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Five Quick Things: The Malicious Incompetence of Team Biden

As is my wont, particularly given the exigencies of promoting my new book The Revivalist Manifesto, which is available at Amazon, I return to a pervasive question within its pages and elsewhere in my recent writings to lead off this episode of the 5QT.

Namely, is it incompetence that is causing our national devolution, or is it pure bad faith and malice?

And as is often the case, the world of memes has the answer:

1. Personnel is policy, and the policy is mayhem

We could use countless examples to illustrate this truth. After all, why would you appoint a Pete Buttigieg to oversee the transportation and logistics industry as well as our transportation infrastructure if you weren’t actively trying to retard the proper function of those crucial assets?

Or pick any other example you like. “Rachel” Levine. Kamala Harris. Lloyd Austin. Ketanji Brown “Not a Biologist” Jackson. Sam Brinton, the “kink activist” and drag queen appointed to head up the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

Here, though, we’ll focus on Karine Jean-Pierre, who in a very short time has become the most notable example of the purposeful malice coloring Team Biden’s personnel decisions.

Jean-Pierre has actually made us long for the salad days of Jen “Circleback Girl” Psaki as White House Press Secretary. The video examples of how horrid she is at her job are already legion in just under two months, and now Jean-Pierre is being “supplemented” by former Obama Defense Department flack John Kirby, who presents as a pasty-white-dude version of the infamous “Baghdad Bob” of Iraq War fame but is at least technically proficient in crafting obnoxious lies for the media’s digestion:

That is not a competent deflection. She’s playing single-A ball in Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park with that answer.

And it always looks like that. It even looks like that when she rifles through her briefing book in a vain search for something relevant to say in answer to actual questions.

But listen to Fox Business’ Stuart Varney talk about Jean-Pierre’s performance:

She’s terrible, but she can’t be removed because you can’t get rid of a black lesbian no matter how bad she is at her job. And Varney is not a leftist — whether he’s unwittingly bought into the Left’s narrative or he’s being facetious is perhaps worth a debate.

And herein lies the malice of the Obamite neo-communist crowd that controls the Biden administration. Ensconcing incompetents in positions of authority who are immovable objects based on their identities is how you end the American meritocracy and dispirit the American people into accepting less.

Because you cannot complain when the workers at McDonald’s tell you the milkshake machine is broken every time you’re at the drive-thru — if you do, it means you’re a racist. And you can’t object to Drag Queen Story Hour at the local public library because that marks you as a vicious bigot. That these things offend your values, which trace directly to Moses and Mount Sinai — where do you think the values of the modern Left find their origins? — is your problem, not the problem of the people trashing our quality of life.

And now they’re not only sulking and swearing behind the drive-thru window, openly micturating on street corners, or asking your 5-year-old to supply them with a single tucked into their g-string, but actually running the country.

That Karine Jean-Pierre is unprepared, charmless, vapid, and arrogant isn’t a bug. It’s a feature. It’s a marker of the efforts at demoralization the Left has been hard at work on for decades.

Yuri Bezmenov would be quite impressed. None of the rest of us are. While it’s malice that drives the incompetence, there is incompetence behind the malice, because eventually the stink of the garbage induces the cleanup. And November is coming.

2. The demoralization and destabilization of the American military

Yuri Bezmenov would also be quite impressed — and might perhaps declare himself dumbfounded at the sheer cheek of it — with how Team Biden is collapsing our armed services.

You already know about the fact the military is missing its recruitment targets by more than half while at the same time purging the troops of the unvaccinated, something that cannot be explained by anything other than malice. Here is something else that defies an alternate explanation:

An Army training slide obtained by Breitbart News instructs soldiers to shower with transgender members of the opposite sex even if they have not undergone a surgical transition.

The training slide offers a “vignette” instructing soldiers on what to do if they encounter a female soldier who identifies as male according to the Department of Defense’s personnel tracking system known as Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), but has not surgically transitioned and still has “female genitalia.”

The slide, titled “Soldier/Unit Training Barracks, Bathrooms, and Showers,” reads:

Vignette: Following his transition from female to male (which did not include sex reassignment surgery) and gender marker change in DEERS, a transgender Soldier begins using male barracks, bathroom, and shower facilities. Because he did not undergo a surgical change, the Soldier still has female genitalia.

The slide instructs soldiers: “Soldiers must accept living and working conditions that are often austere, primitive, and characterized by little or no privacy.… Understand anyone may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex despite having the same gender marker in DEERS.”

It also tells soldiers that they should be “respectful of the privacy and modesty concerns of others,” but that “transgender Soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not ‘match’ other Soldiers.”

Of course, as we know it isn’t females pretending to be men who present the problem in the showers but the reverse. And that’s something this new woke military won’t air out given the obvious pitfalls of it.

Feel free — especially if you’re one of the left-wing trolls frequenting the comment section below — to explain how this departure from 5,000 years of civilizational norms prepares this country to win the next major war we find ourselves in. At the end of the day it’s violence, and the determined application of it by ruthless men, that wins wars. After months of cheerleading and wish-casting from the New Liberal Order corner, the Russians are finally proving that in Ukraine despite a sloppy underperformance at the outset of that war.

This business of forcing “cisgender” service members into the showers with the sexually confused isn’t meant for inclusion. It’s the opposite. It’s intended to drive traditional Americans out of the military, and it’s working.

3. What comes around, goes around in Georgia

You probably had never heard of the Georgia Guidestones until somebody set off a bomb under them this week and necessitated their destruction. But here’s just a small Wikipedia excerpt to let you know what they were:

In June 1979, a man using the pseudonym Robert C. Christian approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company on behalf of “a small group of loyal Americans”, and commissioned the structure. Christian explained that the stones would function as a compass, calendar, and clock, and should be capable of “withstanding catastrophic events”. The man reportedly used the pseudonym as a reference to his Christian religion. Christian said he wanted a granite monument built that could rival the British Neolithic monument Stonehenge, which he drew inspiration from after visiting them. However, he noted that while impressive, Stonehenge had no message to communicate.

Joe Fendley of Elberton Granite believed that Christian was “a nut” and attempted to discourage him by providing a price quote for the commission which was several times higher than any project the company had previously taken, explaining that the guidestones would require additional tools and consultants. To Fendley’s surprise, Christian accepted the quote. When arranging payment, Christian claimed that he represented a group which had been planning the guidestones for 20 years and which wanted to remain anonymous.

Christian delivered a scale model of the guidestones and ten pages of specifications. The 5-acre (2-hectare) site was apparently purchased by Christian on October 1, 1979, from farm owner Wayne Mullenix. Mullenix and his children were given lifetime cattle grazing rights on the guidestones site.

Fendley believed that the monument would become a tourist attraction for the region. On March 22, 1980, the monument was unveiled by congressman Doug Barnard before an audience between 200 and 300 people. Christian later transferred ownership of the land and the guidestones to Elbert County. As of 2022, there reportedly were 20,000 annual visitors.

It was a monument to crackpot futurism. Chiseled into it were commandments about limiting human population, eugenics, a one-world language, and other things, pursuant to the supposed need to rebuild society following a nuclear war.

Conservatives have always hated the Georgia Guidestones for the sheer creep factor involved. And this week someone — who might or might not have been a Trump voter — fashioned a very impressive bomb, which did this:

This column doesn’t endorse the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones. If your author hasn’t managed to call for the bombing of the Huey Long statue in front of the Louisiana State Capitol or the statue of Lenin outside Seattle, then these hunks of granite probably should have remained.

But that said, this is what happens when you allow kooks and radicals license to defenestrate and bowdlerize elements of our cultural patrimony. Sure, have at Nathan Bedford Forrest and Robert E. Lee, and then move on to U. S. Grant and Junípero Serra, but know that when you do somebody else will come for the Georgia Guidestones.

And then they’ll come for the Hair Pick. Or Baphomet. Or even the next statue of Barack Obama that makes its way into the public eye.

Someone else made these rules. This week we got an indication that they apply across the board. And nobody can have nice things.

4. And now, for something completely different

American ingenuity is not dead. It lives:

5. The Terminal List breaks the lefty critics

Chris Pratt’s new Amazon Prime series The Terminal List, based on the Jack Carr novel, is a combination of Shooter, American Sniper, and Hard to Kill. But because you’re not allowed to make movies or TV like that anymore, it’s being dismissed by the critics as “right-wing revenge fantasy.”

The Daily Beast:

Still, if this adaptation of Jack Carr’s novel mostly fits itself into a particular dad-entertainment streaming niche, it also, to a large extent, comes off as a wet dream for militia-minded anti-establishment kooks, replete with a Pratt performance as a Navy SEAL who responds to injustice by murdering the guilty with extreme prejudice.

When they hate it this much you know it’s good.

Some of the critics panning the show call it a “slog,” and at times its pace could use a bit of help. But at other times it’s a wild, highly entertaining adventure.

The long and short of the plot is that Pratt plays a legendary Navy SEAL commander whose platoon is chewed to pieces in an ambush of very suspicious origin, and after he returns home as one of only two survivors of the mission his comrade and his family are assassinated. That launches him into a quest to find out — and take out — the people responsible. And Pratt’s character must do this while fighting off the effects of a brain injury, which also has nefarious roots.

It’s something of a conspiracy theory show, but the main thrust is a passionate distrust for the ruling elite.

Which audiences are picking up on, and which is why the critics have The Terminal List at a 38 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes while the audience has it at 94 percent.

And that says a lot about the critics. They can’t handle even fictional indictments of the ruling elite for whom they simp.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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