After four years of “disruption,” President Joe Biden assured voters he’d be a unifier; I’ve tried to be patient, but after nearly 50 executive actions in 12 days, he is governing as a rabid partisan.
Some understandably oppose unity, since it’s not truly reachable in a diverse nation like ours.
“The United States thrives on the opposite of unity: disagreement, debate, competition, rivalry,” Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review the day after the inauguration. “Totalitarian countries have unity. Democratic republics have disagreement. That’s why we have elections and legislatures. Disagreement is good. If you know how to do it. The kind of unity that Biden talks about means general agreement on a political program. (His political program, of course.) And, that’s just the thing: Biden and his party have some terrible ideas.”
Williamson’s erudite points aside, unity was promised, so let’s pursue it, even if legacy media is on another siesta, thereby permitting Biden to sell leftism as unification.
The new president’s much-ballyhooed inaugural address pledged to “lower the temperature.” For many in our supposedly divided nation, it probably was a welcome message. But it was hollow and Biden misled.
Among his myriad executive orders the past fortnight — rolled out seemingly daily on a divisive topic — were aims at “equity,” an unattainable solution to a fictional issue. Biden also signed an order redefining biological sex, with destructive consequences for women’s sports and more. Imagine telling your great-grandparents about this.
The administration also expectedly catered to the abortion lobby by allowing federal funds to go to foreign organizations that provide abortion services, and to the environmental lobby by crushing the oil industry for absolutely no benefit.
Even media could not deny Sen. Marco Rubio’s statements that Biden “has issued more executive fiats than anyone in such a short period of time, ever, more than Obama, more than Trump, more than anyone.”
Based on history, we are told that Biden is one of the few remaining Democrats willing to cooperate with Republicans — “he gets along with Mitch” — but this is not 1986 or even 2006. Democrats have retreated to the fringe, essentially representing only large cities, some wealthy inner-ring suburbs and college towns, so they have no concept of how polarizing their woke agenda is — where policies aimed at eliminating gender or exacerbating racial tension don’t strike them as extreme.
Does this appeal to suburban female swing voters Donald Trump supposedly lost? It clearly does not appeal to blue-collar workers losing good-paying jobs as Biden appeases wealthy donors.
The current White House policy agenda is so radical it’s impossible for them to unify the country. While not every Cabinet member is a statist, the administration is populated with out-of-touch Beltway insiders so insular they cannot understand Americans they supposedly represent.
Fair-minded journalists should hold everyone in power accountable for duplicity and inconsistency. But since our corporate press shares the same ideology, they don’t acknowledge dishonesty. Democrats’ near-monopoly on academia, Hollywood, television, technology and sports only deepens our divisions, and makes ordinary citizens feel like bigots for disagreeing with failed leftism.
I am disappointed that Biden is violating most tenets of my “to-don’t” list so rapidly. He is bending to the dictates of the most left-wing elements of his party. To some, the implications are we actually don’t have a 100% Biden presidency; an authoritarian like the vice president no one voted for is as much in charge.
Nobody knows how much Biden, left to his own devices, would author all this extremism.