President Trump was Making America Great Again. President Biden… eh, not so much.
A new book by ClashDaily contributor, Ed Brodow, highlights how in just a couple of years we went from Making America Great Again to “America On Its Knees“.
No matter how many times the Biden administration attempts to shift blame for its own failures, a whole lot of voters are looking at the mess that the country is now in and wondering just how much worse things can get.
Since January 2021, the United States has been in decline. America was humiliated in Afghanistan, lost energy independence, the military is being eroded, thousands of foreign nationals defy immigration laws on a daily basis, prices keep rising on everything from food to gas to used cars, and the World’s Greatest Superpower now has a shortage of baby formula. Welcome to Biden’s America.
Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Was Lincoln right?
In his well-researched and engaging book, Brodow explains that America is being destroyed and it is indeed happening from within. The decline of our institutions, the rise of the Deep State, the ongoing political polarization, and the cultural divisions continue to hold America back from being that “shining city on a hill” as Reagan had always declared her to be. This is coming from the progressive Left who have embraced lawlessness and intimidation to push around their opposition in an attempt to cower them into silence. It’s pretty bold for half the country to try to impose its will on the other half… and yet… here we are.
Continually citing sources as he goes, Brodow lays out the pressing issues in the United States and how the Progressive Left’s vision for America is to undermine the very things that make America great.
Brodow lambasts the Left’s divisive “woke” tenets of Critical Race Theory, radical gender ideology, and “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”
His chapter on “What the Left Really Wants” explains “the new American affliction” of self-hatred that has been embraced by many on the left and pushed in schools. He also discusses the exaggerations and outright lies about inequality in America that are being accepted as fact with no pushback by the media despite clear evidence that these things are not so. He says that the politics has become like a religion for many on the left and they will crush dissent rather than have their vision of the world challenged.
And what a vision it is.
Brodow writes, “The objectives of the European Union are identical to those of the American Left. A cadre of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels is attempting to break down the nation states that comprise the EU so the elite can seize control. The globalist intentions of the socialist bureaucrats who run the United Nations are weaved from the same cloth.”
He shows how our institutions have been corrupted — the DOJ is treating concerned parents as domestic terrorists while at the same time being rather dismissiveness of the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop that could implicate “The Big Guy.”
Other chapters include “Playing the Race Card” which shows how the left is using race to divide Americans with Critical Race Theory; “Biden’s Secret Immigration Policy” that we are seeing playing out day after day on the Southern Border; “Assault on Our Freedoms” reveals how both Democrats and Big Tech want to undermine freedom of speech in order to silence Dissent; “Destruction of the American Justice System” explains how “progressive” prosecutors are making cities less safe; and “The Democratic Party Deconstructed” explains how the Obama presidency changed the direction of the Democratic Party and how that is continuing today.
Brodow writes, “Although Biden is following through with Obama’s left-wing policies, our latest president is a unique political phenomenon. The U.S. has never experienced anything like this. Biden’s uniqueness lies in his utter and complete ineptness.”
Indeed. To paraphrase Joseph Heller in Catch-22, “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With [Joe Biden] it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.”
In 2020, Joe Biden said that the election was a “battle for the soul of the nation” and he was right in a way — it was a return to the status quo of the ever-encroaching administrative state under Biden or a course-correction and return to the federalism as the Founders had intended under Trump.
Brodow’s final chapter, “Wokeness: A Clear and Present Danger” was perhaps the most riveting where Brodow discusses the dangers of the push for gender confusion, the new “woke” standards that are being imposed by everyone from United Airlines to the Academy Awards despite most Americans opposing the new agenda.
He explains how new standards for “inclusion” by the Motion Picture Academy that will go into effect in 2024 will mean that diversity quotas will be imposed before a film can be considered for Best Picture. It’s outrageous but not a surprise for “woke” Hollywood.
Brodow writes, “What I object to is not merely the contempt for creative freedom by people who work in a creative profession, but the desire to impose their will by fiat. We can’t have a cadre of leftists dictating how films are to be made.”
But Brodow doesn’t just list what’s wrong and make you long for the Trump era (though the book does do that!) — his epilogue gives concrete steps that politicians and “We the People” can take to reverse this mess.
Ed Brodow’s “America On Its Knees” is a great read that is at once insightful, well-researched, and entertaining as ClashDaily readers have come to appreciate from his contributions on this site.
“America On Its Knees” should be on every conservative’s summer reading list.