490 views | Justine John Dyikuk | January 27, 2021
Few days into his administration, the new President of the United States of America, Joe Biden overturned Trump’s transgender military ban. According to White House, “Transgender service members will no longer be subject to the possibility of discharge or separation on the basis of gender identity.” Data from Department of Defence indicates that there were 8,980 active duty transgender troops in 2019. The White House statement added that: “President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity.” Both Americans and their friends abroad are processing this differently.
Another crucial point in this discuss is President Biden’s Irish roots. In an interview with the Irish Times Newspaper in 2016, he revealed that: “I grew up in a household where my grandfather and grandmother Finnegan, all my mother’s brothers and my father told us about the courage and commitment it took for our relatives to emigrate from Ireland – in the midst of tragedy – to distant shores where they didn’t know what awaited them.” He added that: “Those values – their passion and principle, their faith and fortitude – shaped the way my siblings and I were raised.” He also credited his mother with instilling in him a sense of equality, and a belief that everyone “deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.” The question that readily comes to mind is – why has President Biden suddenly thrown his Pro-life pedigree by sticking with Pro-Choice which eliminates dignity and respect for the unborn?
There is no doubt that America’s 46th President comes across as a calm and calculated politician whose party pitches tent with liberty, civil rights and gender parity. However, by way of extrapolation, under his watch, China might romance the US with the intent of buying it over with communist’s policies so as to finally take over as world power. What is more, by repealing the travel ban on some countries, it is likely that some wolf in sheep clothing might take the US by surprise in the near future.
Comparatively, while President Trump was seen as a ruthless, no-nonsense man, Biden is loved for his calm demeanor. No doubt, Trump had his flaws. He appeared as one who is anti-establishment because of his unguarded utterances and seeming talking down on opposition plus Africans and Arabs. He was also a TV freak who enjoyed being seen as a celebrity or paparazzi. Besides, he did not handle the issue of COVID-19 well and that is what the Democrats used against him. The final straw that broke the Camel’s back was the violent attack of the United State’s Capitol against the 117th United States Congress on January 6, 2021 which led to the death of 4 Americans.
There are indications that since Biden hopes for an inclusive and all comer’s administration, investigations as to the origin of Coronavirus would be swept under the carpet. Will America enjoy economic prosperity under Biden? Well, time shall tell. Although he is the second Catholic President after John F. Kennedy, the Church’s hierarchy including many lay Catholics frown at his uncatholic policies. As far as the Catholic faith is concerned, Biden appears as a child whose parents are not proud of him because of delinquent behaviour. As the second Catholic to hold the highest office in the greatest democracy, the Church expects President Biden to do more than quoting Saint Augustine. Unless Biden transmutes his Pro-Choice mantra for Pro-Life policies, which is unlikely, his administration would suffer deficits in faith, morals, integral development and national security.
Fr. Dyikuk is a Lecturer of Mass Communication, University of Jos, Editor – Caritas Newspaper and Convener, Media Team Network Initiative (MTNI), Nigeria.