Where Does One Begin, When Describing The Collapse Of America?

7 11 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written an article entitled “Virginia Secedes From Biden’s Party:  

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

With this remark — arrogant, dismissive, contemptuous — in his debate with Glenn Youngkin, Terry McAuliffe committed a historic gaffe.

From that debate forward, his poll numbers steadily sank until McAuliffe lost his lead, and with it, the election.

And going down to defeat, McAuliffe dragged with him his fellow Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general and watched Virginia’s House of Delegates revert to Republican rule.

What was McAuliffe saying, and what were Virginians hearing, in his remark? McAuliffe was saying that, in deciding what should be taught in its public schools, Virginia parents should just sit down and shut up.

Thus, a year after Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 points did McAuliffe lose the state by three, a 13-point turnaround. In New Jersey, which Biden had won by 16, the popular Democratic governor barely survived a cliffhanger.

These dramatic shifts in voter behavior testify to a serious misreading by Democrats of the presidential election returns of 2020.

Biden’s total of 81 million votes, with a 7-million vote margin over former President Donald Trump, had been hailed as testament that his time had come and that the American people had both rejected Trumpism and embraced the liberal policies and politics of good old Uncle Joe.

But the 2020 election was in reality a referendum on a single simple question: Do you want four more years of Trump? Yes or no?

Some 74 million people came out and voted to keep Trump in the White House, the largest number of voters ever won by a president.

However, an even larger number of voters were saying, “Enough!”

As moderate Democrats, desperate to halt the progress of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries, had voted for Biden to prevent a socialist from winning their nomination, voters who wanted an end to the Trump era cast their votes for the other name on the ballot, which was also Biden.

In 2020, Biden lit no fires in the primaries and spent most of the general election sheltering in the basement of his Wilmington, Delaware, home.

A vote for Biden was a mandate to replace Trump, not to overturn Trump’s signature policies of no more wars, secure the border, cut taxes, rebuild the manufacturing base, reduce trade deficits, deregulate the economy and unleash the power of the U.S. free market system.

The Biden victory was a rejection of Trump, not a mandate for the agenda of Biden’s party, which, with its left-wing core dominant, is outside the mainstream of America.

When the American people voted for Biden, they were voting for competence and an end to the daily conflict and chaos, not a Second Great Society.

They were not voting for $6 trillion or $3.5 trillion for cradle-to-grave socialism. They were not voting to “Defund the Police!” or tear down statues of Christopher Columbus and Confederate soldiers, or rename schools carrying the names of George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

They were certainly not voting to abandon Trump’s wall and throw open the nation’s borders to anyone who can make it through Mexico to the Rio Grande — or to give $450,000 in reparations for migrant families who were separated from their children after breaching our border.

They were not voting to have their children taught in public schools that the country they love is shot through with “systemic racism,” and most children in America are born into “white privilege” and belong to an oppressor class whose victims are children of color.

The message to the Democratic Party Virginia sent was this:

“You can indulge the crazies in your party, but if the American people come to believe you share their ideas and intend to implement them, we are going to relieve you of control of Congress in 2022 and of the White House in 2024. Rely upon it.”

Biden, who is today 10 points down from where he began his presidency, is facing some seemingly insurmountable problems.

More than 1 million people have illegally crossed the U.S. border into our country since he took office. The debacle of the early days of our withdrawal from Afghanistan are indelibly fixed in the public mind and identified with him.

Prices of food and gas and other necessities have risen even more rapidly than the 4-5% inflation that shows no sign of abating.

Supply chains for U.S. goods from abroad, from autos to appliances, are clogged, with container ships backed up in the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. And Biden is himself a portrait in confusion and contradiction.

Daily he loses his train of thought in public fora, forgetting places and names. While shutting down pipelines from Canada into our country to save the planet from the scourge of fossil fuels, Biden is calling on the Saudis to pump more oil to cut gasoline prices at the pump in the USA.

Having lost Virginia, Biden and his party look today like they are beginning to lose America.[2]  

What Pat Buchanan has written in this article is true.  And yes, a fair question to ask is: “Where Does One Begin, When Describing The Collapse Of America?”[3]  

As Buchanan stated, one might discuss the notion of paying illegal aliens a half million dollars for their “injuries,” while vast numbers of our fellow American citizens are struggling to make ends meet and to avoid—or deal with—chronic homelessness. Or we might discuss how our already-blighted, crime-ridden and dangerous cities are becoming even more lawless as police officers and firefighters are sent home because they refuse to be vaccinated.

For many years now, the thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups have burned our cities; killed or hurt innocent Americans including our police; and destroyed black and other businesses. Yet, thugs like George Floyd are lionized, and treated as heroes. And Leftists describe themselves as “Progressives,” which is the farthest thing from the truth.

Or one might discuss how mothers and fathers of young children are petrified at the thought of them being vaccinated because of the risks involved. Many are seriously considering the idea of homeschooling their kids for the first time. Or how little kids are being taught things that the parents find abhorrent, and the parents are told to “butt out” of their kids’ educations.

Or we might discuss how oil and other prices have soared as the Keystone Pipeline was scrapped and thousands of American jobs were lost; and our realistic goal of energy independence is trashed, and we are dependent on oil from the volatile Middle East again.

Or how the lots of auto dealerships are bare because of the shortage of chips and other parts that are essential to new state-of-the-art vehicles. And how ports on our west and east coasts have been crowded with ships offshore because of the shortage of workers to unload them and truckers to transport their contents. 

Or we might discuss how China unleashed the deadly Coronavirus, which has killed or hurt millions globally. Yet that Communist-run country has not paid any reparations for doing so, much less trillions of dollars. And how China’s goal of global domination by the end of this decade is not a pipe dream anymore.

As I concluded in an article that I wrote about the Coronavirus:

This is a bizarre new Orwellian world in which we are living—as if in a dream (or nightmare), or straight out of a horror movie—surreal. But it is real, and each of us is living in it.[4]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://buchanan.org/blog/virginia-secedes-from-bidens-party-158712 (“Virginia Secedes From Biden’s Party”)

[3] See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/14/who-and-what-is-tearing-the-us-apart/ (“Who and What Is Tearing the US Apart?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/30/the-taliban-are-victorious/ (“The Taliban Are Victorious”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/27/censorship-at-dia-no-wonder-we-lost-afghanistan/ (“Censorship At DIA, No Wonder We Lost Afghanistan”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/afghanistan-the-future-looks-grim-for-those-left-behind/ (“Afghanistan, The Future Looks Grim For Those Left Behind”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/15/the-tragedy-of-afghanistan/ (“The Tragedy Of Afghanistan”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/12/is-america-becoming-a-failed-state/ (“Is America Becoming a Failed State?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/will-the-coronavirus-mutations-cripple-america-when-it-is-becoming-clear-to-the-world-that-joe-biden-is-not-fit-to-serve-as-president/ (“Will The Coronavirus’ Mutations Cripple America When It Is Becoming Clear To The World That Joe Biden Is Not Fit To Serve As President?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/12/war-with-china/ (“War With China?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/13/the-day-america-died/ (“The Day America Died?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/2020-annus-horribilis/ (“2020 Annus Horribilis”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/chinas-goal-is-global-domination-and-it-must-suffer-the-soviet-unions-fate/ (“China’s Goal Is Global Domination, And It Must Suffer The Soviet Union’s Fate”) (see also the comments beneath each of these articles)

[4] See https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/timothy-d.-naegele.pdf (Timothy D. Naegele, “The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them”), p. 305.


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7 11 2021
H. Craig Bradley

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT “BUILD BACK BETTER” MEANS FOR YOU

First, in a methodical manner, Joe Biden attacked the Oil and Gas companies. They reacted in self-defense a year ago and began raising the cost of gasoline. Natural Gas and heating has become more expensive, as well. Just making energy more expensive eventually moves through the food chain and just about everything sees subsequent price inflation.

Next, The Biden Administration and Congress spent $ Trillions more, sent-out direct payments (stimulus checks) to almost every (living) American. Again, these actions tend to induce inflation. Let’s add-in Joe Biden’s national vaccine mandate to kick-in on Jan. 4, 2022. Wait until 25% of the American Workforce walks away, including Truck Drivers. The newly passed “infrastructure” Bill is chalk-full of new mandates of all kinds. They will become permanent and codified. Thought you saw supply chain shortages or costly food at the grocery store? Try more bare shelves next year, reminiscent of the Old Soviet Union.

Next comes Climate Change. Joe Biden wants us to all go green and move away from traditional fossil fuels. Never mind this would result in very high cost energy compared to either China or India. It would make what is left of our industry less competitive. Electric cars and solar power are still not ready for prime time. The technology is not there yet.

Two cities have jumped ahead with the “Decarbonization” movement of all buildings in their jurisdiction: Ithaca, New York and Des Moines, Iowa. They intend to soon develop energy efficiency standards for all buildings, many of them very old. After the building codes are updated, then mandates upon building owners will be implemented. In-order to fund building conversions over to solar and electricity, a public/private partnership is being developed between government and private equity organizations such as Blackstone, Blackrock, and KKK.

The estimated cost to “decarbonize” a house is $50,000. In-addition, all existing gas appliances must be removed and replaced with all electric (clean) appliances. Funding in the form of loans from either utility companies or private equity will be made to homeowners/property owners to comply. ( Many will just have to take-out a second mortgage to pay for these mandated energy upgrades).

If property owners fall behind on their payments, then comes foreclosure. The large corporations (Invitation Homes or private equity) will make them cash offers on the cheap and more real estate (rentals) will be owned by fewer players. The trend of concentrated ownership or wealth will intensify nationwide. Small landlords won’t have the access to capital and would have to sell-out. Rental income will go down with continued Universal Rent Controls.

Get the picture. Once the decarbonization movement gains traction and monumentum, it won’t be responsive to Federal election outcomes. So, the next President won’t necessarily be able to turn things around. This is why the climate change movement is being incubated at the local or city level, not from Washington D.C. Each individual city will mandate such carbon-free footprints on their own over the long term.

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7 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your poignant comments.

Brain Dead, Dementia-ridden Joe is a disaster on so many fronts that it is a challenge where to begin. EVERY front is fair game.

Perhaps his personal “habits” are most grotesque, as he embarrasses the United States and the American people in public forums.

See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10172959/Camilla-stopped-talking-hearing-President-break-wind-chat-Cop26-summit.html (“Camilla ‘hasn’t stopped talking about’ hearing the President ‘break wind’ during chat at Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow”)

Apparently he “soiled his nappy” at the Vatican prior to a meeting with the Pope.

China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin must be beside themselves with glee and good fortune, as they — and the world — watch the Biden-Harris presidency implode and descend into unspeakable chaos, humiliation and degradation.

See also https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bubble-fears-rising-financial-conditions-133310009.html (“Bubble Fears Are Rising as Financial Conditions Flash Boom Times”)

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7 11 2021
Mike Roche

Hey Tim,

If you think the politics are bad, don’t look at the economics. Don’t look at the Fed or Treasury. Don’t look at other Central Bankers.

A shitshow for the ages is coming.

Mike Roche Pelham, NH

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8 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Mike.

My undergraduate degree was in economics, but I am a poor “predictor” of economics. I have been predicting an economic meltdown for a long time — with the Fed and other central banks having “inflated us to oblivion” coming to an end. But the day of reckoning hasn’t happened yet.

See, e.g.,
https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/global-chaos-and-helter-skelter/ (“Global Chaos And Helter Skelter”)

To be fully candid, I bought my first stocks when I was a kid; and my father’s stockbroker was a family friend, who put up with me buying one share at a time. And I did well, percentagewise.

Years later when I worked in the U.S. Senate, I subscribed to several services; and it seemed that the more I knew, the worst I did. Indeed, I lost money.

After I left the Senate, there was a stockbroker down the hall in our K Street office building in WDC; and he took over my “portfolio” and bought stocks that I never would have purchased. When he recouped my losses, I bailed and have never invested in the stock market since then.

These days, friends seem to be making lots of money as the stock market reaches new highs, which seem totally out of touch with the problems in this country and the world as I see them.

I welcome your additional thoughts.

See also https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bubble-fears-rising-financial-conditions-133310009.html (“Bubble Fears Are Rising as Financial Conditions Flash Boom Times”)

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7 11 2021
Richard Schultz

Tim, I think Buchanan should run again—I’d vote for him. Richard

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8 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, the Great Schultz.

I like him too, and have cited his articles many times in my own articles.

But his presidential ambitions were dashed years ago, inter alia, when he was accused of being an anti-Semite.

See, e.g., https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Buchanan (“Pat Buchanan”)

I have never found anti-Semitism in any of the articles that I cited.

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8 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://news.usni.org/2021/11/07/china-builds-missile-targets-shaped-like-u-s-aircraft-carrier-destroyers-in-remote-desert (“China Builds Missile Targets Shaped Like U.S. Aircraft Carrier, Destroyers in Remote Desert”)

Ominous?

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8 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10175723/Bidens-approval-rating-continues-plunge-Dems-face-gloomy-landscape-midterms.html (“Biden’s approval rating continues to plunge – hitting just 38% – as Democrats face gloomy landscape for midterms”)

Is the end near?

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12 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See also https://buchanan.org/blog/us-and-china-collision-or-cooperation-158734 (“US and China: Collision or Cooperation?”)

Ominous . . .

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14 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://news.trust.org/item/20211113211122-i585d (“Ukraine says Russia has nearly 100,000 troops near its border”)

War may be imminent as Russia’s killer Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping seize on the Biden-Harris presidency’s “implosion,” after we cut and ran from Afghanistan in total humiliation.

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14 11 2021
H. Craig Bradley

Don’t worry about it. Its Transitory, after all.

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14 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Of course it is, Craig.

We won’t get out of this Life alive. 😊

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18 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://poll.qu.edu/poll-release?releaseid=3827 (“More Prefer Republicans To Win Control Of The House And Senate, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 68% Say Higher Prices Are Changing Spending Habits”)

The Biden-Harris presidency is in a “free fall” — in the United States and globally — with even worse yet to come.

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21 11 2021
H. Craig Bradley

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21 11 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

The Witch’s brew, Craig.

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