With supply chain problems growing by the day and the Biden administration offering little more than lip service as a record number of cargo ships await offshore to unload, Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested the crisis may prove to be “an unpleasant surprise for the Democratic Party.”

Carlson opened Thursday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with a reminder that former President Bill Clinton spoke about dropping trade barriers against China in his final State of the Union speech in 2000, and allowing China into the World Trade Organization.

“As for China, it has indeed changed as Bill Clinton promised that it would. China is now the richest country in the world. Its police state is far more efficiently authoritarian even than it was under Chairman Mao,” Carlson said. “China is a much greater threat to the United States and to its neighbors. We’re as far from peace in Asia, as we have been since 1945.”

“The American manufacturing sector, meanwhile, is effectively gone. It evaporated, along with millions of middle-class jobs. Most of the objects you buy now are made in China,” he said, adding that America is “effectively an outpost totally dependent on a faraway headquarters for the things we need to live.”

Stressing that for “the first time in generations, Americans are having trouble buying basic necessities,” Carlson said “there are no signs that fundamentally any of this is going to improve any time soon.

“In fact, on Wednesday, the administration acknowledged that your heating bills are likely to jump by more than 50% this winter. Those are the kind of things that people actually notice — it hurts when you get poorer and many people are getting poorer,” he said.

And therein lies the problem for Democrats, even though the Biden administration “has refused to acknowledge this.”

“People notice when their own lives change, when you can’t buy Christmas presents for your children or manage to keep your house warm in January,” Carlson said. “These aren’t symbolic problems. These are measurable declines in your family’s standard of living, and they have consequences.”

“If economic decline continues, and it seems likely to continue, you’ll see a profound political reset in this country,” Carlson cautioned. “And here’s why: The only reason Americans have put up with the endless woke garbage that the left turns out by the gallon is because they can afford to put up with it. For generations, this has been a very rich country and affluence covers a multitude of sins. People will tolerate a lot of things they disagree with, as long as gas is cheap and the Amazon deliveries keep coming.”

He said when a society becomes poorer, “people’s attitudes change and they change fast. For one thing, they become much less patient when they’re mistreated.” Carlson used the current push to force Covid vaccines on the American people as an example of being mistreated.

“Politics will look very different in a country with permanent shortages. And this may be an unpleasant surprise for the Democratic Party,” he opined. “The progressive left’s entire program is built on the presumption of endless, boundless affluence. Of course, we can afford that. We’re rich. People like Nancy Pelosi, and Sandy Cortez and Rashida Tlaib truly believe that, and they believe it as a matter of faith. They talk about economics, but they have no idea how the actual economy works.”

“They don’t know anything about the great American affluence machine. They’ve never really had jobs, Carlson continued. “The one thing they know for certain, dead certain, is that every good thing must be free. It has to be. But that’s not how life works.”

He played clips of President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to support his premise that those in charge are in over their heads.

“The deeper truth is that people can’t get consumer goods because we’re too dependent on China because our leaders outsourced all of our production to a foreign country, and now they’re joking about it and they want you to believe that’s a good thing,” Carlson explained. “And because they want you so badly to believe it’s a good thing, their allies in the media are repeating that message verbatim.”

Closing out his opening monologue by highlighting how the left is trying to sell inflation as a measure of our success, Carlson concluded, “Be grateful you can no longer afford to eat meat, you’re doing your part for climate change. Things you’re going to change if this continues, you can believe that.”

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