Biden's Shame
May 14, 2023

Feels like I'm going to lose my mind."
- Madonna

President James Buchanan was the worst chief executive in United States history, as I have mentioned. He sat in the White House for four years doing nothing as southern secessionists defied the federal government.  That emboldened the movement that directly caused the Civil War.  More than one million casualties in that conflict.

In 1866, after the war had ended, Buchanan published a book called "Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion." The tome is extremely hard to find, but last weekend I discovered a first edition signed by Buchanan himself!

The book is 300 pages of excuse-making. Essentially, James Buchanan says he could not stop the growing Southern rebellion because Congress would not give him the authority to do so.


As President, George Washington traveled to Western Pennsylvania, commanding the troops that put down the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. All Presidents have the Constitutional authority to quell uprisings. That's demonstrated by Mr. Biden sending the National Guard to the southern border just last week.

The truth is James Buchanan was a coward, and President Harry Truman, a true student of history, knew it. In a private letter dated May 18, 1959, Truman wrote this: "History will tell you that old Buch was short on decision, and had he acted with the firmness of Andrew Jackson in dealing with the problems of the South, the War between the States might well have been averted."

A portrait of President James Buchanan is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Enter President Joe Biden, who is emulating Buchanan's cowardice by failing to enforce immigration law, thereby enabling millions of undocumented foreign nationals into America. I don't have to explain this; you can see the video on television. What we can't see is the tremendous damage being done to the taxpayers who are providing billions to support the migrants. That will continue for years to come through entitlements.

It is difficult not to get angry at Mr. Biden and his incompetent administration for encouraging the immigration chaos and then denying all responsibility.

Like Buchanan, Biden blames Congress for not passing new immigration laws that would grant amnesty. Biden says two things: that he, himself, is blameless and that evil Republicans are responsible for the border madness.

History always repeats itself, and soon, Joe Biden will take his rightful place behind James Buchanan as the second-worst president of all time. I regret slighting Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Warren Harding, and Herbert Hoover, all of whom tried hard to best Buchanan. They have now been passed by Joe Biden.

Whether it's the border, out-of-control federal spending, unfair and divisive equity policies, or blatant laziness on the job, President Biden is a disaster for America.

He's got about 20 months left in office. Then he can retire to Delaware to assemble his own book. He might call it: "President Biden's Policy Achievements."

The pages will be blank.

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Posted by Bill O'Reilly at 11:39 AM
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