USA 2024 Elections Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Thu Nov 3 17:16:04 PDT 2022

The Left Were The Mad Scientists – We Were Their Lab Rats

by Victor Davis Hanson

As the midterms approach, one way of looking at America’s current
disaster is that we, the American people, were lab rats. And since
2021, the Left were the mad scientists, eager to try out their
crackpot leftist experiments on us.

The result is that the housing market is tottering on the verge of collapse.

As interest rates soar, our $31 trillion national debt crowds out
everything else in the budget.

Inflation roars at a rate of 8-9 percent per annum, higher than at any
time in 40 years.

Yet the prices of the stuff of life – food, fuel, shelter, energy –
are far steeper still than the official rate.

No one is safe from thugs anymore – whether a commuter on a New York
subway or the Pelosis in Pacific Heights.

The country reportedly has a 25-day supply of diesel fuel – the energy
source that runs the nation. Meanwhile, we keep draining the Strategic
Petroleum Reserve of oil, a commodity we have in abundance but refuse
to produce fully.

We never fixed the supply-chain crisis of last year, and so still face
shortages of key consumer goods.

The labor participation rate is at a multi-decade low – given fat
government COVID subsidies, the Siren-song appeal of staying home
after the lockdowns, fear of COVID, and millions of workers with long

The post-Kabul Pentagon is quiet about the depletion of its critical
stocks of weaponry.

We have sent billions of dollars’ worth in howitzer shells, javelin
missiles, and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to
Ukraine without replenishing our own arsenals. The Army’s recruitment
rate is off 50% this year.

Our broken Navy is ossifying as China expands its fleet in expectation
of absorbing Taiwan.

When we look to the president for an accounting for these madcap
experiments, we get nothing. In the last few weeks, President Joe
Biden has lied that gas was $5 a gallon when he took office when it
was half that.

He falsely swears that he passed his student-loan amnesty plan by one
or two votes when he simply signed away a half-trillion dollars in
debt by an executive order and bypassed Congress.

Vice President Kamala Harris is our border czar, but she avoids the
nonexistent southern border like the plague.

As the country depletes its petroleum reserves, she gushes about
“solutions” like transforming the nation’s school bus fleet to battery

On the rare occasion she is allowed abroad, Harris has no idea what
North Korea’s official name is, only that it is supposedly one of
America’s staunchest allies.

We are now headed for a decisive midterm election. Strangely the
hard-left architects of the last two years neither offer a defense of
their failing agendas, nor agree to change them.

No Democratic congressional candidates brag about the 3 million people
who illegally crossed the border.

None boast that they helped cancel key pipelines, reduced federal
leasing of gas and oil, and shut down the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. None take credit for hammering investments in fossil fuels.

None preen over the no-bail and defund-the-police policies of
left-wing, big-city prosecutors and mayors who have spiked crime.

None insist that an annual 8-9% inflation rate is a desirable
spreading of the wealth.

And yet odder still, no Democratic candidate, state or national – and
most certainly not Biden – offers to alter these toxic policies.

If they won’t defend what they have done, they apparently will not
undo what they have wrought either.

No Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants one foot built of a new
border wall. No House candidate demands that the Keystone pipeline be
finished. No senatorial candidate calls for fiscal discipline to lower

Instead, they stay mute.

Biden mutters lies about MAGA extremists under every bed while daily
offering yet another made-up tidbit of his fantasy autobiography.

State and national candidates either avoid debates with their
Republican opponents or delay them in hopes they will become
irrelevant since millions of mail-in ballots are already cast.

Rarely have voters turned over their country to radicals, socialists,
and nihilists.

We did in 2020.

And once the Left took the presidency, the House, and Senate, they
tried a deadly experiment on us the American people, their veritable
lab rats.

It failed – and has now nearly destroyed us along with the country.

Yet in November the Left apparently demands more time for more
experimentation on more of us. But to do what exactly?

Pass more no bail laws and promote more defunding of the police? Make
the jails and prisons emptier?

More destruction of what’s left of the southern border?

More biological men overpowering women in sports?

More printing of money?

More cutting back on federal gas and oil leases and canceling pipelines?

Apparently, the only thing that will stop their mad experimentation is
that they have run out of us – their once willing lab rats.

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