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Delusions, Alternate Realities, and the Biden Consortium

Hunter Biden has a train of a dozen lawyers defending him on felony indictments ranging from several counts of tax fraud to gun violations. From time to time, the contents of his laptop come up, both in these criminal trials and in civil suits. The information on the laptop is, of course, incriminating and useful to various prosecutors and litigants.

Yet Hunter himself is suing the computer repairman with whom he dropped off his laptop and never retrieved—and never paid—despite signing a waiver relinquishing ownership if and when in default of payment and claim.

But the weirdest element of the Biden labyrinth of illegality is that both Hunter and his attorneys footnote their writs and statements with the inexplicable notion that the laptop is not necessarily Hunter’s own—but then again, it could be.

In other words, they are not presenting evidence to show that either the photographs, texts, or emails are concocted, even while they are suing various parties for defamatory dissipation of the sort of true, sort of false contents. Translated: The surreal truth is that Hunter is very mad that what he did illegally in part is evidenced on his own laptop, and he wants that information either suppressed or disowned, but without perjuring himself by stating the material on his laptop is not his own—because of course it is his.

The same alternate universe surrounds Joe Biden’s cognitive decline. To prove that the Biden administration’s appointed special counsel was unprofessional and in error by referencing proof of Biden’s dementia, Biden gave a sudden and unusual press conference.

But almost immediately, he lost his temper. Biden lied numerous times in contradicting the evidence of the special counsel’s report, falsely claiming many files in question were not classified. He lied that the files were securely stored in locked cabinets when they were sloppily strewn around in boxes in a rickety garage. He falsely asserted that he had notified authorities once he discovered that he had classified files in his possession, although he did not do so for roughly another five years—just days before his administration was to appoint Jack Smith to investigate Donald Trump for many of the same alleged crimes that Biden might also have been guilty of. And inter alia, he referenced President Abd el-Fattah elSisi of Egypt as the president of Mexico—apparently as part of his public demonstration of his own mental cogency.

Biden further misled by damning the special counsel for supposedly prompting Biden about the date of the death of his son, the year of which Biden did not recall. But in truth, Biden himself, not Mr. Hur, brought up Beau Biden’s passing voluntarily to Mr. Hur—although again without the ability to cite the year in which he died.

Furthermore, it is President Joe Biden who serially raises the tragic death of Beau (who died in a Washington, D.C., hospital from a glioblastoma brain tumor), often among grieving gold star families, by falsely stating variations of “We lost Beau in Iraq.”

Note Biden’s general disconnect: serial lies about special counsel Hur’s report; lies that Trump’s once secure border is somehow responsible for Biden’s by-design open border; lies that Trump caused the Putin invasion of Ukraine on Biden’s watch that never occurred on Trump’s.

In the last week, Biden’s circle—press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Democratic Congress representatives and senators—have all publicly emphasized not just that Biden is alert but vigorous, hale, and more dynamic than most in his briefing sessions. That alternate reality is at odds with 70-80 percent of the American people who variously poll in surveys that their president is not fit to serve and should not run for reelection. The more Biden flaks insist the President is dynamic, the more he restricts his schedule to a three-day work week, forgets where he is and what he is to say, and confuses names, dates, and people daily.

Since January 2021, the southern border has been destroyed. It no longer exists as a protective bulwark of American sovereignty. Some 8 million illegal entrants have made their way into the US—illegally, without audits, criminal background checks, English fluency, or skills to become self-supporting.

No matter: for the last 1000 days, Americans have watched on their televisions and computer screens thousands swarming the border every day, juxtaposed with assurances from recently impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Kamala Harris, and President Biden that the “border is secure.”

Now with an election looming, the Bidenites are no longer either indifferent to or preening about their accomplishments of allowing (“surging”) millions illegally into the U.S. but instead scrambling to blame their suddenly declared “secure border” on Donald Trump or Republicans in Congress. Even more bizarrely, they are blaming the Congress for not giving them new laws and more money to resecure a supposedly already declared secure border, even though Donald Trump left office in 2021 with a genuine secure border and without any need for more appropriations or legislation.

President Biden keeps bragging about Bidenomics and its role in lowering inflation (January 2024: 3.1% rate of per-annum increase) and his massive deficit spending since January 2021 of perhaps $10 trillion dollars in borrowed money that spiked interest rates threefold.

Yet Biden ignores the fact that since he was elected, the average price of consumer goods has risen 17.2 percent. Even that increase does not represent the reality that most important consumer purchases such as staple foods, appliances, automobiles, rent, mortgages, building supplies, and home purchases have soared about 30-40 percent in the last three and a half years and have neither abated nor been matched by commensurate increases in wages.

The analogy to Biden’s fallacious argument that inflation is nearly licked might be that of a victim who suffered a near-fatal, unhealed wound and is then supposed to be relieved that subsequent additional wounds were relatively minor—even as he suffers permanent injury from the initial lesion. So the more Biden praises his fiscal policies, the more the public polls reflect the fact that in just three years, accustomed consumer goods are now unaffordable.

A final example of these strange disconnects is the Biden administration’s courtship of Iran. The more it has lifted sanctions on Iran, begged to restart the Iran deal, restored funding to Iranian surrogates like Hamas, or taken the terrorist Houthis off the terrorist list, the more Iranian satellites have butchered Israelis and attacked 170 American installations. In response, the more the United States offers the boilerplate that, while Iran may have supplied such aggressors, there is no direct evidence of Iranian skullduggery to justify an accounting from Teheran.

So everyone knows Iran is at the heart of the exploding Middle East, and everybody knows that they are not supposed to say they know, lest it lead to holding Iran accountable.

What explains all these alternate realities? In a word, we are witnessing the meltdown of an entire American presidency. It was born in a 2020 Faustian bargain in which a cognitively challenged, ethically compromised candidate agreed to run by offering a pseudo-moderate veneer in exchange for the support of the far left, which in turn owned his agenda.

Since then, the Biden apparat has tried to square the circle of packaging and promoting a far-left menu that the American people did not want, delivered to them by someone who, by any fair standard, would not be able to serve as a teacher, Uber driver, or lawyer. The result was the present construct of a supposedly dynamic president promoting a traditional Democratic agenda that has succeeded brilliantly here and abroad.

And to sustain that myth requires constant deception and falsehood.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004, and is the 2023 Giles O'Malley Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer (growing almonds on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author of the just released New York Times best seller, The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation, published by Basic Books on May 7, 2024, as well as the recent  The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump, and The Dying Citizen.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the reported death of Alexei Navalny from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 16, 2024 in Washington, DC. Navalny, an anticorruption activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin was reported by Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service to have died in a prison he was recently transferred to in the Arctic Circle. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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  1. Look, the simple truth is that half the country is happy to be fooled. They do not care about economic or demographic truths, they only care that they are winning the culture war. All else is subsumed to that victory dance.

    It doesn’t matter to them that major cities are dying; that Blue states are bleeding tax revenue as citizens vote with their feet; that so many illegal aliens have entered the country we’ve run out of room to house them and out of money to feed them-------No, the victory is that Donald Trump has been ordered to pay a loony blogger lady eighty-three million dollars and the State of New York over four-hundred fifty million dollars in fines and accrued interest. There is dancing in the streets because the Orange Jesus is successfully being crucified and that every legal decision is but one more nail in the cross.

    Another victory for them is that they forced a 90 year old woman out of a medical nonprofit because she didn’t understand the importance of including pronouns in an email header. It didn’t matter that she had a sixty year association with the Multiple Sclerosis Society—with thirty years of that as an unpaid volunteer----no, what is important was that she be canceled for failure to bend the knee. It doesn’t matter that the woman had no ill intent, it only mattered that she did not conform. Tolerance of others is what is important you know.

    Tucker Carlson is pilloried with laughter and derision because he was impressed with the variety and low cost of goods in a Moscow grocery store. They laugh and say he was fooled by a Potemkin ruse–as if merely stating it makes it true. Forget the fact that what Tucker experienced can be found ALL Over Russia. I shopped in a similar store in St. Petersburg. More importantly, there was no guard at the door to maintain access just for the elite. Anybody could walk in and shop. But because they claim it is a Potemkin ruse, it MUST be true-----and Carlson is the obvious dupe.

    Who can deal with such people? Is there any point in even trying anymore?

    It is highly un-Christion of me to admit this, but I’ve reached the point where I’m longing for the economic collapse to come just to show the sorry SOBs that they are sorry SOBs. That kind of thinking is not only un-Christian, it too is delusional in its own way. What kind of person (me) could wish that on society? But here I am.

  2. Everett,

    I have read many great, heartfelt comments from you through the years. This one is no different. The end is coming to our great republic. There is no getting around that. One cannot bring in 10 million of the poorest, least educated people from planet earth and FEED, HOUSE, CLOTHE, EDUCATE, AND PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO THEM AND OUR OWN CITIZENS. Something will explode: it will either be a government breakdown due to a lack of resources (money and manpower) or an enormous upsurge in big city violence that spreads our (like a cancer) into the surrounding suburbs. I believe BOTH will happen, and probably begin this summer. Remember, it took only 20 minutes of TV coverage and George Floyd’s pitiful life was memorialized forever.

    Keep writing
    Keep fighting
    Buy extra ammo.

  3. Thanks Stan. I cannot believe it has come to this, but here we are.

    Even if Trump is reelected there is little that will change. If anything the bureaucrats and Deep State destructionalists are even better prepared than they were back in 2017. What is left for us other than making all possible preparations for the coming storm?

    Be safe.
    Be happy.
    Outlive the bastards.

    Everett

  4. The four D’s of Satan:

    Deceive
    Doubt
    Divide
    Discourage

    When you are discouraged, there is no hope. Remember the entrance to hell in Dante’s Inferno? Hell is where hope goes to die.

    We have much to be grateful for and much more to be hopeful for. Just remember, the truth is reaching more and more as evidenced by Biden’s low poll numbers and the fact that the majority thinks he should not re-run. Pray for hope, pray for America.

  5. Avatar for task task says:

    I’ll never forget the fear I had when I took economics in college. It was an entry level course. I was a chemistry major forced, like everyone else, to take other elective courses. I was afraid of damaging an A average. When the first test score came back I got an 84. I thought that was pretty poor. Someone asked what the highest score was and the professor said it was 84. Then the girl next to me pointed at me. I outdistanced everyone on all tests and the thing that I learned is not that I was smart but, instead, how stupid everyone else was. People continually vote for the Party of slavery and segregation. The Party of the KKK, lynching and wars is the Democratic Party. And now they are openly fascist and communist. AMAZING!!!

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