The Logic in All the Madness

Article author: 
Victor Davis Hanson
Article publisher: 
American Greatness
Article date: 
24 June 2024
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

Most Americans believe it is unhinged to deliberately destroy the border and allow 10 million illegal aliens to enter the country without background audits... And worse still, why would federal authorities be ordered to release repeat violent felons...

Equally perplexing to most Americans is borrowing $1 trillion every 90 days and paying 5-5.5% interest on the near $36 trillion in ballooning national debt. Serving that debt at current interest exceeds the size of the annual defense budget...

Why would the United States suspend military aid to Israel as it tries to destroy the Hamas architects of the October 7 massacres? Why would it lift sanctions on a terrorist Iran? Why would it suppress Israel’s response to Iran’s missile attack on the Jewish homeland?...

Why would the Biden administration cancel key pipeline projects and put vast swaths of federal lands rich in oil and gas off limits to production, even as it further drains the strategic petroleum reserve?...

... they also were confident the changes were of such magnitude that the United States would either become - in the infamous phrase of Barack Obama - "fundamentally transformed" or force the next Republican administration to adopt such tough medicine that it would prove untenable politically and the malady would still prove mostly impossible to undo...

The country has become accultured to a nonexistent border...

... they also know that the left has now established a valuable precedent: oppose woke progressivism, and one will either become bankrupted by indictments or land before a blue-city jury eager to nullify evidence to ensure the accused is jailed and broke...

The Biden years did the country great damage and rendered Biden himself one of the most unpopular incumbent presidents in American history. But his agendas may have fundamentally changed the country for decades, if not longer - and will require tough remedies that may be almost as unpopular as the wreckage they wrought.


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