UPDATE August 18, 2021:
Great thing about America Biden just destroyed #38: Americans trust our government not to leave them behind
We haven’t heard much from our commander-in-chief since Monday’s short, blame-laden statement. In his absence we’ll let Nancy Pelosi do the talking.
Pelosi’s remarks after the president’s single solitary appearance don’t bode well for the fate of the Americans Biden left stranded. She asked us to “pray for the safe return” of those “defending the lives of Americans and our Afghan partners”126 and then she got to the narrative that really matters to the Democrat Party:
It is critical that the United States and the international community come together to protect the people of Afghanistan, especially the women and girls who are at the greatest risk.127
Let’s set aside the fact that no one is going to protect the women and girls in Afghanistan. What about the Americans left behind? This is what Pelosi wants us to know:
The President is to be commended for his strong leadership and exceptional focus on bringing American military involvement in Afghanistan to an end. He does so ensuring that Americans and our Afghan partners make it to safety as soon as possible and with a continuing laser focus on counterterrorism efforts to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad.128
Like far too much of what she says that statement is not true. From all appearances Biden has ensured nothing despite assuring the nation that “We planned for every contingency.” Lucky for our speaker she is in Washington, not Afghanistan or she would probably have a different view of what making it to safety as soon as possible means.
Yesterday Republicans pleaded for an evacuation strategy:
Americans and Afghan partners alike need an evacuation plan – not platitudes. They have been abandoned behind enemy lines with their lives on the line.129
Platitudes are what we got from Biden and Pelosi. Yesterday National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had an opportunity to explain how we get Americans out:
So, as I’ve said before, we have been working, engaging, coordinating with Taliban elements on the ground to ensure safe passage.130
If we have to trust the Taliban to save our fellow Americans then not only is there no plan, Biden left them behind in grave danger. I think most of us have already figured that out.
UPDATE August 23, 2021:
Great thing about America #39: the world knows that America is a reliable friend and ally
Every country on earth, even those that hate us know that when tragedy strikes America is here to help. We provide assistance, support, and save lives after earthquakes, pestilence, floods, even violent political conflict (Obama’s red line in Syria excluded, of course).
Joe Biden destroyed that faith in America’s reliability. The world sees that America under Biden can’t even safeguard its own people. We’re compromised because of a president with increasingly suspect faculties and a team of advisors whose blunders with the Southern border seem disturbingly similar to the pictures we’re seeing in Afghanistan. Worst of all, we keep hearing the same narrative about the amazing job the administration is doing getting our people out as if we can’t see that the planning for our exit was bungled beyond anything we could have feared.
The world sees this, too. This is not the message to send to our allies who now have cause to question how reliable of a partner we are. We didn’t make sure Americans were safe before we withdrew. We left military technology in the hands of the Taliban. We will leave Afghans who helped us in harm’s way. We are forced to rely on the Taliban to do the right thing, a dangerous oxymoron and situation we would not be in if Trump was still president.
Our friends and allies aren’t the only ones who see this. It goes without saying that this is not the message to send to our enemies, either.
It’s going to take time and a new administration that knows what it’s doing to regain faith in America as an unshakable ally that can be trusted to not do something foolhardy and reckless. Until then and assuming we make it that far Americans need to strap in for a very rough and dangerous ride.
UPDATE August 26, 2021:
Great thing about America #40: America knows who our enemies are and who they are not
President Biden’s worsening international catastrophe just killed 12 Americans and nullified one of his biggest lies about the American people.
A few weeks ago white supremacists (e.g., Trump voters) were the biggest terror threat America faced. Americans were America’s greatest enemies. Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Commission was ready to spend countless time and taxpayer dollars to prove it.
Two weeks ago Joe Biden was still rallying America against the terror threat from our friends and neighbors:
We must acknowledge what America’s intelligence community has already confirmed, and what Charlottesville and so many other communities know all too well: the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland in recent years has been domestic terrorism rooted in white supremacy. We cannot ignore it.131
Now, thanks to his unthinkably destructive decision making in Afghanistan that either disregarded or ignored the reality of the Islamic terror threat we have some real terrorists to worry about.
This presents a bit of a quandary for the White House. After turning Americans into our “most lethal terrorist threat” we face a new and this time very real threat made worse by the president’s obdurate refusal to secure our border with Mexico even though by all accounts it is being abused by foreign nationals from all around the world.
Is America’s greatest enemy still Americans who didn’t vote for Biden, or did he just create a new, much greater “lethal terrorist threat to our homeland” to worry about?
You know the answer. The question is whether turning Americans into terrorists is more valuable politically than admitting the truth.
UPDATE August 30, 2021:
Great thing about America #41: America stands by its highest ideals in defense of our people no matter what
Two days after we received the news that 13 Americans lost their lives to the president’s Afghanistan evacuation plan Biden made this remark:
The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others.132
His statement is true. Every one of these 13 Americans died a hero serving America’s highest ideals. What is not true about this historic charade is Biden’s failure to respect America’s highest ideals in Afghanistan just like he refuses to respect them here at home.
The end of our presence in Afghanistan was a disaster that Biden will evade responsibility for despite the fact that as president and commander-in-chief he can do whatever he believes necessary to protect American lives. That includes the lives of our troops. These 13 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the Biden administration’s incompetence and that is not something any American can or should forget.
It’s a travesty for this president or those in his administration to even utter the phrase “highest American ideals.” This administration believes flooding the country with illegal immigrants serves our highest ideals better than protecting our sovereignty. This administration demands we trade the free market capitalism that made us an economic powerhouse for socialism. This administration backs a divisive, anti-white racist narrative that turns neighbor against neighbor instead of uniting us as Americans. This administration is anti-American to the core and no one who serves in it is serving anything but themselves and the Democrat Party.
The president wrapped up his August 28, 2021 remarks with this:
I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have. This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay.133
There is no way to pay for this loss of 13 American lives. Instead of promising retribution Biden should immediately step down no matter how horrendous the thought of a Kamala Harris presidency. It won’t bring these heroes back, but at least it brings some closure to this disastrous turn of events and a measure of retribution for a president whose leadership is a danger to our nation. If Biden won’t vacate the Oval Office perhaps he will at least agree to never use the words “highest American ideals” ever again. It shouldn’t matter. He’s proved more than once that he doesn’t have any idea what they mean.
UPDATE September 11, 2021:
Great thing about America #42: we came to terms with 9/11. Biden destroyed that, but he helped preserve our memory of that day.
We can’t make what happened on 9/11 go away. That memory will be with us forever despite inevitable efforts from America’s political fringe to reimagine what happened on that day.
Memory + time is a damaging equation. The years pass and values change. We reinterpret the past. Consider the epidemic of historic monuments torn down by the left’s wokeness frenzy. When enough time has passed history is vulnerable. Is that already happening to 9/11?
Texas News Today (link expired) reported on a teacher training video that denigrates American exceptionalism and suggests we not call the 9/11 terrorists what they were.134
This would have been unthinkable, even treasonous in the years following the terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Time is already changing that memory. As the years go by it will change even more.
75 years after Japan surrendered and WWII came to a close we’re witnessing a surge of anti-Americanism that would have been unthinkable in the years that followed. September 11 faces a similar fate at the hands of left-wing ideologues who demand that we change the truth about everything, even the simple fact that women bear children and men do not.
Biden preserves our 9/11 memory
We have Joe Biden to thank for helping to ensure this won’t happen to 9/11. Before he took over we were coming to terms with that day. The Taliban was suppressed. The Islamic terror threat was diminished. Our new president shifted America’s terror sights from Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups to everyday Americans who refuse to support his far-left, socialist-leaning authoritarianism.
In the space of weeks Biden’s catastrophic exit from Afghanistan changed our memory of 9/11. Thanks to Joe we have a new chapter in that history. 13 more Americans lost their lives. Now America negotiates with the terrorists we held responsible for murdering our people at home and abroad. Administration officials even commended the Taliban for working with us to get the Americans Biden stranded out of the country.
Joe Biden helped make sure that 9/11 won’t be forgotten. He opened a new chapter in a book that was at risk of slowly closing with the passage of years. We won’t forget this president for what he has done. Neither will the history books. It hurts to say it, but that’s a good thing.
UPDATE September 13, 2021:
Great thing about America #43: America is not an autocracy
When we finally kick Democrats out of Washington perhaps Republicans will promise to never use “democracy” again unless they have absolutely no choice. The word has been beaten so badly by Democrats that it’s become an insult instead of something to revere.
The president still uses democracy as if it means something. Two days after he announced his autocratic national vaccine mandate Biden spoke of autocracies and democracies in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. He showed an astonishing absence of awareness as to which of the two he represents:
There’s a lot of autocrats who truly believe that democracies can’t function in the 21st century. Not a joke. They think because the world is changing so rapidly and people are so divided, you can’t bring people together in a democracy to get a consensus, and the only ones that are going to be able to succeed are the autocrats.135
It’s no joke, Joe, even if what you said next sounded like one:
That’s why it’s so damn important we demonstrate — everybody says, “Biden, why do you keep insisting on trying to bring the country together?”136
It may be damn important, but Biden failed to bring the country together almost as miserably as he failed in Afghanistan. In the meantime he’s still trying to bypass our democracy by single-handedly shoving as many far-left agenda items down our national throat as he can get away with. That includes his incredibly divisive vaccine mandate. If the president thinks this is a clever way to bring the country together his mental state is even worse than we feared. If he believes he’s not an autocrat intent on destroying American democracy once and for all then it really is time to roll out the 25th Amendment.
UPDATE September 16, 2021:
Great thing about America #44: we celebrate American citizenship
Most of us do, anyway. President Biden mocks American citizenship every time an illegal breaks into our country and he lets them stay, every time we hand them the benefits of citizenship like employment and free public education, and every time an American citizen pays taxes that go to supporting people who should never have set foot in our country.
Today the president rubbed our national face in the dirt by proclaiming September 17, 2021 “Citizenship Day.”137 Not to be outdone by that hypocrisy, he also proclaimed September 17, 2021 – September 23, 2021 “Constitution Week.” We’ll deal with that affront to our founding document in another update.
For Biden and the Democrats illegal immigration is just a numbers game. More = better. The impact on taxpayers doesn’t matter. The risk of admitting criminals, COVID carriers, and even terrorists because we deny the sanctity of our own border makes no difference. If I was an illegal immigrant I would have so little respect and so much distrust for the party that allowed me to just walk in as if I was a citizen that I would never vote for a Democrat, but conferring the vote appears to be their plan. Nothing else makes sense of this insanity.
CBP figures for August confirm the administration’s intent to flood the country with non-citizens so congressional Democrats can turn them into Americans. Of the 208,887 “encounters” along our border with Mexico 115,473 illegals were processed under Title 8.138 That means they aren’t going anywhere but here anytime soon. Their biggest hurdle will be competing with Afghan refugees for taxpayer dollars.
When illegals are conferred de facto American citizenship just because they prefer life in the U.S. then being a citizen of our great country has no value. The flood that we’re seeing now speaks to how little being a citizen matters in Biden’s America unless you belong to the left-wing ruling class. Otherwise, an American citizen is just part of the mass of humanity Democrats seek to control with one big difference. The president can force citizens to get COVID shots by threatening our employers. Illegals are off the hook. They can spread COVID at their leisure while the rest of us risk losing our livelihoods if we don’t comply.
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129“McCaul, Rogers, and Nunes Blast Biden for Endangering American, Afghan Partners’ Lives.” gop-foreignaffairs.house.gov. August 17, 2021. https://gop-foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/mccaul-rogers-and-nunes-blast-biden-for-endangering-american-afghan-partners-lives/, retrieved Augsut 18, 2021.
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137“A Proclamation on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, 2021.” whitehouse.gov. September 16, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/09/16/a-proclamation-on-constitution-day-and-citizenship-day-and-constitution-week-2021/, retrieved September 16, 2021.
138“CBP Releases August 2021 Operational Update.” cbp.gov. September 15, 2021. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-releases-august-2021-operational-update, retrieved September 16, 2021.
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