A lot of voters are not going to either forget or forgive. From The Brownstone Institute at brownstone.org:
You might have noticed a certain political instability in the air, not just in the US but all over the world. In a world in which people generally care about rights and freedoms, surely this was inevitable, however much the expert managerial class failed to anticipate it. Beginning in March 2020, much of the world embarked on a wild experiment to treat peoples of the world as lab rats in an experiment in virus control. The experiment failed and has left chaos in its wake.
We are beginning to see major rumblings of change insofar as voters can make that possible. In the UK, Boris Johnson is on notice and more members of parliament have come to realize and reflect the fury of voters. In France, Macron’s hegemony is over with the arrival of powerful new parties at the gates. In the US, Biden’s unpopularity is legion while upcoming challengers at all levels are motivated by a fierce desire to know how this happened and what to do to prevent its repeat.
The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henniger has written a fantastic reflection on the big picture and the growing upheavals. Portions are excerpted below. We would only add a major lesson of the last two years: the influence of sitting politicians has clearly been bested by the administrative state, which in most countries imagines itself to be the true rulers of the social order, contrary to all democratic principles. This machinery needs a fundamental challenge if there will be genuine reform.
The current global discontent with economic life is overwhelmingly a function of one other word: lockdown. Lockdowns are normally associated with prison riots, not the world’s economies. One may admit that the first months with the mysterious Covid-19 virus were a time of generalized panic, and governments defaulted to the epidemiologists’ standard fix of social quarantining. But then leadership essentially let the public-health bureaucracies take over their countries’ economic life.