American Consequences - November 2020

From Editor in Chief P.J. O’Rourke BEAUTIFU

hat if they held an election and all the candidates lost? That’s more or less what just happened... We elected nobody president. Albeit he is a well-known, experienced nobody of long- standing. Yet the most ardent supporters of Biden must admit that nobody is who he is. That’s assuming Joe Biden has any ardent supporters other than wife Jill, daughter Ashley, and – if there’s an angle Hunter can play – son Hunter. Even they were not personifications of passionate enthusiasm on the campaign trail. The best yard sign I saw this election campaign – indeed, the best yard sign I’ve ever seen – said, “Settle for Biden.” America often elects nobodies. We’ve elected thousands of political candidates since 1776. How many have a Lincoln Memorial, a Jefferson Memorial, or a Washington Monument? How many even have a Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the I-495 section of the Washington Beltway? Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville visited the U.S. in 1831 and was so damn observant about the place that his book, Democracy in America , has been practically quoted to death ever since.


November 2020

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