ON Saturday, November 7, 2020, while I was teaching a course on the history of the Catholic Church at the cathedral in the beautiful city of Duluth, Minnesota, with its magnificent views of Lake Superior, the Associated Press (AP) declared Joseph Robinette Biden Jr to be the 46th president of the United States of America.
Along with tens of millions of my fellow Americans, my heart sank upon hearing the dreadful news, as did those of many of my students, mostly middle-aged men studying to become permanent deacons, accompanied by their wives. As faithful Catholics, they were no doubt painfully aware that America had just elected a man who promises to reverse all of President Trump’s pro-life policies and supports a litmus test on Roe v Wade for nominees to the Supreme Court – not to mention his erstwhile support for China’s brutal one-child policy that led to untold numbers of forced abortions and sterilisations, as well as to infanticide and the abandonment of baby girls.
But Catholics are not the only people of faith concerned about a Biden presidency. Those of all religions are deeply fearful that he will go out of his way to pander to the numerous social justice groups currently competing for his addled attention, most especially those associated with LGBTQ advocacy. One such group, the highly influential Human Rights Commission, is urging the Catholic Biden to withdraw accreditation from religious schools and universities if they refuse to adopt ‘nondiscrimination policies and scientific curriculum requirements’. According to Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, this would result in ‘abandoning Biblical standards for teaching, hiring, admissions, housing and student life’, thereby forcing religious educational institutions to close if they refuse to meet the demands of the LGBTQ orthodoxy. Biden and the Democrats are already beholden to America’s ultra-woke teachers’ unions and to all those trafficking in and profiting from divisive identity politics, Critical Race Theory, the magical thinking of gender fluidity, and the pseudoscientific and unfalsifiable dogmas of climate change.
Contrary to what many conservatives believe, Joe Biden is not an ideologue like Bernie Sanders or even Elizabeth Warren: he wouldn’t know an ideology if it hit him in the face. He doesn’t think in ideological terms and never has. Instead, Uncle Joe from Scranton, PA, is an old-style machine politician of a type familiar in Democrat circles – corrupt, grasping, mendacious, affable and frequently charming, and always ready to jump on the next fashionable bandwagon driving through town, a disposition that has helped make him a millionaire many times over. Never one to let his religious faith stand in his way, Biden immediately reversed his decades-long support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of taxpayer money for abortions, after NARAL Pro-Choice America issued a statement in June 2019 that there was ‘no political or ideological excuse for Joe Biden’s support for the Hyde Amendment’.
As I drove from Duluth to my home near Minneapolis, I was plagued by dark forebodings about the future of my country. America had just made the biggest mistake in its history. It had elected an increasingly senile man whose protean unfitness for the highest office in the land must be apparent to all who voted for him. Surely they were aware of how he used the prestige of his office as vice president to enrich himself and members of his family, especially his troubled son, Hunter; how, as Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted, he has ‘been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades’; how he lied, repeatedly, about his involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, even falsely claiming he was arrested in South Africa after attempting to visit Nelson Mandela; how he insulted black Americans by saying ‘you ain’t black if you don’t vote for me’, and most shamefully of all, how he lied for political advantage about the truck driver Curtis C Dunn, involved in the collision in an intersection that tragically killed Biden’s first wife and baby daughter. He falsely claimed that Dunn, who had right of way, was drunk, and repeated the claim several times before finally apologising to Dunn’s daughter long after Dunn’s death. Dunn went to his grave having been falsely shamed by Biden.
I could go on but am prevented by space from doing so. The lies and fabrications of Joseph Biden are legion.
Whether or not a leftward-leaning press agency has the right to call the election of the most powerful chief executive in the world is beyond my area of expertise. Besides, the elite or mainstream media, which in the US now constitutes almost the entire media, helped in no small part by the tech giants of Silicon Valley, wasted no time in following the AP’s lead, and the Biden presidency quickly became Holy Writ, despite ongoing allegations of electoral fraud in battleground states and plausible concerns about mail-in ballots and the software used in the Dominion Voting System. Wikipedia, that unimpeachable arbiter of facts and objective truth, past, present, and apparently future, added to its biography of Biden that ‘having defeated incumbent president Donald Trump . . . he will be inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20, 2021’.
So there it was. A fait accompli, as the French say. No going back. Welcome the ‘polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline,’ Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted.
Anyone foolish or brave enough to question any aspect of the election, or to point out, as did the British journalist Rod Liddle recently, ‘that this is the first election where the liberal left has won by pure bullying, by closing down debate, by vilifying and mocking, by ignoring stories hostile to his challenger and by tarnishing those who supported Trump as – guess what – racist’, will be dismissed as a crank or conspiracy theorist. The progressive American elites who backed Biden and have made him president are adept at making those who ask valid questions or raise legitimate concerns look stupid or crazy. They are also efficient at using their almost-total control of the media and big tech to bury stories that might have benefited Trump in some way, as evidenced by Twitter freezing the New York Post’s account after the latter published stories about what was found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, stories that suggested that Joe Biden profited from his son’s nefarious dealings with Ukraine and China. In contemporary America, not noticing what is before your eyes is an increasingly useful skill.
In a few weeks, Joe Biden will assume the office of the most powerful democratically elected chief executive in the world. The prospect appals me. Like Senator Rubio, I support American greatness and believe that a weakened America will leave the world a poorer place and encourage tyrants everywhere. Chances are we will never know if this election was stolen by the Democrats or not. If we ever do find out, it will be too late to make much of a difference. The damage will have been done. The United States will be pandering to China once again, American diplomats will be apologising to the rest of the world for the sins of their great nation, trans activists and BLM will have rewritten school curricula, and the Jew-baiting race hustler Al Sharpton will be attending black-tie dinner parties at the White House, as he did dozens of times during the Obama presidency. By then, the most corrupt, mendacious, and addlebrained president ever elected will have served the purpose for which he was carefully chosen by the Democratic establishment: to prevent the dreaded Donald Trump from serving a second term.
At time of writing, it seems they have succeeded, but the cost for my beloved America will be great.