Midterm elections offer voters a referendum on a record of failure | Opinion

Things didn’t have to be this way. Candidate Joe Biden promised he would unite America and “build back better.” Americans know our country is in serious trouble, and the looming midterm elections will be a referendum on the failed leadership of the current administration.

The Biden administration’s ineptitude resulted in the death of 13 brave American service members during the disastrous retreat from Afghanistan. Every week we are reminded of this glaring mistake. On Sunday, the brother of one of those 13 killed himself near a memorial for the fallen heroes.

Last week, we learned that the Taliban is so firmly back in charge in Afghanistan that a top al-Qaeda leader thought he could safely meander out in the open in Kabul. The military obliterated Ayman al-Zawahiri in a hellfire missile strike on behalf of an administration led by the one man who opposed the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden’s death.

The administration proudly nominated a Supreme Court Justice who cannot say what a woman is. Meanwhile, Taliban thugs beat back Afghan women (you know, adult female humans) marching for their rights.

That’s just one part of the world that is more dangerous due to the Biden administration’s failed policies.

Europe is another victim of the administration’s ineptitude. In private, European officials draw a straight line from the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal to an emboldened Putin attacking Ukraine.

The administration’s policies have weakened NATO‘s deterrence against Russian aggression. Nuclear threats from top Russian officials now echo the alarming rhetoric of the Cold War.

Meanwhile, China threatens Taiwan and the entire balance of power in the Pacific Rim. Our allies in that region feel less secure and less inclined to trust American resolve.

US President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2022.
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Iran is now plotting assassinations of Americans and encouraging violent attacks against opponents of the regime, such as the horrific Salman Rushdie attack. While Iran attempts to wage war on our soil, the outlaw state receives friendly overtures from the administration.

Our domestic situation fares no better. While Mr. Biden begs for oil from despots in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, his administration works to upend our energy independence. Americans pay more at the pump while the administration promotes tax credits for solar panels and electric cars that don’t begin to replace the energy we once had to fuel a prosperous country.

The president seems to think he has the power to change the weather, but cannot even marshal the logistics to give American moms baby formula to feed their infants.

Families have seen the hard work of generations destroyed by runaway inflation. The administration’s disastrous economic policies have wrecked the stock market and promise more politically correct regulations, less innovation, and declining prosperity.

The administration seems determined to harm American families. Promoting taxpayer-funded abortion and refusing conscience-based exemptions for those who would rather not participate in ending human life, the administration follows the extreme Left rather than letting voters in each state decide abortion policy for themselves.

Wielding government power to enforce conformity to the Democrats‘ platform is a recurring theme of the Biden administration. Its most recent legislative initiative will hire 87,000 new IRS agents to go after regular Americans. Some humility might have been expected from the crowd who, before the 2012 election, weaponized the IRS against conservative groups. No such luck.

And that’s not even to mention the fact that the administration openly invited violent criminals, human traffickers, drug dealers, and scofflaws to flood our southern border.

The Biden administration has made the world more dangerous. Its policies make our neighborhoods more dangerous. It emboldens criminals, both the home-grown ones and those who crossed the border, and attacks the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

In all this, there is one thing we can do to make our world and our neighborhoods less dangerous. We can go to the polls and vote to reject the failed policies of this administration. That might be one way that Joe Biden can unite us after all.

Gayle Trotter is an attorney and political analyst based in Washington, D.C. Follow her @gayletrotter on Twitter.

The views expressed in this article are the writer’s own.

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