration in the upcoming elections.