Biden’s calculus of condescension – Washington Times
You just don’t understand. You are “confused,” says President Joe Biden.
Inflation is at its highest level for three decades. Growing supply chains mean higher prices and empty shelves. The nation is heading for another energy crisis. The president’s numbers are in the 1930s, and over 70% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Since election day, in his improvised moments, Mr. Biden has taken the microphone to say some of the most condescending statements ever heard from a president. Like so much that comes from this White House, it is likely a murky combination of Mr Biden’s erratic behavior and a risky calculation by those who control his far-left agenda. In short – dig and move forward with well-being, open borders, race, and the climate strategy that the majority of Americans have not voted for and are unwilling to pay for.
It is a serious political risk. Americans know a slap when they feel it.
People are smarter than politicians, academics and the media believe. Listening to their presidents, they historically feel more than they realize. They rarely expect presidents to make radical changes in society.
They expect presidents to respect their intelligence, not to treat them like children. They expect Presidents to stoke the fires of national pride and bring people together.
At this point, Mr. Biden’s biggest challenge entering the White House was his biggest promise to the country: to unite a divided nation. An October Rasmussen poll found that 79% of Republicans and 60% of Independents said Mr. Biden was doing a âbadâ job of uniting the country.
Midterms are a long way off and there are far too many drapery measures within the Republican Party. Yet Mr. Biden loses any emotional connection he had with voters by being both arrogant and demeaning to the electorate.
This is why Mr. Biden’s tone is so shocking. Most people may not be able to articulate the complexities of public policy. However, through their instincts, gut reactions, and feelings, they often form opinions more astutely than sharp politicians like to admit.
It was Donald Trump’s problem. He frequently dismissed people who bristled at his tone or his intentional lack of presidential polish. Being contemptuous and condescending when he approaches the crises that are spiraling out of control under his watch, Mr. Biden’s tone is even worse.
There is a lesson to be learned from both personalities.
To double paying illegal immigrants eight times the average annual salary of an American at a time when people are watching grocery prices and energy spikes is insulting.
Telling people they don’t understand supply chains is offensive.
Focusing on renewables when people cannot afford to heat their homes is deaf.
When the President’s Climate Czar John Kerry remarks that âfor people like him, it was the only way to travel,â referring to private jets, it’s elitist.
Americans are not confused. They aren’t confused about critical race theory, funding the police, firing people for vaccine terms, raising taxes, or perceiving the weakness of a president who seems often hampered and detached. They know that somehow they are going to pay for the trillions of spending. They are already paying.
Even black Americans, long marginalized by the leftist agenda, reject Biden, Joy Reid, Van Jones, Al Sharpton and Kamala Harris’ notion of progress. Look at the turnout figures from the start of the month.
After his midterm bombing in 1994, Bill Clinton grasped the contract with America with both hands and made it his own, virtually assuring that he would be re-elected in 1996. But it’s a different Democratic party now. Mr Biden’s tone suggests that the powerful behind the curtain will not agree to curb the left agenda.
â¢ Tom Basile is the host of “America Right Now” and “Wake Up America Weekend” on Newsmax Television, author and former Bush administration official.