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Biden "Diplomacy" Takes Wrecking Ball to US-UK Relations

The Daily Signal (Aug 27, 2021)
Deroy Murdock

We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again,” President Joe Biden pledged in his Jan. 20 inaugural address. He announced on Feb. 4: “America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.”

Despite such loud promises that he would make America’s alliances great again, Biden’s initially foolish, now fatal, Afghan catastrophe has atomized U.S. international ties as if with a MOAB (“mother of all bombs”), not least with America’s best friends abroad.

Biden has blitzed the United States’ “special relationship” with the United Kingdom. The U.S. and U.K. have been BFFs since soon after memories of the War of 1812 faded. America and Britain jointly defeated Kaiser Wilhelm II, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin’s heirs, and al-Qaeda & Co. Uncle Sam has stood shoulder to shoulder with John Bull overseas and proudly advanced common ideals, with Anglophone good cheer.

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Biden Admin in Violation of Constitution, Supreme Court Ruling

Joe Biden certainly isn’t the first president to violate his oath of office, but he might be the first in memory to openly brag about doing it.

As Biden announced a new “eviction moratorium,” he informed Americans that the “bulk of constitutional scholars” would say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium is “not likely to pass constitutional muster.”

Not likely? It already failed.

In June, Justice Brett Kavanaugh agreed with the majority Supreme Court that the CDC “exceeded its existing statutory authority,” even though he allowed the order to sunset. The president admitted as much, noting that the new moratorium is meant to give the administration time to act on “rental assistance” before the court again shuts it down. What stops Biden from stalling and trying a third time? A 10th time?

Biden admitted to the media that he would be circumventing the courts, the law, and his oath of office, in which he promised, to the best of his ability, to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,” not to infringe on the property rights of Americans to placate crackpot socialists in his party.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was far more honest, noting that this was “a huge victory for the power of direct action and not taking no for an answer.”

Not taking no for an answer—in this case, not taking no for an answer from the Supreme Court—is lawlessness. The process—the sacred norms that Democrats pretended to care about over the past five years—is irrelevant to engaging in “direct action” within government. It’s been clear from their efforts to delegitimize the Supreme Court to their effort to undermine faith in federalism and countermajoritarian institutions.

None of this is to even speak of the tremendous abuse of power inherent in the underlying eviction moratorium itself. Biden’s new 19-page order includes draconian penalties, fines, and potential jail time for violating a concocted “law.” Forget that it’s terrible public policy; it is also, as I noted when it was first issued by the Trump administration, state-sanctioned theft. At best, such an “emergency” infringement should be left to state and local municipalities.

Does anyone really believe that the Founders would approve of the CDC—an incompetent agency tasked with dealing with infectious diseases—retroactively ripping up millions of legal contracts and unilaterally suspending the property rights of 90% of landlords? If it can do that, what can’t it do?

Some have argued that former President Donald Trump’s reappropriation of funding for a southern wall or former President Barack Obama’s power grab on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program paved the way for this kind of executive abuse. But neither the wall nor DACA policies had yet been adjudicated by higher courts when they were put into play.

Obama had, on numerous occasions, admitted that he had no constitutional authority to enact amnesty for millions of Americans by fiat. In 2010, he said, “I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” The next year, he again acknowledged that, as president, he was not empowered to “just bypass Congress and change the law myself. … That’s not how a democracy works.”

Obama, of course, didn’t believe in any such limitations, and he went ahead with DACA anyway. Yet not even he enacted the executive action after the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. That is unique.

You can imagine what the future looks like once we’ve normalized the idea that presidents can regurgitate unconstitutional executive actions as long as the polling is positive.

One of the often repeated—and legitimate—concerns regarding Trump was that he would simply ignore the will of the court. That is exactly what Biden is doing right now. Writers at major outlets such as The Washington Post and CNN are already celebrating this lawbreaking as a moral good.

Democrats will dutifully defend the president, talk about the purported benefits of the moratorium, and ignore the unconstitutional manner in which it is implemented.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an alleged leader of the legislative branch of the American government, pressured Biden to ignore Congress and the courts. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer celebrated the decision. And it is highly unlikely that a single Democrat will stand up and speak up for the rule of law.

Does Diversity Unite Us, or Divide Us?

Our progressive politicians and opinion leaders proclaim their commitment to diversity almost daily, chanting the same refrain: “Diversity is our strength.” This is the gospel according to political correctness. But how does diversity strengthen us? Is it a force for unity and cohesiveness? Or is it a source of division and contention? Does it promote the common good and the friendship that rests at the heart of citizenship? Or does it promote racial and ethnic division and something resembling the tribalism that prevents most of the world from making constitutional government a success? When is the last time we heard anyone in Washington talk about the common good? We are used to hearing talk about the various stakeholders and group interests, but not much about what the nation has in common.

This should not be surprising. Greater diversity means inevitably that we have less in common, and the more we encourage diversity the less we honor the common good. Any honest and clear-sighted observer should be able to see that diversity is a solvent that dissolves the unity and cohesiveness of a nation—and we should not be deceived into believing that its proponents do not understand the full impact of their advocacy!

Diversity, of course, marches under the banner of tolerance, but is a bastion of intolerance. It enforces its ideological liberalism with an iron fist that is driven by political correctness, the most ingenious (and insidious) device for suppressing freedom of speech and political dissent ever invented.

The Big Lie About Election Reforms in Texas and Other States

President Joe Biden claimed in a recent speech that state election reform efforts are “the 21st-century Jim Crow assault” and “the most dangerous threat to voting and integrity of free and fair elections in our history.”

This has to one of the most foolish things he has ever said. It also displays a fundamental ignorance of the real history of Jim Crow. Contrary to his outrageous charges, the states are acting to protect all of their voters and guarantee safe and secure elections. That is not Jim Crow.

Biden administration back peddles on promoting critical race theory

The Wealth Tax Horror: It's wrong, it's bad policy, and it won't work

Perhaps no policy proposal has generated more excitement among Democratic voters looking toward the 2020 election than Elizabeth Warren’s “wealth tax”—a tax on the actual balance-sheet worth of wealthy Americans, above and beyond the taxes imposed on their incomes. The idea that some Americans do not pay enough taxes, and therefore need to be taxed annually on their wealth itself and not just on the income the wealth produces, has gained popularity in recent years.

Social Liberal Is Silenced Over Belief That There Are ‘Only 2 Sexes’

(The Daily Signal, 23 January 2020) Jon Caldara, a regular columnist for The Denver Post, announced Jan. 17 in a Facebook post that the publication had fired him for his traditional, but apparently offensive and “insensitive,” beliefs about sex and gender.

Democratic voters won’t support 2020 candidates who oppose school choice

(Washington Examiner, 24 January 2020) Ten days out from the pivotal Iowa caucuses, a new poll further emphasizes that when it comes to school choice, Democrats are blatantly disregarding the wishes of key constituencies in favor of special interests.

Martin Weissgerber, a Bernie Sanders field organizer, is now the second staffer to be caught praising and put counter-revolutionaries in prison.

Another Bernie Staffer Allegedly Promotes Violence: Kill The Rich, Put Republicans In Camps

(The Daily Wire, 21 January 2020). “Let’s force them (billionaires) to build roads … rebuild our roads, rebuild our dams, rebuild our bridges. Let’s force them to do that.”
“Well, the gulags were founded as re-education camps. … What will help is when we send all the Republicans to the re-education camps.”

Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘There Will Be NO ONE Defending’ Trump on MSNBC

(mrcNewsBusters, 16 January 2020) In a rare moment of candor, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell admitted what the network has become: An echo chamber that won’t accept debate. Appearing Sunday on The Al Franken Podcast, O’Donnell disputed the idea that CNN “hates Trump.” The host contrasted, “On MSNBC there will be no one defending [Trump] because we don’t bring on liars. I don’t bring on a liar. I won’t do that.”

No diversity of thought allowed here.

To Keep African Americans Safe, Target Criminals, Not Police

(The Daily Signal, 15 January 2020) Leftists and social justice warriors charge that what blacks have to fear most is being shot and killed by police, but the numbers don't add up.

Democrats Block Resolution Condemning Iran For Murdering Protesters, Shooting Down Plane

(The Daily Wire, 14 January 2020) House Democrats blocked a resolution on Tuesday that expressed support for oppressed Iranian protesters and condemned Iran for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane last week that killed 176 people.

How Obamacare Made Things Worse for Patients With Preexisting Conditions

(The Daily Signal, 14 January 2020) Nationwide, one-quarter of the cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute participate in no Obamacare plans.

Parents Challenge ‘Radical’ LGBT Curriculum in New Jersey Schools

(The Daily Signal, 13 January 2020) “Gender ideology has brainwashed my son and erased his childhood,” says Crystal Lopez. “My son now thinks he is really a girl. The curriculum that is being implemented is really harmful and is meant to confuse our children.”

Democrats And The Media Are Blaming America Because Iran Shot Down A Passenger Plane. This Is Beyond Despicable.

(The Daily Wire, 9 January 2020). For days after Trump ordered the strike on global mass killer Qassem Soleimani, Democrats and the media heaped praise and adulation on the dead terrorist while fretting that the president had inaugurated World War 3. Perhaps “fretting” isn’t the right word. “Hoping” might be more apt.

And when Iran began launching missiles at our bases in Iraq, these same people assured us that the dreaded – or longed for – moment had finally arrived. But when that attack claimed no American casualties, caused little damage, and was revealed to be nothing but a symbolic face-saving measure by Iran, we were told that the benevolent Iranians were being “the adults in the room.”

Also see: The Democrat's Hatred of President Trump and America Itself is Appalling.

Rep. Will Hurd: Iran is not a victim

(Washington Examiner, 8 January 2017) After almost a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA serving in the Middle East and South Asia, I never thought I would see the Iranian government be able to manipulate members of Congress, Democratic presidential candidates, and the Western media.

Qassem Soleimani was the head of the most dangerous and well-armed terrorist organization in the world. Taking him out was an appropriate response after all the Iranian government and its proxies have done over the past few months, and it was a significant blow to the Iranian regime’s ability to conduct future terrorist attacks.

The Hypocrisy of the Liberal Left

(Washington Examiner, 27 August 2020) The liberal Left is steeped in moral relativism and relies on its Platonic elitism to such a degree that it fails to recognize its blatant hypocrisy.

Leftists such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and even former President Barack Obama often tell us that the rich are too rich or that some people can have too much. Obama even suggested that "There's only so much you can eat," implying that any more than a full stomach is too rich within the United States....

Their bankrupt political ideology demands division. Their theme is always “us vs. them.” Unity of purpose, culture, nationhood, and citizenship undermine the socialist dogma that permeates their respective interpretations of liberal political ideology.

The Perpetually Conflicted Democrats Are Distraught Over American Victories 

(Townhall, 4 January 2020) The Democrats are absolutely devastated. They were certain that President Trump would start a war with Iran, but instead he’s keeping the rogue regime in line using tactics that would never occur to any Democrat.

The Democratic Party has always been uncomfortable with the notion of America winning, and their irrational, undying hatred of Donald Trump makes it even harder for liberals to process the news that a U.S. airstrike took out the general in charge of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassim Soleimani. The leading Democratic presidential candidates, for instance, had to resort to some fairly awkward rhetorical contortions in response to this undeniable victory for the Free World.

What the Founders Actually Thought About Slavery

(The Daily Signal, 2 January 2020) One of the ironies of the current American “elite” is that, rather than actually being elite, they have the smug self-assurance of knowing much that isn’t so.

Recently, a video surfaced of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Harvard University graduate and Rhodes scholar, explaining to a group of high school students why the Constitution has an amendment process.

He was correct to say that the Framers created a process to change the Constitution in the future, but then followed up with this profoundly absurd statement: “The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand that slavery was a bad thing.”

There’s much to unpack in this short, wildly incorrect sentence. It reflects both the kind of pernicious education Americans receive in schools across the country as well as the mindset of the progressive elite.

America just took out a man many consider the world’s No. 1 bad guy

(CNBC, 2 January 2020) The killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani doesn’t have the emotional power of the takedown of Osama bin Laden, but taking him out means much more in terms of saving current lives, writes opinion columnist Jake Novak.

Seattle Passed a $15 Minimum Wage Law in 2014. Here's How It's Turned Out So Far 

(CNBC, 2 January 2020) The conflicting studies highlight a broader debate about what a $15 federal minimum wage might do for businesses and workers nationwide. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell even touched on the issue during his testimony before the House of Representatives this summer saying. “there is no consensus among economists … economists are all over the place on this."

The Dangers of Elite Groupthink

(Daily Signal, 2 January 2020) The Washington Post recently published a surprising indictment of MSNBC host, Stanford graduate, and Rhodes scholar Rachel Maddow.

Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Maddow deliberately misled her audience by claiming the now-discredited Steele dossier was largely verifiable—even at a time when there was plenty of evidence that it was mostly bogus.

(Imprimis, November 2019) Today many condemn the idea of nationalism by connecting it to race hatred (e.g., white nationalism). But historically, the modern nation-state has proven uniquely suitable to preserving individual rights. The American nation in particular was successful in uniting individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds, and creeds into one people based on shared principles, a unique physical space, and a common national story. Our nation is the best example in human history of positive nationalism.

California’s Latest Act of Idiocy: Killing Freelance Work 

(Daily Signal, 20 December 2019) A new California law set to go into effect in the new year is the latest example of misguided legislation hurting the very people it was aimed to “protect” in the Golden State.

The law, Assembly Bill 5, puts severe restrictions on who is qualified to be an independent contractor or freelancer. The law puts heavy restrictions on how much work freelancers can do before being considered full-time workers. 

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