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Headed to Hell, But Entertained

By Dennis E. Powell | Posted at 11:39 PM

Here we are again. Each time it is worse than the time before.

We’re speeding toward the point when, come November, we will have a choice between two men whom we know are unqualified to be president of the United States. The only positive thing that can be said for either is that he is not the other.

“I am obliged to confess that I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University,” wrote William F. Buckley Jr. 61 years ago.

I will, to use a phrase he liked, see him and raise him fifty. I would sooner have as presidential candidates two people chosen at random than Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is is unhappy in its own way.” Let me apply the principle elsewhere: all sane people are alike; each mentally defective person is insane in his own way. So it is that Joe Biden, an intellectual weakling, plagiarist, and union stooge now hopelessly senile, is incapacitated in a different way than Donald J. Trump, a self-regarding megalomaniac who puts himself first, last, and always, and whose regard for anyone else extends only so far as that person worships him as he believes he should be worshiped. He, too, is losing his grip. “We can’t do anything, we are an institute in a powerful death penalty. We will put this on,” he said a few days ago.

This is fine for two old men who hold a grudge over who really won a shuffleboard game. It is not fine for the most powerful man in the world.

Actuarial tables, where is thy sting?

A dispassionate examination of both leads inexorably to the fact that neither has any business in the White House. Knowing what we do about Biden we could easily conclude that while he is deserving of room and board at taxpayer expense, it should not be in Washington. Trump, meanwhile, is better suited for digs elsewhere which bear the Whitey Bulger seal of approval.

The fact is, not much of anyone wants either of them. No one who should be allowed outside a guarded institution is for Biden or Trump. The increasing crowd of Washington con artists pick Trump because he makes “what’s in it for me” official policy and because with Trump if you kiss his ring, or something else of his, you are likely to get what you want. The only advantage in a Trump presidency was that good people could manipulate him by telling him how wonderful his new clothes are as he stands naked before them. But those people have had it with Trump and the good people have come and gone, never to return. A Trump administration this time around would be populated by fourth- and fifth-stringers, some of whom would have to be pardoned before they could return to the nation’s capital.

Meanwhile . . . Joe “Bugout” Biden. His is the most obviously failed presidency in living memory and yes, I remember Jimmy Carter. (Trump’s would be a close second but for the excellent people who briefly worked for him, and his good luck until COVID-19 came around and not-so-good people advised him. At which point in daily news conferences he demonstrated over and over that he is for all the bluster highly ignorant and a bit of a moron.)

If there were a president who made it his task to disassemble the United States of America he would not differ in any important way from Joe Biden. A country weary of Trump and COVID-19 gave Biden a chance (except for the sorry suckups who claim that Trump really won the election, which he didn’t, which he knows he didn’t, but he continues to say he did, because if he’s to have any chance he needs to win the idiot vote). He was popular for a short while, until what he sees as governamce took root.

Biden is manipulated by a bunch of very bad people. It is to his discredit that he hired John “Stolen Valor” Kerry for anything. If there were a contest for clueless jerks, Kerry would win every year. At the private-jet-riding Kerry’s behest, Biden has done all he could to shut down U.S. energy production, and our exports of natural gas, to the detriment of our allies and energy companies, and to the benefit of our enemies.

Biden’s secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, has never come down on the side of the U.S. in any dispute. His boyhood friend, Rob Malley, was put in charge of “negotiations” with Iran — while he was arguably an agent for Iran. When it became unquestionable that Malley’s interests did not coincide with those of the U.S., he was finally suspended last year. “Mishandling of classified information” seems to be government-speak for “spying for Iran.” The pro-Iran influence over the Biden administration continues. Examples:

  • The administration did everything it could to avoid mentioning Iran in connection with the October 7, 2023 atrocities in Israel.

  • The administration has not renewed the sanctions against Iran, so Iran is flush with cash to finance its wars, via Muslims living in Israel and Lebanon.

  • When Iranian soldiers, using Iranian weapons and being paid for by Iran, attacked a U.S. base in Jordan Saturday, killing three American soldiers, the U.S. blamed the soldiers, not Iran.

Following the horrors of October 7, Biden said American support for Israel was unwavering. Today it came out that Biden’s response to that attack, and more than 150 attacks on American military, is to capitulate to the formation of a “Palestinian” state, it was reported today. Close observers are surprised only in that it took Joe “Bugout” Biden, who lost America’s support and never regained it with the abysmal surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan, this long to surrender to the Hamas terrorists.

It is “The Biden Doctrine”: do nothing and lose by default. As members of Congress called for a “disproportionate” response to Iran’s attacks on American military when it inevitably killed American soldiers, Biden did nothing. Well, when you are attacked and do nothing, that’s disproportionate, too.

We must never forget that when U.S. intelligence located Osama bin Laden, it was Joe “Bugout” Biden who opposed the raid. Barack Obama, who to his credit ignored Biden’s advice and as a result bin Laden is now dead, was later quoted as saying “Don't underestimate Joe's ability to [very bad word] things up.” None of us is underestimating it now, though almost as if he saw it as a challenge Biden now seeks to extend that ability daily.

There are laws that enforce entry at our borders. Biden willfully ignores them. He simply refuses to enforce the law. He needs no new law. The law is on the books, and every day hundreds of fighting-age young men from countries unfriendly to the U.S. pour across the border, even as those countries have infiltrated our infrastructure, as was announced by the FBI today.

You probably didn’t see it reported, because our infotainment media are too busy reporting on Mark Zuckerberg, the head of a once-popular website. (Tomorrow: What about MySpace?) Who cares about the fate of the world when there’s a semi-talented pop singer’s transportation to a football game to worry about?

I could go on for a few thousand pages, but I wouldn’t like writing it and you wouldn’t like reading it. The point is that there are two men, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, whom we all can be certain are absolute failures and undeniably unqualified to be president of the United States. Yet here we are, again, seemingly stuck with them.

How did we get here? I answered that 12 years ago. Since then it has only gotten worse. It wasn’t always a popularity contest (or, as it is this time around, a less-unpopular contest). Believe it or not, we once selected officials on their perceived ability to govern. Now it is more whose presidency will be more entertaining.

We will pay for it. Some places already have. Trump watched cities burn and did nothing. Biden is watching the world burn and is actually doing harm.

Having begun with real quotes, let’s end with a fake one. It is all over the internet that in 1984 George Orwell wrote “the people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens.” He never wrote that or anything like it. It’s a lie.

How very appropriate, on every level. But it’s entertaining, which is all that matters. Perhaps Orwell left it out because he would have thought it too unbelievable.

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large at Open for Business. Powell was a reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio, where he has (mostly) recovered. You can reach him at

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