When President Joe Biden jetted to Seattle for Earth Day propaganda last month, a friend out there sent me this editorial from the state’s largest paper. He was perplexed that this nonsense is topical among progressive media; I found it sadly instructive.
Biden is continuing a recent tradition among elitist Democrat presidents who refuse to govern as they promise and instead waste their political capital.
Finding themselves in power quicker than imagined, Democrats decided to focus on matters their insular Twitter brigade wanted but are not shared by the country they represent.
The new administration initially promised to “take swift action to tackle the climate crisis,” and “invest in racial justice,” whatever that means. They also wanted to expand Obamacare and, using an awful cliché, “restore America’s standing in the world.” More than 15 months in, no amount of Ron Klain lies can hide the fact that Biden’s tenure is at a nadir.
As the midterm election cycle beckons, data help us understand what Americans do prioritize. And guess what, it is not fundamental transformation; most Americans just want government to work and move aside.
Another devastating failure is the worsening southern border fiasco.
Secure in their Manhattan penthouses, left-wing writers claim Republicans want to “scare up” a border crisis. These elites may want lenient border laws, but some folks actually live with the consequences of a record-setting migrant surge that began one month after Biden took office.
Earlier this year, Pew asked respondents to rank the most vital issues facing their nation.
“Dealing with global climate change,” and “addressing issues around race” ranked near the bottom. “Disinformation,” former President Barack Obama’s new obsession, was found nowhere.
However, “strengthening economy” was at the top.
But it will not strengthen, when inflation — exacerbated by Team Biden’s profligate spending — has caused soaring prices on gas, food, products and health care.
As early as April 2021, JOHN ANZALONE — Biden’s top pollster — saw the writing on the wall. In a series of memos over the ensuing months, he tried to warn the president about the growing liabilities posed by immigration, inflation and crime, @playbookdc
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 2, 2022
The White House denied this for nearly a year and made it worse. More than 30% through his first term, Biden has held no one accountable for disasters on several fronts.
That survey also found issues like “improving education,” “reducing crime,” and “defending against terrorism” occupying voters’ minds, which are Republican candidates’ issues.
African Americans — a constituency that propelled Biden to the party nomination — have similar priorities.
More recent data found that crime and economic issues ranked as black voters’ top concerns. Niche lifestyles that dominate the conversation among insufferable activists don’t. Democrats have shed 85% of their rural vote the last two decades. Speaking to a retired water treatment worker at a small-town baseball game the other day confirmed this.
“I voted Democrat my entire life until 2014,” he explained. “And if they’d take crime, illegal immigration and inflation more seriously, maybe I would again. But it seems they want to pander to a wealthier crowd now.”
The unhinged White House can’t even capitalize on easy wins. Once a priority, COVID-19 now ranks near the bottom of America’s priorities. However, in lieu of celebrating a win, the administration inexplicably wants to prolong the agony via legal battles.
While Democrats try to destroy the Supreme Court’s legitimacy, assuage racial divides, and fix natural weather patterns, voters simply want to live in safe neighborhoods, with open schools, and not see their bank account dwindle due to stagflation.
Biden infamously became enamored with parochial academics telling him he could be the next FDR. No one elected him to be that. He’s transitional, not transformational.
He won mainly because COVID shutdowns enabled him to stay home throughout the 2020 campaign, then acquired a 50-50 U.S. Senate by luck.
Luck, Mr. President, does not mean a gargantuan entitlement state and discarding most of the country.