Biden: My President, Not My Leader

As you know, sometimes I post about political things on this blog. I do not make a habit of it, as it is generally not an appropriate topic. However, it’s my blog, and I try to bring the “whole person” here, so if you don’t like it, please, skip this entry with my blessing. It will be the last one for a while, because after tomorrow, I plan on pretty much ignoring it all until midterms.

So, as I posted earlier, I voted for Donald Trump. Let’s discuss the elephant in the room first. No, I don’t condone what happened on Jan. 6. Yes, I understand the frustration that boiled over on Jan. 6. No, I do not believe Trump incited the events of Jan. 6. I want to make these three statements to get it out of the way – this has nothing to do with Jan. 6., and I plan to make the rest of this post as if it had not happened.

I voted for Donald Trump. I was sad that he lost. I do not believe he lost fairly, but so much was stacked against him from so many different sources that the outcome was pretty much foregone. I do not believe he is perfect, and in fact, I believe he made a critical error, one that cost him the election. He has so much hubris that he just walks into traps over and over again and then wonders what happens when they (figuratively, of course) blow up in his face. This is a serious character flaw, and has actually cost him any future vote from me. I’m saying this because there is a certain brand of “Trump Supporter” out there who treats him very much like the second coming of Jesus, and I want to make clear that that is not me.

Now that we have all this out of the way, I want to speak about Biden. Biden is, in my opinion, wholly unfit for office. He has shown signs of dementia, and dementia only gets worse. He managed to use COVID in order to basically hide in a basement and let Trump shoot himself in the foot (which he, unfortunately, did repeatedly). His Vice President, Kamala Harris, is one of the most dangerous people who could ever hold high office – she is inexperienced, radical left, and kind of “got in through the back door” (And I’m not talking about Willie Brown).

But, as much as I don’t like these people, they were, fairly or unfairly, elected, and they will take the oath of office tomorrow. That, unfortunately, makes them my President and Vice President. I am not going to be one of those people who says “Not My President” – as long as I am a citizen of the US, whomever is elected will be my President. I pray they make good choices, though I fear they will make the opposite of good choices. In fact, that appears to be a foregone conclusion. Nonetheless, out of respect for my country, I hope for the best.

That said, though, neither of them will ever be my leader.

See, I don’t really get to choose who is elected. I mean, I kind of do, as I have a vote, and that is a way of adding my voice to the choice of who is elected, but I really don’t. But I do get to choose whom I follow. And there is absolutely nothing Biden can say or do that will ever convince me that he is a leader worthy of following. I am absolutely unconcerned about what he tells me I need to do, think, say, feel, etc. If a law is passed and he signs it, well, that I have to respect, but anything else, well, I’m just going to do my own thing, completely unconcerned with his opinions. If it has no force of law, I don’t care. At all. As far as I’m concerned, he’s utterly useless as a leader, and, well, there’s no point in trying to squeeze blood from a turnip.

He is not my leader, and I will not follow.

Now, let me soften this just a little bit – I kind of felt the same about Donald Trump. But at least he was intelligent and had good policies. Biden doesn’t even have that.

Let us hope, in four years, that we’ve figured out our voting issues (of which we have yet to truly understand exactly what happened, and apparently deliberately so) and we can vote in someone who I will be willing to call “leader”. Or at least not call “Dementia-Patient-In-Chief” and “Henchwoman”.

And that is my last political post, hopefully for the next two years or so. I can’t think of anything that will happen between now and than that will be worthy to post about. Democrats do stupid stuff. Republicans bow and scrape, country gets more divided and more authoritarian, yadda yadda yadda. It’s all predictable, and there’s really no point in trying to be a pundit about it.

Now back to our regularly scheduled ramblings about things that aren’t politics.

This post may be removed. May not, but who knows. If so, I will have this entire blog back online on a self-hosted site very quickly. So I’m really not concerned by that. But who knows anymore.

Why I voted for Donald Trump

I will pause while some of you write knee-jerk comments or unsubscribe. I’ll wait patiently. Done? Okay.

I’ve said before that this is a blog, first and foremost, about Japanese topics. But there are times, especially in the past year, when the real world interjects and it’s appropriate to talk about other topics. I promise this will be the last post on political topics for quite a while. Depending on who wins (I think Trump will) there may be one more. But as I’ve said, it is important for me to use my voice and speak. In fact, I believe the masks we are forced to wear are a kind of punishment for not speaking up. So here it is. My reasons for voting for Donald Trump.

The Democrats have gone insane

I’ll be quite frank: even if I hated Trump I would still have voted for him. When the Democrats went full throttle against Kavanaugh and smeared the reputation of someone who, by all accounts except for the uncredible ones, was a decent man, I swore I would never vote for another Democrat. What with all of the riots, etc., and the Democrats proving to be utterly ineffectual in dealing with them in any sane way, that resolve has only increased. It’s Republican or Independent, but never Democrat again.

Biden is not qualified to be President

Biden is a nearly octogenarian who is undergoing what appears to be severe and rapid mental decline. The odds are very low that he would survive a first term, and I sure as hell do not want a President Harris. It is true that Trump is not that much younger, but the difference between him and Biden seems night and day. I wonder if Biden knows what day it is half the time.

Yes, Biden performed decently in the debates. But the bar was pretty low, and I don’t consider that an indication of fitness for the job.

Recently, evidence has come out that Biden is extremely corrupt, as well. That came too late to affect my vote, but it is yet another nail in his political coffin, as far as I’m concerned.

Trump is a decent president

For all of the reasons to vote against the Democrats, though, I voted for Trump. He has had one of the most successful first terms as president ever – his accomplishments are way too many to list here. He keeps his promises as best he is able, he seems to have a well developed sense of personal integrity (see below), and generally, if he says something, you can (directionally) take it to the bank.

You might say “wait, he’s a horrible liar, how can you say that?” Well, I’ll agree with you that he’s, shall we say, somewhat liberal with the facts. But much of that is hyperbole, some of it is humor and a deliberate grandiosity, and the rest of it is directionally accurate. By which I mean it may not be literally true, but it’s in the direction of being true, and that’s good enough. I’ve never seen him outright lie. He may have, but I’ve never seen it.

Many people say Trump is racist, sexist, any “ist” you can imagine. My response is this: I haven’t seen any evidence of that, and I’ve seen plenty of evidence to the contrary. So I don’t care what other people think – I don’t think he is, and that case is closed.

His foreign policy, while not perfect, is very good. He knows how to treat foreign leaders – treat them with respect and go at them hard on the world stage. There’s a reason he was nominated for three nobel prizes.

So, I voted for him I believe he is the right choice for another four years, and I was proud to not only vote for him but to donate some money to his campaign.

Is he perfect? No. No, he’s not. He’s human. He does some things I don’t like, I think his persona could be a little more polished on occasion, and he really needs to stay away from porn stars. His response to the coronavirus, while acceptable, was not stellar. While his instincts are generally very good, they are not perfect. I wouldn’t trust him around my daughter or wife, if I had either. But I’m not electing a nanny, I’m electing a President.

I was proud to vote for Trump this year, and I left the voting booth with a strong sense that I did the correct thing. That sense has not waned. So if you are a US Citizen, you may vote how you choose. If you think Biden is the right choice, then by all means, vote for him. I hope you have considered your vote thoroughly, but if you have, more power to you. But as for me, that is why I choose Donald Trump for another four years as President of the United States.

Speaking Out

Today’s post isn’t going to be about Japanese at all, though I might find a way to fit it in.  I do have a Japanese post waiting in the wings, but I think I want to discuss something else.  If you would like a Japanese post, please skip this one, and the next one will be about Japanese.  If you just want to unfollow me, well, go for it, I guess.

I have been on this planet for somewhere around forty-five years, and I have seen some crazy stuff.  I believe I was born when Gerald Ford was President – I was born not long after Nixon resigned.  I was in my 20s and living in Oregon when Clinton was impeached – I remember purchasing and setting up a state of the art CRT television at the time and seeing him apologizing for lying to the American people.  Even then, impeachment was a divisive topic, and even though he was impeached in a bipartisan manner, he was ultimately acquitted.

This is to say, I have seen many craven political things in my time on this earth, and none can hold a candle to the craven partisan display I saw in my country today.  Today I saw a group of people so driven by hatred for a man that they were going to impeach him one day after his election – it was just a matter of finding the right things to impeach him for.  And through all of this, they still haven’t succeeded.  Oh, sure, they impeached him, but on “crimes” so flimsy that they wouldn’t even make it past a grand jury if they had been trying to actually prosecute.

I’m tired and burnt out of the whole thing, and I just want it to stop.

I think, worldwide, that politics are not a pleasant thing.  I know that Japan has a parliamentary system, much as Great Britain has.  They also have a constitution that makes at least a basic attempt at providing human rights (in practice, not so much, much of the time, but they try, anyway).  But in any country, a constitution really is just a piece of paper – it’s the ideas on that paper that are what actually matter.  And when you have a group of people who are so blinded by irrational hatred that they’re willing to shred those ideas just to get their pound of flesh, well, we’re not in a very good place.

I also know that in Japan, people write prayers on little slips of paper and pin them to shrines.  Pin a few on shrines for my country, please.  We really need it right now.

I’m intentionally not stating how I lean politically.  As far as you know, I could be a Trump supporter, or I could be someone who really dislikes the guy but has a deep enough respect for our constitution as to be able to recognize a travesty of justice when I see one.  Or I could be somewhere in between.  It doesn’t matter.  My government disgusted me last night, and I remain disgusted today.  In fact, it disgusted me so much, I am considering donating to a political candidate for the first time in many years.  Hint:  It’s not a Democrat.

I am not ashamed of my country right now, but I am ashamed of my House – and if the Senate doesn’t act quickly to trash this piece of… well, I’ll be ashamed of them, too.  Perhaps, or perhaps not, I am ashamed of the President too.  It doesn’t matter.  There are more important things to be concerned about at the moment.

I think things will turn out okay, but I hate the process.  Just make it stop already.

Okay, I’m done, I think.  Next post – Japanese.