Tony Kendall

What a difference five years and a presidential election makes.

If you follow politics the way that I do, regardless of your political leanings, the first 100-plus days Joe Biden has been president are nowhere close to being anything like the first 100-plus days the last president gave us.

Needless to say, being a left wing constitutional Republic loving Democratic liberal, I’ve been in a much better mood the last 100 or so days with Uncle Joe being in the White House instead of the lying, racist, bigoted, xenophobic, misogynistic, white nationalist nativist authoritative wannabe strongman that could have been there.

As conservative columnist Max Boot and many others have said, “Joe Biden is not Donald Trump. He is the anti-Trump.”

Joe has not whined about the election being rigged, despite the fact that he won or that millions of Trump voters illegally voted, which made the election closer than it should have been.

Nor has he told supporters to storm the Capitol to get Republicans to vote in support of one of his pieces of legislation or suggested that they drink poison to fight the coronavirus.

Despite having good reason to, Biden hasn’t called Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy cute little schoolyard nicknames when they say or do things he doesn’t like.

A hundred-plus days into his administration, Uncle Joe hasn’t had to fire anyone for having ill-advised, if not illegal, contact with representatives of foreign governments.

No one has resigned or been called out for doing unscrupulous unethical things while in office like spending thousands of taxpayer dollars for furniture.

Nor has he had to fire anybody who refused to pledge loyalty to him and not the country.

The words “nepotism” and “unqualified” have not been used in media accounts to describe any of the people Biden has selected to run the various government agencies.

The only members of the new administration that have been sent packing to date have been the Biden family dogs who got too frisky with a member of the president’s security detail and not his national security adviser.

During Uncle Joe’s first 100 days, the litany of reporters and editors who were assigned to track the lies told daily have had very little to do.

By most accounts, Biden has

racked up somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 falsehoods compared with more than 500 Trump had spouted by this point during his first 100 days.

But the biggest difference between the first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency and Donald Trump’s has been that one is doing things that are designed to help people and the nation during a time of crisis.

NO MANUFACTURED CRISES

The other created crisis and when he wasn’t doing things that hurt people and the nation, he was doing things to help himself and his family personally and financially.

Trump cut taxes that benefited the top 1% of Americans and bragged to his country club cronies that they should be praising him for cutting their taxes.

Uncle Joe sent most of us 99ers $1,400 while promising to make America work for all of us through his various other legislative proposals including a for real infrastructure plan for the nation.

We are still waiting for the one Trump promised to deliver on a weekly basis.

While I’m willing to give Trump credit for the work his administration did in getting COVID vaccines on the market in record time, they had no plan to get shots into people’s arms.

Had Trump remained in office, the rollout of vaccines would have looked just the mess that was the disjointed fight between states to get personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators last year.

It was Uncle Joe and his people who got them to the people who wanted them in a timely manner.

United States foreign policy during Biden’s first 100 days looks a great deal different than it did four years ago.

The first calls Biden made to foreign leaders were to our longtime allies around the world and not Vladimir Putin and other strongmen like Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sissi or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  

Uncle Joe didn’t have to be told who is friend and who is foe. There will be no criticizing Canada’s trade policies or screaming at the Australian prime minister. I guarantee you his first overseas visit won’t be to Saudi Arabia. (More on them later)

But not everything Uncle Joe and his team is doing, sits well with me.

 

IMMIGRATION POLICY TROUBLING

As prepared as Biden and his people were for handling the coronavirus, they were equally as unprepared to deal with what is happening with undocumented people coming across the Southern border.

They should have known that it would be the way it is.

People who want to come to America any way they can, knew that a kinder and more humane person was going to be the next president and that they would be treated differently at the border. 

Uncle Joe wouldn’t rip babies from a mother’s arms — and he hasn’t.

Children and parents would not be sent to different detention facilities sometimes hundreds and thousands of miles from each other.

No matter if they are allowed to stay here or deported, parents and children have been kept together with very few exceptions.

Speaking of immigration, I was disappointed when I heard that Biden had decided to keep the number of refugees allowed to migrate to the United States at the same paltry level that Trump had before deciding to raise it from 15,000, the lowest number ever, to 62,000. But that’s still lower than the average pre-Trump years numbers of 125,000.

Then there’s the pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of being there.

Seeing as how we recently turned our collective backs on the Kurds under Trump, I believe that we should stay and not give the country back to the Taliban and stand by as the country reverts to medieval conditions that existed before we invaded looking for Osama Bin Laden.

Another thing Uncle Joe has done that I’m not that keen on, is his deciding not to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his ordering the brutal murder in 2018 of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and wrote for the Washington Post.  Khashoggiwas a critic of the Saudi government.

I understand that the Saudis are our allies in the ongoing war on terror, and that for the foreseeable future, we rely on them for the majority of our oil supply, but do we really need to be all buddy buddy with the people who for all intents and purposes have financed, encouraged and tolerated the other side for years?

Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis as well as a number of the other alleged, convicted, jailed and killed Islamic terrorists.

I’m just saying that at best they are frenemies.

Despite any issues I may have with Uncle Joe now and in the future, From the Bottom where I see things — every morning I wake up, check out the news and say to myself — he ain’t Trump.

 

TONY KENDALL of Hazel is a writer, teacher, actor, playwright and sports fanatic. He can be reached by email at bottomwriter@yahoo.com.

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