(CNSNews.com) - Far from saving the "soul of America," President Joe Biden "has launched an assault on the soul of America -- on it people, on its laws, on its most sacred values," House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday in a prebuttal to President Biden's prime-time speech.
With Democrats controlling all three branches of government, "How have they done?" McCarthy asked in a speech delivered in Biden's birthplace -- Scranton, Pa.
"Are you better off?" McCarthy asked. "What has two years of one-party Democrat rule in Washington given us?"
McCarthy answered his own question.
"Our economy is now in a recession," he said.
"Our supply chains are collapsing. Our transportation system is completely dysfunctional. Air travel has never been more unpredictable.
“Fact, families go to the grocery store to find empty shelves. Necessities like baby formula have been impossible to find...If you can find what you need at the store, it costs more. A lot more. Food prices are up more than 13 percent, the highest increase ever."
'Threats to democracy'
"Joe Biden often says our democracy is under threat. He's right, but not for the reason he thinks," McCarthy said.
“Let's spend a moment to talk about the threats to American democracy.”
"Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress sent $1 billion of hard-earned taxpayer money as stimulus checks to violent criminals behind bars. And yes, they sent one to the Boston bomber. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden and Democrats support defunding the police, which led to a historic rise in crime. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden and Big Tech colluded to silence your freedom of speech and shut down your voice on the largest communication platforms in the world. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden and his Department of Justice labeled concerned parents that speak at school board meetings as domestic terrorists. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden unilaterally rewritten the immigration laws of the United States, defying Congress and the Constitution that binds us all. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress are hiring an army of 87,000 new IRS agents...to do what? To snoop around your bank account. Your Venmo. Your small businesses. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden's government has shielded his family and his administration from accountability, of abuses of power and foreign dealings of his son for personal gain. That is an assault on our democracy.
“Joe Biden and the politicized Department of Justice launched a raid on the home of his top political rival, Donald Trump. That is an assault on democracy.
“Joe Biden is right, democracy is on the ballot in November. And Joe Biden and the radical left in Washington are dismantling Americans' democracy before our very eyes.”
McCarthy said Democrats have no plan to solve the crises that they created.
"Democrats in Washington have no plan to make life better. No plan to stop inflation, only to increase it. No plan to secure the border and stop fentanyl from poisoning our children.
“No plan to reduce crime and restore law and order in our cities. No plan to put our children's futures first and give parents a voice. No plan to get the country back on track.
"The American people deserve a Congress to focus on their needs. In November, our country faces a clear choice. It's a choice between two different philosophies and two different futures. This is a national referendum. A referendum on inflation, illegal immigration, indoctrination and crime at home and humiliation abroad.
"A choice between soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy costs, or affordable rents and gas and groceries for you and your family. This is a choice between whether we have an open border or a secure border. A choice between protecting criminals or protecting law abiding Americans…”
"Republicans have a plan for a new direction that will get our country back on track. Our plan is a commitment to America," McCarthy said.
It includes strengthening the economy, working for a nation "that is safe," and holding the government accountable:
"We will fight to stop inflation and lower the cost of living. We will fight to lower the cost of gas. We will stop taxpayer dollars from being wasted on failed programs. We will pass the parents' bill of rights, let parents have a say in their children's education.
“We will defend American sovereignty. We will conduct vigorous oversight, check abuses of power and hold all wrongdoers accountable, including our Department of Justice.
“We will move the supply chain from China back to America. We will pass tough laws and legislation to make our communities safer. We will block any bill that lowers your standard of living, that makes you and your family less safe, less free and less prosperous.
"We will do everything in our power to pass legislation that raises your wages, increases your standard of living, grows the middle class supports our police and law enforcement, tames our bureaucracy, and restores the citizens of this country to their rightful place.
“We will restore the soul of America, the values of America and the promise of America."