Keelan: The unifier has not been unifying

By Don Keelan

Since January 20, 2021, I have stayed away from writing about Washington and the new political landscape. There has been plenty of commentary fodder here in Vermont, especially from Burlington.

Don Keelan

Nonetheless, waiting ten months to comment on what transpired is a reasonable period to sit back and just observe. So far, what I have seen is not what was expected.

For starters, the bedrock premise of the Biden administration was to unite the country, as well as our allies. The Democrats saw this in Biden, which is the principal reason they rejected the divisiveness permeating presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s primary campaign. Unfortunately, we are now a more divided country, and our allies are even more suspicious of our support.

One hour after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order closing down a critical oil pipeline. Soon after that, he gave orders to cease land leases for oil development on federal lands. Almost overnight, the country went from the world’s leading oil and gas producer to one dependent on foreign oil: a direct result is a rise in Arlington’s Stewarts’ gasoline prices from $2.19 a gallon last January to $4.41 today. Moreover, thousands of oil and gas workers are out of work… So much for bringing the oil industry workers “under the tent.”

Secondly, Americans living along the southern border hoped to have their anxiety eliminated with the institution of a new immigration policy.  It never materialized. If anything, border issues have worsened. Witnessing 15,000 Haitians camping under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, along with hundreds of thousands of others crossing the border, does very little to relieve anxiety.

If anyone is under the illusion that the border will get better, forget it. The Justice Department talks about $450,000 settlement payments (possibly up to a million dollars per family) for children who crossed the border illegally in 2018 and were separated from their parents. This financial settlement could incentivize tens of thousands more to dash to the border. The millions of citizens in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, who supported the Biden promise, must feel betrayed.

And, speaking about being betrayed, our UK, French, German and other allies have still not recovered from the August debacle in Afghanistan when the US, under cover of darkness, pulled its troops out of the country without ever informing our allies. Not exactly rebuilding, as promised, our relationships fractured by Biden’s predecessor.

Nor did it help to seriously alienate the French by going behind their back and making a submarine deal with Australia. France will lose out on a $60 billion transaction. Even Mr. Biden called his approach “clumsy.”

The biggest disappointment in ending the country’s divisiveness is down the street from the White House. Congress needs help, and with President Biden’s 40 plus years working there, surely, he would bring us together and quickly.

Not the case. Congress is even more divided.  Furthermore, the President’s own party has now created so much descension, led by Senator Sanders, that even Mr. Biden must feel he promised too much.

The Thursday before his recent European trip, Mr. Biden went to his Democratic party members at the Capitol to beg them for the legislation he needed to convince the allies that he was in command. He received nothing. This omission was not lost on Russia’s Vladimir Putin or China’s Xi Jinping; they didn’t bother to travel to Italy and Scotland’s G-20 or Climate summits.

As if the country hasn’t seen enough division, the Democratic Party is split. And we still have climate control mandates, inflation, and the January 4, 2022 vaccine mandate. So where is the unification we were promised this time last year? 

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  1. Personally? If democrats are bent upon voting party line completely regardless of how extreme, corrupt, and useless these lifelong politicians have been throughout their tenure, we ALL will live with the consequences.

    Biden had long proven himself to be a self-serving, China sell-out, confused, weak, deceitful politico whom democrats were rabidly obsessed with voting for in order to oust Trump – a dedicated, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominated, philanthropic businessman who had the US economy humming along, but from time to time would partake in tweets that weren’t quite “gentile” enough for the fragile left who have themselves well demonstrated as a group, not Donald Trump, were and are the most intolerant, politically ignorant, and demonstrably “deplorable” demographic within the USA today.

    So THANKS to all those who voted in this long reputed political failure and D.C. insider to lead America. Right. Off. A. Cliff. THANK YOU!

    And btw, I have zero doubt that you will all do the EXACT same come next election (locally & nationally) to again elect into office all those same alt left radicals who are now destroying VT’s economy, our once safe communities, forcing “diversity”, raising taxes, etc. Enjoy. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  2. Imagine all of us being astonished that “The Uniter In Chief” has turned out to be more divisive than his predecessor. Also, imagine that somehow we’re all surprised at the fact that a politician apparently lied to us about his plans and intent and has betrayed our trust! Now I’m imagining how our country will be able to survive the heavy-handed tactics of the president’s team in enforcing his decrees, to the detriment of we the people. I was glad to hear of Senator Leahy’s plans to retire. Now if Senator Sanders and Representative Welch would follow his lead, maybe we can begin to repair some of the damage done in the Biden / Harris administration. We can only hope…

  3. I didn’t vote for $4 per gallon gas. Why should I have to pay that much cause stupid lefties think they are saving the planet by paying double!

  4. Poopy pants is a throw away that’s being used by extremist to bring this country to it’s knees…Hence, the speed by which this country is coming apart at the seams..Those pulling his strings know they have a limited time, (3 years & 2 months) to do as much damage as possible to this nation with the hopes that the momentum towards that end will be unstoppable at the end of four years.

  5. I don’t agree at all. The President is proving to be very effective at uniting the country. Everyone hates him.

  6. I have thought a few times, that if biden removed himself, we would harris — who is so crazy that she would destroy the democratic party forever. That would be unifying to all but the commies.

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