Joe Biden’s vapid inaugural address sounded like it was written for an eighth grader by another eighth-grader. Many sentences had no more than a few words in it, there were no inspiring words or vision for America’s future and contained a list of grievances that sounded like we were living in a nation still clinging to Jim Crow laws. Given Biden’s cognitive challenges his speechwriters did not want him to try to articulate compound sentences for fear they would highlight his frailties.
The truth of the matter is America is one of the least “racist” societies in the world. We have the most sweeping antidiscrimination laws that have been on the books for more than five decades. The American people elected an African-American candidate for president not once but twice. Affirmative action policies have been in place for decades but have been criticized as a form of ”reverse racism,” because it takes people’s race and other characteristics into account in hiring and government contracts
Biden also ”celebrated” democracy as a way of uniting our deeply divided country. Democracy is only a process to elect officials; it is not the philosophical foundation of America. America’s foundation is liberty, which Biden mentioned once in his inaugural speech. We have the Liberty Bell in Biden’s native Pennsylvania, and the Statue of Liberty overlooks New York’s harbor. Biden needs a lesson in American history to understand what America is all about––“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Ironically, as Biden was affirming his love for democracy, since he took office has been signing executive orders as fast as the Road Runner speeding down the highway. Although there are legitimate uses of the executive orders, throughout American history presidents have issued egregious anti-liberty orders such as FDR’s interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, his confiscation of the peoples’ gold early in his first administration and Nixon’s abolition of the last link of the dollar to gold in August 1971.
Biden’s executive orders will come back to haunt his administration. Halting the Keystone Pipeline has infuriated the Canadians and has thrown 11,000 workers onto the unemployment lines. He also issued one of the most egregious executive orders--allowing boys to compete in girls’ athletics and share the same locker room and restrooms. And with the stroke of a pen Joe Biden just demolished girls’ athletics now that they will now have to compete with stronger and faster boys. If there is one reason why parents should take their girls out of public schools Biden just handed them the answer on a silver platter.
With the loss of two US Senate seats in Georgia the GOP finds itself in a 50-50 split with the Democrats; Vice President Kamala Harris has the tie-breaking vote on legislation. What will the GOP do to challenge Joe Biden’s statist agenda for the next four years?
One possible strategy– which is extremely risky for freedom and prosperity—is for the GOP to allow Biden to implement his big government agenda so the American people could feel the pain of the Green New Deal, higher taxes, more regulations, and possibly increased military intervention overseas. This would allow the country to be governed by the will of the people–Democracy. As H.L Mencken observed, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
Biden’s supporters and his media sycophants assert that the new president has a mandate and with elections having consequences his agenda should be enacted.
The GOP, on the other hand, could “compromise” with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to enact some (many?) of Biden’s agenda but what would they ask for in return? What policies would they want overturned? I have a list of several dozen beginning with ending the Fed, abolishing a few cabinet departments, bringing US troops home from scores of bases around the world, etc. During the Trump administration spending went through the roof and the budget deficit exploded. GOP senators cannot now claim they are budget deficit hawks when they went along with Trump’s spending spree in the past four years. In other words, the GOP has lost credibility as the party of fiscal conservatism.
One of Trump’s greatest failures was to bail out people in states where governors imposed draconian lockdowns crippling their economies. By extending and boosting unemployment benefits and sending checks to a substantial portion of the population the deficit skyrocketed which the Federal Reserve monetized. The money supply exploded last year, laying the foundation for higher inflation in 2021 and 2022. Can we expect wage and price controls and possibly capital controls from the Biden administration to deal with the economic dislocations that will eventually materialize?
If GOP senators have a backbone they will fight like hell to stop Biden’s statist agenda. The first thing they should do is refuse to participate in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump and call instead for dismissal since he’s no longer the president. Next, the GOP should have articulate pro liberty, pro free market and non-interventionist spokespersons hold news conferences every day to highlight the unconstitutional and counterproductive policies of Joe Biden. And as far as statehood for the District of Columbia, the GOP should propose DC becoming a city in Maryland. This would allow residents to have representation in the House of Representatives.
GOP senators have to look themselves in the mirror and ask a simple question: why am I here? They all took an oath to defend the Constitution, which means protecting the American peoples’ rights, allowing free enterprise to flourish and having peaceful relations with the rest of the world. If, in the final analysis, they cannot be the “loyal opposition” and support these principles, then they should step aside and allow pro freedom Republicans to take their place in 2022 and 2024.
Dr. Murray Sabrin retired on July 1 2020, completing a 35 year teaching career as professor of finance at the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has a Ph.D. in economic geography from Rutgers University, an M.A. in social studies education from Lehman College and a B.A. in history, geography and social studies education from Hunter College.
Sabrin has worked in commercial real estate sales and marketing, personal portfolio management, and economic research.
Sabrin’s articles have appeared in The Record (Hackensack, NJ), The Star Ledger, Trenton Times, the Asbury Park Press, and NJBIZ. His essays have also appeared in Commerce Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, and Privatization Review, and www.lewrockwell.com. He is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty. Sabrin is the author of Why The Federal Reserve Sucks: It Causes Inflation, Recessions, Bubbles and Enriches the One Percent and is completing a book on how to create a single payer health care system, which puts individuals in charge of their medical care.