Was Biden trying to drive America back into the stone age by canceling domestic oil and gas licenses? No, he was just servicing Democratic Party donors with big investments in climate change infrastructure. It’s hardly a coincidence that virtually all of that infrastructure—solar panels, wind turbines, rare earth minerals, etc.—is manufactured in or owned by China, the oligarchy’s crucial partner. It’s no coincidence that Beijing is also in business with the Biden family, as well as the families of other leading DC politicians of both parties.
Polling has shown that a large number of Biden supporters wouldn’t have voted for him in 2020 had they known of his and his son Hunter’s financial arrangements with China. But that information was censored by the large internet platforms at the prompting of the US intelligence community, whose luminaries signed on by the dozens to an open letter suggesting that the laptop on which those arrangements were documented was “Russian misinformation.”
And this is the crux of the matter. By demanding Saudi Arabia pump more oil before the November midterm to stabilize energy prices, Biden sought to enlist Riyadh in what is effectively a campaign of censorship to hide from voters until after the election the predictable effects of policies that his administration loudly advanced. Instead, it appears that the president and his allies will have to face the consequences of their choices.
There are worse things than losing elections. Indeed, it should provide an opportunity to rethink priorities, policies, and tactics. Unfortunately, the evidence of the last several years suggests that the party Biden leads and the oligarchy he represents will only redouble their efforts to bend reality to their will, through a combination of censorship and coercion intended to benefit the party’s wealthiest supporters. And as we have seen with Saudi Arabia’s decision to turn a deaf ear to Biden’s demand for cover, attempts to coerce people into ignoring physical reality, as well as their own interests, will lead not only to political failure but also increased resistance and resentment among those who America depends upon for its own future stability and happiness.