Bad Moon Rising for Biden – and us
“April is the cruelest month,” wrote T. S. Eliot in the opening line of his greatest poem, “The Waste Land”. For President Joe Biden, the cruelest month is certainly August 2021, which has now graciously come to an end.
When did a president have a worse month?
On the last Sunday in August, Biden solemnly watched, hand over heart, as the coffins of the American dead in the terrorist massacre at Kabul airport on Thursday in Dover were carried out of the plane.
The American dead had carried out an evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies from America’s lost war, a defeat inflicted on us by the same Taliban we drove from power in 2001 for defeating al-Qaeda terrorists on Sept. September had offered refuge.
We lost our longest war and the triumphant Taliban are now back in power, presiding and supporting our departure from Kabul. The fate of the hundreds of US citizens and thousands of Afghan allies we have left behind will be decided by the jihadists we have been fighting for two decades. Throughout the Biden Presidency, we will read, hear and be witnesses to the evidence of their fate.
Hurricane Ida landed on the same Sunday noon hour that Biden was honoring the fallen in Dover. Ida’s winds at 150 miles per hour swept the same Louisiana coast that hit Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago. By Sunday nightfall, a million residents in and around New Orleans had lost all power for days and maybe weeks.
That same August, the U.S. moved deeper and deeper into the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, with new infections, new hospital admissions, and new deaths nearing the numbers it hit last winter.
August also brought to mind hundreds of thousands more illegal aliens crossing our southern border in the greatest peacetime migrant invasion.
Most of those millions come for a better life. But among them are the criminals and rapists who attacked women and girls during the Exodus, and quite a few foreign enemies who come with the intent of bringing the war on terror home to this United States.
For example, the US suffered defeat in its longest war in August 1st of the Biden presidency, witnessed a humiliating evacuation under the arms of its enemies, continued to suffer from the worst plague in 100 years, and witnessed an invasion of its southern border by illegal migrants who questioned whether we Americans hold on to our determination to preserve our country.
That’s not all. American politics appears to be at its most toxic in August 2021.
Racial relations are as raw as they have been since the 1960s. Following the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, a wave of hostility towards police forces across the country has resulted in record retirement and resignations of police officers. Result: an unprecedented increase in urban shootings and killings, with children prominent among the victims.
When President John F. Kennedy gave his approval for Fidel Castro’s invasion of Cuba, which ended in the Bay of Pigs debacle, Americans backed Kennedy because, despite making terrible mistakes, he was our president, the personification of the American nation . His support rose to 80 percent.
We were one nation and one people then. And today? Calls for impeachment or resignation from Biden are heard.
This president’s piling is certainly a repayment for what the Democrats did to former President Donald Trump.
Two weeks before Biden took the oath, a mob had entered the Capitol to protest his formal confirmation as president. Trump was charged a second time for this intrusion by the mob because he was variously described as “inciting an insurrection”, “an attempted coup”, “domestic terrorism”, “treason” and as a deadly threat to “our democracy”.
“There is much ruin in a nation,” is often cited these days by Adam Smith’s observation after the British lost the decisive Battle of Saratoga.
And rightly so. For how much ruin can a nation endure and remain a nation? How much of that can we sustain and survive at a time when we are shouldering the burden of defending our allies in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia against a converging modern axis of Russia and China, to which our own interventionist policies have contributed ? bring into being?
Our media are as partial as they were in our lifetime. Our cultural elites ridicule the traditional values and beliefs of Central America endlessly. Our national parties always appear at the tip of the sword.
Our goal, it is said, is to always move forward “towards a more perfect union”. Does it look like we’re going in that direction? Are the gaps between us getting too big to remain one nation and one people?
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s Wars in the White House: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever and founding editor of The American Conservative.
Bad Moon Rising for Biden – And Us first appeared on The American Conservative.