Shortly after having been elected as our nation’s first vice president, John Adams wrote, “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.” Adams had a point. He constantly complained of having little to do with executive affairs and he was of no real importance to the administration of George Washington. But, to his credit, at least he kept his foot out of his mouth. Joe Biden, on the other hand, has excelled greatly at making an already insane administration look feeble-minded as well.
On Friday, Biden spoke with mayors from across the country at a national conference of mayors. While speaking with them, Biden felt the urge to boost the morale of these lawmakers by telling them just how superior Chinese cities are to ours:
“If I blindfolded Americans and took them into some of the airports or ports in China, and then took one of them to any of your cities in the middle of the night just so that they could see it, and then said, ‘which one is in America- which one is your city in America- and which one is in China,’ most Americans would say, ‘That great one is in America.’ It’s not.”
Now, nobody can be certain what he was thinking, but needless to say, his pompous provocation is not going over very well. His comments are not only asinine, but a firm confirmation of what critics of the Obama administration have been saying for years: that the administration that governs America denies the concept of American exceptionalism.
However, putting aside the insulting nature of his comments for a moment, it seems Biden’s analysis is inaccurate. While there may be tremendous building of infrastructure in major Chinese cities, they still leave much to be desired. Aside from the obvious limitations of living in a communist dictatorship, the cities are constantly regarded as overcrowded and heavily polluted.
In fact, just one day after Biden’s praising of Chinese cities, Chinese media outlets confirmed that one of Uncle Joe’s “great cities” is now enduring a thick, choking, yellowish-green smog that has gotten so bad, Wuhan officials are urging the young, elderly and those with respiratory problems to stay indoors. Citizens in Wuhan, a city in the province of Hubei, worry that the haze is chemical pollution from an industrial accident, while officials suggest it may be from field burning, but do not know. Say what you want about New Orleans; at least you can breathe the air.
Furthermore, while China prepared for the 2008 Olympics, officials had to mount a campaign to teach urban Chinese to not cut in lines, not shove and to not spit everywhere. Of course, the government could only do so much, so they eased their citizens into their new behaviors by issuing spit bags. In short: Chinese cities are obviously more classy than American, as well.
But, of course, Biden may soon be right. As the Obama administration wages war on capitalism, China tacitly embraces it. While the Obama administration, for some reason, has passed on the opportunity to create the Keystone Pipeline, China will be reaping the benefits of this tremendous windfall.
While Biden may be wrong in his declaration of Chinese supremacy now, we can reasonably assume that if given another four years, this administration will create a lesser America and China will shine by comparison.
What is curious, however, is that if Biden finds China so great, why is he slumming it here in America? Let’s all hope Biden embraces a rich life elsewhere and takes advantage of the tremendous opportunities China has to offer. I hear Wuhan is nice this time of year.