Opinion: It’s Been A Year
By George Smith — January 17, 2022
It’s been a year since Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States.
It has been a horrendous year for the president, the nation, the world.
Covid won’t retreat. Russia is rattling sabers. The Democrats Party is strangling itself with internal conflict. The GOP is manipulating the absolute right to vote for every citizen. Vice President Kamala Harris is AWOL and most people could care less. Biden’s cornerstone policy changes in voter registration and laws, and filibuster reform seem to be spectral fantasies.
Inflation is whooooo-high: Gas prices climbing; a single tamale at a taqueria can run $3.25; you can see the back of an abundance of grocery shelves; prices across the board continue to climb.
It is a sucker bet that the Republicans will regain control of Congress at November’s midterm elections.
To put it succinctly: President Biden is a lame duck president with 1,095.75 days left in his presidency.
It is not an overstatement that our democracy is in peril. The most divided national populous in 160-plus years is simmering and seems ready to implode.
The causes are apparent: Stress over the pandemic, an inept administration which displayed great promise and vision but had no viable game plan to execute necessary strategy; a worn-out leader who could not hark back to his younger days and build fences; cabinet members with bad public policy ideas, inexperience in their bureaucratic arena of interest…or both; partisan politicos of both parties more interested in personal programs and maintaining power than in ensuring the future of America.
Bottom line: Same old, same old. The only thing certain is this downward spiral of democracy that what we are experiencing today will get worse before it gets better.
And, here’s hoping that better days are ahead. Because what we, as individuals, as a nation, as a global community, are going through now quite simply … sucks.
For positive change to occur, the words and actions of calm patriots must prevail and our leaders must embrace the true ideals of democracy.
All the average citizen can do at this point is pray.
Prayer can’t hurt at a time when the United States needs a true and lasting miracle.
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