Why America Has Become a Mess

Astonishing things are happening these days in Washington and across the entire American global empire, in Pax Americana. Of course, hell broke loose for the liberal Western elite during the withdrawal of the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan, but the disruption began much earlier. The bloody mess in Kabul simply revealed all the problems that were previously invisible to the general public, more precisely those problems that were kept hidden.

Currently, it is not only the right-wing opposition press in the U.S. and Europe that is condemning the losers in the White House, but the liberal mainstream media openly talk about the many crises that have occurred under the control of the Democratic Party.

It turns out that the U.S. cannot curb inflation, the migration crisis on the southern border continues to surge, crime in cities is growing at a record pace, and there have been no diplomatic successes, only failures. What would you call at least two public scandals during negotiations between the State Department and Chinese colleagues, first in Alaska and then in Beijing?

And of course, the operation itself to withdraw troops from Afghanistan revealed a great deal: A lack of coordination between federal agencies and military contingents within the NATO framework, the abandonment of American citizens and Afghan volunteers, Joe Biden’s poorly written speeches, all of this left a devastating impression. Of course, this happened primarily because the defeat and withdrawal were live-streamed. Few people are forgiven for such a thing. But the world elite and the international community were equally affected by how inept and incompetent Washington appeared to be.

Obviously, the media have changed, something that exacerbated the situation. But that’s just the point! Previously, mainstream media’s unanimous approval of any actions by the liberal establishment was one of the Biden administration and the Democratic Party’s trump cards. One-party control of the so-called free press does not appeal to everyone, but it’s a sign of power, one that no longer exists.

How did it happen that the liberal coalition that skillfully and boldly seized power in Washington in 2020, suddenly started dropping the ball? The arrival of the Biden administration was presented as a “return to normal.” Professionals had arrived to replace the chaotic and unpredictable Donald Trump. They told us they were competent, pragmatic, capable of negotiating, and were bringing unique experience from having worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations. It’s true that not everyone likes how administration officials are doing their at job, but they know what they’re doing.

And that’s absolutely the case. Biden himself has been in Washington for more than 40 years. Most of the high-ranking members of the administration worked with Bill Clinton. Subsequently, these people governed the country and the world together in President Barack Obama’s administration. Notably, they are well educated and were mentored by others with experience. In addition, they achieved undeniable success. Although there is reason to criticize what they hoped to achieve, they got results. And now it’s as if they have all at once become inept.

We cannot forget that in recent decades, the Democratic Party has demonstrated exceptional discipline and unity. Having one of their own in the White House and a majority in both houses of Congress, the Democrats have been able to at least pass legislation they consider necessary. In particular, they have ensured a long one-party rule, which was the original plan.

This requires significant effort. It involves implementing election reform so that the voting process remains as constant as it was in 2020 and so that Congress has control over voting procedures. It involves immigration reform, enacting statehood for the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico as the 51st and 52nd states respectively, expanding the size of the Supreme Court in order to seat more liberal justices, nd in addition, passing a second infrastructure bill (worth $3.5 trillion), related not so much to infrastructure, but to radical social engineering designed to change American society.

Surprisingly, this hasn’t happened yet. Congress is returning to Washington after yet another break where its hardest struggle awaits: raising the national debt ceiling. Back in August, the Federal Reserve announced that despite the urgent actions it was taking, the U.S. Treasury would run out of money in October or November. Generally, raising the debt ceiling is not easy. With the help of their congressmen, various political forces and special interest groups are trying to link further borrowing (and thus, the continued use of the “printing press”) to passing bills that are important to them. There is no doubt that things will turn out the same again this time, with the next act being an infrastructure bill that contains so many green projects and measures suppor every minority that the Republicans are unlikely to entertain another round of debate.

Although it’s true the Democrats hold a majority in both houses of Congress, two issues remain. First, important legislation requires a qualifying majority in the Senate to pass, i.e., 60 votes. Of course, this rule can be changed by a simple majority vote. However, the White House has signaled to lawmakers that it is not worth rushing toward such a nuclear option, as it is called in Washington. Is it because there is no certainty about the 2022 midterm elections?

Secondly, a number of defectors within the party have emerged. The American press is writing about Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who openly declared he was unwilling to vote for the green part of the infrastructure bill. Even intervention by Vice President Kamala Harris won’t help. Of course, it is possible to win over a couple of undecided Republican senators like Mitt Romney, however, dissatisfaction with establishment politics comes from more than Trump Republicans and conservative centrist Democrats. The ultra-left is also unhappy. Old man Bernie Sanders wasn’t even nominated for secretary of labor, which is hardly a post at all. The socioeconomic bloc of the administration is represented entirely by individuals vetted and chosen specifically, people who are veterans of the Clinton White House, and not at all by representatives of the left, who in many ways helped Biden win. “And this is also becoming a problem because the thinking on the street and the urban youth scene have the attention of people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and none from Biden, Harris, or Jen Psaki. They are rocking the boat based on their own interests; they don’t consider the current administration radical enough.

Besides, whatever happened to the so-called Democratic alliance? Biden promised to hold a summit for this new international grouping this fall. But so far, we haven’t heard any announcement about the grand event. And “grand” is exactly what it was supposed to be. Worse, old world countries have started talking about acting independently in both foreign and domestic European politics. We are all well aware that this is not the first time such statements have been made in Berlin, Paris and Brussels, and generally, they don’t mean anything. But it is one thing to threaten European independence when the White House is occupied by an “impossible” president like Trump, and another when professionals capable of negotiation have returned to office. Such statements about European independence are a black mark on global leadership.

It appears that the liberal coalition, having succeeded at staging a coup (albeit through an election) absolutely does not understand what to do with the control it has seized. “Returning to normal” has turned out to be absolute chaos. The triumph of the adults who have returned to the room has suddenly faded and turned into an inept kind of stalemate. The Democrats can’t even find a scapegoat for their failures.

This doesn’t mean that global leadership will not be able to get a grip and start restoring order, at least in those countries it considers to be liberal democracies. The editors of mainstream media still face a come-uppance and a call to order. Party leaders may also face discipline. In addition, it is not too late to convene a Democratic summit. We need party unity to accomplish this, at least within the administration, something that Biden has talked about repeatedly. Judging by how often the president repeats this mantra, unity does not exist, primarily because there is no clear understanding of what America or the West is today.

During the struggle involving Trump and populist forces in Europe, the liberal elite got so carried away with destroying everything that formed the basis of Western civilization that today it is absolutely unclear who will fight the autocracies of the world. A society with 46 genders? People who consider their own history one of slavery? Citizens of the world engaged in post-industrial professions? Or perhaps those who have been deeply offended and greatly angered by Democrats during the struggle. I think there will still be an effort to achieve unity. After all, there is a lot at stake. But this effort will have absolutely nothing in common with democracy or the law. The screws will need to be seriously tightened.

So overthrowing Trump did not move America away from the brink of civil war. On the contrary, it nudged the “city upon a hill” closer to serious domestic conflict. Such conflict is simply necessary for the Washington elite to reclaim at least a part of its lost authority. And here it is necessary to be extremely careful. Recently, America has turned its foreign policy issues into weapons for fighting domestic struggles and the West as a whole.

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Originally from Riga, Latvia, Svet Voskoboinik is a student at the University of Birmingham, UK, completing an MA in Translation Studies. She holds a BA in Linguistics with a minor in Applied Language Studies from University of California, Berkeley. Svet speaks Russian, English and Spanish. She is based in Los Angeles, CA. Svet enjoys learning languages, sailing, cycling and cooking with friends.

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