Friends, I guess Biden gave a speech? Yes, he gave a speech...to a packed session of Congress. Well, actually it was a sparsely populated House chamber, because most members of Congress weren't allowed inside (CORONA -- eek!). Anyway, I didn't watch, because we all know what Sleepy Joe is going to say: "Trump: bad. Me: good. Free money for everyone!!!" It turns out, though, that I wasn't alone in being nonplussed. Sure, the people who watched loved it. The people who watched were the same crabby, woke, self-satisfied octogenarians who sit at home ogling MSNBC all day. Once in a while they triple-mask and sun themselves on their porches, but otherwise these people might as well be dead to the world. They do vote, however, and without a doubt Biden and the Dems can depend on their support. Low viewership numbers overall for a president's first speech to Congress are not exactly a good sign, though. There's a big question looming over the Dems, therefore: how much of the enthusiasm that they generated in 2020 will endure into 2022 and 2024??? Based on the reaction to Wednesday night's big speech, the Left should be quaking in its boots.
I did watch South Carolina Senator Tim Scott's rebuttal to Biden. I was modestly impressed. Scott did what smart politicians do: he pitched himself as a "common sense" guy. He told stories from his deprived youth. He reminded Americans how good they had it under Trump (before the pandemic struck). He didn't stoke the fires of any intra-GOP feuds either. The Left didn't like it, of course. They despise anyone who falls into their "protected classes" and dares to defy progressive orthodoxy. Why? Because the "antiracists" are the biggest racists of all, naturally!
In other news, President Trump is still "100%" considering running for president. I guess that means he's also 100% considering not running? Oh my! More intriguing is the fact that he has said that Ron DeSantis would be a viable pick as his running mate. Ouch! Mike Pence's ego must be mighty deflated right about now. I agree that DeSantis would make a fine VP, but I'm leaning towards the view that he'd make an even finer president... Could Trump's warm regard for DeSantis translate someday into an endorsement? We shall see.
The media says that COVID is raging in India, and we all need to pitch in to save the wretched Indians, and to save ourselves, because anywhere that COVID is "raging" it can mutate, and then boomerang on those of us who are vaccinated only against known strains. Well, there's a certain amount of logic here, I'll admit, but note that the pandemic has been harnessed to advance the agenda of the Left, writ large: big government, and greater global coordination of public policies. Every crisis -- every single one -- is an opportunity for these hucksters to convince us to forfeit our freedoms. That's why their media fellow travelers insist that we live in constant fear and loathing: because our anxieties and our animosities fuel the express train to Bolshevism on which we all find ourselves.
P.S. The curious thing is that, for all the horror of COVID in India, that country, despite its huge population, has reported fewer deaths than we have. Will that remain the case?
Finally, here's an insightful analysis of how poorly "socialized medicine" has fared in the context of the COVID pandemic. Pavlich makes a fair point: the Canadians, who we're always told have the best and the most efficient and the most organized health care system in North America, are really struggling to vaccinate their people. We rapaciously capitalist Americans, however, are doing much better. Better still, of course, is the performance of the U.K., which does have a socialized health care system. And then also worth considering is that the U.S. pandemic response is the result of a public-private partnership, and massive amounts of central government spending, not the "free market" left to its own devices. What can one conclude from this mess? Not much of anything.