Many puzzled Americans ask the question, “How did we get here?”
They wonder how come a rich, powerful, and generally happy country that was doing so well in the 21st century became an economic, social, and ideological wreck almost overnight.
It’s a good question – and the answer has little to do with the pandemic and the collateral damage we’ve done to ourselves with the lockdowns and the war on COVID.
Today, the country is divided into dozens of red-blue factions that bitterly quarrel over everything from federal spending and abortion to oil pipelines, gun control, vaccines and “corrective” surgery. genre for 12 year olds.
The liberal mainstream media have become the unabashed watchdogs of the ruling Democrats in Washington, D.C.
The comedians are canceled for being incorrectly funny. Future justices of the United States Supreme Court cannot – or will not – define the word “woman”.
Our great and special country has never been perfect, of course. For starters, ask Native Americans, Blacks, women, and gay people.
But the America of 2022 has gone mad – in every sense of the word. And the person we can lay most of the blame on is….
In 2008, the Chicago liberal saint entered the White House with the ideal of hope and change, his powerful speech and the promise of a better, colorblind and more equal future for all Americans.
But once in power, as his grand dreams evaporated, he lit the fires and fanned the flames of much of the political madness and negative feelings about America that we suffer from today.
For example, Obama was the first president in my life to openly criticize certain people in the population.
“You didn’t build this,” he told business people who started successful businesses.
“The police acted stupidly,” I think he said, criticizing Boston cops who arrested Professor Henry Louis Gates for “breaking and entering” his own home.
The whole theme of “police hating” – which turned during the Trump years into a “defund police” campaign – was essentially triggered by Obama’s attitude towards the police and his ignorance of gang violence that ravages cities like his hometown.
Meanwhile, Obama’s wife, Michelle, was the first first lady to publicly say she wasn’t proud of America.
And when Barack toured Europe, he made it a point to publicly apologize for America’s past failures.
But it’s now clear that the worst thing Obama did to the country in the long run was Joe Biden.
Instead of his many possible but now forgotten vice presidential choices, Obama chose a longtime, failed, gaffe-prone “moderate” hack Democrat and failed presidential hopeful from the indifferent state of Delaware.
Senator “Amtrak” was carrying a career’s worth of bad bipartisan baggage.
Friend of former KKK like Senator Robert Byrd, enemy of school integration bus, plagiarist, hawk on wars in Iraq and other places in the Middle East, badass on urban crime, bad handler of Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings – Biden held a slew of positions that simultaneously offended or embarrassed his friends and foes.
Biden was the booby prize for VP candidates in 2008 — and we can thank Obama for helping Old Joe finally become the booby prize for US presidents in 2020.
President Biden — who some say is really Barack Obama’s third-term spokesperson — is the spokesperson for the left-wing nefarious energy and environmental policies that the old “Old Joe” of yore would never push.
Unfortunately, we’re stuck with Biden for another two years, if he can last that long.
But there is hope for America to be great again – again.
In the fall, the Republicans will take over Congress. Obama’s socialist ideas and his negative attitude towards America will die the political death they have always deserved.
And we’ll never hear from them again – until 2024, when Democrats put Michelle Obama of Martha’s Vineyard at the top of the list.
– Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, political consultant and author of “Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan.”