[January 21, 2021] Yesterday, Joe Biden took the oath of office of the President of the United States. With it, he promised to unite a nation divided, support the Constitution, and restore American core values. As well, he describes himself as a political moderate.
Those who occupy positions of great authority in government have an inherent responsibility to do precisely that in bringing people together to achieve a goal (or vision). To successfully accomplish this task requires a leader who has the character and professional competence to lead from the front.
Good leadership means convincing people to do things they would not ordinarily do. Great leadership means getting them to do so because they ‘want’ to do it. Senior leadership, especially in times of crises, is exceedingly difficult, more so than any ordinary person could ever envision. Joe Biden has taken the leadership reins of the most powerful nation on earth, a country that has been a guiding light to others for many generations.
The question asked repeatedly has been whether Joe Biden can lead at this level. Anyone who is honest knows that Joe Biden is prone to verbal gaffes, memory lapses, and times that he doesn’t know where he is. Frankly, that will make his presidency difficult. He has dementia. The question is how long it will take before he can no longer function.
However, I do not think that is as big of a problem as some make it out. Many will argue that Biden is the very best candidate that the U.S. could have in the presidency. Others, like myself, will disagree. The debate itself is good and should continue. The issue at hand is whether Biden has the political, social, and decision-making skills necessary. I believe this will be a point of controversy for as long as he is President.
Let me be blunt. The real problem is that Joe Biden does not have today, nor has he ever had, the strength of character to lead the United States. This comment is not a political statement. It is the truth. Those who can be honest with themselves know this to be a reality. Biden’s history is full of his character failures in the form of political corruption; both himself and members of his family.
When a leader takes over a senior position, their responsibilities begin immediately; no excuses, dithering, or indecisiveness. Yet, passing the buck has already started. Joe Biden is blaming Donald Trump for the state of American, its divisions, and all its problems. Such blame-shifting is a poor reflection upon any leader. The most powerful position in the world, the President of the United States, cannot be blaming others. Period.
Joe Biden has already failed to take advantage of his position to bring America together. Instead of leading – telling his supporters to stop defaming Trump’s voters – he encourages their continued arrogance, vindictiveness, and bullying. There are now calls for re-education camps, blacklists, and the murder of Trump voters. Biden is remaining quiet. By not addressing the issue upfront, he implicitly endorses these actions – now repeatedly and openly discussed by mainstream elected Democrats and major news media pundits.
Using his own measure of a leader, Joe Biden is neither a moderate nor a uniter of the American people. That is certain. Perhaps he is waiting for an unforeseen opportunity. If so, by that time, it will be too late. To be a leader means being a leader immediately.
“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up.” – Barack Obama
Joe Biden does not have the character to be successful as President of the United States.
Note: see an earlier article where I compared leadership traits between Joe Biden and Donald Trump on 20 points. Biden faired poorly. https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-comparison-biden-vs-trump/