It’s never a good sign when a U.S. president throws out a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office on the first day of his presidency. But that’s exactly what Joe Biden did one year ago today, following the example set by his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama.
It was evidently an omen. Once hailed as the man who would “restore America’s standing in the world”, Biden is overseeing the stunning decline of the world’s superpower. A year after taking office, he is flailing at home and abroad, and could well end up a lame duck halfway through his presidency.
If the Republicans take the House of Representatives and Senate in the mid-term elections later this year, Biden will be practically powerless on the domestic stage to further implement his agenda. He will be reduced to conducting America’s foreign policy, which is already proving to be a monumental disaster.
In the wake of the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, America’s standing has sunk to lows not seen since the end of the Vietnam War. Even the Carter days look benign compared with the feckless Biden era.
In the past few months, I have spoken to dozens of parliamentarians, officials and diplomats across Europe who have simply lost faith in American leadership. One very senior British MP told me last week that Biden’s foreign policy was “appalling” and “completely useless”.
And this is coming from America’s closest friend and ally, the UK. With an unashamedly anti-Brexit stance, and an arrogant willingness to lecture Britain on the Northern Ireland Protocol, Biden has succeeded in undermining the Special Relationship.
As for America’s enemies, they see Biden as a soft touch, whose time in office is a welcome opportunity to challenge America’s might and undercut the country’s strategic power. It is no coincidence that, with the former senator from Delaware in the White House, Russian forces are massing on the border of Ukraine, China is openly threatening to invade Taiwan, and Iran is rapidly building up its nuclear program.
Under Donald Trump, the adversaries of the U.S. were far more careful not to pick a major fight with a president who was often unpredictable, and clearly ready to wield American military capabilities—as he did with the perfectly timed drone strike that took out General Qassim Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s feared Quds Force, at Baghdad Airport.
But Biden’s weakness abroad has been matched by a reckless domestic agenda that plays to the far-Left of the president’s own Democratic Party. A huge expansion of government spending and massive increase in federal debt has helped fuel the biggest rise in inflation in 40 years. Americans have faced a 7 per cent overall increase in prices in the past year, with supply-chain issues resulting in the first major shortages in U.S. supermarkets in several decades.
Against this backdrop of economic turmoil, major cities across the country are experiencing soaring crime rates, the direct result of foolhardy Democrat-led “defund the police” initiatives, and dangerous liberal sentencing policies. Looting has become so commonplace in San Francisco and Los Angeles that it barely makes the national news bulletins.
Biden’s America has become a byword for economic turmoil, urban decay, rampant lawlessness and far-Left policies that are tearing the fabric of the United States apart.
Joe Biden’s first year in office has been catastrophic. With good reason his poll numbers are tanking, and the American people are increasingly turning against the most Left-wing presidency in U.S. history. As witnessed in the dramatic recent election for governor of Virginia, a conservative revolution is coming to the U.S. at both the state and Congressional level, with November’s mid-term elections likely to dramatically shift the balance of power on Capitol Hill.
The United States will eventually recover, and it must do so for the sake of the American people and the free world. But we should expect three more years of relentless decline and retreat as Biden’s out-of-touch presidency continues to drive the country’s downward spiral and humiliation.
This piece originally appeared in The Telegraph