Joe Biden’s True Legacy.
How history is really going to view the impact of the 46th President.
When considering what motivates a politician, and here within the United States in particular, it seems fairly obvious to assert that the pursuit of power and money rise above all other potential factors. There’s a certain level of narcissism involved with being a successful politician as well, and with that, of course, comes concern regarding legacy. While Biden has inarguably spent his entire adult life hoping to become President one day and done what it takes to please his donors over the years to get there, it would be almost naive to ignore the idea that he is also concerned with how history will perceive him. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that regardless of how ineffective he is shaping up to be as a leader, Joe Biden desperately wants to be viewed kindly in history books, remembered as the man who not only led the nation through what is the greatest public health and economic crisis in history, but helped ensure that the country emerged stronger, wiser, and with a renewed sense of commitment to the people who call it home.
Unfortunately for Joe Biden, his true legacy is shaping up to be something entirely different.
Two months in to his Presidency, it feels difficult to deny that among the only campaign promises he made along the way that he intends to keep was to a room full of Wall Street donors, in which he declared that under his leadership, nothing would fundamentally change.
Well, it’s certainly unfolding that way.
For a man who took the time to claim that he wanted to be remembered for having a Presidency with an impact similar to that of FDR’s, Biden has certainly catered to and allowed himself to be held hostage by some of the most conservative elements of the Democratic party. So far, the short tenure of Biden’s time in office has been consumed by essentially allowing West Virginia’s Senator Joe Manchin to dictate the entirety of his Presidency and the legislative path he’s laid out thus far. Considering how Joe Manchin has supposedly had the final say in everything from the scrapping of the $15 minimum wage to reducing the stimulus bill’s jobless aid, it feels as though it’s not Biden, but Manchin serving as the de facto President.