As the nation descends inexplicably into crisis after crisis, debate rages over whether President Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who thinks the country’s mess is his success.
A second national discussion revolves around who is really overseeing the current national disaster, given Mr. Biden’s bewilderment and frequent cognitive challenges.
But one area of agreement is the sheer madness of Mr. Biden’s cabinet appointments, which have translated his inconsistent ideology into disastrous governance.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas essentially struck down the federal immigration law. More than 2 million foreign nationals have illegally crossed the southern border without audit – and without vaccinations and COVID-19 tests during a pandemic.
Mr. Mayorkas can’t or won’t follow federal law.
But he created a new Disinformation Governance Council. As head of his new Orwellian Ministry of Truth, he appointed Nina Jankowicz – an arch-disinformationist who helped peddle the Russian collusion, the Steele dossier and the Alfa-Bank hoaxes.
While Ms Jankowicz’s teenage videos and past tweets eventually forced her to quit, Mr Mayorkas promises his board will continue.
In the days leading up to the recent Virginia election, grassroots parent groups challenged the critical race theory being taught in schools.
In reaction and at the instigation of the teachers’ unions, Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI and the Department of Justice to create a special task force ostensibly to “investigate threats” by parents against board members school.
The FBI has recently been knee-deep in political controversies. He illegally tampered with a FISA application to entrap a US citizen. Its former directors, under oath before Congress, have either claimed faulty memory or admitted lying to federal investigators.
The last thing a scandal-ridden FBI needed was to go undercover at school board meetings to investigate parents worried about their children’s education.
We are in a spiral of fuel prices that is destroying the middle class.
Yet when Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was asked about plans to cut gasoline prices, she laughed off the idea, calling it “hilarious.”
Later, Ms. Granholm said absurdly: “It was not the administrative policies that affected supply and demand”.
Haranguing those who fund fossil fuel production, canceling the Keystone Pipeline, suspending new federal oil and gas leases, and shutting down production at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge apparently had nothing to do with high fuel prices.
Currently, supply chain disruptions are crippling the US economy.
The huge port of Los Angeles has been a mess for over a year. Since last fall, dozens of freighters have receded on the horizon. Thousands of trucks are stuck at the port.
During the mess, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was not at work. At the height of the crisis, he took two months of paternity leave to help his husband and two newborn babies.
Such paternal concern is a noble thing. But Mr. Buttigieg is supposed to make sure life-and-death supplies get to millions of resource-strapped Americans.
This winter, trains in and out of Los Angeles have been systematically looted in the Old West style of train robbery – with little response from Mr Buttigieg’s transportation office.
In Senate testimony, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland declined to explain why her department is slowing down federal oil and gas leases at a time when Americans are paying between $5 and $6 a gallon for gas .
Ms Haaland was unable to provide straightforward answers about when new leases will lead to increased oil and gas supplies. Her panicked aides slipped her talking points — given that, like a deer in the headlights, she seemed unable to provide senators with basic information about US energy production on federal lands.
The United States sends several billion dollars of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine to combat Russian aggression. We rightly assert that this is not a proxy war against Russia, but rather an effort to help stop a brutal Russian invasion.
Why then did Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tell the world otherwise in a way that could only convince the Russians that our real goal in Ukraine is to destroy Russia as a superpower?
As Mr. Austin has said publicly, “We want to see Russia weakened to the point where it can’t do the kinds of things it did by invading Ukraine.
Even if this description of the agenda is true, why broadcast it – given that Russia has over 6,000 nuclear weapons and its President Vladimir Putin is increasingly erratic and paranoid?
The common denominator among these Biden appointees is ideological rigidity, nonchalance and sheer incompetence.
They seem indifferent to the current border, inflationary, energy and criminal disasters. When confronted, they are unable to answer simple questions from Congress, or they scoff at anyone demanding answers on behalf of the cash-strapped American people.
We don’t know why or how such an unimpressive cadre ended up running the government, only that they are here and the American people are hurting for their presence.
• Victor Davis Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is a classicist and historian at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the author of “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won”, from Basic Books. You can reach him by emailing email@example.com.