If there ever was a Trojan Horse in American politics it is Joe Biden. Campaigning as Joe Sixpack from Scranton, he has brought to Washington the most radical administration in American history.
Various media outlets, including this one, tried to warn voters, to no avail. Now the reality is setting in and it is not pretty. Noted historian and pundit Victor Davis Hanson takes it from here.
Hanson: “The corruption of the Renaissance Church prompted the Reformation, which in turn sparked a Counter-Reformation of reformist, and more zealous, Catholics. The cultural excesses and economic recklessness of the Roaring ’20s were followed by the bleak, dour and impoverished years of the Great Depression. The 1960s counterculture led to Richard Nixon’s landslide victory in 1972, as ‘carefree hippies’ turned into careerist ‘yuppies.’ The counter-reaction to the populism of the Trump reset — or Trump himself — is as of yet unsure.”
But this isn’t the 60s or 70s, when the traditional culture was still somewhat intact. This is the next century and PC conditioning over the last generation may preclude a Newtonian reaction.
“Joe Biden’s tenure may mark a return to business as usual of the Bush-Clinton years. Or, more likely, it will accelerate the current hard-left trajectory. Either way, it seems that Biden is intent on provoking just such a pushback by his record number of early and often radical executive orders — a tactic candidate Biden condemned. If Trump’s pushback tried to return to traditions ignored during the Obama years, Biden’s reset promises to become far more radical than Obama’s entire eight years.”
Obama, more radical than Biden, knew he could only go so far. But the reaction against Trump gives Biden close to carte blanche and he is using it.
“Trump likely lost his second pushback term for two reasons — neither of which had anything to do with his reset agenda. First, the sudden 2020 pandemic, quarantine, recession, summer-long demonstrations and riots, and radical changes in voting laws all ensured that 100 million ballots were not cast on Election Day, derailed a booming economy, and finally wore the people out. Second, Trump underestimated the multitrillion-dollar power and furor of Silicon Valley, Wall Street, the media, Hollywood and the progressive rich. Those forces all coalesced against him and swamped his outspent and outmanned campaign. With 24/7 blanket ads, news coverage, endorsements and social media messaging, Trump sometimes was easily caricatured as a twittering disrupter. The inert and mute Biden in his basement was reinvented as the sober and judicious Washington ‘wise man’ antidote to Trump’s unpredictability.”
Trump also consistently campaigned on doom and gloom if Biden won. He rarely laid out any specific plans for a second administration. Voters need to have something to vote for, not just against.
“Had Biden continued his moderate campaign veneer, the current left-wing radicalism might not have prompted a counter-reaction. Instead, Biden is now unapologetically leading the most radical left-wing movement in the nation’s history.
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— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 3, 2021
“Pundits thought Biden’s prior hints of a single four-year term would make him a weak lame duck. Instead, the idea of just one term has liberated the 78-year-old Biden. We forget that septuagenarians can be as reckless as 20-year-olds. Some old guys can feel their careers only have a few remaining years and might as well go out with a bang — and a legacy.”