2020 election

Joe Biden and the ‘One Note Samba’

Photo Credit: Image by David Stephanus from Pixabay

Ah, the week is coming to an end, and what a week it has been. Our AWOL president showed his face for an hour or so yesterday, carrying a binder full of reporters (no worries, Senator Romney, those binders of women still belong to you) and the weight of the free world on his shoulders.

Since that blessed event which featured the “moral and decent man,” I’ve been waiting for the long line of press releases articulating the forthcoming activities for the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the battle plan to Build Back Better has been little more than a repudiation and reversal of the policies and programs of the Trump Administration.

Donald Trump’s presidency was a symphony of activity. In four short years, he accomplished so much that even his most ardent supporters might miss an achievement or two in recall. The list is so long, Richard Edward cannot recount the entire four years of activity. Just the highlights of Mr. Trump’s tenure would make a swamp creature politician proud to include them on their resume.

Since I have turtle recall, I searched the internet and found the “score sheet” for every instrument in the Trump administration orchestra. The list of accomplishments during President Trump’s tenure requires hundreds of individual bullet points and over 10,000 words of information. There isn’t time or space to annotate each one. It’s well worth your time to review Trump Administration Accomplishments. I guarantee you will be amazed at how much was achieved, and how much you never heard about – looking at you mainstream media.

In contrast, the new Biden-Harris Administration appears to be preoccupied with tearing down existing rules, methods and processes, without regard to efficacy. I am still not sure if that means building back better or just trying to eradicate all reminders of their predecessor.

Cue Narrator: “Richard Edward, were you looking for the list of goals that the Biden Administration was going to pursue?”

Richard Edward: “You bet. I have been anxiously waiting to see how much further the Biden Administration can take America, building upon the successful programs of the Trump Administration. I mean, c’mon man, what a foundation from which to build your new presidency, right?”

Narrator: “Well, Richard Edward, it looks like the Biden list you seek may be shorter than you anticipated.”

Richard Edward: “That can’t be right. … Biden has served in the federal government for what, 47 years? He must have a laundry list of ideas and policies that will continue to make America great. President Trump did literally hundreds of positive things for America so President Biden, with all of his prior experience, should have even more cool stuff. See, CNN’s got a list of orders signed in his first few months. … I’ll bet it’s really detailed and long and ….”

Mr. Narrator:  “Okay Richard Edward, lets take a look.”

He presents a list compiled by six CNN writers of Biden’s “achievements” through 8 March 2021 (emphasis mine):

President Joe Biden has signed a flurry of executive orders, actions and memorandums aimed at rapidly addressing the coronavirus pandemic and dismantling many of former President Donald Trump’s policies.

The executive actions Biden has taken in the first days of his administration include halting funding for the construction of Trump’s border wall, reversingTrump’s travel ban targeting largely Muslim countries, imposing a mask mandate on federal property, ramping up vaccination supplies and requiring international travelers to provide proof of negative Covid-19 tests prior to traveling to the United States.

So far, Biden has signed more than 50 executive actions, 22 of which are direct reversals of Trump’s policies. Most of these actions have addressed the novel coronavirus, immigration and equity.

Biden defends the number of executive actions he has issued as necessary to undo what he considers “bad policy” inherited from Trump, especially on immigration.

To date, nine of his 11 actions regarding immigration are reversals of Trump’s policies.

And straight from the horse’s mouth as he signed a stack of executive orders on immigration in the Oval Office on Feb. 2. (via CNN):

And I want to make it clear — there’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I have signed — I’m not making new law; I’m eliminating bad policy. What I’m doing is taking on the issues that — 99% of them — that the president, the last president of the United States, issued executive orders I felt were very counterproductive to our security, counterproductive to who we are as a country, particularly in the area of immigration.

After reading the CNN article, I sit back from my laptop, somewhat stunned. I ask myself, “What is this all about? Why is Biden undoing everything that 75 million American citizens thought were moving our country in the proper direction? Even during the pandemic, we were overall winning.”

Low unemployment, increased opportunity for minorities, energy independence, new Middle East peace prospects; my favorites on the Trump “win list” swirl in my brain. There are hundreds more.

Richard Edward: “Weren’t we told that Biden is a moderate Democrat who will consider the well-being of Americans, our laws, our economy, our health and safety, and doing what’s best for America regardless of politics? Now I am learning that Biden’s really only knows how to tear down. He’s taken a wrecking ball to Trump’s accomplishments.”

Narrator:  Cue the music.

Faintly, the upbeat melody of Antônio Carlos Jobim’s One Note Samba wafts out of my stereo speakers. The English lyrics, written by Jon Hendricks, seem so appropriate for the situation.

This is just a little samba
built upon a single note
Other notes are bound to follow but the root is still that note
Now this new one is the consequence
of the one we’ve just been through
As I’m bound to be the unavoidable consequence of you

There’s so many people who can talk and talk and talk
And just say nothing or nearly nothing
I have used up all the scale I know and at the end I’ve come
To nothing, or nearly nothing

Richard Edward:  “Mr. Narrator, I hate the music you chose to make your point. Unfortunately, I get it. Mr. Biden only knows how to play one song, using one note, a discordant note of destruction. Why didn’t Biden learn to play something new over 47 years? If only we had a president who really knew how to play more than one note on one instrument, who had a repertoire of music and the ability to improvise during his performance. Biden has used up all of the scale and truly, come to nothing.”

If you think a president’s inability to do nothing but tear down what has come before him is an American Crisis, please let us know your thoughts in the comments.

—  Richard Edward Tracy

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