President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address described another world, not the one you and I are experiencing. The best of it was on Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine, where everyone wanted to stand in support of the Ukrainian people. But even there, he positioned himself as if he had been tougher than we all know he has been. He said nothing about the fact that we are still buying oil from Russia. He said nothing about increasing oil production at home.
And it was all downhill from there. At times the President seemed to be still fighting the ghost of the past Administration. He was even booed for it at one point.
In his fantasy, the economy is booming. He will give money to everyone without raising taxes for the middle class. Noting that Americans are tired of the nonsensical and arbitrary COVID restrictions the Biden Administration was pushing, all of a sudden no one needed masks in Congress for this address. Just days before the State of the Union, the Centers for Disease Control changed its tune. Science!
After the Democrat-supported defunding the police movement was universally rejected by most Americans, now President Biden wants everyone to believe the Democrats have always been for funding the police.
He will do something about the border; you are apparently to ignore your lying eyes.
It all felt like make-believe. Even the centerpiece of his Administration, abortion and promotion of LGBTQ+ interests, only merited passing lines. Not at all reflective of his practical agenda. His radical base will not be happy.
It is good news for those of us fighting for liberty and freedom. The polls are showing the president’s agenda is not popular. It is entirely outside the mainstream. So, they presented some fantasy agenda that bears no resemblance to what every day Americans are living.
He concluded by yelling that he was going to “save democracy.”
It felt flat, though the President surely spoke like he thought he was saying something momentous. In a word, it was uninspiring.
A Frank Response
Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) delivered the response and brought a dose of reality to the night. She said, “We shouldn’t ignore what happened in the runup to Putin’s invasion. Waiving sanctions on Russian pipelines while eliminating oil production here at home. Focusing on political correctness, rather than military readiness.”
She pleaded for a robust, confident American foreign policy but transitioned to the situation at home, saying, “We cannot project strength abroad if we’re weak at home.”
“The President and Democrats in Congress have spent the last year either ignoring the issues facing Americans or making them worse. They were warned that spending would lead to soaring inflation. They were told that their anti-energy policies would send gas prices to new heights. But they plowed ahead anyway.”
She spoke for millions of moms when she said:
Americans are tired of a political class that’s trying to remake this country into a place where an elite few tell everyone else what they can and cannot say—what they can and cannot believe. They are tired of people pretending the way to end racism is by categorizing everybody by their race. They are tired of politicians who tell parents they should sit down, be silent, and let government control their kid’s education and future.
And she exposed the hypocrisy that has plagued the ruling class during the pandemic, saying Americans are “tired of the theater — where politicians do one thing when the cameras are rolling and another when they believe you can’t see them. Where governors and mayors enforce mandates but don’t follow them. Where elected leaders tell their citizens to stay home while they sneak off to Florida for sun and fun — where they demand that your child wear a mask, but they go out maskless.”
Reynolds’ statement brought the realism Americans deserve at such a crucial point in our history. It was hopeful in that it showed that at least some elected officials are listening to parents’ concerns.
Even though it also reminded us that the night really marked only the first year of President Biden’s term.
God help us.