Historian and scholar Victor Davis Hanson said in a column published this week that he sees ordinary Americans from all walks of life and all ethnic groups getting “angrier” in response to several issues that are besieging society while suggesting that current discourse is much more serious and potentially damaging to the long-term viability of the country.
“Americans are growing angrier by the day in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or Tea Party furor of over a decade ago,” he began in a column for Fox News published on Saturday.
“The rage at the current status quo this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, all Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their families’ safety and the American way of life,” he added, before going on to list a number of issues that have substantially divided Americans.
Turning to the chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border, Hanson observed that it’s “not just porous” as it was before former President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies.
“It is nonexistent,” he wrote, adding that some estimates say as many as 2 million people are likely to cross illegally into the U.S. “in the current fiscal year — with complete impunity.”
And while there appears to be “zero effort” to staunch the flow of migrants, federal officials “hector Americans” on a daily basis “to get vaccinated and tested for COVID,” while remaining “mute” about the fact that thousands of illegal aliens have crossed into the U.S. and have been released after testing positive for the virus.
He then put much of the onus on President Joe Biden.
“Have we ever had a president who made no pretense about destroying federal immigration law and asking of Americans what he does not of illegal aliens?” he asked.
Hanson then assailed Biden for saying last week that imposing a new eviction moratorium was likely unconstitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June, but went ahead and reimposed one anyway, in defiance of the ruling.
“He added that he probably did not have the legal authority to ignore the court, but did not really care,” wrote Hanson. “As in the case of demolishing immigration law, the president seems either unaware or proud that he is insidiously dismantling the Constitution.”
The scholar went on to argue that Americans have yet to witness an attack on the founding principle of “free-market capitalism,” which he described as “overt and multifaceted” in a critique of Biden’s and majority congressional Democrats’ economic policies.
“At a time of resurging GDP, low unemployment, and record worker shortages, Biden has announced that renters can continue to avoid paying what they owe their landlords—even after a prior year of such free housing,” Hanson, a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and author of dozens of books, added.
“In a rebounding economy amid record debt, the government is still sending workers unemployment benefits that are more remunerative than the paychecks they would earn if employed,” he said.
Hanson went on to mention a number of other issues that are causing Americans from all walks of life angst such as rising crime and murder rates, supply chain disruptions, growing inflation, policy-induced worker shortages, and a resurgence of racism after decades of decline, most of which he blamed on Democratic policies.
“All this multifaceted chaos is not just faculty lounge stuff. We are beginning to see the collective craziness filter down to disruptions in our everyday lives,” Hanson argued before making a dire prediction.
“Scared Americans have lost faith in the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, the CDC, and most of the federal bureaucracies that are as politicized as they are increasingly incompetent,” he wrote in conclusion.
“What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life,” he added. “If we don’t wake up from wokeness, we will continue on our sure trajectory to self-inflicted, systemic paralysis—followed by civilizational collapse.”
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