With Malice Toward All

When it becomes necessary for a leader to relinquish trust in order to restore it, and devote himself to the duties of his office by not seeking another term in office, a leader honors the people. We have Joe Biden instead, who has malice toward one-third or more of the American people. To the unvaccinated, he forecasts a winter of severe illness and death. He damns the living, libeling them with the blood of innocents, days before the birthday of the Nazarene whose blood cleanses us from all sin. This is Joe Biden’s Christmas message.

The message is from a Catholic who speaks like a Calvinist, adjudging others—grouping together over a hundred million Americans—to eternal death. 

The message is that the sick are wicked, and healing the wicked is a sin, because those who would overwhelm hospitals deserve to die.

The message from the Roosevelt Room of the White House betrays both Roosevelts, contradicting TR’s definition of patriotism—that it is unpatriotic not to oppose a president who fails in his duty—and FDR’s prayer for “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” 

Biden’s message is the most ahistorical and antagonistic message of its kind, for it is without charity or kindness; and yet it is the most authentic message of its kind, for Biden has no charity or kindness for his fellow Americans. 

His message is also a tell, that he cannot tell time, because no president with a sense of decency—no Catholic with the conscience of a Christian—would deliver this message. No other president would offer nothing but fear and blood, or wear a mask while attempting to scare Americans to death. But Joe Biden is like no other president, just as his press secretary, Jen Psaki, is like no other spokesperson for the president.

The latter is glib about everything from shortages to surging prices, dismissing a navy of cargo and container ships—the vessels lining the view outside the Port of Los Angeles—as bearers of irrelevant goods, while blaming inflation on the greed of those who sell goods and services.

As for the former, we should be so lucky.

As a former president, safe in his basement and secure in the benefits of the Former Presidents Act, every day can be Christmas Day for Joe Biden.

When that day comes, whether it comes on the night of November 5, 2024, or the afternoon of January 20, 2025, the day will feel like Christmas.

The day will mark the end of lectures and recriminations, bringing with it the greatest gift of all: the peaceful transfer of power.

May we all live to see that day as God sees fit to give us that day, so we may no longer hide ourselves in daylight or be homebound for the remainder of our days or years.

In the interim, as we build back to better days, let us take time to mourn the dead and pray for the living.

Let us be watchful, patient, and grateful.

Merry Christmas to us all!

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About Bill Asher

Bill Asher is a writer and retired executive. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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