The New English Review’s Bruce Bawer brings us a letter to Biden voters everywhere. Excerpt:
Damn you all.
You’re American citizens, with the right to vote in presidential elections.
For four years, we had a president who, over the course of a single term, managed to undo a great deal of the mischief wrought, and a great many of the mistakes made, by his recent predecessors. Trump revived America’s economy, shored up Americans’ individual liberties, forged several remarkable peace agreements, and greatly strengthened our international position—thus firmly checking the ambitions of our powerful adversaries.
But, Biden voters, he had a personality that rubbed you the wrong way. He wrote nasty tweets. In the language of TV production, he was too “hot.” You wanted “cool.”
The Democrats put up a candidate who was plainly in mental decline. It was obvious every time he spoke. But you didn’t pay terribly close attention to his speeches. The sources from which you get your “news” carefully clipped out all of the bits of his appearances in which his befuddlement was manifest. If you heard someone speak out about his senility, you dismissed the charges out of hand.
Biden also had a less-than-stellar professional history. He’d spent decades in the Senate as little more than a fixture, an empty suit, a vapid, smiling shill for the credit-card companies and other corporations based in his shabby little state. In the lead-up to the 2020 election, mountains of evidence were made public indicating that Biden was even more deeply corrupt than we already knew, taking massive bribes from nefarious foreign powers.
Yes, that story was banned from social media. Still, you could have known about it if you’d had the slightest bit of curiosity—and the slightest sense of civic responsibility.
And there, True Believers, in that last sentence, is the crux of the issue. A strong plurality, if not an outright majority, of voters in this country today have very little curiosity and almost no sense of civic responsibility. They’re happy to superficially scan whatever their news outlet of choice deigns to tell them.
There’s no real cure for this. It is, superficially, a free country – or at least, it was. But here’s a thought experiment: The next time a friend or family member cites a CDC study, or an FBI crime statistic, or some other source for an argument, ask them if they have read the original, unedited report. Most of these things are public record, after all, and can be found, with a little digging.
I’ll bet you the adult beverage of your choice that the answer will either be an evasion or an outright “no.”
That kind of uninformed, apathetic decision-making is the reason we have a shambling, dementia-ridden husk who was never more than a mediocrity and a cackling harpy/poster child for the Dunning-Kruger effect in the top chairs in the Imperial City right now.