Statement of Elijah Norton on the crisis in Afghanistan

Date: August 27, 2021
Phone: (602) 704-0445

As Americans, the recent Biden-inflicted crisis in Afghanistan is not only one of the worst foreign policy disasters in the history of the United States, but it also has dire consequences for the reputation of our great nation for many years to come.

The crisis in Afghanistan was completely avoidable. For the purposes of this discussion, I will not debate whether we should withdraw Americans from Afghanistan. What is most at issue is the way the withdrawal occurred. It is completely embarrassing, unacceptable, and shows a serious dereliction of duty by members of our administration and the President of the United States, Joe Biden.

When the President of the United States is sworn in as the highest executive, they take an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The first paragraph in our constitution—one of the most revered documents in the history of western democracy states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The President is required by his oath to uphold that statement—as well as all the other parts of our constitution. One of his most basic duties is to ensure that American citizens—both here and abroad are kept safe and protected.

As of today’s, date, over 1,500 American citizens are still in Afghanistan. These are not members of the American military—but rather Americans who went to Afghanistan for a variety of reasons—with the assumption that their country would protect them. Joe Biden has essentially admitted defeat—and his administration has said that all our citizens might not get out. It appears the Biden administration has abandoned them.

Instead of grossly neglecting his duties—he should have ordered our military to get our citizens out first and then move out our military. He should have gotten our billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment out of the country before pulling our troops out—not leaving it there for use by the Taliban, who have openly mocked us in pictures—and leaving it there for our adversaries such as China and Russia to seize and possibly reverse-engineer.

Biden has had many opportunities to speak on this matter and set the record straight. However, instead of act and lead, as he is required to do by the Constitution, he has continued to show what myself and many others feared most—he is mentally incompetent, and possibly has severe dementia.

How can someone like that lead the most powerful nation on Earth during what will be one of the most tumultuous times in our history? In the next 4 years, China and Russia will take more aggressive actions. China may try to invade our democratic ally, Taiwan. Today, we saw the evil face of terrorism re-emerge. Donald Trump took out ISIS, Al Queda, and left terrorists on the run. Today, we have seen those organizations re-emerge almost overnight and attack Americans. I am worried this is only the first attack, and more may follow.

The reality is this: peace through strength works. Donald Trump understood this. Joe Biden clearly doesn’t and has thus proven to be one of the weakest leaders in US history.

I am a student of the history—and one of my favorite subjects was that of the fall of the Roman Empire. In fact, in my senior thesis as a political science major in college I expressed my concerns that America and Rome share some scary similarities. Rome collapsed because of weak leadership. I cannot stand by and see America fall to the same eventual demise–and this is one of the main reasons I am running for Congress.

Joe Biden’s conduct has shown that he is one of the weakest Presidents—if not the weakest President—we have ever had. He has shown that he is incompetent and incapable of leading through multiple crises that we have had since has inaugurated.

Impeachment or removal of a President is something that should be rare, somber, and only done when absolutely necessary. As someone who has lived to see the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the bogus impeachment of Donald Trump—we can’t simply impeach a President because we don’t agree with their policies or their personal lives. Rather, impeachment should be reserved for the gravest of circumstances.

When a president shows to the entire United States, our allies, and the world that they are incompetent and unable to perform their most basic duties—to protect American lives—that changes the calculus—and warrants resignation or impeachment.

The twenty-fifth amendment to the Constitution essentially states that if a President is unable to perform his duties, that they can be removed from office by a two-thirds majority by both houses of Congress after referral from the cabinet.

At this point, I don’t think this should be a partisan issue. If anyone watches one of Joe Biden’s recent press conferences—it is totally apparent—Joe Biden is not mentally present. He is not competent and has severe incapacity. It is very clear that he is not mentally fit or equipped to deal with the many crises that face the United States of America—and I believe that he should immediately resign or be legally removed from office. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue; this is an American issue.

Further, I am calling on Lloyd Austin and the generals who advised the President during this catastrophe to resign. Lloyd Austin has shown that he is inept as well. If he worked for my company or any other organization, he would be immediately fired without severance. You should not reward gross incompetence with continued employment.

I am calling on President Joe Biden and his handlers to resign. If he does not do this, our leaders in Congress or members of the cabinet need to act and either impeach him or invoke the twenty-fifth amendment. We cannot endure another 3 years of these disasters and blunders. My fear is if we do, the America of 2024 will be so dramatically worse off it may be unrepairable.

Finally, my opponent has not come out strongly enough against this crisis. While I do commend him on setting up a hotline for the victims in Afghanistan—this crisis has shown that we need people who will fight for what is right and make bold statements against disastrous foreign policy. In Congress—I plan to be a leading voice against far-left policies that put America last and weaken us on the world stage. This week has shown that Joe Biden doesn’t care about us, our country, our citizens abroad, or the thousands of Americans who put on a uniform to defend freedom throughout the world. He must be held accountable—either by resignation, legal action—or by us voting him out in 2024—and electing a Republican Congress in 2022 to stop his radical policies and incompetence.


Elijah Norton