The left were the mad scientists and we were their lab rats | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

As we approach the halfway point, one way of looking at America’s current disaster is that we, the American people, were lab rats. And since 2021, those on the left were the mad scientists, eager to test their crazy experiments on us.

The result is that the housing market is on the verge of collapse. As interest rates soar, our $31 trillion national debt crushes everything else in the budget. Inflation is roaring at a rate of 8-9% per year, higher than at any time in 40 years. Yet the prices of the necessities of life – food, fuel, housing, energy – are still much higher than the official rate.

No one is safer from thugs anymore – whether it’s a commuter on a New York City subway or the Pelosis in Pacific Heights, California. The country would have a 25-day supply of diesel fuel – the power source that keeps the country running. Meanwhile, we continue to empty the Strategic Petroleum Reserve of petroleum, a commodity we have in abundance but refuse to fully produce.

We never resolved last year’s supply chain crisis and so we are still facing shortages of essential consumer goods. Labor force participation rate is at an all-time low – given big government COVID subsidies, Siren-song’s call to stay home after lockdowns, COVID scare and million workers with long COVID.

The post-Kabul Pentagon is silent on the depletion of its critical stockpiles of weapons. We sent billions of dollars worth of howitzers, javelin missiles and high-mobility artillery rocket systems to Ukraine without replenishing our own arsenals. The army’s recruitment rate is 50% this year. Our broken navy ossifies as China expands its fleet in hopes of absorbing Taiwan.

When we look to the president to report on these crazy experiments, we get nothing. For the past few weeks, President Joe Biden has lied that gas was $5 a gallon when he took office when it was only half that. He falsely swears he passed his student loan amnesty plan by one or two votes when he simply waived half a trillion dollar debt by executive order and bypassed Congress .

Vice President Kamala Harris is our Border Czar, but she avoids the non-existent southern border like the plague. As the country depletes its oil reserves, she’s gushing over “solutions” such as turning the country’s school bus fleet to battery power. On the rare occasions she is allowed overseas, Harris has no idea what North Korea’s official name is, only that she’s supposed to be one of America’s staunchest allies.

We are now heading towards a decisive midterm election. Strangely, the architects of the hard left of the past two years offer no defense of their failing agendas, nor agree to change them.

No Democratic candidate for Congress boasts of the 3 million people who crossed the border illegally. None boast of helping to cancel key pipelines, reduce federal oil and gas leases, and shut down the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. No one takes credit for hammering fossil fuel investments.

Nobody laughs at the no-lease and police-defund policies of left-leaning big-city prosecutors and mayors that have driven crime up. Nobody insists that an annual inflation rate of 8 or 9% is a desirable distribution of wealth.

Yet, stranger still, no Democratic, state, or national candidate — and certainly not Biden — is proposing to change these toxic policies.

If they don’t defend what they did, they apparently won’t destroy what they did either.

No Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants a built foot of a new border wall. No House candidate is demanding that the Keystone pipeline be completed. No candidate for the senatorial calls for budgetary discipline to bring down inflation.

Instead, they remain silent.

Biden mumbles lies about MAGA extremists under every bed while daily offering another invented treat from his fantasy autobiography.

State and national candidates are avoiding debates with Republican opponents or delaying them in hopes they will become unnecessary as millions of mail-in ballots have already been cast.

Voters rarely surrendered their country to radicals, socialists and nihilists. We did it in 2020. And once the left took over the presidency, the House and the Senate, they tried a deadly experiment on us, the American people, their veritable lab rats.

It failed – and has now almost destroyed us along with the country. Yet, in November, the left apparently asks for more time for more experimentation on more of us. But to do what exactly?

Pass more no-bail laws and promote more defunding of the police? Make jails and jails emptier? More destruction of what remains of the southern border? More biological men dominating women in sports? More money printing? More cuts in federal oil and gas leases and canceled pipelines?

Apparently the only thing that will stop their mad experimentation is that they’ve exhausted us – their once-willing lab rats.

Victor Davis Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a Classics and Historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Contact him at [email protected]

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