I’m old enough to remember watching news reports about the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellite states describing electricity blackouts, stores with empty shelves and people standing in long lines at shops to purchase scarce necessities.
Commentators explained how only government officials had access to nice homes or cars and how only government employees and Communist Party members were exempt from the rules they established for the populace.
I saw it for myself in the early 1960s when I visited East Germany, crossing through Check Point Charlie, into East Berlin. I visited again 20 years later in the early 1980s before the “Wall” came down. Nothing had changed in that 20-year interval. The city was still drab, people on the street dour and scruffily dressed, and store shelves still empty.
I witnessed the armed VOPO (Volkspolizei) guards, mine fields along the border wall, and vicious dogs that kept their sad citizens from crossing into the West. The guards, army and government agents were the only people in East Germany with guns, the populace had long ago been disarmed.
In an attempt to spend the worthless East German currency, we were forced to accept at the border crossing in exchange for West German Deutsch Marks my colleague and I approached an elderly woman on the street selling a few bottles of booze from a sparsely stocked shelve on a wall behind her. We each bought one of her last bottles.
A few weeks later in my apartment in Paris a friend from the UK was visiting and explaining to me the marvels of socialism and how Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was ruining Britain. I offered him a drink, poured him a glass of my East German hootch, and asked him to tell me what he thought. He wrinkled his nose, pursed his lips, and spat: “That’s the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. What is it?” I responded saying, “It’s what you’re talking about.”
I recall thinking during both visits to East Germany how fortunate I was to be a citizen of the United Sates, a country and culture that gave the world miraculous advances in science and medicine and a free market that raised billions of people around the world out of poverty. The misery I saw in that East German socialistic hellhole was nonexistent in America, just the opposite.
Not anymore. In just 18 months under Joe Biden the United States is becoming what I observed in East Berlin.
Everything Biden says is a lie. He blames inflation, supply chain problems, astronomical gas and energy prices, his foreign policy failures, potential rolling electricity blackouts, racial division, high crime, rioting and looting, Covid, etc. on Donald Trump, Putin, greedy oil companies, the weather, the bogeyman under his bed, etc. He ignores the wide-open southern border, failing to even acknowledge the massive illegal invasion, human trafficking, drug smuggling and hordes of terrorists and criminals pouring into the country. He actually said our Constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment, “are not absolute.”
He assembled a cabinet that resembles the island of misfit toys including a transportation secretary that couldn’t deliver a newspaper from a bike; a Treasury secretary who admits she miscalculated for inflation when that’s her job, her only job; an energy secretary whose answer to rising gasoline prices is laughter or suggesting folks buy electric cars they can’t afford; and an interior secretary who has done absolutely nothing but run up energy prices for the American consumer and make the U.S. dependent on foreign oil again. Their ignorance is unexplainable.
For the past 40 years historians’ lists of America’s most disastrous presidents have consistently ranked John Tyler, James Buchanan , Andrew Johnson, and Jimmy Carter as four of the most incompetent. Two (Buchanan and Carter) were elected and served just one term while the other two were vice presidents who entered the Oval Office following the deaths of a president: Johnson was Lincoln’s VP and Tyler served under William Henry Harrison.
Based on just 18 months in the Oval office Joe Biden is racing to the top of the worst, heading any historian’s list of America’s most ineffectual, unqualified, and inept presidents. Our country has never been faced with such a blundering, tone deaf, and probably mentally unbalanced individual in the White House. Sadly, there’s not a Harry Truman or Teddy Roosevelt waiting to succeed him. The woman waiting in the wings should Biden be removed from office is even less qualified.
Some in the mainstream media and a few social media platforms have finally begun to acknowledge that he’s a colossal disaster, a fact that was obvious during his 40 years in the Senate and as Obama’s VP. Yet they supported him despite a record of failure, an allergy to eloquence, his obvious mental confusion, lying and other character flaws that render him unfit to even operate a front yard lemonade stand. Worse, his mental acuity has only gotten worse, and his low intelligence appears to have hit rock bottom.
We are stuck with this mess for another thirty-two months. The only consolation is that no other president or administration will ever want to emulate or continue his disastrous programs or be compared to this bungling incompetent.
We can only pray that the November elections will result in enough opposition to put a stop to America’s slide into an East German-like state before this disastrous term ends.
(My above commentary also appeared in the national Biz Pac Review site this week at https://www.bizpacreview.com/2022/06/08/bidens-america-resembling-soviet-era-hellhole-1247664/ ).
“Look – A Squirrel!” The New York Times ran a story Tuesday, headlined, “Jan. 6 Hearings Give Democrats a Chance to Recast Midterm Message.” That means they’re desperate to change the subject away from Biden’s disasters.
How brazen, desperate, and demented are these left-wing twits?
In its story the Times reported that Democrats have scheduled more than 90 ‘watch events,’ in various states, including a ‘flagship’ event at the Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon in Washington, where Democrats will set up a Jumbotron and dish up free ice cream to attendees. I didn’t make that up.
Democrats Unhinged Continued: Under socialism, the government owns all the businesses and the means of production. Under fascism, the businesses are privately owned, but heavily influenced or controlled by the government. It appears that Democrats are fascists, more than they are socialists. Either way they’re extremely dangerous and destructive.
You’re Gay! Trans! Whatever! So What? June is “Pride” month, and I don’t give a rip. I’m not homophobic. I’m not afraid of gay, transgendered, or whatever people, I simply don’t care if you’re gay/trans or whatever. I’m tired of being told that I should ‘celebrate’ gay and trans people. That’s like celebrating people who are 6-foot two inches tall, or 2-foot six inches tall. So, what, who cares?
Woke corporations like State Farm Insurance, Disney, Pizza Hut, etc. want to stuff “rainbow flags” down our throats and sexualize young elementary school children, actions that should get them closed down and arrested.
Celebrate who you have consensual sex with all you want. But don’t tell me I have to attend the party, applaud it, underwrite it, or condone the sexualization of young children.
And what rights does the LGBTQ/whatever crowd want it doesn’t already have?
Men have been men and women have been women for millions of years. What’s up with all these absurd new pronouns?
Somewhere around one-half of one percent of the population identify as transgender, a percent or more as gay. A miniscule number of women identify as men and vice versa.
If you’re a biological guy and you can’t handle competing against other men in a sport because you keep getting your clock cleaned, then practice until you get better or find another sport where you don’t suck. Don’t expect me to cheer for you because you put on a dress and now compete against women. What you’re doing is taking unfair advantage and that is sexual abuse. You should be arrested for entering the girl’s locker room and exposing yourself, not awarded a trophy for defeating her in a sport and exposing your arrogant idiocy.
We are told that we ought to stand up for women’s rights by the same people who insist that Lia Thomas is a woman; we are told that you don’t need to be a biological female to be a lesbian; we are told that biology dictates behavior, but that biology must never be used as an identifier. We are told men can have babies and sanitary napkin dispensers belong in the boy’s restrooms in schools; we allow gay pride and BLM symbols in schools while a white football coach is fired because he took a knee and prayed on the field. None of this makes any sense. But we’re supposed to take pride in it? What a crock!
The last poll on this site asked: “Do you agree with Florida Governor DeSantis and the new state parental rights legislation, which prohibits teachers from discussing gender fluidity and sexual identities to third-graders and younger?” Some 253 people participated with 94 percent or 237 saying “Yes” and only 6 percent or 16 saying “no.”
An entire month is designated “Pride” and only one day as a Memorial for our fallen veterans?
Things You Don’t Need To Know But Do Now: A paper in the journal Scientific Reports says cats can learn other cats’ names.
Florida’s Biggest Loser: Charlie Crist hasn’t won a statewide race since 2006, when, to the surprise of many, he won the race for governor as a Republican. Since then, he’s lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2010 as an Independent and a race for governor in 2014 as a Democrat. In 1998, Crist also lost a race for U.S. Senate as a Republican.
Since Crist’s last statewide win in 2006, more than three and a half million new residents have moved to Florida and know nothing of Crist and for the first time in the state’s history there are more Republican registered voters than Democrats.
Those who remember Crist can hardly be impressed by the fact that he’s the only candidate in Florida history to have lost statewide elections as a Democrat, as a Republican, and as an Independent, an unenviable hat trick. Oh, this loser will be Governor Ron DeSantis’s opponent in November.
Thinking Out Loud: If an electric car costs $65,000-$100,000 and then I have to change the batteries after 100,000 miles for between $15,000-$20,000 that doesn’t seem like a very wise investment. That $15,000-$20,000 will buy a lot of gasoline even at today’s prices. Also, batteries don’t generate electricity, they store electricity that has been produced by gas, nuclear or coal-powered facilities. Something else is going on here.
Overheard At PJD’s Beer & Wine Garden: “There seem to be only three kinds of people in the lower 48: those living in Florida, those planning to move to Florida, and those on the way.”
Drinking, Dining & Dancing: Piano man John Springer and his sidekick drummer, Rob Taylor, will be at the Atlantic Ave Marriott Hotel’s Tides poolside bar this evening, Friday, June 10, and tomorrow, Saturday June 11, from 4-8 pm. They’ll also perform there next weekend June 17 and 18 and June 24 and 25, all from 4-8 pm.