The Biden Era Is a Calamity for the West and the Free World

COMMENTARY Progressivism

The Biden Era Is a Calamity for the West and the Free World

Jun 22nd, 2022 2 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.

Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow

Nile Gardiner is director of The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow.
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak about COVID-19 vaccines for children, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on June 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Key Takeaways

There is little public confidence in the leadership of Joe Biden, who is increasingly a president in denial, angrily lashing out at his legions of critics.

The president looks isolated and increasingly bewildered when he takes to the podium.

America needs the return of full liberty, economic freedom, public safety, secure borders, and the strength and conviction to lead the free world.

Perhaps the saddest sight in the world today is the stunning decline of the globe’s sinking superpower. The United States is in free fall, its economy heading towards recession, with soaring inflation, skyrocketing prices for petrol and consumer goods, and a plummeting stock market erasing trillions of dollars from the value of American retirement accounts.

America’s porous southern border has seen a staggering two million illegal border crossing attempts since the start of the Biden presidency, and most major U.S. cities have witnessed their biggest crime waves in several decades, with Washington D.C. competing to be the carjacking capital of the U.S. Rising lawlessness and anarchy, from New York to Los Angeles, has once again become a huge issue for American voters.

The sense of malaise across the United States is palpable. There is little public confidence in the leadership of Joe Biden, who is increasingly a president in denial, angrily lashing out at his legions of critics on both sides of the political aisle, and refusing to accept any responsibility for his country’s increasingly perilous state.

Fewer than one in four Americans now believe the U.S. is heading in the “right direction” according to the latest RealClearPolitics average poll of polls. Biden’s own overall approval rating is barely scraping 40 per cent, making him one of the least popular presidents in modern American history at this early stage of his presidency.

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Joe Biden has been a disaster as U.S. president. Even his own party sees him as a huge liability, with The New York Times, the doyen of the Left-wing establishment, recently running a piece discussing an open rebellion among leading liberals, questioning the president’s ability to lead them in the 2024 presidential race.

In the Biden era, America’s sinking Left offers the American people only more Big Government socialism, extremist and racially divisive woke ideology, open borders, striking weakness on the world stage, and a relentless vision of U.S. decline. The White House’s high-spending, heavy tax, anti-free-market agenda has made tens of millions of Americans poorer and struggling to make ends meet in the world’s biggest economy.

The president looks isolated and increasingly bewildered when he takes to the podium. His recent address on board the USS Iowa in the port of Los Angeles outlining his non-response to the inflation crisis was a confusing mess that backfired spectacularly. An arrogant Biden sounded incoherent, and came across as deeply out of touch with American families. It was hard to believe this was the leader of the free world addressing the nation in such a cavalier fashion at a time of tremendous economic pain.

In many respects, Joe Biden’s presidency is the most amateurish in modern American history. An embarrassment on the world stage, as the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal demonstrated, and a complete nightmare domestically. The White House is utterly chaotic: at times, the level of almost comical incompetence has a distinctly Monty Python-esque satirical feel to it.

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Small wonder that many political watchers believe the looming November midterm elections may usher in the biggest conservative revolution in the U.S. Congress since 1994. America’s conservative movement is undergoing a distinct revival, offering policy solutions and ideas that threaten the Left’s grip on power in Washington.

Borrowing a line from the victorious 2016 Vote Leave Brexit referendum campaign, U.S. conservatives are now talking about “taking back control” of the United States from the far Left. America needs the return of full liberty, economic freedom, public safety, secure borders, and the strength and conviction to lead the free world. This is the antithesis of the Biden agenda, which has been so destructive and immensely damaging for the American people.

This piece originally appeared in The Telegraph

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