He is organizing deception and fueling racial strain to divide and conquer America for the left.
Let’s take the hottest issue, COVID-19. Biden could have made big changes to defeat the virus, but he shamelessly declared that Trump had “failed to order enough vaccines” and that when he took office there was “no real plan to vaccinate most of the country.” VP Kamala Harris said the administration was “starting from scratch.” This was worse than an ordinary political turn. It’s a cynical rewriting of history. Even sympathetic fact-checking outfits have debunked these claims said RealClearPolitics.
Biden is also twisting the economic significances of COVID to defend trillions of dollars in new spending. He said in his address to Congress last week that he inherited “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. … We had to act.” The U.S. economy was roaring back when he took office.
“Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2021,” as per an advance estimate from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. This comes on the heels of a 4% gain in the last quarter of 2020 and a 33.4% explosion during the third.
Biden portrayed a false picture of an uncertain economy to secure $1.9 trillion of “COVID-relief” in March while demanding more trillions for “infrastructure.” That second package is about 15% of the spending would fund roads, bridges, and other projects commonly understood as infrastructure and generally supported by the American people. Most of the money will be given to the liberals for more controversial social programs, making the bill a Trojan horse.
This Orwellian corruption of language is part of a pattern as Biden seeks to change the definition not only of “infrastructure” but also “court-packing” and “bipartisanship.”
“What’s become crystal clear is that Biden has redefined bipartisan,” former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said to explain why it no longer means support from elected Republicans. “And Washington is slow to catch up to the Biden definition.”
Biden has the right to go for his ambitious agenda while working within the political norms. But he isn’t. Instead, he is bent on gaming the system. His administration “strongly supports” making Washington, D.C., a state, which would add two more Democrats to the U.S. Senate.
He seems intent on enlarging the Supreme Court to ensure his power grabs pass muster with a dangerously politicized judiciary. Biden and his fellow Democrats now falsely describe the Senate filibuster, which requires at least 60 votes for the passage of most bills, as a “relic of the Jim Crow era.”
They have affected the political math: House Democrats lost seats in the 2020 election, leaving them with the slimmest majority of any party since World War II; and the Senate is evenly divided. As Per RealClearPolitics polling average Despite covid vaccine failure and poor economic policies, half of the Americans have approved Biden’s performance.
Biden lacks the political mandate he needs for his “transformational” agenda. He didn’t enjoy broad majorities in Congress to get things done. If he succeeds, it will be through party-line votes.
Here the race begins. Half of the country is opposing him. Biden has concluded he must delegitimize his opposition through ugly smears, casting it as a hateful collection of racists. The claim that white supremacy is our “most lethal terrorist threat”; and the insistence that the country he has served in high office for more than four decades is riddled with systemic racism.
Biden is using this pessimistic race-baiting to clarify why he can’t deal with Republicans – after all, who would like to compromise haters? – and why passing colossal pieces of lawmaking through slim biased votes is necessary.
Turns out Sleepy Joe is an authoritarian demagogue, willing to deceive and divide America to impose his will. Make no mistake, he will continue on this scorched-earth path even if his approval ratings continue to fall. Biden and the Democrat intelligentsia are true believers. They will push as hard as they can before the midterm elections. If they lose power then, well, that was a small price to pay for their gains.
J. Peder Zane is an editor for RealClearInvestigations and a columnist for RealClearPolitics.