Tuesday, August 31, 2021
THE WAY I SEE IT by Don Polson Red Bluff Daily News 8/31/2021
Biden, not Taliban-ISIS, made us lose
Observations on the “Worst Day for America’s Strategic Interests Since Pearl Harbor” (Sebastian Gorka) will follow thoughts on local vaccine mandates.
So, COVID-19 vaccinations may be required for teachers to keep their jobs. If true, that would be, for Tehama County, a betrayal of personal freedom over the heretofore sacred “my body, my choice” value of the left. There’s not even the chimera of liberty if such vaccinations now become a condition of continued employment for our educators.
I’m a fan of teachers, even the mediocre ones (your fellow teachers know who you are); their unions—not so much. However, public employee unions—whose entire existence comes courtesy of the taxpaying private sector citizenry—should step up on behalf of their members’ personal, physical freedom to control their own bodies. News reports point to law enforcement unions, as well as S.E.I.U. groups stepping up for their members’ rights. Mandatory shots are evil.
We’ve been wisely vaccinated for our own protection. This writer strongly encourages readers to consider their risk due to age, health conditions, obesity etc. Evaluate how little you really stand to lose from the marginal adverse reactions—compared to potentially weeks of respiratory hell, even death from the Wuhan Flu. We lost a month of skiing during the H1N1 “swine influenza” of ’09 to ’10; the memory remains of being so bed ridden as to dread walking 20 feet to the bathroom, let alone outside to enjoy springtime.
However, the only ones suffering from not being vaccinated are the unvaccinated themselves; they can’t spread it to the vaccinated. Those who’ve had even asymptomatic COVID (our 40-year-old “big boned” neighbor had it, hardly knew it, but science says he’s now immune) have nearly zero risk from the “un-poked.” Under-17 children without underlying health issues have a vanishingly small risk of serious or deadly infection.
The same quasi-religious fervor, even fanaticism, from the same self-appointed “minders,” lofty politicians, and petty fellow citizens—that we’ve seen over racial, social equity, and environmental/climate issues—now rears its ugly, despotic head over mask and vaccine mandates. Refuse, don’t comply, speak out, resist, but don’t risk your health to make a statement of independence. Reject media hysteria.
Does our titular leader, Joe Biden, have blood on his hands from the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport, killing 13 of our finest young warriors and 170 Afghans? Those inspired by Islamic fanaticism to slay infidels without regard for fellow Muslims, wearing high-explosive vests and setting them off, bear direct culpability. Biden’s and his generals’ responsibilities are not evaded, however, when every decision, motivation and action created conditions where such murdering scum could accomplish their deeds.
Townhall.com’s Matt Vespa, one day before the attack: “The Biden team knew a collapse was possible. They had multiple memos from the intelligence community and the State Department saying so. They did nothing. They promised our European allies that Kabul would remain secure in June. That was a lie. British Parliament censured Biden which undercuts the president’s lie that our allies are not all that mad at us.
“The man is eons behind what’s happening. Does he know what’s going on? This is a true crisis. We’re primed to have a hostage situation with an enemy that knows we want out and might just pay multiple ransoms should they just pick up stranded Americans left and right. But it’s ok because Joe Biden has a super awesome plan for universal pre-K.”
The headline on Douglas Murray’s piece is, “Can the world afford another three and a half years of President Biden?” The subhead is “Britain has grown used to a strong America. Now, it must contend with a weak leadership in retreat.” It gets worse from there. (Donald Trump’s agreed pullout was “conditions based”—he has no responsibility)
Elsewhere, Iain Duncan Smith writes, “Biden’s colossal mess is even worse than we thought…This tragic mess comes back to President Biden. He owns every decision – and the consequences are also his…In reality, of course, there was nothing inevitable about the violence and chaos of the withdrawal.
“Meanwhile, officials have been letting it be known that Biden was indeed warned that the Afghan security services were likely to crumble in the face of the Taliban. He was even warned that if he shut Bagram airbase, he would cut off Afghan forces from their vital air support (a significant factor in their collapse) and lose the best place to evacuate from. He seems to have ignored that advice as well.
“That’s why, nearly eight hours after yesterday’s attack, when Biden ghosted into the White House East Room, he looked shell shocked. After all, in the last eighteen months, there have been no US or allied casualties in Afghanistan, no terrorist attacks from Afghanistan, and the Taliban were being held at bay by the Afghan forces, supported by NATO. In a matter of a few weeks, all of that has been thrown away, leaving the whole of NATO having to rely on the factional Taliban for their security.”
Also from Vespa: “There’s a reason why Osama bin Laden didn’t want his operatives to target Joe Biden,” which was (according to OBL’s own May 2010 letter) that targeting “Obama or Petraeus…will make Biden take over…Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the US into a crisis.”
Let the record state that Democrats lost Vietnam when they reneged on the binding promise by the U.S. to resupply their well-trained military; Democrats, not President Ford (who begged Dems to support South Vietnam as agreed), cut off America’s lifeline. Democrats betrayed the free people of that nation for cheap ideological, political, anti-war fanaticism—just like they have done to Afghanistan.
The past few weeks have been particularly rough for President Joe Biden's approval ratings. Many of these polls have come out as the chaos in Afghanistan gets worse. There is usually at least a question or two asking respondents how they approve of Biden's handling of the withdrawal, which is to say that they don't approve. But, that's not the only story to do with the polls. A write-up for a poll released on Friday by Reuters notes that "Biden shedding support from independent voters as Delta variant spreads."
The write-up, by Chris Kahn and James Oliphant, focuses on Afghanistan and, as the title suggests, the president's approval of his handling on the pandemic.
What's particularly noteworthy about the latter is that the president used to fare quite well in the polls on this issue. He even had support from Republicans once upon a time. And while a majority of respondents still approve of his handling of the pandemic, it's by a much slimmer majority.
From the write-up:
The national opinion poll, conducted Aug. 13-19, found that Biden’s net approval among independents dropped by 14 percentage points overall since June, and by 19 points for his handling of the coronavirus. Still, a slim majority of independents - 53% - said they approve of Biden's pandemic response.
A section aptly titled "BROADER EROSION" warns:
After largely favoring Biden over Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the 2020 election, independents are now evenly split in their support for the president: 46% approve of Biden’s performance in office, while 46% disapprove. Two months ago, 52% of independents approved of Biden's overall performance, while 38% disapproved.
The decline is part of a broader erosion in Biden’s popularity among all Americans as the president deals with the pandemic and the fallout from Afghanistan. Last week, Reuters/Ipsos polling showed that for the first time in his presidency more Americans disapproved of Biden than approved of him.
Among all Americans, Biden's net approval for the coronavirus dropped by 21 points from June to August: 55% approved of his handling of the virus, down 10 points from June, while 39% disapproved, which was up by 11 points.
His net approval was relatively stable elsewhere - dropping between 3 and 5 points over the same period on the economy, immigration and the environment.
And when it comes to how Biden is regarded for his handling of the pandemic:
Last year in his campaign against Trump, Biden made bringing the pandemic to an end a centerpiece of his message, pledging a return to a degree of normalcy by this summer.
Instead, a wave of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, largely among those who have refused to get vaccinated, has bedeviled his administration.
"(Biden) owns the coronavirus issue now," said Seth Masket, a political scientist at the University of Denver. "A lot of people thought it would be over by now, and instead it’s back."
The write-up refers to the importance of Independents favoring Biden in the 2020 election. There's much more thorough analysis out there too to really drive this point home.
A November exit poll analysis from The Washington Post regarded Biden's win with Independents/Others as one of the "the biggest demographic shifts in the 2020 election."
"While Trump won over independents by four points nationally in 2016 against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Biden saw one of his largest pickups among that group — winning a 54 percent majority of independents, a 12-point rise from Clinton’s 42 percent showing in 2016," the analysis goes on to note.
Such an analysis from CBS News also made note of how Independents voted. A section titled "Independents: Big shift to Biden," noted that "Independents went narrowly for Mr. Trump in 2016 (by 4 points) but swung to Biden this year. He won with a 14-point lead among them nationally," which was "the largest margin recorded among this group since Bill Clinton won independents in his reelection bid in 1996."
And again, this warning about Biden doing poorly on the issues, including and especially, but not merely Afghanistan and the pandemic, isn't unique to Reuters.
Even CNN had to admit that "It's not just Afghanistan -- Americans are losing faith in Biden on many issues," via analysis from Henry Enten.
From his analysis:
President Joe Biden's approval rating is at its lowest point in his presidency. In the average of polls, he stands at about 47%. That's a steady decline from the beginning of this month (51%), last month (52%) and beginning of June (54%).
It would be easy to assign Biden's decline to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, but, as the data shows, Biden has been trending downward for a while. The truth is that he is losing ground on a number of key issues.
The coronavirus pandemic, for example, had been one of Biden's best issues. He was trusted more than former President Donald Trump to handle it in poll after poll during last year's election. Trump likely would have won in 2020 had people trusted him more.
Biden's approval rating on the coronavirus had consistently been in the 60s for the first six months of his presidency. That declined to the high 50s in July and has been sunk to the 50s in the month of August.
In writing that "Biden's overall approval rating has declined at a similar rate to his coronavirus pandemic approval rating," Enten also further illustrates how crucial it his to examine how the president is regarded on this issue.
But, Enten's concerns are not merely to do with the pandemic, far from it. The economy is a big one too:
Biden's also seen his numbers on the economy drop. During August, Biden's average approval rating on the economy has been just 47%. That's down from the 51% it averaged during the month of July.
Again, this drop can be assigned to a reaction to real world events. Consumer sentiment declined greatly during the first half of August, according to the University of Michigan.
The decline of Biden's economic approval rating should be worrying to him. As I noted previously, Biden's economic approval rating has been closely tied to his overall approval rating. Right now, both of them are at 47% in the average of polls.
Worse for Biden is that the economy is viewed as the second most important problem (behind the coronavirus), according to Gallup. It shouldn't be surprising, therefore, that a drop in Biden's economic approval rating coincides with a drop in his overall approval rating.
It's natural that Enten would mention Afghanistan, but he seems to truly emphasize how bad the situation is for Biden from a change in support perspective:
In July, before the troop withdrawal, Biden averaged a 58% approval rating when it came to getting the troops out of Afghanistan.
Biden's average approval rating on Afghanistan stands at a mere 34% today. You rarely see anything close to a 24-point drop on a president's handling of an issue in such a short period of time.
Many of us will recall how analyses will point out, some even seemingly bragging, about how Biden has always performed better than Trump. That may not be the case for much longer, as Enten also warned:
Indeed, the entire mood of the country has taken a dive recently. Just 33% of the country say the country is going in the right direction in an average of recent polling.
This 33% is notable because optimism in the country under Biden had been reaching levels it hadn't seen in a long time. At the beginning of last month, 43% of Americans agreed the country was going in the right direction. The last time 43% said the country was going in the right direction was back in 2009.
The current 33% is much more like the readings we saw on this metric during the Trump administration.
Enten closes his piece by saying the such steep shifts "may be an indication that Biden's once stable ratings are more susceptible to shifting around that was previously thought." He may not be speaking on behalf as many people as he and CNN might think he does though with such a line.
Monday, August 30, 2021
As the Biden administration continues to peel away the accomplishments of his predecessor, what I hear most from family, friends, and social media posters is a fear that Democrats have become power-mad with their recent ascendancy to a majority position in the House and Senate. They wonder if the current crop of radical officials is hell-bent on weakening, and ultimately destroying, the country that gave them those positions. Beginning with reversing President Trump's southern border policies, which has led to an invasion of illegal aliens unprecedented in our history, to the shutdown of the Keystone pipeline, taking away our energy independence, and several other policy changes that adversely affect our safety and our economy, one has to suspect the motives of those in charge.
The wisdom of Occam's Razor seems to apply in this context. Watching our country being led by folks who appear to be more concerned with getting revenge on Trump than with solving the problems facing this great republic meets the requirement of O.R. — that the simplest explanation is usually the best one. How can Americans come to any other conclusion when almost daily we hear another swipe at the former chief executive by one of Biden's Cabinet members, or someone on his staff, each time an additional Trump achievement is overturned? Moreover, as we watch in horror as potentially millions of migrants from all over the world walk casually into our country, Democrats will look us in the face and say things are getting better.
It reminds me of the comment by Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan as sections of her city were being looted and burned. When asked by a CNN anchor how long she thinks the mayhem will continue, the left-wing troglodyte smirked and said, "I don't know. We could have a summer of love." This is an example of the perverted mentality that has no concern for the innocent residents of a city under siege by criminals who have no fear of local authorities. While people are being beaten and killed on city streets, the people elected to protect them were calling for the defunding of police and the hiring of social workers to enforce the law.
Every time we think the delusional left can't get any crazier, these people come up with more abysmal notions that defy common sense and imperil more lives. How about telling us how imperative it is for us to get vaccinated, wear masks, and engage in social distancing while they invite hundreds of thousands of untested migrants into our country and transport them to cities from coast to coast? Does it take a conspiracy theorist to suggest that Democrats are distributing the virus throughout our country in order to keep us infected and locked down? How else can the Biden administration explain why they are suing Texas to block Governor Abbott's executive order that allows state troopers to stop vehicles suspected of carrying illegal aliens because they may be spreading COVID-19?
Keep in mind that Texas is among the reddest states in the union, and Abbott is one of the most severe critics of Biden's handling of the southern invasion. Biden wasted no time in stopping the construction of the border wall, another attempt to destroy a Trump campaign pledge. It's become evident that Democrats have hatched a plot to create a constitutional crisis between the federal and state governments, but only against those states that didn't vote for Biden. Has vengeance become the driving force behind every tactic employed by Democrats? Has political rivalry reached a stage in which the winning parties are hell-bent on destroying their opponents?
In the middle of all this political hostility, the American people are captively watching a vindictive ping-pong match among the power elite who seem to have relegated us to insignificant victims of collateral damage. Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas, 21st District) said it best on the floor of the House a few days ago: "The speaker says we must wear masks in the people's house, while we've got thousands of people pouring across our border, many of them heavily infected with COVID, and Democrats don't do a damn thing about it! Mexican cartels are raping, pillaging, and transporting infected migrants into our country, and what does this institution do? Tell us to wear masks in this chamber."
The congressman is expressing more than outrage. He, like millions of other Americans, is wondering out loud what the heck is going on in this country. It's clear that we're not being governed according to constitutional principles; we're being ruled by a despotic gang of venal socialist thugs who plan to hold onto their power in perpetuity, even if it means using the increasingly left-wing-indoctrinated military to accomplish their nefarious goals.