by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
As president, Joe Biden is who he was as a candidate, and who he was as a vice president, and who he was as a U.S. senator before that. He’s a fraud.
President Biden is not good ol’ folksy Joe. He’s not a political moderate. He’s not a defender of the American system of government. He’s a chameleon, whose only loyalties are to himself, to his party, and to wherever the loudest voices on the American left happen to be at any given time. We are now nine months into Joe Biden’s presidency, and he has already revealed himself to represent a substantial threat to the Constitution. …
… The fight is a broad one, for it seems that there is no long-cherished norm that President Biden will not abandon for temporary gain. Once upon a time, he was a staunch champion of the filibuster who described those who disagreed with him as being engaged in a “naked power grab” that would destroy “America’s sense of fair play.” Now, he is fine with destroying what he has dishonestly taken to calling a “relic of Jim Crow.” Once upon a time, he was against packing — read: destroying — the Supreme Court: “I remember this old adage about power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Biden explained in 2005. “Corrupted by power, in my view, [FDR] unveiled his court-packing plan.” Now, he is so open to the idea that he has convened a presidential commission to study it. (Perhaps it’ll conclude that power doesn’t corrupt absolutely, after all?) Once upon a time, Biden insisted that he was for free speech and against “silencing” — even when it became raucous. Now, he has enlisted the attorney general in a disgraceful and unconstitutional attempt to chill the speech of American parents who aren’t thrilled at the prospect of their children being conscripted into Ibram X. Kendi’s army.