It’s been mere months since President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and we may already be seeing one of the defining moments of his presidency.
On May 8th, one of the country’s largest pipelines was the target of a cyberattack. Shortly thereafter, the company operating the pipeline decided to temporarily shut it down, resulting in gas shortages along East Coast states. Cars lined up for hours, with some stations reportedly rationing or even running out of gasoline entirely. This, coupled with the rising price of gasoline, makes for a serious situation.
How might this come to be a defining moment for the Biden Administration? Well, the answer boils down to perception.
Gas shortages affect millions of Americans. Less gas available results in a higher demand, leading to both rising prices and the aforementioned lines of cars waiting for gas. These visual strains foster the perception in the minds of many Americans that the country is struggling. When Americans start to believe that the country is struggling, they vote accordingly. To put it more bluntly: Biden is fortunate to not be facing reelection this year.
It’s important to note that the current gas shortages are not permanent, as the Colonial Pipeline recently resumed normal operations. What about the threat of the hackers that led to this situation in the first place? Well, it turns out that they were paid the ransom they demanded. While that may have put a lid on the situation for now, it sets a dangerous precedent going forward. If America’s infrastructure is held hostage, the only payback those responsible will get is a literal payment of cash.
Even with the Colonial Pipeline resuming normal operations, gas prices continue to rise nationwide and inflation is soaring. Additionally, with a dangerous precedent now set for how America responds to terrorist cyberattacks, it’s safe to say the perception that the country is struggling isn’t going away anytime soon. As this pertains to President Biden, the persistent belief that the country is enduring hard times is not one he, nor the Democrats, can afford.
With the 24/7 newscycle the world lives in today, it can be hard to remember everything that is reported by the media and even more difficult to remember the stories that the media refuses to cover. However, the current gas shortage crisis is not one of those stories that are easily forgettable and it’s severity in the eyes of many Americans can not be understated.
While the so-called “journalists” may limit their coverage of a story that puts Democrats like Biden in a negative light, Americans are not always so quick to forget certain issues, especially ones as impactful as gas shortages.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.