September 23, 2021 – 12:00 AM
Imagine this: You’re taking your weekly trip to the grocery store. As the grocery store clerk tells you the total for groceries, your first thought is, “They must have made a mistake; it can’t be that much.” You pay and push your cart off to the side and recheck the total, item by item. Then sticker shock sets in. The clerk has made no errors. Welcome to America, Biden/Harris style.
Hello, inflation. After cooking a high-priced breakfast the next morning, you head into work and notice the gas gauge is either broken or you’re near empty. Gas is up 74% since Jan. 20, and now you realize that filling up is no longer an option. You tell the gas station cashier, “Yes, sir, I’d like $15 on pump 12.” Now with your gas gauge registering just over a quarter of a tank, you hear on the radio that Americans are stranded at the mercy of terrorists in the Middle East, and now the world’s greatest superpower has been rendered feckless. Like many Americans, you’re thinking, What in the world is happening to America, and how did it decline so severely in eight short months?
I remember Jimmy Carter’s presidency well, and as Yogi Berra would often say, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Those of us who lived through Carter’s presidency felt positive that he would always be considered the worst president in our lifetimes. Unfortunately, he has lost that title to our current president, Joe Biden. Today, inflation is hurting middle-class families, excessive government spending is crippling our economy, a disastrous foreign policy is leaving Americans stranded, and China and Russia will soon be able to reverse engineer $85 billion of our military hardware we left to the Taliban.
Biden campaigned on “building back better.” The reality is, nothing has been better since he and Vice President Kamala Harris took office. In fact, they and their team of Obama administration holdovers are actively working against the interests of the country. For their dereliction of duty in the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, their total capitulation to China and other adversaries, their calamitous open border policies, their disastrous fiscal policies, their servitude to the radical woke left, and their utter failure to lead the nation, Biden and Harris should resign.
Biden is not up to the job of being the president. It is a 24/7 job, and he has neither the mental acuity nor physical stamina to do it. When presented with options from intelligence officials and from those in Congress with knowledge of the situation in Afghanistan, Biden either failed to understand or completely ignored their concerns and advice. Instead, he executed a knee-jerk, politically motivated, botched operation.
From commanding officers, people in the country, his intelligence community, the Pentagon, the CIA, the State Department, and the intelligence committees on both sides of the Capitol, he was warned that the only way to get our embassy personnel, each American that wanted to leave, and our Afghan interpreters out safely would be by using Bagram Air Base. When we vacated Bagram, it was a fatal error, as had been predicted.
To add insult to injury, Biden’s State Department gave the Taliban all the leverage in the world to take advantage of the delicate situation. Most people realize that you can’t negotiate with terrorists. Biden handed them the entire country of Afghanistan and our state-of-the-art military equipment on a silver platter. As a result, several Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, the Taliban now has U.S. weaponry, and 13 American service members paid the ultimate price. All of this could have been prevented. To make matters worse, Harris claims she was the last person in the room when the decision was made to withdraw from Afghanistan to meet a photo-op arbitrary deadline. If that is the case, she bears responsibility as well.
In addition, the president and vice president have abdicated their duty to secure our southern border. Record numbers of migrants are pouring into the country. The drug and human trafficking businesses are booming. All the administration had to do with respect to border policies was nothing. President Donald Trump was building the wall, and the “Remain in Mexico” policy was deterring illegal crossings. We saw dramatic improvements. Because they were Trump policies, and the Biden administration hates everything Trump did, no matter what, we are back to the dangerous, open-border days. This administration’s incompetence and craven political nature are making people less safe.
Meanwhile, Communist China is on the rise, forming an open alliance with the Taliban. Russia is getting an oil pipeline while American jobs are being destroyed along with the Keystone Pipeline. The Biden administration has already passed over $1 trillion of deficit spending with another $3.5 trillion proposed. It is bankrupting our country with a progressive wish list.
Furthermore, in an attempt to continue to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration now wants to mandate that all federal employees, workers at entities that receive federal funding, and workers at any private businesses with over 100 employees take the vaccine. Biden even said verbatim that this was no longer about freedom or personal choice. His administration wants to control your life and impose government regulations on your personal freedoms. This is a notion straight out of the communist handbook. I have always encouraged people to seriously consider talking to their doctor as to whether to take the vaccine or not. Receiving the vaccine should always remain a personal choice.
When Republicans take back the House and Senate, we will hold this entire administration accountable. In the meantime, someone must be held responsible for the disastrous state of our government. If the Democrats can impeach Trump for a phone call, Biden and Harris must be removed for their total and complete dereliction of duty. If the Democrats in Congress won’t do their jobs and remove them, the president and vice president should do the right thing for the country, for once, and resign immediately.
Rep. Billy Long represents Missouri’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a candidate for U.S. Senate.
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