Biden, Democrats use midterm mass-distraction strategy to hide counterculture revolution from angry voters

Victor Davis Hanson

The contours of the upcoming November midterms seem clear. President Joe Biden scarcely polls above 40% approval. His disastrous energy, economic, crime, immigration, and foreign policies proved even more unpopular.

In reaction, frightened Democratic candidates on script are resorting to strategies of diversion. They avoid mention of their prior lockstep support for Biden agendas that induced current high gas prices, spiraling inflation, deflated 401(k) retirement plans, out-of-control violent crime, 3 million illegal aliens pouring across the southern border, and the disaster in Afghanistan and its aftermath.

Most Democrats are quietly relieved that a 79-year-old, cognitively challenged Biden does not appear with them on the campaign trail, preferring he continue his frequent down time at his Delaware retreat.

Democrats also increasingly rely on a series of ginned up Trump-MAGA psychodramas. That way they hope to make the midterms a referendum on a supposedly demonic Donald Trump—with help from the media, the January 6th House Committee hearings, the Mar-a-Lago raid, and now periodic Biden rants about “semi-fascist” Trump supporters.

These efforts of mass distraction will not work.

Aside from Democrats’ inability to mask their prior support for the disastrous Biden record, most presidents lose dozens of congressional seats in their first midterm election. And when a president’s approval rating stays stuck at about 40 percent, down-ticket party candidates do poorly.

But even more importantly, in the last month of the election, there is a growing consensus that our very civilization itself is imploding and America’s current trajectory is unsustainable.

Americans blame the left that has weaponized every aspect of the federal government to further a virtual cultural revolution. For a rare moment in American history, neo-socialists in 2020 captured control of the presidency and both houses of Congress — giving them a blank check for two years to transform once crackpot radical theories into destructive everyday policies.

A group of about 100 juveniles looted a Wawa store in Philadelphia, September 24, 2022. (Philadelphia Police)

A group of about 100 juveniles looted a Wawa store in Philadelphia, September 24, 2022. (Philadelphia Police) (Philadelphia Police)

Before Biden, no one would have dared imagine actually defunding the police, releasing violent criminals just hours after committing crimes, deliberately canceling federal gas and oil leases, pipelines, and entire oil fields, and destroying the entire corpus of immigration law.

Since when does a criminal simply prance out of a store, arms full of stolen goods without a worry of arrest? What has happened to America when millions pour into their country without audit, legality, or vaccinations at the height of a pandemic? Why have hundreds of thousands of homeless simply absorbed vast swaths of America’s downtowns?

The middle class is bewildered by this sudden erosion of everything they once took for granted, from supply-chain shortages of baby formula, smash-and-grabs and car-jackings, and train robbing in broad daylight to periodic brownouts, dysfunctional air travel and daily racially motivated hate crimes.

Meanwhile, the public’s retirement accounts have lost a third of their value in just a year. The middle class now receives only a scant 1-2% in interest on their eroding savings accounts, but they pay 7% for mortgages, while inflation eats away their value of their purchasing power at over 8% a year.

As part of the current cultural bewilderment, voters are baffled that the border patrol is overwhelmed while the administration hires 87,000 new IRS agents.

They cannot fathom why the FBI’s Washington hierarchy has serially misled Congress and lied to federal investigators. Why would FBI agents monitor parents at school board meetings, or seek to humiliate the political enemies of the White House?

Since when does the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff call his communist Chinese counterpart to warn him that his own American commander in chief is considered too unsteady?

The recent, unfiltered racist talk of Los Angeles city-council members, along with Kayne West’s anti-Semitic outbursts, warn us that the ultimate manifestation of our premodern descent into tribalism, ethnic and racial chauvinism, and woke identity politics could soon be an abject nightmare like Rwanda or the former Yugoslavia.

Under Biden, the IRS is slated to grow substantially. FILE: This photo taken April 13, 2014, shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington.

Under Biden, the IRS is slated to grow substantially. FILE: This photo taken April 13, 2014, shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

The new woke cancel culture — so reminiscent of the Jacobins’ reign of terror in revolutionary France, the Bolshevik takeover in 1918 Soviet Russia and Mao Zedong’s cultural revolution — has turned the left into enemies of First-Amendment protected free speech and expression.

The nightmares of George Orwell’s dystopian novels — censorship, doxing, ostracism, Trotskization, statue-toppling, name-changing, historical erasure — have swept America, making the country unrecognizable to half the population.

The model would be similar to a postwar non-aligned Austria and Finland, or Western but neutral Switzerland. Kyiv then would not be a military threat to Russia, but more an asset than a liability to the West.

The result is that voters are worried about more than just their waning domestic and national security, their eroding economy, their unsafe streets, and wide-open borders. They fear they are also targeted by cultural revolutionaries who seek to wipe away the very foundational dates and documents of America — and demonize any who object to their cultural hijacking.

So do not be surprised about the looming counter-revolutionary pushback on November 8. Americans will not just be rejecting the Biden agenda but also voting to save what is left of their civilization itself.


Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author most recently of “The Dying Citizen.”

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7 thoughts on “Biden, Democrats use midterm mass-distraction strategy to hide counterculture revolution from angry voters”

  1. Much has been written about Democrat Congressional Candidates not wanting Biden’s presence at their campaign events….but one should
    also note Kamala Harris is also absent on the campaign trail. Former VP Pence is barnstorming the Country for the G.O.P. but Harris’s absence speaks volumes.

  2. Oh my! I owe you an apology. My previous comment is totally off the mark for your essay. I agree with everything, and I can’t understand why I thought you’d mentioned Covid vaccinations. In fact I’d like to add that we will still face huge (15%) increases in property taxes next year based on our current valutions (a 20%+ increase) even as the value of our property crashes with 6.9% 30-year mortgages.

    Please remove my previous comment and foregive me for wasting your time. I’m a bit older than Victor, (9 years) and I have noticed a marked decrease in my abilities to do complex problems. That said, I can still do a level 3 Sudoko in 8 minutes every so often, so I may sitll have something to contribute. Again, my apologies.

  3. Alas we must also include RINOs out there undermining the Republican Party and the MAGA agenda.

    Michael Steele has poked his party in the eyes three stooges style by calling maga voters “Lice, fleas and blood sucking ticks.

    I think General Milley was right- white guilt leads to white rage. Steele may become a white domestic terrorist unless there is intervention.

  4. I trust neither the voters, nor the systems that validate & tally the votes, nor the media, nor Democrats, nor Republicans. I trust VDH. If he were ever corrupted, I’d be lost, I’d be “non compos mentis”.

  5. I must beg your forebearance, but I disagree that vaccinating immigrants, at least if we’re talking for Covid, would be a good thing. Increasing the mass of the population whose immune systems are compromised so that they cannot prevent being infected and will have ongoing infection and will be unable to prevent transmission to others — especially if those others are elderly, in poor health or are themselves having compromised immunes sytems — would be a recipe for preventing any eventuality of population immunity to Covid. Unvaccinated illegal immigrants might very well be more healthy than those in the general population who have unfortunately taken the CDC’s advice to get the Covid shots and boosters.
    On the other hand, perhaps this is all part of the plan, to sicken the general population and leave the unvaccinated and elites the last ones standing.

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