Shame

I see a lot of friends in email and on social media saying they are ashamed to be American today. Not me. I’m proud to be an American. I don’t think we’re the best country because I’m an American. I think we’re the best country because I’ve lived and traveled around the world and seen the others. We are the best.

But we’ve gotten tired and lazy as a nation of late. We’ve forgotten we’re not the world’s policeman, but the guardian of the western order. At home, some want to tell us that the western order is bad, racist, patriarchal, etc. But the western order values liberty and freedom. It sometimes seems more chaotic than in other parts of the world. But it is the best system wherein one can live out their potential.

I am not ashamed to be an American. I am ashamed of our leadership and, truthfully, at a bipartisan level. But, most particularly right now, the Biden Administration has lied to us publicly. Much of the pundit class is giving Biden a pass or blaming anyone but Biden. But Biden lied. He told George Stephanopolous he would get everyone out of Afghanistan. He lied.

The timeline to leave was artificially created. It was rushed. It was poorly executed. It leaves behind allies, friends, and Americans — people who wanted to leave but could not.

The Biden Administration blocked private rescue efforts and shuttered charitable endeavors, undoubtedly because the competing efforts would have revealed how in shambles the official effort was.

It is appalling and everyone should condemn it. Democrats will either avoid it or praise it. They too should be willing to criticize it. Frankly, with what is coming in the election about the only way for Democrats to save face is to start criticizing the effort.

In 1990, after George H. W. Bush broke his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge, House Republicans, guided by Ed Rollins, walked away from President Bush. They criticized him and distanced themselves from him. The ones who stayed with Bush lost. The ones who criticized him survived. A bloodbath is coming in the midterms for the Democrats even without redistricting. The ones who want to save themselves can and should now work with the GOP to hold Biden accountable for his broken promises.

I’m proud to be an American. But I’m ashamed of my government and demand Congress do its job instead of serving as chief apologist for the second branch.