So far, so bad.
In a classic bait and switch, President Joe Biden turns out to be a MINO — a Moderate in Name Only.
Biden instantly betrayed the organizing rationale of his entire presidential campaign: He was supposed to be a moderate whose centrism would unify America — Left, Middle, and Right — after Donald J. Trump’s volatile presidency.
Just like that, 80 million Biden voters learned that they were bamboozled. Biden proves to be a centrist only in that he is central to his administration’s light-speed, high-energy, no-apology leap to the Left.
Just look at the Leftward lunges that Biden took in his first 72 hours in office, via 19 executive orders. (In their first three days on duty, Obama issued five EOs. Trump and Clinton: One each.)
•Keystone XL Pipeline: Killed. Layoffs of unionized workers soon will follow.
•The Paris Agreement on Global Warming: Resurrected. In one of former President Trump’s easily avoided failures, he never submitted this agreement to the U.S. Senate as a treaty. In a further leadership lapse, Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ignored conservative calls to this effect and never arranged for Senate consideration of a Paris Warming Treaty, which would not have secured the necessary 67 votes.
That tactic would have yanked this weed from the earth for good. Instead, Biden now irrigates it. Paris will strangle America’s economy, with picayune benefits and a $993 billion cost.
•Southern Border-Wall Construction: Stopped. President Trump built 452 miles of protective barrier. Biden: Zero.
•Deportations: Halted. Biden has blocked all deportations for 100 days, including of violent illegal-alien criminal convicts. "As of midnight, stop all removals," an internal e-mail instructed ICE officers, Tucker Carlson reported. "Release them all, immediately."
•Illegal Aliens: Citizenship-bound. Biden proposed an eight-year path to citizenship for some 11 million illegal aliens/future Democrats. Meanwhile, lawful, visa-carrying immigrants grow old waiting to become Americans.
•Minimum Wage: Bolstered. A $15-per-hour minimum for federal employees and contractors is the gateway to a national $15-per-hour minimum hourly wage. Never mind that employers struggling under COVID-19 lockdowns and slowdowns barely can pay their surviving employees.
Business owners soon may have to choose between paying Biden’s $15 minimum wage and covering their power bills.
•Transgender School Athletics: "On your marks!" Teenage "girls" now may compete against and easily defeat diligent teenage girls and then shower with them in girls' locker rooms.
Where are the feminists?
Whatever happened to "Girl Power?"
This has split Americans Left and Right and even cleaved the Left.
"This executive order is horrendous," Kara Dansky of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign told Tucker Carlson. "It makes a mockery of the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls." The liberal feminist sees this focus on gender identity "obliterating women and girls’ sex-based rights at the federal level."
Biden is dividing his side of the aisle!
•Roe v. Wade: From ruling to statute "The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade," the White House announced Friday. Indelibly enshrining the severely controversial 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the U.S. Code will trigger even deeper rancor between Americans who regard abortion as birth control and those who consider it the murder of pre-born Americans.
•Trump Impeachment II: Scheduled. A Feb. 8 Senate trial to remove as president an already former president will stall Biden’s executive-branch confirmations, delay COVID-19 relief, and slow economic-recovery legislation. Rather than the constitutionally stipulated high court Chief Justice John Roberts, the very liberal Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will preside — as both judge and juror.
What a great way to soothe 74 million Trump voters. Biden could have derailed this sequel by ringing Nancy Pelosi. He still could short-circuit a trial by asking Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mitch McConnell to adopt a motion to dismiss.
Unlikely. Democrats have craved Trump’s blood since he descended his golden escalator on June 16, 2015. And if they can extract a few more drops, all the better to re-ignite their Trump Derangement Syndrome.
But worse than all of this, was Biden’s disbandment of President Trump’s 1776 Commission.
"Global Warming" alarmism, ditching union workers in mid-weld, no-borders orthodoxy, wacky labor economics, and naked political revenge are bad enough.
Far worse, was the middle finger that Biden waved at the 1776 Commission.
The president of the United States rejected the American Founding itself.
The USA is not held together by a common religion, like the 74.3% Jewish State of Israel. The U.S. does not cohere around isolated geography, like far-flung Iceland, which is encircled by freezing water, rests 173 miles from desolate Greenland, and rises 590 miles from Norway. America’s commonality does not spring from racial purity, as in Japan, which is 98.1% ethnic Japanese.
America’s traditional motto explains what keeps this nation together: E pluribus unum — "Out of many, one." Americans have landed here from Earth’s every corner. Some were dragged to these shores, but here they remain. And the centripetal force that unifies these people of assorted faiths and hues is an idea: limited self-government. Thomas Jefferson expressed this first and best in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This idea, The American Idea, has kept this iridescent superpower of many gods, no god, Martin Luther King Day, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest, Columbus Day, and Hanukkah from devolving into a fractious Sarajevo-like inferno.
Indeed, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself understood that Jefferson’s words were universal.
These tenets applied equally to Americans of all backgrounds:
"When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir," Dr. King stated. "This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
The 46th president of the United States spurns this unifying language that has embraced us all.
For Joe Biden, 1776 is a four-letter word.
Absent the American Founding and its grounding principles, what does Biden propose to hold together this nation of 330 million people with infinite differences? Netflix?
Biden’s rejection of the Foundation on which this republic was erected foreshadows months and possibly years of institutional tremors, as the house that the Framers built struggles to stand with its undergirding officially kicked from beneath it.
So, in short, if Joe Biden is a moderate, then I am the Duke of Kent.
Biden’s uplifting inaugural address struck notes of harmony, common purpose, and shared virtues.
"Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause," Biden said.
"Through the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War, 9/11, through struggle, sacrifice, and setbacks, our 'better angels' have always prevailed," he continued. "History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity. 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 . . . . This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward."
Alas, Biden himself has unmasked this heartwarming speech as an empty vessel.
Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. promised Americans The Beatles’ "Come Together."
Instead, in just three days, he spun on the record player Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why.” Like the Biden Administration, that tune starts like this:
"Look at us, baby
"Up all night
"Tearing our love apart."
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Read Deroy Murdock's Reports — More Here.
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