by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Biden is going to deliver a prime-time speech Thursday on what the White House calls the “battle for the soul of the nation.”
It’s a timely topic with rich possibilities, but none richer than the notion that the Big Guy is qualified to address America’s soul. Unless he’s going to confess how his family made millions by selling access to foreign governments and Communist oligarchs. Biden will be stuck spinning a web of fiction.
No problem there because fiction is what he’s good at. He has a gift for playing make-believe.
All politicians lie, but Biden doesn’t stop there. He’s a proven plagiarist, a fabulist, always the hero of his own stories, the Walter Mitty of American politics!
Never mind that on his watch and under his policies, America has gotten more violent, more expensive and more pessimistic. The world smells weakness and when our enemies say the United States is in decline, it’s hard to argue otherwise.
Yet Biden stumbles and mumbles on, the path greased by his image of being a solid old-school guy. Uncle Joe is made for politics and voters can trust him, the media never tires of lecturing us, because he reminds them of someone in their family.
Sure, he’s a little daffy and gets hot under the collar quickly, but he means well and has a big heart. Maybe that big heart is why young children want to rub the hair on his legs and why he nuzzles them and sniffs their hair. …
… Real life dealt Biden more than his share of tragedy, but it never dimmed his passion for self-aggrandizement. He says he was arrested more than once for participating in civil-rights protests in the United States and once in South Africa for trying to see Nelson Mandela.
Neither claim is true. …