With all of the bucks stopping on their desks, American presidents don’t usually get to decide on what issues to face. One exception is the inaugural deal with, the place the slate is clear they usually have an uncluttered probability to outline themselves and the way they wish to be measured.
Joe Biden’s inaugural speech was pedestrian at greatest, however its enduring advantage is that the brand new president left little doubt about his essential focus. His presidency, he pledged repeatedly, could be dedicated to therapeutic a fractured nation.
Speaking whereas the pandemic nonetheless raged and two weeks after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, he used variations of the words “unity” and “together” greater than a dozen instances, as when he declared: “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.”
After citing earlier nationwide crises, from the Civil War to 9/11, Biden described how he would lead the nation to a greater place.
“History, faith, and reason show the way of unity,” he mentioned. “We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.”
Excellent concepts. Too unhealthy he hasn’t practiced what he preached. Or even tried.
Biden has pursued radical insurance policies and a race-driven agenda which are by definition divisive, resulting in doubts about whether or not there was an oz of sincerity in his January twentieth deal with.
The proof that he by no means gave nationwide therapeutic an opportunity is inescapable. It begins with the massively costly, far-left payments his get together launched in Congress and consists of the threats to kill the Senate filibuster and expand the Supreme Court until Republicans say sure to every part.
He is reversing almost each coverage of his predecessor, at residence and overseas, even after they have been profitable. One result’s the historic surge of unlawful immigration on the southern border.
Another is the incomprehensible determination to woo Iran again to the nuclear deal, full with the promise to elevate sanctions with out gaining something. And Biden’s determination to drop all objections to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline makes him appear to be Vladimir Putin’s puppet.
In every case, there was no dialogue, no debate, no try and unite the nation behind him.
The solely saving grace on this insanity is that Democrats can’t get all 50 of their senators to agree on essentially the most sweeping legislative measures, together with ending the filibuster and making DC a state, a lot of the White House agenda is stalled.
But not as a result of Biden led by instance and tried to carry the nation collectively. Far from it. In a celebration bursting with flamethrowers, the president stands out for the harshness of his rhetoric.
He openly and repeatedly lies concerning the efforts in quite a few states to reform voting legal guidelines. His declare that the demand for voter ID in Georgia and other states is the new Jim Crow is preposterous and proves he prefers fearmongering to information.
The entire notion that the authorized modifications are types of voter suppression is belied by the truth that many blue states, together with Biden’s residence state of Delaware, have tighter guidelines than these he denounces elsewhere.
The harm went past phrases when he urged Major League Baseball to drag its All-Star Game from Atlanta. For a president to encourage a boycott of an American metropolis over a dispute with that state’s elected officers is uncommon — and outrageous.
The gambit was a damaging stunt that harm Atlanta companies, a lot of them black-owned, and painted Biden as prepared to throw gasoline on the racial fires.
He did it once more in his July 13 speech in Philadelphia, the place he foolishly insisted the brand new voting legal guidelines are “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.”
President Unity additionally attacked Republicans for not supporting Dems’ effort to move a one-size-fits-all voting invoice in Washington, asking “Have you no shame?”
At this level, it’s unimaginable to see such language as something apart from an intentional try and additional divide the nation. It exposes the president as a hypocrite and divulges the desperation of his get together.
Following the positive factors Donald Trump and Republicans made amongst black voters and, much more so, Latinos in 2020, Dems are appearing as if their survival is determined by racializing every part earlier than subsequent yr’s midterms.
They are doing it with a whole-of-government method that makes use of federal companies for political functions. The Justice Department sued Georgia over its voting regulation, the Pentagon is indoctrinating troopers with Black Lives Matter theories, the Department of Agriculture provided particular support solely to black farmers and the Department of Education helps instructing crucial race concept in public colleges.
If that weren’t unhealthy sufficient, Secretary of State Antony Blinken invited the bastion of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism, the United Nations, to research and lecture America on racial issues.
All these occasions and others make it really feel as if the inaugural deal with was given by one other president in one other period.
Consider among the different issues Biden mentioned again in January: “I will be a president for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”
And this: “We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility.”
Where is that man?
Blas’ stick-y stance
Mayor de Blasio’s getting large time consideration for calling on private businesses to require their workers to get COVID vaccines earlier than they return to work. It would have extra influence if de Blasio had taken his personal medication and required the town’s 330,000 workers to get jabbed.
The purpose is that municipal unions gained’t agree. For instance, the mayor not too long ago declared all metropolis hospital workers had to be vaccinated — or get examined weekly.
From police to sanitation to academics, the issue is identical, and can come to a head within the fall when colleges are set to reopen.
Expect academics unions to balk each at returning full time and getting vaccinated. Of course, they are going to nonetheless demand to be paid.
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