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7 of the Biggest Political Takeaways from 2021

AMAC Exclusive By Seamus Brennan

The end of the year is always a time to take stock—and as years go, in terms of politics at least, 2021 was a doozy. But with all its chaos, fighting, and drama now behind us, we can see more clearly the major stories beneath all the headlines—and how they might impact our year ahead. Here are 7 of the biggest political takeaways from 2021.

Donald Trump’s Political Career Is Alive and Well

Though it may have seemed unlikely in the early days of 2021, former President Donald Trump has returned to center stage. Just weeks after his second impeachment and amid relentless media focus on the events of January 6, Trump reemerged to a hero’s welcome at CPAC in February, where he delivered the first political speech of his post-presidency and won the 2024 straw poll. Since then, he has held six major campaign-style rallies and endorsed more than 70 candidates for Congress, governorships, and other state-level positions in an attempt to steer the Republican Party in a more populist direction. Most significantly, he is polling as high as 13 points above Joe Biden in a potential 2024 general election matchup, further solidifying his frontrunner status as the next GOP nominee should he choose to enter the race. But regardless of whether or not Trump seeks to reclaim the presidency in 2024, it remains clear that he is the unquestioned leader of the Republican Party.

Conservatives Can Win on Culture War Issues

No issue has dominated the airwaves in 2021 quite like Critical Race Theory (CRT)—a Marxist ideology that suggests all of human history and social identity ought to be viewed through a strictly racial lens, and that the United States and indeed all of Western civilization is irredeemably racist and evil. But that message of division received a resounding rebuke with Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race, a state that Biden won by 10 points in 2020. For the GOP, the takeaway was clear: embrace the fight for America’s culture.

Youngkin’s win—which came in large part due to parents’ growing concerns over CRT and Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s insistence that parents should have no say in their children’s education—should serve as a clear signal for conservative candidates everywhere. Though some Republicans remain permanently convinced that the GOP should avoid hot-button social disputes and stick only to ‘soft’ issues like tax cuts, 2021 proved not only that Americans care about culture, but also that cultural issues can be the most important to voters, and win campaigns for Republicans.

After Just One Year, Joe Biden’s Legislative Agenda Is Dead in the Water

Instead of following through on his campaign promise of governing as a consensus-building moderate, Joe Biden has instead governed as an ultra-left radical, keen on remaking every facet of American society—and the results have been devastating for him and his party.

The so-called “Build Back Better” plan, which contained trillions of dollars in unnecessary social spending and has been identified by the administration as a cornerstone of the Biden agenda, was recently shot down by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who was Democrats’ last hope for getting the legislation through an evenly divided Senate. The legislation included amnesty for illegal aliens, $500 billion dollars for Green New Deal-type policies, an expansion of Obamacare, and countless other far-left wish list items for which the radical Democrats have long been clamoring.

Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are Just as Radical (And Incompetent) As President Trump Warned

Although Biden’s signature socialist wish list is currently on life support, other Biden-led initiatives like the misleadingly titled “American Rescue Plan” and “bipartisan” infrastructure bill have wreaked havoc on the economy. In addition, the administration has pursued radical policies through unilateral executive action, threatening Americans’ constitutional rights and liberties.

On Biden’s first day in office, he signed executive orders that rescinded Trump’s 1776 Commission, reversed the Mexico City policy (which forbids taxpayer funding for abortion in other countries), mandated that federal government employees embrace radical gender ideology, canceled the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and undermined the security of America’s southern border.

As if that weren’t enough, the Biden administration then proceeded to wage an all-out war on American energy, do nothing about spiraling inflation and a supply chain crisis, and blunder into a disastrous surrender in Afghanistan that has badly undermined American prestige and security.

Congressional Democrats have added their own slew of radical and disastrous policies, including an attempt to federalize elections, ban Voter ID, and destroy election security, add new blue states to the union in order to cement liberal majorities in Congress, betray Israel, and defund police departments amid an ongoing crime wave.  

If Biden’s sinking approval ratings and the double-digit advantage Republicans currently enjoy on the generic ballot indicate anything, it is that the American people are waking up to the radicalism of the Democrat party and are eager for a change in direction.

Trump’s COVID Plan Was the Best Path Forward All Along

In perhaps one of the most unexpected political turns of the year, Joe Biden has finally come around to essentially the same COVID strategy he ardently ran against in 2020. Though Biden repeatedly vowed to “shut down the virus, not the country” and accused President Trump of failing Americans on COVID throughout the campaign, more Americans have now died from Covid under Biden in 2021 than under Trump in 2020.

Furthermore, after causing a severe nationwide testing shortage, Biden has concluded that “there is no federal solution” to the pandemic and that it must be solved at the “state level”—even though the Washington Post reported that he would “fully use the federal government’s powers once inaugurated to speed the production and dispersal of vaccines and protective equipment” just a year prior (something Trump, obviously, also did to great success). A federalist approach to handling the pandemic, however, is precisely what Biden campaigned against in 2020, and is the latest in a long series of revelations this year demonstrating that Trump’s record on COVID was far more impressive than he was given credit for.

Cementing a Conservative Majority on the Supreme Court Was a Transformative Event

Following indications that the Supreme Court may be prepared to revisit the landmark cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which have recognized and upheld the right to abortion for almost half a century, the historic and long-term significance of Trump’s three appointments to the Court is becoming increasingly clear. Trump’s three appointees—Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett—could provide the deciding votes in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most significant challenge to abortion rights in decades. The Court will also issue decisions on high-profile cases relating to religious freedom and the Second Amendment next spring. Should the Court deliver a decision that takes another look at Roe and Casey next June, all of the credit will belong to Trump and the Republican Senators who braved fierce opposition to put strong Constitutional originalists on the court.

Democrats Have No Viable Bench of Candidates

Democrats’ 2024 outlook has become increasingly bleak. With Biden’s plummeting approval ratings and Vice President Kamala Harris’s status as the least popular sitting vice president in 50 years, Democrats have strikingly few viable candidates as they look ahead to the next presidential election. If Biden chooses not to seek a second term, all polling indicates that Harris—the presumed frontrunner in a field without Biden—would be unsuccessful against nearly every Republican presidential hopeful.

Prospects for other Democrat aspirants—such as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—look equally troubling. If Republicans take advantage of the obvious lack of talent atop the Democratic Party, the 2024 presidential election could very well be theirs to lose.

After a turbulent 12 months, 2022 could prove to be a banner political year for conservatives and the GOP, despite the political and cultural chaos inflicted by Democrats this year. As GOP pollster Robert Blizzard put it, “they’re running for the hills… I think they see the writing on the wall.” Democrats had all the power in the world, but they may have flown too close to the sun. And for that—perhaps as soon as next fall—they will have to pay the price.


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GrantR
14 days ago

Good information for conservatives. We need to win 2022 and 2024.
If we can impeach Biden and Harris in 2023…even better.

Lisa
14 days ago

Unless vote counting machines are dealt with any election result could be fraud. How to fix it or abolish machine counting ?

GrantR
14 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

Great point.

JAKE671
15 days ago

DON’T GET TOO CONFIDENT, MY FELLOW SANE CONSERVATIVES. THE DEMOCRATS WILL CONTINUE TO CHEAT UNFETTERED IF MAIL-IN BALLOTS CONTINUE TO BE ALLOWED IN LIBERAL CENTERS OF POPULATION.

Henker
15 days ago

Those leftist idiot’s doubled the cost of gasoline and fuel almost overnight. I want to punch them in their trashy leftist kissers.

Dustin Hanson
15 days ago

I loathe and despise leftists as much as any sane American, but this is partisan nonsense. Biden is not a far-left radical, if he were then we’d stop blowing so much cash on the military. And Trump is done-for, thankfully, fake conservative conman that he is…he will not be President again so hop off the cult.

Doug
15 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

Democrats are simply morally depraved animals. They are evil, soulless, despicable vermin.

Paul Hargraves
15 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

Sorry Dustin, Biden is a far far left radical. Biden leads the Democrat Party of

  1. High Inflation
  2. High Gas Prices
  3. High Crime
  4. Milliions of Illegal Aliens
  5. Antisemitism
  6. infanticide
  7. Removing the Tax Status of Churches
  8. Defund the Police
  9. Party of Identity Politics ie Racism / CRT
  10. Free Transgender Surgery
  11. Raising Taxes 
  12. School Busing
  13. 50% Prison Reduction 
  14. Felon & Prisoner right to vote
  15. Slave Reparations
  16. Gay Reparations
  17. Men in the little Girls Bathroom
  18. Biological Men on Girls Sports Team
  19. Open Borders
  20. Sanctuary Cities
  21. Medicare for All
  22. Student Loan Forgiveness 
  23. Free Healthcare for Illegal aliens
  24. Kneeling on the flag
  25. Banning the Betsy Ross Flag
  26. Disdain for American Patriotism
  27. Disdain for God
  28. Banning Guns
  29. Against Free Speech
  30. Against Voter IDs
  31. Against School Choice
  32. Universal Basic Income / whether you work or not……
  33. Taxpayer paid Sex Change operations
  34. Ilegal Alien Reparations! $450,000 each!!
  35. Abandon Bail, Catch & Release criminals
  36. Job Killers!! Dont prosecute crimes and shoplifters will close businesses

Kim
14 days ago
Reply to  Paul Hargraves

Elections fraud. Afghanistan debacle.

Rick
14 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

I can’t understand how our choices are either all the rah-rah love Trumpers, or the hate Trump/Republicans and anyone who ever voted for Trump gang (that couldn’t shoot straight.) What a disgrace. It’s not safe to sink this low.

M. Tiro
15 days ago

It’s true that SCOTUS has a conservative majority, but with faux-conservative John Roberts as Chief Justice, the conservative majority is in continuous peril. Roberts lied at his confirmation–he said he was conservative. The only true thing that can be said about him is that he is not a far-left radical like Kagan and Sotomayor. Roberts could’ve killed Obama-care, but he refused. Enough said.

Dustin Hanson
15 days ago
Reply to  M. Tiro

The law is not conservative or liberal. If Roberts would have issued his opinion on Obamacare because he was ideologically opposed to it then he would be something that conservatives have been criticizing for years…an activist judge. If you don’t want the left doing it then you shouldn’t be begging the right to do it.

Dave Wagner
15 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

Nice sentiment. But wrong. Robert’s “found” that the “penalty” in Oblamo-care was somehow a “tax” (even though the authors of the bill specifically said it was NOT a tax), all in order to justify his politically driven decision to somehow, at any cost, uphold it.

Seems that is HIS opinion and legislating from the bench, the exact opposite of the sentiment you falsely attribute to him… That was a very dark day for our country.

James Walker
15 days ago

In most areas people are running for city councils, school boards and other local offices, everyone should be paying attention and finding out what they stand for and where they are politically. If you want to change this is where to start, get involved.

GTPatriot
15 days ago

Dims are frightened of federalism and believe that all decisions must be made in DC.
Even the Supreme Court handling of their revered “Roe-Wade” keeps them up at night.
They demand that voting law be removed from the states so they can focus their
hatred of this nation on DC where their buyoffs are irressitible .

GTPatriot
15 days ago

“Critical race theory” and “voting rights” and ” Jan 6 insurrection correction” are going nowhere. Along with Covid, CNN has nothing else to talk about. Due to our narrow minded media we know
nothing about:
a. the civil war in Syria
b. the U.N.
c. Chinese govt repression
d. the steady decline of our education system
e. our wrecked economy which can’t find employees while millions look for jobs

Our issue ignorance is profound. We need other sources of information. Our media is inept.

Paul Hargraves
15 days ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

The media isn’t inept, they are CORRUPT!! Nothing but the PR machine for the Democrat Party!

GTPatriot
15 days ago

Great topic. Thank you. The “progressive” left is scared to death of Donald Trump and have spent
most of 2021 lamenting Trump instead of presenting their agenda. To them, Jan 6 is the equivalent of Pearl Harbor or 9/11but there is little public interest. Biden is doing the best he can to carry out the left agenda but the republicans, to their great credit , have done so far a terrific job of curtailing the damage. Lets hope this continues. We are now in an election year when DC says they can do nothing. So maybe we can hold off the BBB social giveaway program until the election. Lets hope so.

Karen
16 days ago

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!!!!!!

Simcha Arona
17 days ago

Ron DeSantis & Nikki Haley for President

johnh
16 days ago
Reply to  Simcha Arona

And throw in Mike Pompeo as possible………..

gbanks
15 days ago
Reply to  Simcha Arona

Trump / DeSantis (Trump to fix economy and DeSantis for his backbone so Trump doesn’t have to do everything himself like last time)

Dustin Hanson
15 days ago
Reply to  gbanks

Trump didn’t do anything to help the economy in his four years, I dunno what you think he would do with another four years.

Dave Wagner
15 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

Wait, wut? Best economic growth in decades? Highest minority employment for blacks and Hispanics in over 50 years? US energy independence for first time in decades? Border invasion of illegals down? Shall I go on? (I suspect it’s pointless, you don’t know reality).

What world are you pretending to live in, Mr. TDS Hanson?

Roland
15 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

to bad for you that the numbers refute your claim

Paul Hargraves
15 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

Lowest Black unemployment in history, Lowest Hispanic Unemployment in history, Lowest Female unemployment in history!! You are truly pathetic! :)

Kim
14 days ago
Reply to  Dustin Hanson

Were you hiding under a rock while Trump was president? Are you that clueless?!

Dread
15 days ago
Reply to  Simcha Arona

Ask SC about Nikki Haley before you jump on that bandwagon. IMHO, Nikki Haley isnt about anything or anyone but Nikki Haley!

Rob Curry
17 days ago

HAPPY NEW YEAR! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Ty
18 days ago

If you want people to truly understand what’s happening in American, start identifying “Progressives” with their true description and goal, “Destructives”. This isn’t a political group attempting to gain equality for Americans; no their sole interest is the destruction of the America way of life, our freedoms and more to the point, Americans, regardless of their race or ethnicity.Let’s look at some facts. First and foremost, race was becoming a none issue in America and that was causing some political groups to lose their base so, they developed a new branding to regenerate racial tentions and bias, their re-hate and divide programs, like CRT. Second, the people in these groups aren’t builders, they are dividers. Their goal is to generate hate toward anything American and to pervert gullible Americans into believing their narrative, with no regard for anyone or anything, other than their own thirst for power and elitist personal wealth. Third, these people are American haters, if they weren’t why would they be backing and promoting violent crime, by releasing known criminals back into our city streets, also why are they cramming illegal immigrants into our population, implementing resident voting instead of Americans voting in American elections, or the known corruption of the American educational system to instill their hate narratives on young minds.They are the “The new Destructive Party”, not the DNC. They pray on ignorance and reward stupidity solely to destroy Americans at any cost, America’s cost. If Republican’s are to lead, the truth has be identified to every American, above all the flash and bang made by the DNC Destructive Party and it has to be done before we reach the breaking point.

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14 days ago
Reply to  Ty

Very well said Ty.

Sean Richman
18 days ago

SLOPPY JOEY and handlers are a total and complete disaster for AMERICANS.

Bob
18 days ago

Ironically, the best viable candidate for the Democrats in the next election, as it stands, is the very one whom they have tried to demonize in recent months, Joe Manchin. In that case they, as a party, and all of the individual members of congress, would have to admit they were wrong in trying to pass the very things Manchin opposed. I don’t see that happening. They will pour everything they have into saving their power but, even with the propaganda machines in the mainstream media and the endless funding from Soros, Gates, Bezos and others, I think they are done if a fair election ever occurs again in our land.

Xtech
17 days ago
Reply to  Bob

To make such an admission will NEVER happen. More likely will be Manchin dumping the Marxist Left Democrat Party and putting an R next to his name.

HocasPocas
17 days ago
Reply to  Xtech

Would that make him a rino

Hormel Chavez
15 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Therein lies the problem. Dominion controls the elections now. I’m not betting the midterms will come out any different either.

Joanne 4 justice.
18 days ago

I do not want to see or hear news about th Socialust Dem DAMAGE to America !
I want action to get these dangerous treasonous perps out of
Wh and CONGRESS !!!!!!!!!

johnh
16 days ago

The way to make changes is to vote in elections, & then this nation must accept the results of elections or what next? If a person is loses an election, that they must leave office & not linger. All of the people you are referring to must have been voted in by voters in their state & therefore must like the agenda.

Roland
15 days ago
Reply to  johnh

it would help if the local officials FOLLOW the laws of their state.

Honey
18 days ago

I predict Manchin will find a way to support the BBB eventually and ruin us with higher taxes on top of everything else. If he does vote with the dems on this, West Virginia should recall him at once and put in a Republican Senator and put a halt to the power of these certifiables in Congress,
We mustn’t allow the left to change election law in any way. The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they gave the State Legislatures the power to handle election law.

I have never been as pessimistic about our country as I am now. Stop these destroyers!

anna hubert
18 days ago

We no longer are dealing with democrats and that is the problem is there anyone who can match the ruthless march over dead bodies attitude

Joanne 4 justice.
18 days ago
Reply to  anna hubert

Yes, Communists and Hitler!

anna hubert
18 days ago

That is what we are dealing with

Kay
18 days ago

My concern is biden has been in office less than one year but the harm he can do for the next 3 is unimaginable. We need to stop this man before he completely destroys this beautiful country. If the BBB passes in 2020 the America we know will be bankrupt and will soon look like Venezuela.

Joanne 4 justice.
18 days ago
Reply to  Kay

I agree with all you say -!!!!!!!!

Bob
18 days ago
Reply to  Kay

Become active in local and national conservative movements. Let others know what is going on – surprisingly many are still clueless or just don’t want to acknowledge it. Become a volunteer. Give financial support. Boycott all of the businesses, sports entities, and whatever else proclaims wokeness as a part of what they stand for – even if it means a little inconvenience. Every vote not cast is a vote lost. And, above all, pray for Gods blessings on our country.

johnh
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob

You are right about one thing: The people that do not vote as they do not trust election results are just giving a vote to the other side………….

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