Pete Riehm
A year of disaster and discernment
By Pete Riehm
January 4, 2022

After 2020, it was hard to imagine a worse year, but 2021 showed us when things are bad, they can get worse and a lot worse. With the current crazy political leadership, 2022 could be even worse still, so don’t expect we can just wait out the chaos. 2020 was bad for a nation plagued by an ambiguous politicized pandemic, but Americans had hope we could overcome anything until the presidential election was brazenly stolen and the media just blatantly lied about it. When fairness was thwarted and justice denied to the entire country, it’s hard to imagine anything works right anymore. As a Democrat Congress and White House plundered America with progressive policies in 2021, it seemed there was no way to stop the madness, but the sheer lunacy of the left was not just exposed – it became inescapable, even for some Democrats. Therein lies reason for hope.

When the Chinese virus hit, it fostered fear as an unknown disease with uncertainty about its cause, effects, and treatments. Healthcare hacks and media fakes hyped the danger and misled us about remedies and perhaps downright malpractice in questionable protocols, but two years later Americans find all the hyperbole annoying and tedious. Americans learned by experience, that masks are useless, lockdowns make no difference, social distancing was silly, and now even the vaccines are being shown to be ineffective. COVID struck the elderly, mostly those with comorbidities, so how convenient to sensationalize statistics of people who were probably going to die anyway. Children have an over 99.9% survival rate, but the government is adamant they be vaccinated anyway. Why?!

After all this misinformation, it’s plain to see the government is unconcerned with public health, but rather has ulterior motives to control its citizens. For any that still doubt government complicity in this nefarious ploy, just examine Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci lied when he said in early 2020 that we knew very little about COVID19; it was a new disease. We now know Fauci funded “gain of function” research at the Wuhan lab that developed COVID19 as a biological weapon. He KNEW what it was; he worked on it! Joe Biden and a sycophant media may swallow his malarkey, but Americans no longer believe anything that maniacal twit says.

After the Obama malaise, President Trump stoked a stagnant economy into a roaring economic engine. We achieved energy independence, record employment for all Americans, real wage gains, and manufacturing returned to America, but the media relentlessly maligned Trump with over 90% negative coverage. So, when Democrats purloined the presidency, some Americans wondered perhaps he was too crass and maybe a moderate like Biden could maintain a steadier course. Just months into his Administration, Americans saw in action what we all already knew; Biden is a bumbling clueless fool now exploited by far left handlers.

Trump faced down our enemies and forced our allies to step up; none of them liked it, but the result was relative global stability. Dragging our allies along, he kept China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea in check, but now they are again threatening because they know Biden is an idiot who will not and probably cannot defend American interests abroad. Americans see it!

Every radical policy Biden advanced has been catastrophic for average Americans. Folks may be confused by the complexities of congressional shenanigans and the lies the media tells to cover them up, but they are all suffering from rampant crime and declining prosperity as inflation devours their wealth. They see our security is in jeopardy as our enemies are emboldened by his indecisive ineffective international leadership. They are not fooled; they feel the decline. They know it’s Biden and the socialist democrats destroying our economy, endangering our nation, and shredding our society with their unbridled immorality.

Biden turned 2021 into an unmitigated disaster for Americans, but the utter incompetence and insanity of extreme leftist philosophies and polices has allowed Americans to discern it’s not just partisan bickering – Democrats and their socialist ideas are highly destructive to this country and just plain bad for average folks. That’s not to absolve Republicans for their inaction and weakness, but all can now clearly see that Democrats are simply wrong about pretty much everything.

Democrats are certainly wreaking havoc on the country, but they have been unapologetic and unrepentant about their epic failures. So, Americans are livid and yearning to punish them at the polls. 2022 midterm elections are on the horizon and American voters are gearing up to prove they still hold the ultimate power. That is good reason for hope we can right the ship, but the question remains will we have fair and free elections? That is the monumental task for state legislatures; they must restore and preserve election integrity – our republic depends on it! So be careful who you elect to your state legislatures. That is where the struggle to maintain freedom will be won.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Pete Riehm

Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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