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Don Keelan: Where is the unification that was promised to us around the same time last year?


This commentary is from Don Keelan of Arlington, a retired public accountant.

Since January 20, 2021, I have refrained from writing about Washington and the new political landscape. There has been a lot of commentary here in Vermont, particularly from Burlington. ten

Still, waiting 10 months to comment on what happened is a reasonable time to sit down and just observe. So far what I have seen is not what I expected.

To begin with, the fundamental premise of the Biden administration was to unite the country as well as our allies. Democrats saw it in Biden, which is the main reason they rejected the division that permeates presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign. Unfortunately, we are now a more divided country and our allies are even more wary of our support.

An hour after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order shutting down a critical pipeline. Shortly after, he gave the order to end land leases for oil development on federal lands. Almost overnight, the country went from being the world’s largest producer of oil and gas to being dependent on foreign oil. A direct result is an increase in Arlington’s Stewarts gasoline prices from $ 2.19 per gallon last January to $ 4.41 today. In addition, thousands of oil and gas workers are out of work. So much for putting the workers in the oil industry “under the tent”.

Second, Americans living along the southern border hoped to see their anxiety eliminated with the introduction of a new immigration policy. It never materialized. On the contrary, border problems have worsened. Seeing 15,000 Haitians camping under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, with hundreds of thousands more crossing the border, does little to ease anxiety.

If anyone has the illusion that the border will improve, forget it. The Justice Department speaks of 450,000 settlement payments (possibly up to $ 1 million per family) for children who illegally crossed the border in 2018 and were separated from their parents. This financial settlement could prompt tens of thousands more to rush to the border. The millions of citizens of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California who supported Biden’s promise must feel betrayed.

And speaking of betrayal, our British, French, German and other allies still have not recovered from the August debacle in Afghanistan when the United States, under cover of darkness, withdrew its troops from the country without never inform our allies. Not exactly rebuilding, as promised, our relationship broken by Biden’s predecessor.

It also didn’t help seriously alienate the French by going behind their backs and making a submarine deal with Australia. France will lose on a transaction of 60 billion dollars. Even Mr. Biden called his approach “awkward.”

The biggest disappointment in ending the division of the country is down the street from the White House. Congress needs help, and with President Biden’s 40+ years of work there, he would surely and quickly bring us together.

Not the case. Congress is even more divided. Moreover, the president’s own party has now created so much dissension, led by Senator Sanders, that even Mr. Biden must think he has promised too much.

On the Thursday before his recent trip to Europe, Mr Biden visited his Democratic Party members on Capitol Hill to implore them for the legislation he needed to convince the allies he was in command. He received nothing. This omission did not escape the Russian Vladimir Poutine or the Chinese Xi Jinping; they didn’t bother to make it to the G20 or climate summits in Italy and Scotland.

As if the country has not experienced enough divisions, the Democratic Party is divided. And we still have climate control mandates, inflation and the January 4, 2022 vaccine mandate. So where is the unification that was promised to us around this time last year?