A tale of two countries: Comparing the U.S. under Trump and Biden

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Charles Dickens wrote a gripping novel with the intriguing title, A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens contrasted two different cities, Paris and London, in the same time period. This article compares a single country—the USA—in two different time periods. The first period is the U.S. under Donald Trump; the second is the U.S. under Joe Biden.

President Trump brought record prosperity to America. He implemented a strategic series of policies that were successful in reversing the destructive, leftist agenda of the Obama administration. Trump’s actions restored America’s economy, lowered unemployment, improved the economic conditions of minorities, took us out of the phony Paris Accord, repudiated the counter-productive Iran agreement, stood up to China’s expansionist foreign policy and one-sided economic practices, enhanced peace in the Middle East, stabilized conditions on the southern border, rebuilt the military, and ended the influence of critical race theory in government agencies. All of Trump’s actions accrued to the benefit of the nation.

Biden, in contrast, is overseeing massive economic and sociological damage. His policies are resulting in the replacement of meritocracy with identity politics, capitalism with Marxism and the Green New Deal, and competence with senility. Biden’s biggest lie to date is his statement, “I’ve been hired to solve problems, not create division.” Our country has not been this divided since the Civil War. What Biden should have said is, “I am the standard bearer for Washington corruption.” 

Biden’s assault on America is paying off in the form of economic regression, mounting indebtedness, growth of the Washington bureaucracy, capitulation to foreign energy, social disintegration via race-baiting, support for critical race theory, monumental entitlement programs, export of American manufacturing, increased taxation, looming inflation, forced redistribution of income, erosion of military effectiveness, and an avalanche of illegal immigration from south of the border.

“Nancy Pelosi might not notice a near 50% increase in gas prices or a 20% increase that Americans are paying to heat their homes,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, “but these steep prices have real-life ramifications for the majority of Americans. Americans are facing an inflation squeeze that will only grow worse as prices continue to rise into the end of the year. [Democrats’] tax increases and anti-work policies drive ever-more supply chain disruptions and shortages and will bring local businesses to the brink.” Someone wrote on social media: “Help me out…Was there ever a “supply-chain” problem during the Trump administration?”

The vibrant country that Trump gave us has disappeared. “In the coming months,” said Tucker Carlson on Fox, “you’re going to call 911 for an emergency, or you’re going to show up at the hospital with an injury, or you’re going to try to catch an airline flight, and you will notice that you can’t because the hospitals, the police department, the fire department, the airlines—none of them work anymore.”

“[Biden’s open border policy] is an inside attack on our democracy,” said former Trump policy advisor Stephen Miller. “The president of the U.S. is working systematically to allow people to invade into our country against our laws to consume public benefits, to take American jobs, and to threaten public safety—all aided, abetted, facilitated, planned by our own government.”

Add the COVID pandemic to this crazy cocktail and you have the recipe for totalitarian powers. The virus is being used as an excuse to accelerate government intrusion into our lives. We have been told when we can leave our homes, when we can go to work, and whom we can associate with. The Attorney General is weaponizing the DOJ and FBI to go after parents who object to critical race theory and mask mandates in our schools. Biden is presiding over a rejection of what is best about this country—the right to complain.

What will happen as a result of Biden’s irresponsible decisions? “There’s going to be a reckoning,” said conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson.A grassroots populist revolution. We’re going to see it in the next midterm.” Voters don’t trust the government, Hanson said. “People are saying I want to believe them but I can’t believe them anymore and I’m going to use common sense. It’s starting to coalesce and it’s really terrifying the Left.”

And to think that voters rejected the prosperity of the Trump years in favor of Biden’s dystopia. Future historians will have a field day with this. Meanwhile, you and I have to suffer through it. Or do we? As Victor Davis Hanson suggests, we can win back Congress in the 2022 elections and fight back wherever possible. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of eight books including Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America. He is a former US Marine officer, Fortune 500 sales executive, and Hollywood movie actor.


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