Tonight, I watched President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress and to the people of the United States. I was impressed with the President, thought he made good points, saw that he was trying to acknowledge the differences between the two sides of the aisle, while urging them to work together, to find some common ground, to compromise. He was both professional and passionate, gave hope in saying he believed we could find ways to come together as a nation.
I was not impressed by Mitch McConnell, who sat stone-faced and did not once stand or applaud the President, nor was I impressed by Ted Cruz, who was caught on camera sleeping. I suspect Ted wasn’t actually sleeping but was putting on an act, as he so loves to do.
President Biden has a lot of good ideas, things that need to happen to help the people of this nation move into the 21st century, such as expanded healthcare, voting rights, education, gun laws, clean energy, reducing income inequality and more. But it seems to me, both from what I’ve heard and what I saw on the faces of congressional republicans during Biden’s speech, that there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of any of his policies passing through Congress.
It should be noted that the majority of people in both parties in this country support most of what Biden is trying to do, however the people they have elected to sit in Congress, to represent them, do not, in fact, represent them but rather represent their own interests. Take voting rights, for one example …
While it is true that the Republican Party has snowed over half their base into believing that there was widescale voter fraud in the 2020 election, the majority of people know the truth, that in fact there was no voter fraud other than a few isolated cases that would not have changed the outcome. We do not want the right to vote taken away from anybody. If any single eligible voter is denied the right to vote, is disenfranchised by restrictive measures such as ID laws, closed polling places, lack of postal vote, lack of sufficient ballot boxes, then this nation can no longer claim to operate under democratic principles. The very notion that Republicans are attempting to make voting damn near impossible for the elderly, students, Black and Hispanic people, and the poor is an abomination. Simple passage of the two voting rights bills sitting in the Senate today could nullify all the attempts by Republicans in the states to disenfranchise half of this nation. But, at this juncture, those bills are destined to fail, for the Republicans plan to vote as a bloc to block them.
Gun laws? DOA, for again, Republicans will vote as a bloc and the United States will continue to see blood literally running in the streets. I once thought, foolishly it seems, that the people we elected would work in our best interest, but this no longer seems to be the case. The majority of people in this nation would support stronger background checks, abolishing ‘ghost gun’ kits, and banning assault weapons, but … nearly every Republican senator in Congress has an ‘A’ rating with the NRA. They have taken money from the NRA, and in return have promised to vote against any form of gun legislation that comes to the floor. They have turned this nation into a killing field. And We the People have let them.
I appreciate President Biden’s optimism … I really do. I have the utmost respect for him, his ideas, and his efforts. However, unfortunately I do not share that optimism today. There is a “us vs them” mentality in this country, and even when people realize that their elected official is acting against their best interest, they will re-elect him/her because they refuse to vote for the other party. If Mitch McConnell stood up and said, “Look, people, I don’t give a damn if you starve to death, or if you get shot by your neighbor,” the people of Kentucky would still re-elect him!
Bipartisanship??? What’s that? It’s been a decade or more since I’ve seen any genuine effort on the part of Republicans in Congress to compromise, to talk, to find middle ground. They are the party of “NO”. Can Joe Biden change this? Hmmmm … he may be able to make inroads, with a bit of help from the Democrats and from the more moderate Republicans, but I don’t have much confidence that we will see any true efforts to ‘reach across the aisle’ as long as there are assholes like Lindsey Graham, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Lauren Boebert, Mitch McConnell, that Greene woman, and others whose goal in life is to obstruct and destroy.
On a scale of 1-10, I give President Biden a 10 for his speech tonight. I hope he can do even a fourth of what he hopes to accomplish, and I sincerely hope that this nation can put aside partisan politics long enough to help people, to save lives, and to preserve this nation. I hope they all prove me wrong when I say I think the divide is so great at this point that there can be no healing of this country.