Democrats' Report Card: F on Policies, F for Effort, Z for Zoom | Opinion

With six months until the midterm elections, House and Senate Democrats are taking Joe Biden's 2020 basement campaign to a new level and banning their constituents from in-person meetings in their district offices. Many of those officers have been closed for over two years now—despite even Anthony Fauci declaring that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. These Democrats are either unwilling or unable to show up to do the work their constituents elected them to do—and we are all suffering the consequences.

Look at all the failures of the Biden administration and it's no wonder that Democrats prefer continuing to live in permanent pandemic mode and hide from their constituents, instead of addressing any of the problems their agenda has caused our fellow Americans: rising inflation, surging crime, skyrocketing energy prices, failing education systems, surrendering Afghanistan, opening our border and emboldening our adversaries in Russia, China, Iran and more. The steady list of failures is endless and ongoing because Democrats treat our problems like hurdles on their way to MSNBC hits or the White House Correspondents' Dinner—where COVID magically ceases to exist.

While America reopens, Democrats have abandoned their D.C. and constituent offices, preferring instead to Zoom in from their basements or the nearest Starbucks. My reporting has exposed that Democrats in the House and Senate have mountains of constituent mail—mail from our fellow Americans, mail from senior citizens, mail from small business owners, mail from veterans—that has piled up, unopened, unread and certainly not acted upon.

The party of big government is actually the party of closed government—and the Democrats' failure to perform basic constituent services shows that they would rather grandstand than govern.

While Democratic politicians certainly benefit from our open businesses, our first responders, our delivery workers, our health care heroes and our teachers, these same so-called representatives are unwilling to show up to work to represent constituents. What are the real-life ramifications of the abdication of responsibility by congressional Democrats?

Let's consider Afghanistan: a disastrous, predictable and preventable catastrophe. Democrats failed to do the work we pay them to do; the result is that half a million refugees fled Afghanistan following Biden's surrender to the Islamist Taliban rulers. On top of the human suffering of the Afghan people—and outright ban there on women's education—Biden's surrender led to the loss of American life: 13 U.S. Marines were killed when the Kabul Airport compound was bombed by terrorists. Biden vowed retribution, but to date, there has been none. The slaughter of 13 Marines has gone unanswered by the perpetrators.

But then again, Democrats are not actually working, so how could there be a plan for retribution? We are still waiting for anyone to take responsibility for this outrage.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to employees
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to employees at Lockheed Martin, a facility which manufactures weapon systems such as Javelin anti-tank missiles, on May 3, 2022 in Troy, Alabama. Julie Bennett/Getty Images

There are many other critical leadership areas in which Democrats are asleep at the switch, or otherwise missing in action. Consider the 40-year high inflation we have seen since the onset of the Biden administration. Bidenflation impacts all aspects of our lives, from groceries to gasoline to interest rate hikes to travel and beyond. But there is no end in sight, considering Democrats' plans for trillions of dollars more in superfluous government spending. It's easy for Democrats to spend trillions of our dollars if they never hear a peep from their constituents, who are overwhelmingly against the Biden administration's wasteful spending on misplaced priorities like an "equitable National Park System." So instead, they keep their offices closed and their constituents' voices muted.

Young people who were saving up to buy their first homes are now being shut out of mortgages due to the historic increases in interest rates. People who are actually working in-person face jaw-dropping charges at the gas pump. Visits to grocery stores have revealed the double whammy of dramatically higher prices and dramatically diminished goods available on the shelves due to stockouts, supply chain delays and government handouts that have kept people from returning to work.

In poll after poll, and election after election, American voters are telling Democrats that their agenda is a non-starter. Unfortunately, these Democrats are too busy not working to hear our concerns. We have serious problems, but Democrats are locking us out of the government that is supposed to be of, by and for the people. This fall's impending "red wave" cannot come soon enough.

Matthew Foldi is a conservative journalist who is running for Congress in Maryland's 6th congressional district. His reporting first exposed the ongoing office closures by elected Democrats in Washington, D.C. and in their taxpayer-funded constituent offices across the country. Twitter: @MatthewFoldi.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.