“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
In those indelible words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Just because Joe Biden repeatedly referenced “unity” in his inaugural speech doesn’t make his agenda a unifying one. That fact was made clear by the actions he took immediately after entering the Oval Office. You see, when Biden and the Democrats call for “unity,” what they really mean is acquiescence to their leftist agenda. Unity should never be an end in and of itself. Of far greater importance is the ideal or agenda to which one is being called to conform or agree.
Biden issued 17 executive actions and orders on Day One, none of which did anything to promote “unity.” Rather, they all were blatantly political, as they reversed Donald Trump’s policies and reinstated Barack Obama’s. This was entirely expected, of course, but it’s absolutely false to paint these actions as “unifying” — they are just as divisive today as when Obama first ordered them.
Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw responded to Biden’s orders by succinctly exposing who they actually benefit:
Who this agenda helps.
Paris Agreement -> China, European diplomats
Cancel Keystone -> Russian oligarchs
No wall -> illegal immigrants
Working class American priorities, small businesses reopening and recovering…nowhere to be found.
For Biden and the Democrats, it’s clear that the call for “unity” is the bludgeon they will use to demand capitulation to their agenda, a theme Biden repeated last night. “And to overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity,” he said. “It requires us to come together in common love of what defines us as Americans: opportunity, liberty, dignity and respect, and to unite against common foes: hate, violence, disease and hopelessness.”
Once again, this rhetoric comes from the guy who on the campaign trail publicly boasted that if he were in high school with Donald Trump, “I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” This from the guy who disgustingly blamed Trump for the coronavirus-related deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. This from the guy who repeatedly demonized Trump as a racist and a white supremacist. And even in his “unity” speech, Biden purposefully insinuated that Trump supporters were “white supremacists” and “domestic terrorists.” Unity? What unity?
As Heather Mac Donald observed, “Biden rattled off a litany of white America’s sins: the ‘harsh, ugly reality’ of ‘racism, nativism, fear, [and] demonization’; ‘anger, resentment, hatred, [and] extremism.’ He did not name white Americans as such, but he did not need to. That qualifier is inherent in the language he chose to adopt.”
If Biden had issued a unified call for civility in the face of deep political divisions, and if he had demonstrated that civility by refusing to label and demonize his political opponents as racists, nativists, and fearmongers, he would have gone a long way toward what he called the need to “lower the temperature.” In fact, his remarks did little but ensure that it remains high.
On the other side of the “unity” theme, political analyst David Harsanyi concludes: “Political unity is an ugly, authoritarian idea. No free nation has domestic political unity, nor should it aspire to it. What ‘unity’ really means is capitulation. … Unity is found in comity with your neighbors, in your churches and schools, in your everyday interactions with your community. Politics is not a place for unity. It is a place for airing grievances. And we’ve got plenty.” And as policy analyst Josh Lawson notes, “If Biden really wants unity, he will affirm equality under the law like [Abraham] Lincoln and [Thomas] Jefferson did.”
As Mark Alexander observed, “There is a distinction between political ‘unity’ and ‘civility.’ Biden’s use of political unity is tantamount to political submission, the conformity associated with tyranny. To that end, we should not confuse political unity with civility.”
To say that the nation Joe Biden now leads is older, polarized, and financially insecure isn’t particularly insightful. We already know those things. Still, it’s helpful to review some of the data and to contemplate just what he and Kamala Harris have gotten themselves into.
“Key metrics of financial and social well-being show the challenges Mr. Biden faces as he moves into the White House on Wednesday,” write Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy in The Wall Street Journal. “The coronavirus pandemic halted the 11-year economic expansion and drove up unemployment just as the typical American household was starting to enjoy sustained income growth. Americans were living longer — an improvement from a period when the opioid crisis eroded life expectancy — until the pandemic exacted a swift, deadly toll. One government official said life expectancy could decline by the largest amount since World War II once the government completes last year’s mortality figures.”
As Biden correctly noted in his brief inaugural address, “A once-in-a-century virus silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed.”
That pretty much sums up the serious part of the speech. He would utter the word “jobs” just twice more, and the word “economy” doesn’t appear even once.
As the Journal article notes, the stock market bequeathed to Biden by Donald Trump is at record highs, but only half the nation is in the market and reaping the rewards. Consumer debt is surging. And, thanks to a temporarily tanked economy and profligate coronavirus relief spending, our national debt, as compared with the size of the economy, “reached its highest point since the end of World War II.”
These are the realities that folks are feeling, but Biden gave them short shrift. Instead, perhaps just two minutes into his address, our 46th president landed on what he thinks are the most pressing issues we face: “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making. … A cry of survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”
If Joe Biden thinks passing the Green New Deal and cracking down on those 19 white supremacists will cure what ails us, we’re in for a rough four years.
We’re more racially diverse, the Journal article notes. The nation’s non-Hispanic white population has shrunk, while its Hispanic, black, and Asian populations continue to grow. Our fastest-growing demographic is people of two or more races, which would seem to augur well for race relations. But it’s clear that we’re also racially polarized — which is what a country gets when its media beats an incessant drum about inequality, white supremacy, and police brutality, and gushes adoringly and uncritically about a Marxist pressure group called Black Lives Matter.
We’re a deeply fractured nation — there’s no getting around it. As the Journal notes, “The share of Americans who identify as conservative or liberal hasn’t changed much over the past decade. But within the parties, there has been a slight movement toward the more ardent corners of each ideology. Among GOP registered voters, 37% identified as very conservative in 2020, up from 33% in 2010. … Among Democratic registered voters, 25% considered themselves very liberal in 2020, up from 16% in 2010.”
As conservative author Conrad Black recently put it, “American democracy is at the lowest point in its post-segregation history: corrupt elections, abdicated courts, cowardly legislators, dishonest media, a prosecutocracy that terrorizes the whole country and wins 99 percent of its cases (95 percent without a trial), crumbling standards of education, skyrocketing crime rates, and a president-elect who looks and sounds like a waxworks dummy who has in his over-long career faced in all four directions on every major issue.”
“We need to come together as one nation,” a seemingly undeterred Joe Biden said yesterday. It was the most platitudinous of platitudes. A child could’ve written it.
“Unity, unity,” he preached, as if trying to one-up himself. But what he and his party and their Big Tech censors and corporate cancelers really want is uniformity. Good luck with that.
Joe Biden always wanted to be president. To him we say, Bless your heart. And to his hard-left agenda we say, Fail early and often.
In January 2009, Rush Limbaugh ruffled more than a few feathers when he said of Barack Obama’s incoming administration, “I hope he fails.”
Why would you say that? gasped media pundits everywhere. Simple, Rush explained: “I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.”
The same is true in January 2021 as Joe Biden embarks upon his own presidency, which itself is primarily an attempt to restore the “glory” of the Obama years and utterly dismantle all the outstanding successes of Donald Trump.
We hope Biden fails.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the rest of the Democrat Party that will be running the show in Washington, DC, have no intention of upholding their solemn oaths “to support and defend” the U.S. Constitution. They have no intention of enacting policies that will benefit most Americans, whether economically, culturally, or any other way. We flat-out disagree with their plans, and we want nothing to do with their divisive agenda — even as they wrap it in a faux package of Unity™.
Fortunately, we’re not alone. There are tens of millions of Americans who vehemently oppose the Left’s radical agenda. Millions more may have hated Trump enough to vote for Biden, but that doesn’t mean they support Biden’s plans. We don’t want the Green New Deal or government healthcare for all. We don’t want to pay higher taxes that are redistributed for all kinds of things we oppose, sometimes on grounds of it violating our religious faith. We don’t want speech codes and pronoun police. We don’t want racist indoctrination in our schools corrupting the minds of our children.
Democrats plan all of these things under the banner of unity acquiescence, and we hope they fail.
Yet we have an uphill battle. Democrats control Washington, of course, but the mainstream media still holds sway over public opinion. It’ll parrot Joe’s talking points on the planet’s “cry for survival” with climate, and it’ll trumpet the idea that white Americans are racist rubes who need to be reeducated. Social media companies will continue to suppress free speech and dissent from Big Brother’s line. And far too many Americans fall for these narratives. They’re built on just enough shreds of truth to sound plausible.
Moreover, conservatism is hard. Which is the easier marketing strategy: to tell voters they’re responsible for their own economic advancement without government in the way, or that the government is the best available instrument for “helping” people? Which is more appealing to a miseducated and misinformed public: that Liberty comes with responsibility for your own actions, or that you’re part of a victim class that absolves you of that responsibility?
Truth is sometimes harder than lies, but lies are always worth opposing and truth is always worth fighting for.
All that said, conservatives should be fair, honest, and civil in our opposition. Christians should pray for Biden, Harris, and Congress. Pray that fairness, honesty, and civility will crowd out division and that integrity will take the place of self-aggrandizing posturing. Pray for an educated citizenry to hold our representatives accountable. Miracles, we know.
You might also say today is the unofficial start to the 2024 presidential race. Several Republicans have already shown an interest in running against all the coming failures (or is it “successes”?) of the Biden administration. Barring those miracles we mentioned, they will have plenty of fodder.
During his presidency, one of the best things Donald Trump did was make America energy independent. Joe Biden plans to undue that agenda, ASAP. Among the 17 executive orders or actions the newly inaugurated president signed Wednesday afternoon was one revoking the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
We knew it was coming. The phrase “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” was part of the list of executive actions contained in a briefing note circulated by Biden’s transition team last weekend, after first being shared with U.S. stakeholders. The cancellation of the permit would undo one of Trump’s first executive actions and return America to the Obama administration’s stance against a pipeline that would transport oil from the Canadian province of Alberta into Nebraska.
Barack Obama had rejected the permit in 2015 saying it would conflict with his administration’s global warming agenda. When Trump issued an executive order in 2017 allowing it to proceed, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris, an Obama appointee, rejected it by claiming that the State Department’s environmental analysis of the pipeline “fell short of a hard look” at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gases and the impact of pipeline construction on Native American land resources. Morris agreed with environmental groups who asserted that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit would allow companies to skirt responsibility for damage done to rivers and streams.
Morris made his ruling in November of 2018. In July of 2020, it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Sunday, TC Energy, the Canadian company working on the project, released a statement addressing climate concerns. Richard Prior, president of Keystone XL, insisted the pipeline is “not only the safest and most reliable method to transport oil to markets, but the initiatives announced today also ensures it will have the lowest environmental impact of an oil pipeline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.” He added, “Canada and the United States are among the most environmentally responsible countries in the world with some of the strictest standards for fossil fuel production.”
The people who believe the transition from fossil fuels to a Green New Deal can simply be mandated, irrespective of technological and scientific realities, couldn’t care less.
The move apparently doesn’t sit well with Canada’s equally progressive leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In what seemingly amounts to progressive environmental heresy, Trudeau has long supported the $9 billion project because he thinks that creating jobs and reducing reliance on foreign energy sources is a commendable ambition.
How inane is it to cancel the deal? “Construction is well under way, with the cross-border portion of the line already completed,” explains columnist John Ibbitson. “Cancelling the project will cost thousands of jobs in both countries. TC Energy is committed to reducing carbon emissions, while the oil that replaces what Keystone would provide American refineries comes from countries with little or no commitment to fighting global warming.”
American labor unions are also less than enthused. Last August, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), and the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters reached a deal with TC Energy. Yet an oil and gas lobbyist who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the press spelled out reality in no uncertain terms. “The only question has always been whether labor can stave off the death sentence,” the lobbyist stated. “And they never had a chance.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is also distressed. He notes that canceling the pipeline deal “will kill jobs on both sides of the border, weaken the critically important Canada-U.S. relationship, and undermine U.S. national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports in the future.”
For the environmental religionists, killing jobs and a return to relying on foreign energy providers who hate us is a small price to pay for “saving the planet.”
And for eliminating racism to boot. Two incoming White House environmental aides — Maggie Thomas, who will be chief of staff for the Office of Domestic Climate Policy, and climate advocate Cecilia Martinez, billed as “senior director for environmental justice” — insist climate change is driven by systemic racism. In 2019, Martinez asserted that the nation’s only path forward “is to design national climate policies that are centered on justice.” Thomas’s scheme demands “trillions” in public investment, aimed at a “crack down” on oil production and a shift away from the nation’s “fossil fuel economy” — as well as funding for welfare programs, including rent and utility relief.
In other words, the Biden administration will precipitate skyrocketing energy prices, and then print trillions of additional dollars to subsidize the millions of Americans who can’t afford them. Anyone who disagrees with this double dose of ideologically driven stupidity?
Shut up — racist.
Keystone is just the beginning, and Americans will soon discover all of the other equally pernicious agendas an unchecked Democrat Party will inflict upon them. As columnist Steve Milloy warned last October, fracking, one of America’s most successful job-producing industries, can’t be killed by an executive order. Instead, it will be killed by thousands of regulations aimed at producing the same outcome.
“[Biden] has also committed to reversing President Trump’s deregulatory efforts,” Milloy wrote, “including the rollback of an Obama administration Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring the oil-and-gas industry to pay to limit methane leaks from fracking wells.”
Why? “Big oil companies support the Obama rule because it puts the squeeze on smaller players,” he continues. “If the rule is reinstated, struggling independent frackers will either close up shop or sell themselves to larger companies, whose profits have been harmed by a production glut. With the ability to control and limit overall production, those larger frackers could reduce the glut and increase their profits. There would be less fracking — and higher energy prices for consumers.”
In other words, in tandem with the economic destruction wrought by coronavirus lockdowns, more small businesses will be regulated into elimination, in service to a corporate oligarchy intent on eliminating any and all challenges to its hegemony.
In the next two years (at least), Americans are going to learn a very sobering lesson about the difference between a Trump administration’s aspiration to create economic abundance and a Biden administration’s socialist/Marxist effort to manage decline — the very same decline promoted as the “New Normal” during the Obama administration.
“This is just the beginning of an energy agenda that will cripple us on so many levels: jobs, cost of living, and opportunity,” warns columnist Daniel Turner. “It will hurt our critical allies in Canada and Europe. It will benefit our enemies Russia and China. And it will do absolutely nothing for the environment.”
No one should be surprised. It’s what happens when the electorate puts people who hate this nation in charge of it.
Earlier this week we witnessed one of the concluding achievements of Donald Trump’s presidency — the report from his 1776 Commission. Given life by executive order the day before the 2020 election, the commission’s role was to give future generations a chance to understand the principles and history of America’s founding.
The 1776 Commission provided a counterbalance to the overwhelming trend of anti-Americanism in the teaching of history and civics in our schools. It’s as important for people to learn the troubling facts of America’s past as it is to learn of the nation’s successes, but the Left focuses only on the bad.
Ever since leftists began infiltrating America’s education system in the 1960s and ‘70s, they have been pushing a politically charged narrative of the nation’s history that paints a distorted and often false picture of a racist, imperialist nation. Now that public education and institutions of higher learning are predominantly run by the Left, that narrative has become part of the curriculum. The New York Times’s 1619 Project, an anti-American polemic that traded scholarship for propaganda, is the culmination of the leftist reeducation movement in America.
The result of that miseducation? Only 24% of 8th graders are at least “proficient” in U.S. history, while only 15% are proficient in government and civics.
The 1776 Commission is about more than providing “patriotic education,” as Trump termed it. It’s about studying American history in context and learning about America’s founding, recognizing that a country that does not possess a true understanding of its founding will not long survive.
The commission submitted its report Monday, but it will be the last report of the group. By 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, just one hour after Trump officially left office, the White House website had been scrubbed of all mentions of the commission. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to kill the commission as one of his first acts in office. The media predictably savaged the report, misrepresenting it in headlines and stories.
Fortunately, The Heritage Foundation has the full report and will continue to host it.
But the commission’s work is out there now, and it cannot be wished away. In a meeting conducted on January 5, the group discussed how best to understand and communicate the nation’s founding principles. Among the conclusions they reached was that religion and Judeo-Christian tradition needed to be part of any effort to understand the country’s history.
“There’s no way you can look at the constitutions of the 13 colonies … and say that our nation was not deeply influenced by religion,” said Dr. Carol Swain, a former law professor at Vanderbilt University. “And that is a part of who we are, part of history, we shouldn’t try to erase.”
The report is worth reading and sharing. It lays out an honest and reasoned approach to the study of America’s founding and what that means for each of us. It’s hard to encapsulate all that is shared in this document and convey its importance, but this statement in the conclusion comes close:
“America’s founding principles are true not because any generation — including our own — has lived them perfectly, but because they are based upon the eternal truths of the human condition. They are rooted in our capacity for evil and power for good, our longing for truth and striving for justice, our need for order and our love of freedom. Above all else, these principles recognize the worth, equality, potential, dignity, and glory of each and every man, woman, and child created in the image of God.”
Footnote: Historian Victor Davis Hanson, a member of the commission, gives his thoughts here.
Joe Biden plans to put the concerns of American citizens and their interests in the back seat as he will return to the disastrous Barack Obama-era immigration policy. Noncitizens and those who gained access to this country illegally will now receive priority treatment as if they were not only welcomed guests but were themselves citizens of the republic.
Biden has proposed a plan that will put an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country on an eight-year path to U.S. citizenship. The Washington Post reports, “To qualify, immigrants must have been in the United States as of Jan. 1, a move meant to blunt any rush to the border.”
Well, so much for preventing that border rush. A migrant caravan that has formed in Honduras is not only expecting but demanding that Biden open the border for them. As one migrant stated, “I just want patience and prayers that we can get to the U.S. because they have a new president, Biden. He’s going to help all of us, he’s giving us 100 days to get to the U.S. and give us [legal] papers, so we can get a better life for our kids, and for our families.” Who can blame these migrants? Biden has essentially laid out the welcome mat by eliminating Donald Trump’s “wait in Mexico” asylum policy and suspending deportations.
Meanwhile, American citizens, especially lower-income working-class Americans, will be the ones feeling the brunt of Biden’s amnesty policy as they see their wages and job opportunities diminish due to an influx of illegal aliens.
Of course, for Biden and company, the prospect of gaining 11 million new Democrat voters outweighs any concerns over the plight of the American working class. As Breitbart reports, “Under current rules, legal immigrants can get citizenship and voting rights five years after getting green cards. But the Biden bill would allow the migrants to convert their green cards into citizenship in just three years.”
By the way, aren’t we still in the middle of a “dark winter” of a global pandemic? Why fling the immigration door open wide right now? Well, because the Democrats’ agenda on immigration has not changed. It is what it always has been — making more Democrat voters.
In David Mamet’s 1987 film “The Untouchables,” Sam Malone, the salty old Irish cop played by Sean Connery, says of Al Capone’s Chicago, “This town stinks like a [something or other] at low tide.”
Mamet’s characters always had a way with words.
And speaking of towns that stink, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer met in DC on Tuesday. Apparently, they spoke for 30 minutes about a power-sharing arrangement in their brand-new 50-50 Senate.
It was, in McConnell’s words, “a good discussion.”
That’s it. That’s all he said about their meeting. Chuck Schumer didn’t say much, either. This alone tells us just how sensitive the discussions were. Because the most dangerous place in DC isn’t in the midst of an antifa mob or a BLM mob or a Capitol mob; it’s between Schumer and a live mic. If all we can get out of him is that they “discussed a whole lot of issues,” then we can safely assume this is the start of some serious sausage-making. So maybe it’s best that they keep their lips buttoned.
Still, it’d be nice to know what they talked about.
The weather, perhaps? The inauguration ball? Senate rules and traditions? The filibuster? DC statehood? The Supreme Court? The Green New Deal? Whipping up enough Republican votes to help the Democrats convict Donald Trump in a Senate impeachment trial and thereby ensure he can never again run for the presidency?
On this last topic, we can think of one Republican who’s already got his mind made up — the guy who said this: “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
That was Mitch McConnell — the man who himself took a full month before acknowledging Joe Biden’s win. Presumably, he wasn’t referring to the moments just before the Capitol mayhem when the inciter-in-chief roared to a flag-wielding mob, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Setting aside the sad fact that where impeachment is concerned, McConnell has more in common with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters than he does with Senate colleagues Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, perhaps the most pathetic part of his eagerness to convict the former president is the unconstitutionality of it all. And this is a man who — throughout his Senate career and to his great credit — has invoked the Constitution as much as anyone. But as Judge Michael Luttig correctly pointed out more than a week ago, “It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump … the Senate trial on that impeachment will not begin until after Trump has left office and President-Elect Biden has become president on Jan. 20. That Senate trial would be unconstitutional.”
Luttig, who was once on George W. Bush’s Supreme Court short list, continued: “Trump would no longer be incumbent in the Office of the President … and would no longer be subject to ‘impeachment conviction’ by the Senate, under the Constitution’s Impeachment Clauses. Which is to say that the Senate’s only power under the Constitution is to convict — or not — an incumbent president” (emphasis ours).
Schumer, of course, couldn’t care less about the Constitution. “After what he has done,” Schumer said, “the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again. … There will be a vote on barring him from running again.”
Schumer needs 67 votes. That means he needs 17 Republicans. And it sounds like he already has McConnell in his pocket. And, as New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin notes, a “yes” vote from McConnell would likely open the floodgates — or at least embolden 16 others.
True, a power-sharing deal would likely help the GOP stave off the worst of the Democrats’ designs. But at what cost? Throwing Trump under the impeachment bus? No thanks. Besides, as Goodwin points out, “McConnell was just re-elected, so his seat is safe, but the GOP will get slaughtered in the 2022 midterms if Trumpers stay home, giving Dems at least four years of complete control of Washington.”
We think Goodwin is onto something. As is Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, who warns of a mass exodus from the GOP if Republican senators throw in for conviction.
To be sure, McConnell was a conservative stalwart during his years as Senate majority leader. His efforts to seat conservative judges during the past four years will have long-lasting consequences for Liberty. And his resolute stand against Barack Obama’s attempt to place Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court gave us Justice Neil Gorsuch instead. A case can even be made that by making the Supreme Court a key campaign issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, McConnell might’ve helped move just enough votes from Hillary Clinton’s column into Donald Trump’s.
But here we are. And he’s dead wrong on this. Power sharing for the sake of power and at the expense of constitutional principles is conduct unbecoming. Trump is out of office. The impeachment door has closed. And even if it hadn’t closed, his January 6 speech was not an incitement to insurrection, which is the impeachment charge.
Please choose wisely, Senator McConnell, and decide whether you’re with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer or the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. It can’t be both.
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Government & Politics
- Senate confirms Avril Haines 84-10 to be director of national intelligence (CBS News)
- Democrats take control of Senate as Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are sworn in (National Review)
- Joe Biden signs executive orders ending Donald Trump’s travel ban and stopping border wall construction (National Review), disbanding the 1776 Commission (National Review), and rejoining the Paris climate accord (CNBC)
Examine all 17 executive orders, memorandums, and proclamations here.
- If not for double standards… Biden doesn’t wear a mask at Lincoln Memorial after signing mandate requiring masks on federal land (Daily Wire)
- So woke! White House adds preferred pronouns dropdown to contact form (Examiner)
- Department of Homeland Security suspends deportations, stops “Remain in Mexico” policy (NPR)
- China sanctions 28 Trump team members, including Mike Pompeo and Peter Navarro (National Review)
- Evidence shows well-laid plan by some Capitol rioters (Politico)
Odds & Ends
- Workers file 900,000 new jobless claims as COVID total tops 75 million (NY Post)
- “Anti-Facebook” MeWe social network adds 2.5 million new members in one week (ZDNet)
- Colleges lobby Biden to halt federal probe into foreign donations; Education Department has already found $6.5 billion in unreported gifts (Free Beacon)
- Unsatiated antifa anarchists trash Oregon Democrat Party HQ to mark Biden’s inauguration (Post Millennial)
- Pro-Trump protests fizzle out across the country (Examiner)
- Policy: Disbanding of 1776 Commission shows Left’s war on U.S. history (Daily Signal)
- Policy: Trump’s Top 10 triumphs (Issues & Insights)
- Humor: Biden sees own shadow, predicting just six weeks of being president (Babylon Bee)
- Relate humor: Biden and Harris rushed to burn ward after touching Bible (Babylon Bee)
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Six Stories the MSM Refused to Cover — Joe Biden is advocating in favor of systemic racism, antifa is targeting small businesses, and Twitter is purging accounts for wrongthink.
Jacob Blake Admits Having a Knife in Kenosha — The Leftmedia erroneously asserted that Blake was unarmed, using the incident to fuel the BLM “racist police” narrative.
Biden Plans a Deluge of Executive Orders — His administration just offered leftists their opportunity to decry what they claimed they opposed: the “dictatorial” presidency.
Apple vs. Parler — Apple CEO Tim Cook explains the banning of Parler … or doesn’t, actually.
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Upright: “According to Statista.com, the United States has 223 million Facebook users, almost the size of the entire U.S. population over age 18. Per Pew, 22% of U.S. adults use Twitter. These developments have put enormous power at the disposal of technology firms over what we see and read. Power alone doesn’t worry me. Exclusive power, power to control, does. … If Donald Trump broke the law, this should be determined through legal channels, not by the subjective decision of a businessperson with a net worth of some $12 billion accrued because of American freedom.” —Star Parker
Tongue-in-cheek: “I think the lesson of the past few decades is that basically anyone can be president.” —David Harsanyi
With friends like these, who needs enemies? “The Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed. … Who would want to be part of an organization that at its core is built on lies and racism and know-nothingism? It’s just not a healthy political organization.” —James Comey
Braying jackass: “I consider Trump the biggest threat to American democracy since Robert E. Lee — a terrorist who had at his disposal a great army and used it to great effect. … Opportunistic amnesia is, like terrorism, a manageable problem. Far worse — and, I believe, nearer to the source of the disease — is a mental defect afflicting MAGA extremists as well as normal people: a near-total vulnerability to the hyperstimulation of our political senses. The proper response to these extremists isn’t counterterrorism. It is mental hygiene.” —The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood
Alpha jackass I: “We’ve never taken domestic extremism seriously, because white, Christian men are not seen as a threat in the same way that people who look like you and me are. That’s been a tragedy for America.” —MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan
Alpha jackass II: “Al Qaeda after 9/11 was not as much of a threat to us [as] this domestic movement of Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, militia men, neo-Nazis, Qanon types — what I would call ‘MAGA terrorists.’” —Mehdi Hasan
Grand delusions: “I’ve been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961. John F. Kennedy, ‘Ask not.’ I thought [Biden’s] was the best inaugural address I have ever heard.” —Fox News anchor Chris Wallace
Non compos mentis: “I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City policy in the coming days, but I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that [Biden] is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly. He started his day attending church with his family this morning, but I don’t have anything more for you on that.” —New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
And last… “Get married. Have kids. Buy guns. Buy books. Buy land. Turn off the TV. This is the way.” —Matt Walsh
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