Joe Biden says Americans are no longer worried about the economy.
“They are no longer traumatized by what was a traumatizing event, the great collapse of 2008,” he said. “They are no longer worried, I think, about our economy being overwhelmed either by Europe writ large, the EU, or China somehow swallowing up every bit of innovation that exists in the world. They are no longer, I think, worried about our economy being overwhelmed beyond our shores. But, and I don’t think … there is very little doubt in any circles out there about America’s ability to be in a position to lead the world in the 21st century. Not only in terms of our foreign policy, our credible defense establishment, but economically.”
Is this just wishful thinking?
Is Joe Biden stark raving bonkers?
Is he completely out of touch with reality?
Or is he playing Jedi Knight mind tricks on the weak-minded among the American public?
You remember what I mean. In the original "Star Wars" movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi, traveling with Luke Skywalker and some wanted droids, hits a stormtrooper checkpoint. Here's how the conversation goes:
Stormtrooper: "Let me see your identification."
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "You don't need to see his identification."
Stormtrooper: "We don't need to see his identification."
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
Stormtrooper: "These aren't the droids we're looking for."
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "He can go about his business."
Stormtrooper: "You can go about your business."
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "Move along."
Stormtrooper: "Move along. Move along."
Watch the scene for yourself:
Obi-Wan, played by Alec Guinness, explains how the weak-minded are susceptible to such manipulation.
Is that the mind game Biden is playing? Or is he one of the weak-minded who has fallen prey to the manipulation?
It's hard to say.
But, whatever the case, the vice president of the United States, the president of the U.S. Senate and the man a heartbeat away from the presidency seems to be unleashed these days to say whatever is on his mind. The comments are growing increasingly bizarre.
Do you know anyone in America who is not genuinely concerned about the fate of the U.S. economy?
You have to be nuts or living in a hole somewhere not to be alarmed. But Biden is in denial – and by that I do not mean a river in Egypt.
He thinks the crisis is over.
Somehow we're not really $16 trillion in debt.
Somehow unemployment is not ravaging the country's workforce.
Somehow we're not playing chicken with the biggest inflationary cycle the world has ever known.
Somehow the administration is not claiming that $85 billion in cuts to a $4 trillion spending spree means the apocalypse is here.
Somehow Americans are not stocking up on food, guns and ammunition to the best of their ability, while the U.S. government does the same.
To give us confidence America is over the hump on the economy, Biden cites the tremendous job his administration is doing in foreign policy. Never in American history has America's foreign policy been more confused and counterproductive to the national security interests of the country. But that's Biden.
And notice the confusing double negative here: "But, and I don't think … there is very little doubt in any circles out there about America's ability to be in a position to lead the world in the 21st century." What's he saying – that he doesn't think there is very little doubt about America's future? Or is this just Crazy Joe being a verbal stumble-bum, again?
Anyway, if I had my druthers, I would take either Obi-Wan Kenobi as vice president – or even Alec Guinness. In fact, hand me a Guinness so I can forget all about this nonsense.