American politics

What a great time to be president

Decency and competence return to the White House

julian rogers
Jan 20 · 3 min read
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The bar could not be set lower. It’s not like newly inaugurated 46th President of the United States of America Joe Biden is following an All-Star. This isn’t the New England Patriots trying to replace Tom Brady. Not at all.

This is is the S.S. Minnow wrecking on an uncharted desert island and being marooned with a glamorous movie star and a just-as-sexy corn-fed farm girl. Things could be worse, is what I’m saying.

It’s not a bad time to be the new guy. For now.

Joe Biden could literally shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and still be better than his predecessor by orders of magnitude. Shoot, we could limit this comparison to just Trump’s last two weeks in office and Biden still comes out as far less lethal than Donald Trump.

It won’t be hard for Biden to do better than Trump. Serial killers are less deadly than Trump was. And may still be.

While President Biden will inevitably compare favorably to Trump in the present and the annals of history, his tasks as president are monumentally difficult. The damage done to America from within and the damage done to America’s standing in the world through the sheer mendacity and incompetence of the Trump administration continue to boil.

Trump and his acolytes — thankfully, growing fewer of recent — still pose a grave threat to our hopes for a civil nation, a competent government and equity for more Americans — not just the protected, entitled few. Trump will continue to activate his base. The MAGAts aching for a fight are still there, convinced their lying, egomaniacal leader, who never actually gave two shits about them, was robbed of an election win. And they remain as ludicrously aggrieved on his behalf as ever. Many of them are getting or have been arrested over the past two weeks. It remains to be seen how much of a deterrent that will be to them.

You cannot fix stupid. You especially cannot fix mass-transmitted echo chamber disinformation Trump stupid, as we have seen play out time and again over the past four-plus years. Sorry, Joe.

Trump, ultimately, was not the problem. Trump was merely the ugly weed that grew atop the mile-high shitpile that time and again revealed the ugly truth about America.

The shitpile is still there. Trump figuratively wrote the playbook on how to work the shitpile to temporary success. More mentally competent, savvy and equally ambitious actors (Cruz, Hawley, McConnell, Nunes, McCarthy. Graham, Beavis) and wing-nut crazies (Boebert, Taylor Greene, others TBD) are ready to take it further.

We’ve got a lot of work to do to come together. I don’t think we’re all that interested in coming together. Wounds are still fresh and scores are aching to be settled. That’s not good. And it’s not conducive to civility, union and healing. Or prosperity.

More ‘Mericans voted for Donald Trump than for any other presidential candidate in the history of the United States. Except for the people that voted for Joe Biden in 2020. Pick any other era and Trump is president again. The election didn’t heal anything so much as reveal our deep divide.

Good luck, Joe. We’re counting on you. Welcome to leading us out of the storm. Please make liberal use of decency and competence. It may not be effective, given the entrenched opposition you are facing, but it will be refreshing to see.

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