The Biden presidency is a phantom administration: a laid-back and thoroughly unprepossessing president, a sharply divided governing party, a completely infeasible legislative program, and still no organizing principle except orchestrated thanksgiving that Mr. Trump is gone. There is no reason to believe that this drifting flotsam of a government has any other idea of what to do with the responsibility it must soon start to discharge.

After Sixty Days Biden Is Drifting Into Surrealism

By CONRAD BLACK

Rip McIntosh

March 27, 2021

After 60 days of the new administration, the American government has descended into surrealism. The secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, blandly assured the Sunday television news programs that “the border is closed,” and that unauthorized and inappropriate entry-seekers are normally turned away. This is clearly a monstrous falsehood and the docile Democratic-boot-licking press knows it to be false.This ludicrous and tragic charade on the southern border is half of the current administration’s vast and pointless game of pretense, in which it denies the existence of one immense crisis, while grimly and tediously proclaiming the iron duration of another crisis that has in fact, largely passed.
No screening process at all is being applied to large numbers of arriving, so-called migrants, and unskilled, penurious, largely illiterate — they are simply being admitted to the country because that is supposedly the humane thing to do with them.
An uncertain number are gang members and other undesirables, and thousands are children, 80% of whom are believed to have been sexually violated en route. The hardened criminal organizations in Mexico that conduct these progressions to and through the United States border profit from their activities to the tune of millions of dollars a day.
The government of the United States is fully complicit in the criminal violence of these Mexican gangs, and yet its spokespeople, day after day, unctuously repeat pious lies about this unfolding outrage to the press corps that conducted the campaign for the almost comatose candidate who is now the president.
At the same time, President Biden and his team will not let go of the coronavirus as a cause of permanent panic and mourning, and of explicit and dishonest fault-finding with the previous administration.
It is now obvious that the entire Democratic media terror campaign last year to demand slavish obedience to the most alarmist scientists, and shut down as much of the economy and normal life of the country as possible, in order to portray President Trump as the author of a public health disaster and bottomless economic depression, was, as many of us suggested, tactical.
The scientists were divided, most of their advice was nonsense — and in any case, ephemeral. Dr. Anthony Fauci, in particular, was the perfect instrument of the Trump-hating press: articulate, experienced, clearly highly intelligent, and rather a telegenic and affable personality, and capable of possibly espousing a tortuous sequence of varying opinion on the same subject: masks, distancing, school openings, etc.
The Democratic campaign and its press hallelujah chorus went to demagogic lengths to conceal from the public the facts that the recovery rate amongst coronavirus sufferers in good health beneath the age of 65 was 99.997%, and that even among all others, with unlimited additional medical problems and up to any age, the survival rate was almost 95%.
It was almost never mentioned that 80% of those who died with the coronavirus had other problems as well and that it was frequently impossible to allocate the relative responsibility amongst the different problems that contributed to their demise.
The whole campaign to “flatten the curve” was a chimera and a fiasco.The scientists knew that the curve would recover as soon as people went back to work and that the only solution was swift development of a vaccine, isolation of the most vulnerable potential cases, and as close to life as usual for everyone else.
We now know that as many as three-quarters of those who have contracted the coronavirus have not been reported cases, that all those who have had it enjoy a considerable measure of subsequent immunity, and that the average age of coronavirus deaths was the national life expectancy — 78. All of these facts could have been put together quite quickly to produce a much more intelligent policy.
Instead, we had the probably criminal negligence of Democratic governors in New York and New Jersey, who sent coronavirus sufferers back to homes for the elderly where their presence generated precisely the death rates that Mr. Biden constantly invokes with his tediously morbid references to “the empty chair at the breakfast table,” and that was for a time noisily celebrated as, quoting the same source, “the gold standard” of coronavirus management.
Eventually, it will be impossible to disguise the fact that President Trump’s leadership produced effective vaccines with extraordinary swiftness, and these were greeted with derisive snorts of skepticism from President Biden and Vice President Harris and others who said that they “would not trust any vaccine developed by Donald Trump.
All of the hysteria, the morbid fear-mongering that new strains of the virus would soon push up death rates, and the promise that only if Americans behaved with exquisite obedience to the geniuses of science who were guiding their inert president, would it be possible to enjoy a hot dog and a celebratory beverage on Independence Day with one’s neighbors: it was all bunk.
It is not clear what the administration imagines it is doing by trying to mislead the country as it does. The media are never more venomous than when they feel they have been used, and we cannot now be far from the date when that recognition will dawn upon the credulous ranks of the Trump-hating, Biden-touting, and thoroughly discredited White House press corps.
The Biden Administration cannot possibly have more than a few more weeks to announce that it has fulfilled its humanitarian promises, and can substantially reseal the border, having reformed the xenophobic and racist bigotry and cruelty of the Trump Administration (which is, in fact, the only administration that has enforced a sane immigration policy in over 30 years).
Fact is, Mr. Trump killed the corrupt bipartisan regime by which the Democrats harvested the votes of these millions of unlawful residents and Republican employers exploited their legal vulnerability by chronically underpaying them. The Democrats now are in the business of reestablishing it.
The long-suffering public will not stand for continued shutdowns and the blackmail of the teachers’ unions much longer, either, so the administration will have to proceed rapidly to the front of cresting opinion.
Laws of nature and of politics will sort out some of these issues, but the fact that the administration attempted to prolong both positive and negative fairy tales for no evident reason invites curiosity about who really is driving the government train and in response to what motives.
This is a phantom administration: a laid-back and thoroughly unprepossessing president, a sharply divided governing party, a completely infeasible legislative program, and still no organizing principle except orchestrated thanksgiving that Mr. Trump is gone. 
There is no reason to believe that this drifting flotsam of a government has any other idea of what to do with the responsibility it must soon start to discharge.

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2 Responses to The Biden presidency is a phantom administration: a laid-back and thoroughly unprepossessing president, a sharply divided governing party, a completely infeasible legislative program, and still no organizing principle except orchestrated thanksgiving that Mr. Trump is gone. There is no reason to believe that this drifting flotsam of a government has any other idea of what to do with the responsibility it must soon start to discharge.

  1. Kate R. says:

    I appreciate this synopsis, but a few minor points of some disagreement.
    Mr. Black perceives the Democrats have thrown open the border to the hordes for humanitarian reasons. I do not. They hate Trump and this is the polar opposite of his actions, but also they are completely unaccountable to the American people now, they do not concern themselves with it, even their own constituents, who do not realize this, yet. To open the border is to remove America’s sovereignty, once and for all. Without a border, America does not exist.
    There has never been a “safe” coronavirus vaccine, because thus far trials have shown it to be impossible, hence no vaccine for the common cold. Is the vaccine “safe”? We’ll find out. We, are the trials.
    The media will resent being used? The media are propagandists for the Democrats, nothing more. They champion who they’re told to champion, and they attack who they are told to attack. None of these people are journalists, and you thinking of journalists. They’re mostly gone.
    Teacher’s unions are getting in the way of Junior being educated? While it is true that children would greatly benefit from being back in school as schools used to be, what they are going back to in the fall is nothing but Marxist agitprop focused almost exclusively on dividing students by race. White children must feel guilt for their crime of being born white, and children of color must feel anger, for being deprived by white children and the evil founders of this and every Western nation. Whatever time is left will be spent on teaching the children that boys can be girls and girls can be boys, and tell us if your parents say no and we’ll do something about that. The teacher’s unions are doing your kids a favor, because once corrupted, you can’t get them back.

  2. John Erlinger says:

    There is a huge “coverup” in that the cheap drug Ivermectin is used around the world to prevent and treat covid. Check this video or many others to learn the extent.https://youtu.be/bGQqDqx-3vw

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