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Are the Democrats headed for their Little Bighorn, with President Joe Biden as Col. Custer? The wish, you suggest, is father to the thought. Yet, consider.

On taking office, Biden held a winning hand.

Three vaccines, with excellent efficacy rates, had been created and were being administered at a rate of a million shots a day. The pandemic was at its peak but looking certain to turn down, and it did.

This welcome news lifted national spirits, and the economy with it.

And the new president was taking office in a brief era of good feelings produced by the departure of the party and president who had given us the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Thus did Biden begin his administration with his approval at a level his predecessor never reached in any year of his presidency.

Happy days were here again.

But now the storm clouds are gathering and rumbling.

By last week, Biden’s disapproval rating had risen into the 40s, and half the country believed America was “on the wrong track.”

Yet it is not what has happened but what impends that appears ominous for Biden’s and his party’s prospects.

With not quite 70% of U.S. adults having received a vaccination, a new and more contagious delta variant of the disease is spreading worldwide, and an uptick in new U.S. infections has been reported.

In the economy, with markets at an all-time high, an old demon has reappeared. Writes today’s Wall Street Journal:

“Americans should brace themselves for several years of higher inflation than they’ve seen in decades, according to economists who expect the robust post-pandemic economic recovery to fuel brisk price increases …

“If the economists prove correct, Federal Reserve officials might have to raise (interest) rates sooner or more than they expect to keep inflation under control.”

Inflation and rising interest rates to combat it is usually a near-fatal cocktail for a party in control of the White House and Congress in the year they face the electorate.

In addition to warning lights flashing in the economy, Biden has presided over a sudden crisis along the southern border, where 170,000 illegal migrants are being apprehended every month.

“Getaways” — border-crossers who sneak in and evade contact with the Border Patrol — now number 30,000 a month.

Who these people are and whence they came, we know not.

Former President Donald Trump’s policies secured the border, and this new invasion is traceable to Biden’s trashing of Trump’s policy.

Indeed, Biden’s designation of Vice President Kamala Harris as point person on the border crisis, and her reflexive recoil from the duties of that assignment, testify that this latest invasion could be a killer issue for Democrats in 2022.

Also, the progressives’ adamant stand that rogue cops hostile to people of color are the true police crisis in America has been rendered politically obsolete by a nationwide surge in shootings, murders and mass killings.

How potent is the issue? Eric Adams, a Black former police captain running on the issue of public safety, won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York and is headed for Gracie Mansion.

Almost without exception, the cities where the shootings and killings are occurring have been run by Democrats for decades.

The “defund the police!” chant of Black Lives Matter and its camp followers is now being drowned out by a clamor for more cops to protect the people of color who are the collateral damage and victims of the shootings.

ORDER IT NOW

Other stories gracing front pages and evening news reports in coming months will be the horrors coming out of Afghanistan, as the Taliban capture towns and provincial capitals and exact retribution on those Afghans who made the fatal mistake of casting their lot with the Americans.

Biden did not take us into Afghanistan, but he ordered the rapid withdrawal, and his presidency will bear the political consequences of his presiding over yet another lost American war. As JFK said, life is unfair.

If the Democratic Party goes into the election of 2022 defending Biden’s border failures, decrying rogue cops rather than addressing the shootings and killings, and explaining away inflation and rising interest rates as “not our fault,” the result would seem to be foreordained.

Then there is the matter of race.

Is it a winner for the Democrats in 2022 to be seen as the party of tearing down statues of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Lewis and Clark, of requiring that schoolchildren be indoctrinated in the tenets of “systemic racism” and “white privilege,” and learn about how their ancestors were slave-owners and their grandparents cousins or friends of Jim Crow?

As for the progressives’ agenda, the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act could all wind up dead on the Senate floor alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders $6 trillion plan for remaking America in the image of Norman Thomas.

All killed by filibusters bravely defended by Sen. Joe Manchin.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

 
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  1. Trinity says:

    Are The Good Times Over For America? Yes, the good times ended LONG AGO, and the decline started long ago, probably over a century now. Wonder why?

    William Smith and The Brandon Bull R.I.P.

  2. I don’t think more police will help. We have gone too far down this road to retrieve this thing.

    The fact is if a white cop does anything wrong through sheer incompetence, e.g. the woman cop who shot someone thinking she was tasering him, then they stand a good chance of spending the rest of their life behind bars so they are going to avoid violent confrontations like the plague and just leave people to get on with it.

    The simplest approach for them will simply be to drive within the speed limits and stop at traffic lights on the way to an “urgent” incident involving any black person.

    • Agree: El Dato
  3. Was there ever a good time for Biden?

  4. Realist says:

    Are the Good Times Over for Biden?

    They are sure as hell over for U. S. citizens.

    Three vaccines, with excellent efficacy rates, had been created and were being administered at a rate of a million shots a day. The pandemic was at its peak but looking certain to turn down, and it did.

    This welcome news lifted national spirits, and the economy with it.

    And the new president was taking office in a brief era of good feelings produced by the departure of the party and president who had given us the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

    What the hell universe are you living in??? There is not one truth in these three paragraphs. You are as goddamn goofy as Biden.

    I am done reading Buchanan’s articles.

    • Replies: @cassandra
  5. Indeed, Biden’s designation of Vice President Kamala Harris as point person on the border crisis

    That phony Dindu-Hindu has been thrown under the bus by almost all the heavyweights in the MSM; Atlantic, WaPo, NYT, Politico and the Guardian as someone so incompetent that she can’t run her own office with staff quitting in droves in short an unpleasant, incompetent dimwit. Predictably her first response to the shit storm was what else waycissm and sexism. Phony Harris gets under everybody’s skin.

  6. Each Red+Blue cliffhanger is the next Most Important Election Ever. So be sure to fixate on Mr. Buchanan’s Beltway sportsball for the next 16 months, sharpen your two authorized crayons, and vote.

    • Agree: Catdog, gsjackson, lavoisier
  7. KenR says:

    This analysis is sound, but for the fact that it presumes votes matter. That is no longer a safe assumption.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  8. @Grahamsno(G64)

    Harris is a poster child for Affirmative Action.

    • Replies: @Fred Kremer
  9. huisache says:

    I agree overall but I live near the Texas-Mexico border and the large number of alien smugglers I have represented over the last ten years is a tell that Mr. Trump did not secure the border. He tried to, half heartedly, but did not even attempt to do the one thing that would surely slow the deluge—-start prosecuting the people who knowingly hire them. Dems don’t want it because they see future voters. And republican employers don’t want it because they like cheap, docile labor that works hard and they would be the ones who got to spend six months in the federal pen if the prosecutions commenced.

    The only good thing is that we get a lot of people who appreciate this country and what it has to offer and their kids seem to like the marines.

    • Disagree: Robert Dolan
  10. They “appreciate this country?”

    Oh, really?

    Is that why they march in protest waving mexican flags?

    The real goal of the open border is beyond “votes” and “cheap labor.”

    The actual goal is the replacement of white people…..the ethnic cleansing of white people…..the GENOCIDE of white people.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs
  11. Catdog says:

    What is the point of these articles, Pat?

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride
    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
  12. I read Pat’s articles out of sentimentality. They, and Pat, remind me of happier, more hopeful times for America in the late 20th Century. Thanks for the nostalgia, PJB.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  13. The Democrats may regret having Biden win in the long run; sure they got rid of Trump maybe temporarily but now they dont have a charismatic young President but a senile doddering old fool who is too old to run again and a VP who may be unelectable; Dems have control of both houses of Congress but cant pass their radical agenda because of the Filibuster and one of their members who refuses to consider ending it; as for the Supreme Court one of their own refuses to step down so a black woman can be added to the court to appease the Gods Of Diversity; so Biden of Harris may not get a SC pick; and the party is facing the dim prospect of having Kamala Harris being the Democratic Presidential nominee in 2024 with polls showing Trump and every other Republican beating her. And Americans are getting a good close look at the benefits of Open Borders. Dems should have heeded the old adage of being careful what you wish for.

    • Replies: @Old Brown Fool
  14. SafeNow says:

    “…progressives’ agenda…could all wind up dead…”

    If so, then that old friend of mine who recently decamped to Europe to live, transferred his flags as the admirals say, could return to the U.S. to live. Rational, smart fellow, Harvard Law grad (for what that’s worth) — it was very sobering to me that a fellow like that would feel it had become prudent to leave.

  15. Phipps says:

    Buchanan is far past his dotage, so I would guess he is not actually writing articles. The fact that “Buchanan” called the incident on January 6th a “riot” caused by Trump shows he is definitely NOT the writer. And the fact he ballyhoos the experimental Covid “vaccine” shows he is as much a mannequin as Biden.

    • Replies: @rgl
    , @WorkingClass
  16. GayDad69 says:

    Whatever happens, you can rest assured that the Republicans will find a way to let the Democrats get everything they want while fleecing the average Republican voter.

  17. As long as Christianity is in America nothing will change. Eradicate Christianity(and all religion) and see things change.

  18. tyrone says:

    Good times over??? ,come on maaan! good ole joe is looking forward to ice cream cones and sniffing little girls hair…..he cares fuck-all about the country.

  19. Biden is doing better than most people thought, His Infrastructure program is due out soon and he just signed an order reigning in big tech and other monopolies.

    But, the big break is in the Budget Process.

  20. KenH says:

    The Jewish led radical Democrats can fake news/narrative their way out of any jam using their captive Jewish media outlets. Plus, demographics are on their side and they know it. Their coalition of angry and aggrieved non-whites will vote for them no matter how bad things get.

    Idiot Republicans can quote MLK and speak Spanish all they want but it’s never going to lead to blexit or mexit.

  21. @KenR

    For at least 50 years, votes have only mattered to those who want to secure the Establishment by channeling and harmlessly blowing off dissent.

  22. Bayviking says:

    Biden betrays his base by pretending anything can be accomplished by working across the aisle. Republicans are the gravest threat on the planet to worker prosperity and life as we know it on earth.

    But keep in mind that Delaware Biden has never actually been on the side of workers either. He was just pretending to get elected. He is a career Bankster’s friend and supporter of perpetual war.

    • Agree: animalogic
  23. @Catdog

    Sad, isn’t it? Not being able to name The Nose cripples the sharpest minds’ messages.

    Andrew Anglin’s sophomoric efforts carry far more weight.

  24. “Inflation and rising interest rates to combat it is usually a near-fatal cocktail for a party in control of the White House and Congress in the year they face the electorate.”

    Note if you can steal the sucker.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  25. @huisache

    The only good thing is that we get a lot of people who appreciate this country and what it has to offer and their kids seem to like the marines.

    They appreciate a country that ignores their illegal entry, that offers them free treatment at hospital emergency rooms and taxpayer money to make up for their miserable wages, and military recruitment if they fail at everything else. Damn, there are still Mexicans in Mexico. Let’s hurry and entice the rest of them here.

  26. @the cleaner

    “Oh NO! The inflation Bogey is out of the bottle — again…. for the 666th time in 20-30 years…. ”
    Economies with real rates of unemployment over 10%, with vast under participation of labor, a Fed pumping billions into stocks & bonds & barely a ghost of a Union movement left are rather less than likely to suffer price inflation.
    Of course, the US has had 40 years of ASSET inflation — but TPTB love that….

  27. cassandra says:
    @Realist

    What the hell universe are you living in??? There is not one truth in these three paragraphs.

    I agree absolutely, but your question is, unfortunately, not sarcastic as you undoubtedly intended: we are living in 2 universes.

    On the one hand, it was obvious to those following election procedures that the Presidential election was extremely irregular if not outright stolen. The Stop the Steal Rally of January 6 was a politically-healthy response to massive voting irregularities. The gathering was a classic instance of a protected First Amendment right: “Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”. It was illegitimately suppressed by a government and Justice Department that had been hijacked by corrupt political operatives.

    On the other hand, we have the MSM news version, whereby a racist politician was rejected by the people in a record-high turnout for the Presidency. A violent extremist insurrection to overthrow this “most secure election in history” was fortunately put down, and ringleaders arrested. Extremist voices and social media accounts irresponsibly countering this view were suppressed.

    We’re not dealing with 2 parties, we’re dealing with 2 attitudes toward propaganda, 2 sides of the Ash conformity experiment that’s contemporary American politics.

    Who ya gonna believe, me or your own lyin’ eyses?

    • Replies: @Realist
  28. Realist says:
    @cassandra

    We’re not dealing with 2 parties, we’re dealing with 2 attitudes toward propaganda, 2 sides of the Ash conformity experiment that’s contemporary American politics.

    Exactly. The Deep State doesn’t care about the unimportant internecine squabbles of the two parties as long as their important issues are advanced (wealth and power). As a matter of fact, it strengthens the false perception that there is a choice when voting. In fact, we live under a plutocratic oligarchy.

    The Deep State does not care what the American people want. They know that most American people are inane fools and will believe anything. Most Americans would rather watch America’s Got Talent, or Dancing With The Stars, or The Masked Singer than being informed about important issues.

    • Replies: @cassandra
  29. cassandra says:
    @Realist

    The Deep State does not care what the American people want. They know that most American people are inane fools and will believe anything.

    I agree with the former, but I think you’re misrepresenting the latter.

    A lot of us think, despite the “reported” outcome, that “most Americans” actually voted for Trump. The Stop the Steal Rally confirmed this. Plenty of us realize that the elite’s are promoting flagrantly destructive civilizational policies, and don’t really care whether that’s due to corruption or incompetence.

    Second point:

    Most Americans would rather watch America’s Got Talent, or Dancing With The Stars, or The Masked Singer than being informed about important issues.

    Actually, I think that conscientiously trying to be informed by watching network news or following elite media can make you much more disposed to going along with “the Deep State plutocratic oligarchy” than being simply ignorant. These Americans are not stupid, but brainwashed into participating in the mass hysteria. They believe they are in an enlightened majority, and that it’s their fringe opponents who hold stupid and extreme views. They accept palpably weird viewpoints because they are being selectively informed, censored as necessary, and subjected to the most sophisticated propaganda in the history of the world.

    In this environment, intelligence can help you come up with explanations for believing propaganda, and fear can lead you to accept self-destruction. Critical thinking, which can lead you to look behind and rationally assess elite narratives, is suppressed as morally irresponsible.

    • Replies: @Realist
  30. Realist says:
    @cassandra

    A lot of us think, despite the “reported” outcome, that “most Americans” actually voted for Trump. The Stop the Steal Rally confirmed this. Plenty of us realize that the elite’s are promoting flagrantly destructive civilizational policies, and don’t really care whether that’s due to corruption or incompetence.

    It is probably true that the vote was stolen. But things would be little different if Trump had won. Trump’s administration was a sham. The fact that Trump failed to keep any of his campaign promises is telling and that Trump did not pardon Assange and Snowden was a horrible injustice.

    Actually, I think that conscientiously trying to be informed by watching network news or following elite media can make you much more disposed to going along with “the Deep State plutocratic oligarchy” than being simply ignorant. These Americans are not stupid, but brainwashed into participating in the mass hysteria.

    Intelligent citizens can see the inconsistencies in what is reported and what actually happens. As I said most U. S citizens are not very bright…the smaller the brain…the easier to wash.

    In this environment, intelligence can help you come up with explanations for believing propaganda, and fear can lead you to accept self-destruction. Critical thinking, which can lead you to look behind and rationally assess elite narratives, is suppressed as morally irresponsible.

    Intelligent, rational, and logical thinking is not what most U. S. citizens are known for. You are making excuses for their failures.

  31. @Grahamsno(G64)

    She was chosen for her incompetence.

  32. @Sir Launcelot Canning

    I read Pat’s articles out of sentimentality.

    Me too.

  33. @Phipps

    Sorry to say it because I remember Pat from back in the day. But this peice reads like it was machine written by artificial stupidity.

    • Replies: @mike99588
    , @mike99588
  34. Where once the children learned Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, they now learn Racism, Racism, and Racism, with a side order of Holocaust Studies.

  35. @Max Maxwell

    Now that it has been conclusively established that the President of America does not need any particular leadership qualities or intellectual stamina, anyone with photogenic looks can be groomed through the obedient media for that position. Applies to both political parties.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  36. mike99588 says:
    @WorkingClass

    Trump never really had full powers.
    Didn’t even fill appointments in 4 years, much less his own (a problem area to be sure).
    Anything that got done, was with permission or over entrenched, pervasive enemies as we have not seen since the 19th century, at least.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  37. mike99588 says:
    @WorkingClass

    It’s written with a degree of unmarked (/s) sarcasm, or to try to observe/identify the liberal (delusional) view.

  38. El Dato says:
    @Grahamsno(G64)

    has been thrown under the bus by almost all the heavyweights in the MSM; Atlantic, WaPo, NYT, Politico and the Guardian

    Those “papers” just print the faxes they receive on a daily basis.

    So the kuromakus want to make sure she can be removed if Biden finally pops a clog. But who will be the fallback?

  39. Sounds like everyone in America will have to watch out for the new “variants”.
    Thus undoing all the doubleplusgood of Pres Joe and “vaccines” …

    Not to mention Afghan … or re-arming al-qaeda in Syria …

    Too bad, really, just bad luck that Joe’s Glory Days are fading … lol …
    Not to worry though, the Camel is ready to step in …
    Maybe Occasional Cortex …

    So looks like Onward and Upward.
    Continuing “All The Way With LBJ” theme – what can possibly go wrong ?

  40. @Carroll Price

    I was wondering when someone would notice that the Biden administration is a poster child, but I think it more accurate for diversity. This is a most interesting gambit. If it fails…oops!

  41. @huisache

    Considering the hard, menial labor they perform for low wages, (work Americans won’t do for any amount of money) they deserve free health care – and more.

  42. @mike99588

    Trumps real undoing was selecting total idiots (like Jeff Sessions and Rudy Gulliani) for cabinet members and personal advisors.

  43. anonymous[109] • Disclaimer says:

    Pat and readers,

    Biden serves a few functions not adequately addressed in conventional media.

    1. He is a sacrificial lamb in the coming destruction of the Democratic Party. Recall Obama saying “Joe, you don’t need to do this”. His legacy won’t amount to much and he will bear the brunt of the public wrath when the facts become more widely known. That brunt also shields slightly the Clintons, among others, from greater criticism and retribution.

    2. Harris is the insurance policy as she is so unpalatable that people will allow Biden to get away with more than he could if he had a more conventional VP. The 25th Amendment invocation would become an article of mutually assured destruction where everyone loses.

    3. Biden is a pawn of the coalition of factions. His handlers promised those factions that they would have their pet projects and policies implemented in exchange for their support, or for looking the other way as long as they got paid. Those items include trashing cities, opening up borders, consorting with enemies, destroying education and ruining the economy. The cognitive dissonance will become too large to ignore and will make more of the factions and their media supporters break down. That won’t be a pretty sight.

    Where is his book deal?

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