Joe Biden’s ‘Angry America’

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

It’s not until you leave the United States that you realize how angry Americans are.

Earlier this month my wife the travel agent and I took a cruise in the Mediterranean from Athens to Barcelona by way of stops on the Greek island of Santorini and in Sicily.

It was the first trip Colleen has been able to book since February 2020, right before the global pandemic lockdowns sank 80 percent of the cruise ship industry and put her out of a job.

For me, who got to tag along, it was the best kind of get-away vacation, mainly because I saw and heard virtually nothing about American politics.

I never turned on the TV in my room, so I was never up to date on the status of the Democrats’ zillion-dollar spending packages or the latest wave of illegal immigrants flooding our southern border.

The global pandemic and its precautions and annoyances traveled onboard with us, of course.

We had to be vaccinated and wear masks when we were not eating, drinking or sunning by the pool.

Plus, we were tested for COVID on our trip four times  before we got on the plane to Athens, twice on the cruise ship and before we flew home.

The strict COVID-19 policies were the small price we had to pay to escape Joe Biden’s “Angry America,” where it seems everyone is always griping and bitching about what’s going on – as I admit I do.

My vacation was a great way to hang out with friendly, happy people from around the world who weren’t angry all the time or never shut up about politics.

Best of all, it got me away from the TV and made me forget the political troubles in America.

Cruising the Mediterranean for seven days, I never saw Kamala Harris’ face. I never saw Joe Biden’s or Nancy Pelosi’s, either.

I was so out of America’s news loop, I had no idea that angry parents across the country who’ve been protesting the actions of their liberal school boards had been branded by Biden people as “domestic terrorists” worthy of the FBI’s attention.

As soon as we arrived back in the U.S. earlier this week, I saw that Americans were as angry as ever – and had some new good reasons to be.

The Biden administration was talking about using the IRS to monitor the bank accounts of every American who makes a transaction of $600 or more.

Talk about government snooping.

Nancy Pelosi said something about it being part of a campaign to make sure every taxpayer, including the rich, pays their fair share, but that’s a ridiculous excuse for a dangerous federal power grab.

Everything the Biden administration has come up with so far is just as idiotic as that idea:

Its perverse energy policies, its harmful immigration policies, its proposed tax hikes, its covid vaccine mandates for larger companies, its bloated spending bills, its inflationary monetary policies … And let’s not forget the fiasco in Kabul.

Liberal Democrats used to get their kicks by making fun of the values and life styles of Americans in Red States. Now they’re using the power of the federal government to torture them in new ways and make them mad.

While we were vacationing, Gov. Gavin Newsom got in on the act.

He signed a new California law banning the sale of gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other small equipment. Those tools – used by thousands of landscape workers – will have to become battery-powered only.

It’s really sad to watch the damage Biden, Newsom and company are doing with their leftwing ideas, stupidity and arrogance.

The only thing that will save the country is when the voters they’ve made so angry return the House and Senate to Republican control in the 2022 mid-term elections.

Meanwhile, Collen and I are already thinking of going on another cruise tomorrow.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Sticking With My Father on John Hinckley

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Making Sense By Michael Reagan

News that a federal judge had approved the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr. next June set my phone to ringing furiously earlier this week.

Journalists naturally wanted to know what I thought about the decision to let Hinckley go free after serving nearly 40 years in a mental hospital for trying to assassinate my father on March 30, 1981.

Hinckley, now 66, has been living on his own outside the mental facility for several years without incident and doctors say he is no longer violent and shows no signs of mental illness.

But my sister Patty and many conservatives think approving his release was the wrong decision.

They believe Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, is still a threat to society or doesn’t deserve to be fully released.

I totally understand their emotional reactions, but none of them ever talked to Ronald Reagan about forgiving Hinckley like I did.

This week when people asked me about Hinckley, I told them I don’t have a problem with him becoming completely free because I’m going to side with Ronald Reagan.

My father publicly forgave Hinckley long ago.

He did it within days of being shot and before he went back to work at the White House on April 11. He even wanted to visit Hinkley, but the Secret Service wouldn’t allow it.

What was good enough for my father is good enough for me.

He was one of those rare people who didn’t just recite “The Lord’s Prayer,” he lived it.

When he asked God the Father to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” he meant it.

I’m not going to be angry for the rest of my life at a mentally disturbed guy who tried to take my father’s life. My father didn’t hate Hinckley, why should I?

He was never a hateful or vengeful man – even after almost dying from an assassin’s bullet.

In private, and with his family, he was the same affable guy who quipped to Nancy “Honey, I forgot to duck” and said to the emergency room doctors “I hope you’re all Republicans.”

To prove what I say, here’s a loose retelling of the conversation I had with him six hours after he got off the operating table at George Washington University Hospital.

When my wife Colleen and I walked into his room, my dad looked up at me from his bed and said, “Mike, if you’re ever going to get shot, don’t be wearing a new suit.”

“Excuse me?”

“Well, yesterday I was shot.”

“Yeah?”

“That blue suit I was wearing was a brand new suit. It was the first time I ever wore it. The last time I saw it they had cut it off me and it was in shreds in the corner of my hospital room. So that’s why I’m telling you, ‘If you’re ever going to be shot, don’t be wearing a new suit.’ ”

Then he said, “That young man who shot me – Hinckley.”

“Yes,” I said, “John Hinckley.”

“I understand his family is in the oil business.”

“Yep.”

“Do you think they have any money?”

“They’re in the oil business and they live in Denver. Of course they’ve got money. Why?”

“Well, do you think they’d ever buy me a new suit?”

That was what my father was really like. Unlike so many people in and out of politics today, he was never angry – even after being shot.

Humor was his way of putting people at ease, whether it was his worried son, his doctors or the entire country. His good-natured temperament – and the virtue of forgiving the trespasses of others – are what we miss and what we could all use a lot more of today.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Will Jill Save Us From Old Joe?

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Does anyone on the planet really still believe Joe Biden has the mental faculties to be president?

Anyone in Congress? Anyone in the media? Seriously.

It’s time for Democrats and Republicans to be honest. Skip the partisanship.

It’s not about how much you hate Donald Trump or Republicans or Fox News. It’s not about your opinion of VP Kamala Harris.

It’s not about the series of major domestic and foreign train wrecks Joe Biden has engineered in just eight months – the immigration crisis at the Southern border, the demolition of our energy independence, the botched, tragic and humiliating exit from Afghanistan.

It’s about a sitting American president who proves every day that he doesn’t have the mental chops – or the physical stamina – to be in charge of the most powerful and most important country on Earth.

Watching Biden stumble through the motions of being president makes you understand why his keepers hide him in his basement from the media.

Anyone who watched his mini-press conference in the Oval Office with Boris Johnson this week couldn’t help but be embarrassed for Biden and the country.

It was a pathetic sight to see Boris commandeer the “presser” and screw up the plans of Biden’s handlers – Biden’s controllers, really.

Boris took two questions – from foreign reporters, not American ones.

Then, when it became apparent that White House reporters were going to start peppering Biden with questions he hadn’t been prepped for, the president’s staff cut them off and started shrieking at the media to clear the room like it was on fire.

But this kind of clumsy, protect-the-demented-president strategy doesn’t make me mad at Old Joe. It makes me sad. I feel sorry for him.

It’s one thing for the White House staff and liberal media to pretend all is right with Joe Biden’s brain. They all voted for him in 2020 and will protect him as long as they can.

But where is first lady Jill Biden? Where are the president’s brothers and family members?

They know better than anyone how far Old Joe has declined, but they apparently care more about the perks of keeping a Biden in the Oval Office.

Who I’m most pissed off at is his wife, Jill Biden, who apparently wanted to be first lady more than she wanted to be a good “doctor” and do what’s best for her own husband.

Ditto for the selfishness of Biden’s political staff. Apparently, it’s more important for them to keep calling the shots in the White House than it is to do the right thing for a man who clearly has dementia.

I get it. I enjoyed being the son of a president. It was pretty cool – sometimes – to be protected 24/7 by Secret Service agents.

But my God, my father’s health was always a heck of a lot more important to me than taking trips in Air Force One or having access to the Oval Office.

The whole Biden dementia thing has become so horrific you can’t make fun of it anymore. It’s not funny, especially to me.

I watched my father suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

But when my dad was really showing the effects of dementia in the early 1990s, Nancy Reagan didn’t let him deteriorate in front of everyone.

Say what you will about her steely persona, but Nancy took her husband out of his office in Century City, brought him home and took proper – and loving — care of him for the rest of his life.

For the good of her husband – and the country – Jill Biden should do the same thing.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Dems Play the Trump Card in California Recall Election

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

“A blow out.”

That’s what I said Monday on Newsmax when I was asked what I thought would happen in Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election in California.

It didn’t surprise me that in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3-1 the “No” vote for recalling Democrat Gavin Newsom won more than 60 percent of the vote.

I had been predicting for months that Newsom, no matter how awful he has been, would easily hold on to his job.

It’s not that I had a crystal ball or I’m a political genius or anything.

It’s just that unlike a lot of conservatives, I can recognize election fraud in California when I see it.

The fraud I’m talking about has nothing to do with any dirty tricks pulled by the Democrats.

The fraud in this week’s recall election – just like the fraud in every recent and future election in California – was the Republican Party.

Republicans around the country still think they have a competitive party in the former “Golden State,” but that hasn’t been true for a long, long time.

Just 24 percent of the electorate are registered as Republicans, which is why Newsom won in a walk, Joe Biden crushed Donald Trump by 5 million votes and Democrats have controlled the state assembly for decades.

The last Republican governor Californians elected was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was at heart a Democrat and only won because he was a global celebrity.

Since Arnold’s era, the Republican Party here has had no leader, no message and no hope of ever electing a U.S. senator, governor or president.

The recall election just made things worse for the GOP in California – and around the country.

The Republican candidates to replace Newsom – a parade of losers and nobodies led by the great conservative L.A. talk show host and top vote-getter, Larry Elder – never had a chance.

What hallucinogenic drug made GOP bigwigs think they were going to win on Tuesday?

Because 2 million people in a state with 22 million registered voters supported a ballot measure to recall Newsom a year before a general election? I hope not.

Politically, during the recall election the Democrats went to school and got educated while the Republicans flunked out.

In the process of defending Newsom and smearing Elder the Democrats found a tactic that they can use nationally to keep control of Congress in 2022 – painting every Republican candidate as a Trump clone.

In every race next year Democrats will be tying their Republican opponents to the so-called “insurrection” of Jan. 6 in Washington and the Nov. 3 election Trump keeps saying was stolen from him.

The core Trump crowd may get all giddy about this, but the fact is, a Republican candidate will eventually get to a point where the only people who’ll vote for her are the Trump people.

If you look at Tuesday’s numbers, for example, the “yes” vote for recalling Newsom was about equal to the percentage of Californians who voted for Trump in 2020.

What the GOP did by putting their hopeless recall election together was to set up a launching pad for Newsom to run for president.

He can run for governor again next year and win, then leave Sacramento in 2026 in time to set up a campaign to run for president in 2028.

Before that happens, the Republican Party better wake up and find some fresh presidential horses for 2024.

After what they learned Tuesday night about playing the Trump Card, I can hear Democrats across America praying that Trump runs in 2024.

It’s not that President Trump didn’t do many good things for the country. It’s about how he went about doing them.

He’d almost certainly win the Republican nomination because of his base, but I predict he’d lose bigger in the general election in 2024 than he did in 2020 – to anyone.

As I tweeted this week, if the GOP wants to retake Congress next year and regain the White House in 2024, I hope they learned this week they have to become more like Ronald Reagan and less like Donald Trump.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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America Mourns the Anniversary of 9/11. The Taliban Celebrate.

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

As the country sadly marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on Saturday, I’ve been thinking about where America was 20 years ago and where it’s headed.

In the weeks and months following the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans at the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., Americans were united in a way it’s hard to imagine today.

Patriotic country songs were written about America and what it stands for – positive, uplifting songs – and everyone in New York City and Washington promised to rebuild the fallen towers even taller.

Politically, we were all singing from the same bipartisan hymnal: We had to strike back quickly and severely punish the Islamist terrorists who did us harm.

Every politician in Washington – even career non-interventionist Ron Paul – called for kicking al-Qaeda’s butt by destroying their training camps and “headquarters” in Afghanistan.

Our great military quickly did just that and, for good measure, dethroned the brutal Taliban government that was providing safe harbor for al-Qaeda.

Then for the next 20 years America pretty much went to Hell.

Today, after a series of botched Middle East wars, the deaths of thousands of our soldiers and the spending of trillions of our dollars, we’re a politically divisive, unhappy and humiliated country.

It’s bad enough that the Taliban are back in charge of Afghanistan, hunting down and killing their enemies, prohibiting girls from going to school and forcing women to look and act like it’s the 7th century.

But four of Afghanistan’s top leaders are terrorists we once held at Guantanamo.

The last 20 years have been one big American foreign policy blunder after another.

In Afghanistan we wasted lives and money on a tribal, backward, corrupt, ungovernable and historically unconquerable country that our leaders in Washington apparently thought we could turn into Switzerland.

Between them, Bush II and Obama and their third-string generals mismanaged the war for 16 years, kicking the Afghanistan war tin can down the road, and leaving it for first Trump and then Biden to figure out how to end it.

Biden, not surprisingly, did the worst possible job in the shortest time, screwing up the American evacuation of Afghanistan in every way imaginable.

President Biden deserves all the criticism he’s gotten – and much more. But the Afghanistan debacle is not entirely his fault.

It’s what happens when you don’t fight a war to win – or when you fight and win a war but then don’t know when it’s time to get out.

In case you haven’t noticed, with the exception of maybe Grenada, the last war America actually won was World War II.

We won it because FDR and his generals knew we had to totally crush Germany and Japan and we did it unconditionally.

If you’re going to take your country to war, if you’re going to risk your country’s precious blood and treasure, you better crush your enemy.

We didn’t crush the Taliban.

And we didn’t win in Afghanistan because the war there became a political issue, not a military one, and our politicians of both major parties were more interested in winning elections.

So while America mourns 9/11 this weekend, the Taliban are celebrating it. While we are mourning our 20-year failure in Afghanistan, the Taliban are having a victory party.

I have no idea what the surrenderer-in-chief is going to say to make the families of 3,000 dead Americans feel better when he visits the three 9/11 memorial sites on Saturday.

He’ll be lucky if some families of the 9/11 victims don’t turn their backs on him.

He might even hear an echo of what thousands of America’s young people were chanting at a handful of sold-out (and unmasked) college football games last weekend.

Their three-word chant – which had the initials “FJB” – is vulgar and disrespectful. But it’s about the only thing recently that has given me hope for the future of America.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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The Troubles With Biden’s Brain

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York got a special Emmy last year for his nauseating daily pandemic press conferences.

So why shouldn’t President Biden win something this year from his Hollywood supporters for his series of wildly untrue Afghanistan speeches about the evacuation of Kabul?

How about something like a special Oscar for “Best Performance by a Confused American President in a Reality TV Series”?

Gov. Cuomo and his sickening ego had to step down, and his phony politically inspired award was revoked by the Emmy people because of the credible groping accusations by nearly a dozen young women who worked for him.

But unfortunately for our future, Biden continues to play the lead role in the Democrat Party’s long-running production of “The Decline and Fall of America.”

He’ll be reading his scripts from a teleprompter, refusing to take tough questions from journalists and pretending he truly believes the lies he’s saying for as long as his guardians think it’s safe to let him out of his basement.

Biden and his brain created a lot of trouble for his floundering administration and his nervous party earlier this week by declaring on TV that the evacuation of Kabul had been a spectacular success.

Unfortunately, however, the whole world, which had been watching in real time, had seen that the “Kabul Airlift” was a tragic screwup, and everyone but Jill and Hunter Biden could see that the Big Guy was either demented or lying, or both.

Everyone saw how Biden’s evacuation fiasco ended up killing 13 U.S. soldiers, stranding an unknown number of Americans and our Afghan allies and gifting the Taliban with tens of billions worth of U.S. military equipment to use or sell.

If the military had not sent in airborne troops to protect the Kabul airport during the airlift, there’s no telling how much worse Biden’s terrible plan would have been.

It was Biden’s own wrongheaded military decisions as commander in chief and his diplomatic deals with the Taliban that turned our long-overdue exit from Afghanistan into a bloody, humiliating and historic catastrophe.

According to Biden’s twisted logic, America is supposed to be safer from terrorists now that the Taliban is in charge of Afghanistan.

Biden congratulating himself for “ending our forever war” and praising himself and his generals for the “successful” exit from Kabul is a sad joke.

It’s like the captain of the Titanic boasting that he got most of the lifeboats in the water without admitting it was his fault that his ship rammed into the iceberg in the first place.

The scariest thing about President Biden, though, is that no matter how dumb, incompetent or addled he is, it’s highly probable that his understudy, the still missing Kamala Harris, would be even worse.

The Democrat Party bosses, who obviously know this is true, have kept her so muzzled and out of sight of the media that I’ve heard reports her laughing face is starting to show up on America’s milk cartons.

But seriously, there’s nothing funny about what’s happened to Biden’s brain. It’s sad to watch it decline in public.

What Old Joe said about the success of the Kabul Airlift was so untrue, and so bonkers, even the Washington Post and most of the faithful Biden press choir (except diehards like MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell) called him out on it.

Biden and his brain have become a serious problem for Democrats, who are terrified of being crushed in next year’s midterms and losing control of Congress.

I don’t want to help the Democrats hold on to their power for one more second, but a smart way to keep the president from saying things that hurt their chances next fall would be to listen to my good friend David Webb, the conservative talk show guy.

David’s friendly advice to our poor president is, “Just turn the teleprompter around and let us read what you’re trying to say.”

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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President Biden Owns the Kabul Disaster

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Making Sense By Michael Reagan

“Terror in Kabul.”

That’s what CNN branded its coverage of the two powerful suicide bombs that exploded in the sea of U.S. soldiers and Afghani civilians surrounding the Kabul airport.

As of late Thursday, 12 U.S. Marines and a Navy medic were dead and at least 15 other American military were wounded by suicide bombers belonging to the splinter terrorist group ISIS-K, who are rivals and sworn enemies of the Taliban.

The explosions outside the airport gates, which everyone knew were inevitable, also killed more than 60 Afghans and wounded at least 140 more.

The death toll from those bombs is sure to rise – and more bombings are expected.

Meanwhile, about 5,200 U.S. soldiers remain inside the airport’s perimeter as the chaotic and botched “Biden Airlift” continues to evacuate Americans, other foreigners and terrified Afghans.

No one – especially President Biden — knows what will happen next, or if the humiliating and bungled evacuation will meet next Tuesday’s promised deadline.

It took Biden about eight hours before he addressed the country about the bombings.

Somber, serious and sad, he took responsibility – kind of – for the fiasco that has unfolded in Kabul in the last two weeks.

He said he intended to meet the Aug. 31 deadline for completing the evacuation of all U.S. forces.

And he warned the ISIS-K terrorists who carried out the attacks that “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down.”

Politically, President Biden and his party own the disaster in Kabul and the 13 American deaths.

So far he and his friends in the media have not blamed President Trump, but we know they probably will.

Eight months after Trump left office, and they still have not been cured of their Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Biden likes to claim, as he hinted at today, that he inherited the problem of the Afghanistan pull-out from the deal Trump made with the Taliban early in 2020.

But Biden and his generals had eight months to plan how to safely leave Afghanistan without risking American lives and without leaving behind the thousands of Afghans who worked with us.

Yet because he hates Trump so much, Biden immediately threw away the Trump administration’s logical evacuation plan and instead removed U.S. troops first, Americans and other civilians second and left about $80 billion in military gear behind.

No one ever said getting America out of Afghanistan after two decades was going to be easy or bloodless.

But the way the Biden administration has bungled everything in Kabul makes the Bay of Pigs look like a smoothly run operation.

The president likes to blame his biggest problems on what Trump did, but he’s the one who’s responsible for Kabul and for wrecking several important parts of our country in just eight months.

He inherited a mostly closed Southern border with hundreds of miles of new walls – and he immediately opened it up to millions of illegal immigrants.

He inherited a booming energy sector – and he immediately hobbled it by shutting down the Keystone pipeline and issuing anti-fracking regulations on federal lands.

Now, as gasoline prices are soaring, he’s begging our so-called friends in Saudi Arabia to pump more oil.

Biden also inherited an economy that was rebounding nicely from the COVID lockdowns – and immediately began wrecking it with higher taxes, gigantic spending policies and higher inflation.

The president likes to blame Trump for everything that has gone wrong under his watch – even vaccine hesitancy.

But when you are pointing a finger at Trump for everything that’s wrong, there are three fingers pointing back at you and you’re not accepting responsibility.

Ultimately, however, who’s really at fault for what happened today?

Us.

Because as we’re pointing our fingers at Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and his people for the harm they’re doing to the country and for bringing us the catastrophe in Afghanistan, three fingers are pointing back at us, the American people, who elected these fools.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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The High Price of Biden’s Blunder in Kabul

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Making Sense By Michael Reagan

So what else could President Biden possibly screw up?

Our commander in chief and his woke generals have blown the evacuation of Kabul so badly that even CNN and MSNBC have had to cover it.

For the last month, Biden assured us that when our military left Kabul it wasn’t going to be a humiliation like Saigon in 1975.

It sure wasn’t. It was much worse – and it’s far from over.

We’re just starting to witness the deadly costs of the Biden administration’s back-ass-wards evacuation of Afghanistan’s capital.

Safely evacuating tens of thousands of American citizens and Afghans who risked their lives to help us for 20 years from a city surrounded by the enemy is not rocket science, it’s just Military Science 101.

First, while you hold on to your soldiers and air power for protection, you get all the civilians out – women and children first.

Next you get your fancy military equipment out – untold billions worth of it – so, um, your enemy doesn’t get to use it.

Then, after a look around to make sure no one is left behind, you pull your soldiers out – and say goodbye to America’s longest war.

But when it came time to leave Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his generals – most of whom apparently were asleep at their big desks in D.C. – pulled the soldiers out first and the civilians out second.

America’s fully televised screw-up in Kabul will go down in history as a metaphor for the foolish way we fought and lost the war in Afghanistan.

“Kaos in Kabul,” or however CNN will brand it, will also be remembered as the event that showed the whole world what many of us already knew – that Joe Biden is mentally unfit to be president and his entire administration is as incompetent as he is.

Biden’s public response to the chaos in Kabul this week was pathetic.

After the world watched several days of unforgettable images from Kabul’s airport, he finally emerged from his vacation hideaway at Camp David to speak on TV to the American people.

He read a 19-minute speech trying to explain why leaving Afghanistan was the right thing to do and blaming Afghanistan’s leaders and army for the crisis at Kabul’s airport and the quick takeover of the country by the Taliban.

Then he turned and shuffled off backstage without answering a single question.

Can you imagine any other president doing that? And then hopping on Marine One and being whisked back to his vacation at Camp David?

“Excuse me, I’ve got to get back. I was lining up a long putt on the 12th green.”

Biden’s speech and his later interview with ABC’s veteran left-handed softball pitcher, George Stephanopoulos, were further proof of his growing dementia and his obsession with undoing Trump’s successful policies.

Anti-Trump energy policy, anti-Trump immigration policy, anti-Trump tax cuts, anti-Trump Iranian deal – whatever Trump did right, Biden quickly un-did in his first eight months.

Now it’s Afghanistan.

Biden, naturally, blames the Kabul fiasco on Trump and his deal with the Taliban, but even the Trump-deranged liberal media aren’t buying it – not yet, anyway.

After all, it was Biden’s inept generals who pulled out of Bagram Air Base, ended U.S. air support and left behind the modern weaponry for the Taliban goat herders to play with.

Trump’s evacuation plan for the American military in Kabul might not have gone perfectly. We’ll never know.

But I bet it wouldn’t have left thousands of Americans stranded in a brutal nightmare, plus it included Trump’s threat to the Taliban leaders to behave themselves in the future, or else.

I’m really angry at the killings that Biden’s blunders are going to cause in Afghanistan and what his botched exit from Kabul has done to America’s global reputation.

Who’s going to fear or trust us now with him in the Oval Office?

What do you think Iran’s mullahs and China’s Communist Party are thinking they can get away with?

And how would you like to be the president of Taiwan and know your country’s survival depends on the faulty judgment and diminished mind of Joe Biden.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Dumbing Down Our Kids of Color

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

The left is truly dumbing down America’s kids.

It’s nothing new.

But based on the insane education policy recently implemented by the state of Oregon, it looks like the future of America’s already awful public school system is getting worse.

Last month, as the media just learned, Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown quietly signed a bill that dropped the requirement that high schoolers had to prove they were proficient in reading, writing and math before they graduated.

The bill’s supporters claim that considering math and reading as essential skills all these years has been, you guessed it, unfair to kids of color who do not test well.

They claim the new bill was written “to truly reflect what every student needs to thrive in the 21st century.”

And they say that it will specifically help the state’s “Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”

Only in our upside-down and dumb world of woke politics, which assumes that only white kids can learn to read and count, could someone actually believe that the futures of kids of color will be helped by lowering education standards.

Guess those progressives in Oregon missed the 2017 movie “Hidden Figures,” the true story of the brilliant black women whose computer-like math skills helped NASA safely send John Glenn into Earth orbit – and bring him back – in 1962.

What the people in charge of Oregon are doing is sad enough.

What’s even sadder is that Fox News and a dozen conservative pundits are the only ones who seem to be outraged.

I don’t expect the liberals at CNN or the New York Times to care. But where are the kids’ parents?

Black and brown parents in Oregon and every major U.S. city who can’t afford private schools, or who are unable to homeschool their kids, should be marching and protesting and raising holy Hell with local politicians of both parties.

Black and brown communities should be voting out their school boards and demanding that schools get back to teaching the basics.

That means teaching their kids how to read, count and think – not what to think.

Most of all, though, black and brown parents should be demanding school choice, so that they are no longer forced to send their kids to the crappy public school in their designated district.

All parents should have as much choice in choosing their kids’ taxpayer-financed education as they do in choosing a car dealer or a grocery store – more actually.

Everyone would see how wrong – and stupid — it would be if parents in poor city neighborhoods were forced by law to buy their food only at the crummy local grocery because it’s within the boundaries of a carefully drawn government “Grocery District.”

Parents should be given a school voucher for what their city school district spends per student – upwards of $20,000 a year in most big cities – and be allowed to spend it at any public or private school they want.

For at least half a century black and brown and white kids trapped in our inner-city public school systems have been getting a fourth-rate education.

Seventy five percent of them can’t read or do math at their grade levels – but they’re automatically passed to the next grade anyway.

And most of the kids that do “graduate” from our worst city schools are barely qualified to run a register at a McDonald’s, much less go to a college or get an entry-level job with a future.

That’s because kids aren’t being taught the basics.

Instead, they’re being taught Critical Race Theory, a racist and twisted way of looking at our history that teaches school kids to hate America and hate white people.

I’m so glad the people who founded this country are dead so they can’t see what’s going on.

I’m also glad Martin Luther King Jr. is dead, so he can’t see how our failed educators are using the BS of Critical Race Theory to judge people by the color of their skin and not their character.

Copyright 2021 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Time To Get Off The Couch, Americans

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Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Yesterday I went to my urologist for one of my regular checkups.

I’ll spare you the medical details, but my trip to the doctor gave me a quick lesson in why there are still millions of Americans who are not returning to their jobs.

What normally happens at the urologist’s office is that after I pee in a bottle, a staffer or assistant takes my blood pressure, draws a sample of my blood and does an ultrasound on my bladder.

Then the doctor himself comes in, we have a quick conversation, he inspects me, tells me I’m fine and I’m out the door.

But yesterday, no one took my blood pressure or gave me an ultrasound.

When I asked the doctor why that was, he said, “We don’t have the help anymore. We’re so shorthanded we can’t do all the normal things.”

The clinic was understaffed because its workers can “earn” more sitting on their butts opening state and federal unemployment checks than they could if they returned to their jobs.

If you recall, starting at the end of March 2020, the Trump administration’s $2.2 trillion Cares Act included $600 a week for Americans who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Added to existing state unemployment benefits, millions of restaurant workers, retail workers and even part-time Uber drivers found themselves on easy-chair street.

This March Biden’s American Rescue Plan cut the unemployment relief check to $300 a week, but his regime kept the generous federal gravy train running until Sept. 4.

Given the way everyone’s talking about lockdowns again because of the delta variant, don’t be surprised if those $300 checks keep coming till Christmas.

What was so sad, my urologist said, is that despite having no patients during the early days of the pandemic, his medical group decided to stay open so its employees would have a paycheck.

“Then one day the federal government decided to send checks to them,” he said, “and they went home – and never came back.”

You wonder why those federal employment numbers keep coming in lower than expected while so many restaurants and small businesses are clamoring for workers?

To put it simply, people are being paid too well by the feds not to work.

It’s not that they can’t find a job. Every storefront in America has a “Help Wanted” or “Hiring for All Positions” sign in its window.

They just can’t get their backsides off the couch – if they’re actually at home.

A lot of unemployed Americans apparently are in Vegas, which is so crowded you can’t find a hotel room and the average wait for an Uber is more than half an hour.

Restaurants everywhere are really hurting because no one wants to take a pay cut and go back to work.

This week I saw the owner of a restaurant in New York crying on TV that he was so short of help he had to clean the toilets himself.

And now in New York City and LA they’re saying no one will be allowed to eat indoors unless they can prove they’ve had a COVID shot.

The health Nazis in charge want restaurants to start checking people at the door to make sure their vaccination papers are in order.

So who does Mayor De Blasio actually think will fill those new doorman jobs, the chef, the bartender or the restaurant owner?

I guarantee whoever thought up that stupid idea never gave a second’s thought to how it would affect the restaurants in New York City that already are understaffed and barely breathing.

If I ran a restaurant in LA, I’d go straight to the Southern border and hire a dozen illegal aliens – and I guarantee you they’d be happy to go to work.

I’d rather hire someone who walked here from Central America than some lazy American who won’t get off their couch.

Copyright 2021 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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