Our “Divisive” President

What are all these GOP folks complaining about? Biden needs to be less divisive? Jeebus Crikey Moses! Consider this:

  • We now have a woman “Blindian” Veep
  • Biden’s proposed the most diverse cabinet in American history
  • He’s delivered an unbroken message of unity since the election.

Divisive? As Inigo Montoya famously said to Vizzini, “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”

And now even the Left is starting to complain. Because Biden isn’t going far enough fast enough. Forget that he’s done more good for the country in four days than Trump did in four years.

At least give the guy a week to settle in.

So far, I think Joe is doing a great job. He promised to start reversing some of Trump’s worst policies from day one… and that’s exactly what he’s done. (Unlike his predecessor’s “from Day One” promises.)

  • Millions of “Dreamer” immigrants protected
  • The Muslim ban reversed
  • He’s taken serious steps to address the pandemic
  • He’s proposed financial protections for the most vulnerable Americans
  • He’s re-engaged with the world through the Paris Accord and W.H.O.
  • He’s restored environmental protections.
  • And, of course, he redecorated the Oval Office. (Bye-bye, Jackson.)

Most importantly, he hasn’t gone golfing once since taking the oath of office.

Speaking of oaths, look at that family Bible he swore on. You take an oath on that thing, and you’d better mean it. That Bible almost proclaims God will strike you down if you break your word. (“Hey! I’d have let it go if you’d sworn on a paperback copy of Good News for Modern Man. But you took your oath on a real Bible. I had no choice.”)

I haven’t been keeping score, but one of the talking heads on the news mentioned Biden is only our second Catholic prez. I knew Kennedy was the first… but I hadn’t been paying attention since. That means we had a Quaker in the White House (Nixon) before our 2nd Catholic. Maybe we should adjust “white privilege” to “WASP privilege.”

Meanwhile, look at Biden’s picks for top posts: blacks, Hispanics, women, gays… and did I see an Asian in the mix? Plus – drum roll, please – these are people with experience and expertise. People who actually know what they’re doing. Merrick Garland for AG? Both a good choice and a sick burn on the GOP. Nicely played, sir!

I have no doubt Biden will try to reach across the aisle. Just as Obama did in the early days of his administration. But I fear he’ll get the same chilly reception.

Don’t you find it odd that pretty much the entire Republican party had a note on their childhood report cards that read: “Does not play well with others?” As if it were a GOP pre-requisite for holding office?

Look at the AZ GOP. They censured Cindy McCain, former Sen. Flake, and their own sitting governor for not supporting Trump’s conspiracy theories. (Plus, two of them flat out said they wouldn’t vote for Trump.) Much of the party appears to be digging in its heels. No compromise allowed.

But Biden is being too divisive.

Leading Republicans Speak Their Minds on Trump

Republicans complain the Left trash-talks Trump. “How could you?” they exclaim as they clutch at their hearts and stagger in feigned shock.

Never mind how their boy publicly runs down anyone who disagrees with him. And has a history of making misogynistic and openly racist comments.

Now he’s calling himself “the chosen one.” And accepting praise as “the King of Israel” and “the Second Coming.” I’m not sure how I missed publishing these quotes… but it appears I may have.

Time for someone to take Deluded Donnie down a peg or two. And who better than his allies? Note: About half of these date from afterthe 2016 election…

  • Lindsay Graham: “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.” (Feb 2016)
  • Ted Cruz: “This man is a pathological liar, he doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies…” (May 2016)
  • Marco Rubio: “We cannot have a commander-in-chief that is not ready the first day in office.” (Feb 2016)
  • The late Sen. John McCain: “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.” (Jul 2018)
  • Mitt Romney: “On balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.” (Jan 2019)
  • Former Sen. Bob Corker: “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful…” (Aug 2017)
  • Rand Paul: “Conservatives have to decide if he’s a fake conservative or not. And I think truly he is a fake conservative, because he’s been on every side of every issue in the last five years.” (Aug 2015)
  • Former Gov. John Kasich: “The things that have swirled around this White House are the reasons that caused me not to move forward and support him… also there wasn’t a real grasp on the issues that I think are so important.” (May 2017)
  • Former Gov. Judd Gregg: “Generating confusion is not a track that leads to making America great again. Rather, it takes us down a road that diminishes our international reputation.” (Jun 2017)
  • Susan Collins: “Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.” (Aug 2016)
  • Republican Strategist Ana Navarro-Cardenas: “Then… you realize just how much he is diminishing the presidency of the United States… He is embarrassing. He is shameful. He is disgusting.” (June 2017)
  • Former Sen. Jeff Flake: “The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined… by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters… is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided.” (Oct 2017)
  • Ben Sasse: “Mr. Trump’s relentless focus is on dividing Americans, and on tearing down rather than building back up this glorious nation.” (Feb 2016)
  • Former Gov. Rick Perry: “Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.” (Jul 2015)
  • Former Rep. Todd Rokita: “… someone who is vulgar, if not profane.” (Feb 2016)
  • Former FL Ag. Comm. Adam Putnam: “He keeps running his mouth about the most ridiculous things…” and “Even by the base standards of this campaign.
  • OH Sec’y. of State Frank LaRose: “I like the idea of a president that’s a role model for our children. Our current president doesn’t really fall into that category.” (Aug 2018)

This is the man the GOP wants to return to the White House in 2020. The man of whom Barbara Bush – the Republican’s Republican – said after election day, “I woke up and discovered, to my horror, that Trump had won.”

Let’s close with an observation from John McCain. McCain flew 23 missions over North Viet Nam before being shot down and taken prisoner…

“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never, ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America, and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”