4th of July without a party in USA

Washington. Even the outer framework seemed much more modest than a year earlier. At a big party with more than 1,000 guests on National Day, Joe Biden promised the end of the corona pandemic euphorically and prematurely and painted a rosy picture of the future.

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On July 4th, however, only a few dozen tables for military families were set up on the South Lawn of the White House. The President’s speechwriters had turned in a rather sober manuscript with a little wryly optimistic tinge.

When planning the celebration, no one could have guessed that this year’s Independence Day would be overshadowed by another tragedy. On the morning of the day the country normally celebrates with parades, barbecues and fireworks, a young man apparently indiscriminately fired an automatic rifle at a holiday parade in a wealthy Chicago suburb.

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At least six people were killed and more than 30 others injured. “It is devastating that a celebration for America should be torn apart by a uniquely American plague,” said Illinois Gov. Jay Robert Pritzker.

The Supreme Court has further relaxed gun laws

“You all heard what happened today,” Biden briefly mentioned the recent mass shooting a few hours later in Washington. His comment that a few days ago he had enforced the first tightening of gun laws in 30 years sounded rather helpless. Because of opposition from Republicans, the changes were only marginal. At the same time, however, the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on carrying guns in public that had been in place for more than 100 years.

Against this background, the fact that a shooting of all things marked the national holiday is not without bitter symbolism. The cable channel CNN cut its broadcast of concerts and fireworks significantly. The competition from left-wing station MSNBC switched completely to reporting on the bloody deed and the hunt for the alleged perpetrator.

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The suspect was arrested in the evening. It is a 22-year-old who, in addition to rap songs, is said to have published violent videos and a selfie with a protective vest and helmet on the Internet.

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Inflation shoots up, Biden’s poll numbers plummet

The gun laws, which have been further relaxed by the Supreme Court, are by no means Biden’s only problem. Within days, the Supreme Court overturned the abortion law and massively curtailed the EPA’s powers in the fight against climate change. At the same time, a congressional hearing reveals the real danger of another coup attempt in the next elections. Inflation is at record levels and the President’s poll numbers are in the doldrums.

America is constantly evolving, Biden encouraged himself in his speech: “It was never easy. After we’ve taken a giant step forward, we often take a few steps backwards.” The speech was peppered with patriotic, encouraging phrases.

“Our freedoms are under attack – here and elsewhere!” warned President Joe Biden in front of the White House.

But one central passage described the situation in the USA in the summer of 2022 in a way that was both sober and urgent. “Our freedoms are under attack – here and elsewhere. We have no guarantee for our democracy and our way of life,” warned the President: “We have to fight for it and defend it.”

But Biden’s appeal to unite the nation falls on deaf ears. Nine out of ten Americans feel the country is deeply divided. A staggering 70 percent of Republicans continue to believe Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election. According to a Gallup survey, just 13 percent of Democrats still have faith in the Supreme Court.

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The Democrats lack a majority in the Senate

The progressive base is now urging Biden to defend the right to abortion with all his might, also with a view to the upcoming congressional elections in November. Of course, this will not work with presidential decrees alone. The idea raised by left-wing activists to set up abortion clinics in federally owned Native American lands is rejected by the White House because of the legal and physical risks.

Otherwise there is a plethora of demands, from guaranteeing abortion rights through a federal law to increasing the number of left-wing judges in the Supreme Court. Due to the applicable filibuster regulation, however, a 60-vote majority in the Senate is required for all congressional decisions, where the Democrats only hold 50 seats. Biden has since given up his opposition to the suspension of the filibuster. But even then, the Democrats lack the votes because of two dissenters.

In liberal America, for example, there was no real celebratory mood on this Independence Day. When firecrackers and rockets were set off across the country in the evening, there were chaotic scenes on some streets in Philadelphia, Orlando and Washington, according to local media reports. Hundreds of people rushed apart in panic. They had mistook the bangs for gunshots.

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