100 Days Into The Biden Administration


Photo by Terry Canales.

By Terry Canales, Staff Writer

It has been nearly 3 months since Joe Biden rose to the presidency. He made lots of promises, as every political candidate does during election time. And, much like candidates during elections, they underdeliver once it’s all over, that is if they deliver at all.

President Biden promised a lot, and while he has done quite a lot in his term so far, he has not fully realized some of his campaign promises, and has created many, many new problems, both here in America and abroad.


Joseph “Joe” Biden has been active in politics for decades. Much of his biography can be read at bioguide.congress.gov.  He was elected a member of the New Castle County Council in Delaware in 1970, and was one of the youngest people to be elected into the U.S. Senate, being aged just 29 in 1972.

He would serve as senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009. During his time as senator, he helped pass many things that would be considered very controversial today. From 1973 to 1978, he tried to block bills in the Senate that pushed for desegregation of buses in his state of Delaware. In 1984, he helped pass the Comprehensive Crime Act, which among other things, increased the punishment of cultivation, possession, and sale of cannabis, which was soon extended to other drugs, and had millions of people sentenced to long prison terms for merely owning a few milligrams of drugs, rather than reforming and rehabilitating them, which caused the prison population to explode, and causing those prisoners to turn to crime to survive once they were released because no one was willing to give them jobs. Biden would later regret this decision.

In 1993, he helped pass 10 U.S Code 654, a part of a new code that banned homosexuals from serving in the Armed Forces. It would be a code that wouldn’t be repealed until 2011. He also helped pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which banned same-sex marriages until it was repealed in 2013. So, he wasn’t really the best figure to portray as a good, honest person, as much as many try to sweep it all under the rug today.

But, he did help pass the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994, which included tougher punishments for domestic abuse against women and gave the police greater resources and men to fight against the rising crime rates, but also banned the use of certain semi-automatic weapons. But, that final part didn’t have much of an effect on reducing gun crime.

Earlier, he’d also supported the SALT I and SALT II treaties, which helped cool down tensions with the Soviet Union. In 2008, he ran alongside Barack Obama for the 2008 presidential election. He’d actually tried to run for the presidency earlier in 1988 and 2007, but dropped out of both races. But, they won in 2008, and he would serve as Vice-President from 2009 to 2017.

Between 2017 and 2019, he began to rebrand his image, speaking out in favor of LGTBQ+ rights and calling out Islamic laws in Brunei that punished homosexuality and adultery with stoning. Later that year, he announced his candidacy for the 2020 election. He chose California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, and stayed ahead of all candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. He eventually won it, then facing off against the incumbent President Trump.

What followed was a disaster, as the nation beat itself up between “Social Justice Warriors” and white supremacists, and dragging along those in between. Eventually, Biden won the election, which caused a lot of anger among Trump’s supporters, and would eventually lead to the storming of the Capitol Building on January 6th. Nonetheless, he was inaugurated on January 20th, becoming the 46th president of the United States.


His Accomplishments and Many, Many, Failures

President Biden promised a lot of things when running for president. While he has accomplished a few, there’s still a long way to go. Some of this can be found at joebiden.com, on his campaign promises page. For example, he promised to return the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement, which he did on day one. He also cancelled Trump’s decision to pull out from the World Health Organization (WHO), removed Trump’s change to remove illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census, restored the COVID-19 response team (which had been disbanded under Trump), extended deportation protections for Liberians, banned the executive branch members from using their positions for personal gain, preserved DACA, and froze Trump’s midnight regulations. He later also passed a new stimulus bill.

However, he passed many executive orders that weren’t really necessary. He required face masks to be used on all federal property, which was something that was already in place. He also stopped the construction of the wall on the U.S-Mexico border, which despite all what Trump’s supporters said about it, never really came to fruition in the first place, and banned discrimination against members of the LGTBQ+ community, which was something that was already there since the Obama administration and continued throughout Trump’s term.

He, however, has made a huge slew of blunders. He has failed to pass any long-term economic plans to save the economy, pass any act to take a significant burden off of indebted young college students and graduates. He also disbanded the 1776 Commission, which was supposed to ensure that American history in schools wasn’t warped and rewritten by people with agendas, specifically leftists, and this information can be read in the official report at f.hubspotusercontent10.net.

He also abolished the Muslim Ban, which was something that Trump had passed after seeing the Muslim migrant crisis flooding the streets of Western Europe, a rise in Islamic terrorist attacks, Islamic extremism, and rapes and murders against Europeans between 2011 and 2017. Trump had also seen how many Eastern European countries like Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania, who’d all placed bans or strict regulations on immigration, had almost no terrorist attacks or massive influx of refugees. The ban barred refugees from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan from entering the United States.

This was very controversial, but it was the reason why the U.S, like Eastern Europe, had less Islamic terrorism and fewer refugee crises than countries like France, Italy, Britain, and Germany. But now, Biden’s revoked it, so you take that as you will.

But, his biggest blunder was to stop deportations and start taking in Latin American refugees in U.S military installations on the border, despite having no plan or order passed to release, naturalize, or at least do something about them. The country has already been on a breaking point in immigration, and it’s not even due to racial reasons, crime, or them taking away jobs from white Americans (which are all stereotypes and/or myths), but simply due to overcrowding.

Immigrants always concentrate in small, densely populated cities, such as here in Miami, in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many more, as most have relatives there and/or to seek work. Not only does this cause overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and the price of living in those places to shoot up, but since so many immigrants are in one spot, it creates a bubble which separates and traps them from the rest of the country, which reduces their need to learn English, to learn American values and traditions, and to integrate into American society, and that only causes harm to themselves. There’s also the fact that those new ones come at the wrong time to seek jobs, which are also scarce here. Now, there’s a humanitarian crisis at the border.

There’s also President Biden’s failure to call out extremist groups. He has had a field day calling out and condemning far-right extremist groups, such as the KKK, white supremacists, and the alt-right. But, he’s failed to specifically call out far-left extremist groups and movements, such as Antifa (which he called just an idea), Woke and Cancel Culture, media biases, and BLM, who needs no explanation considering all the damage they did last year and its founders’ ties to Socialism and Marxism, which is something they all want to cover up as much as they can.

He’s also failed to personally condemn the genocide of Uighurs and Christians, as well as political opponents in China and Russian authoritarianism and expansionism. One final thing he’s done is returning to the Middle East with drone strikes taking place in Syria, just when Trump was pulling out troops from the region, which means we can likely expect more endless, pointless wars in the area, as always.


My Opinions

As much as it seems , I’m no Trump supporter, as I’m against many of his policies. I condemn the Far-Right and all its actions and motives. But, I’m no Biden fan either, and I condemn the Left as much as I condemn the Far-Right. But, we cannot blind ourselves to the facts, and we cannot say Biden is a pure angel. No one is. I just laid out the facts.

The 1776 Commission was supposed to solve the problem of people rewriting or destroying parts of American history in schools and in universities. Last summer, we saw people vandalize and tear down monuments and statues of racist historical figures. But, destroying history won’t solve anything, especially as no one will know who they were in the future, and those who fail to know history are just destined to repeat it.

If you destroy the history of slavery and of those racists, people will not know that their actions were unhuman and evil, and will repeat them. If you destroy the history of segregation, people won’t know the suffering of those under Jim Crow and their long struggle for equality, and will only cause them to repeat it. Destroying history won’t destroy racism; it’ll just strengthen it, which is why it’s so important to know history without any biases. Although the document isn’t perfect, it was a step in the right direction until Biden cancelled it.

The removal of the Muslim Ban will cause a rise in Islamic terrorism over the next few years, as we can already see from the shooting of a grocery store in Colorado by a Muslim man on March 24th, something not as covered as much as the shooting in Atlanta. I’m not saying that all Muslims are terrorists, because they aren’t. But, actual terrorists will now be able to sneak in among the huge crowd of refugees, and we’ll have the same problem that Western Europe has suffered for almost a decade.

As for the crisis at the border with Mexico, Biden will only start deporting them again as the situation spirals out of control, and I bet people won’t criticize him for doing all what Trump did before him, and he will always prefer to pay attention to those newcomers rather than the millions of illegal immigrants that have paid taxes, had children born here, and lived here for years and decades as good, law-abiding citizens.

Finally, Biden’s decision to return to the Middle East will just prove that the U.S. won’t move on from the War on Terror phase of the early 2000s, which is weird as many young men and women will now go off to fight and die in the desert in a war that started years before they were even born.

Also, Biden is also trying to shut down the U.S oil industry, which during Trump’s term, employed millions of Americans, kept fuel prices cheap, and made us no longer reliant on Middle Eastern oil. Now, he’s apparently looking to take away millions of jobs, cause fuel prices to skyrocket, and increase our reliance on oil coming from brutal, authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia, who ironically are also those who helped destroy Syria, Iraq and other countries with endless interventions, the spread of their extreme, fanatic and fundamentalist branch of Islam, and their support of ISIS to counter Iran, that ironically caused the refugee crisis.

In conclusion, Biden has a lot of work to do if he wants to truly “heal the nation”, as he said, and to raise his dropping approval rating. Biden has inherited a nation which is slowly tearing itself apart, with other powers flying overhead like vultures to take their part of the corpse. I recognize that America isn’t a perfect nation. No nation is or has been, but it’s the best we’ve got, and it’s something worth fighting for. America was founded in the name of liberty and by the wise decisions of our Founding Fathers. The country they birthed was one to be a shining city on a hill, one which would be a beacon of freedom in an authoritarian world. One that would have equality for all, free speech, individuality, and would be a place where even the lowest peasant coming off a ship with nothing but the clothes on them could make the American Dream. But, most importantly, one that preserved its own liberty, and later on fight for others’ as well, from freeing slaves off the plantations of the Deep South during the Civil War, or liberating Jews from concentration camps in the forests of Germany during World War II, while also helping lift the shadow of oppression off of Western Europe. Now, many both in this country and out are trying to destroy it and all it represents. But, we cannot allow them to succeed, and we won’t. People tend to forget the fact that a people are not their government, and that as many people want to destroy it, there are many who hate the government’s actions and wars, such as I, but love the country, and its values. If Biden wants to succeed, he will need to steer this nation to what stands for: not one that endlessly toils in the Middle East, is greedy, corrupted, and divided, but a great nation under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.

Popularity after 100 days: Biden vs. His predecessors

   Just to show how unpopular President Biden has become over the past few months, according to an article from Newsweek, Biden’s approval rating has dropped from 59 to 54 percent, and as of April 12th, according to a graph from FiveThirtyEight, it is at 53 percent. His approval graph has really flattened out, which is never a good sign for a President, especially as his disapproval rating slowly begins to rise.

Just for comparison, at around the same time, Obama’s approval rating was at 60 percent, Bush Jr’s was at 54 percent, Clinton at 53.4 percent, Bush Sr. at 59 percent, and Reagan at 67 percent. The only recent president having a lower approval rating than Biden at the same time was Trump at 41 percent.