By Conrad Black
Biden, a man who 34 percent of Americans think is not sufficiently mentally
alert for his office, is presiding amiably over a regime infested with
It is disappointing that the wave of national revulsion
that must be rising up from the depths of American public opinion has not broken
over the heads of the cancelers, statue-defacers, bigots, defamers of American
history, and secular iconoclasts.
Official committees in various cities, such as San
Francisco and Chicago, recommend taking the names of Abraham Lincoln, George
Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and other great American statesmen off
schools and other public buildings. All
while teachers refuse to give up their paid vacations and go back to generally
under-educating and often deliberately misinforming their students.
The waves of censorship are lapping at the feet of
Shakespeare. Can the Bible be far behind?
Joe Biden’s secretary of health and human services is a
militant atheist and compulsive abortionist, responsible for the prosecution of
the Little Sisters of the Poor for declining to pay the contraception,
sterilization, and abortion expenses of those whom they employ or house.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denies a
“crisis” exists on the southern border, even though illegal entries are well
over 100 percent above figures from a year earlier, detention facilities are
overflowing, and many new arrivals test positive for the coronavirus.
The Democrats who lifted the level of the Rio Grande by
several feet with their crocodile tears about Trump’s “cages” said to remind
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Auschwitz . Never mind that the cage were, in fact,
erected by the Obama Administration. Demented Biden and his handlers have
reactivated the cages and done the Great Orange Monster one better by proposing
to ship migrant children to Virginia in containers humanized by paintings of
butterflies on their internal walls.
Climate czar John Kerry actually professes to believe
that without drastic measures to restrain the use of carbon, the world will be
on an irreversible march to the destruction of earthly life in nine years. His
budget should be reduced by 99 percent, with the balance devoted to his
Midway to 100 Days
There are many kooks, militant socialists, other-worldly
faddists, and monomaniacs being packed into senior echelons of several
departments, reflecting the ramshackle coalition that supports the
The president and his foreign policy team have professed
a desire to return to the Iran nuclear agreement, though that country is deemed
to be only months away from a nuclear military capability, and even if it
adhered to the original terms, will have a green light to deploy nuclear-tipped
missiles in five years.
Since the ayatollahs evidently think that Biden, unlike
his predecessor, is unlikely to interdict the course of the country’s nuclear
military program with airstrikes, they are demanding the abandonment of U.S.
economic sanctions before they reenter talks over resumption of adherence to
the insane nuclear agreement that was the cornerstone of Barack Obama’s foreign
policy. So far the Biden regime appears to be resisting this temptation with
At the midway point of the proverbial first 100 days,
there is no indication at all that Biden will resist the pressures from the
Left in his party. It is indicative of the desperate condition of the moderate
American majority that Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is being touted as a
bulwark of the Constitution defending the filibuster and the need for
reasonable bipartisan support of legislation. If Manchin adheres to that stance
after the full treatment from the Democratic congressional leadership, he will
be the most distinguished congressional Democrat since Lyndon Johnson.
The administration appears to be unable to demarcate
spheres of influence between the ecological zealots who shut down pipelines
which are by far the environmentally safest way of transmitting oil and natural
gas, from the agitations of the Democrats’ traditional supporters in organized
labor who are not charmed by John Kerry’s breezy proposal that the more than
20,000 Keystone XL pipeline and offshore oil exploration workers who had been
rendered redundant by executive order on Inauguration Day compensate themselves
by putting in for unionized jobs making solar panels.
Biden’s defense secretary, General Lloyd Austin, tells us
the greatest security threat to the United States comes from internal
subversive organizations, and it is implied that these are white supremacists.
Civil servants, like most American elementary, secondary, and post-secondary
students, are taught the malignant critical race theory and it is legitimizing
the monstrous self-directed blood libel that America is based on racial
exploitation and was always a racist enterprise. There is not and has not been
for many years the “systemic racism,” as even Biden now claims afflicts the
No Time to Weep
It is all mad and tends to confirm the fears of Abraham
Lincoln, who famously said that no foreign army could “by force take a drink
from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a
thousand years,” that America “will live forever or die by suicide.”
The United States led the Western allies to success
against Nazi Germany and the Japanese imperialists and it led the Western world
to success in the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet Union and of
international Communism. There followed a roughly 25-year hiatus before the
Chinese threat was recognized, albeit as a distant and really only economic
threat, when the United States was like the unbound Prometheus having
vanquished every significant foreign enemy.
Francis Fukuyama wrote a persuasive book that
history had reached its culmination with the triumph of democracy and the free
market. In such times it was inevitable that complacency would arise. But it
was impossible to foresee that blacks, after decades of immense gains and the
consecration to their welfare of hundreds of billions of dollars, to say nothing
of their elevation to the highest positions in the country—including the
presidency—would deliver themselves in significant numbers into the hands of
extremist demagogues prominent in the movement to tear down even the statues
memorializing Frederick Douglass.
Joe Biden proclaimed on January 6, without evidence, that
the vandals who stormed the U.S. Capitol were white supremacists. All bad
people are racists and all bad things are racist. It is nonsense; a moron with
an IQ in single figures could see clearly that all of this is a fiction. It is
a good thing that Americans have come to realize that a great deal of their
showmanship and self-puffery was an exaggeration of the country’s virtues and a
whitewash of many inconsistencies in the nation’s history.
Every important nationality has a mythos, and there are
generally fictions in all of them. But it is a shameful and outrageous
injustice to denigrate the legitimate and uplifting ideals of the principal
authors and continuators of the American experiment.
Never in the history of the world has there been anything
remotely like the rise of the United States from a few million settlers in two
long lifetimes to worldwide preeminence.
The United States has been the chief superspreader of
democracy and the free market and every American should be proud of his
country. Joe Biden, whom 34 percent of Americans think is not sufficiently
mentally alert for his office, is presiding amiably over a regime that is
infested by anti-American forces.
The attempted woke atomization of America into an immense
congeries of irate complainant groups eventually will be overcome by Richard
Nixon’s silent majority of decent and patriotic citizens who love their
To borrow a phrase from George Orwell, “even at its
stupidest and most sentimental it is a comelier thing than the shallow
self-righteousness of the left-wing intelligentsia.”
It is not time to weep for America, it is time to build
it back much better than this tower of Babel and of self-hate that has slouched
into office in Washington.