by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Joe Biden’s inaugural speech was pedestrian at best, but its enduring virtue is that the new president left little doubt about his main focus. His presidency, he pledged repeatedly, would be devoted to healing a fractured nation.
Speaking while the pandemic still raged and two weeks after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, he used variations of the words “unity” and “together” more than a dozen times, as when he declared: “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.” …
… Excellent ideas. Too bad he hasn’t practiced what he preached. Or even tried.
Biden has pursued radical policies and a race-driven agenda that are by definition divisive, leading to doubts about whether there was an ounce of sincerity in his January 20th address.
The evidence that he never gave national healing a chance is inescapable. It begins with the massively expensive, far-left bills his party introduced in Congress and includes the threats to kill the Senate filibuster and expand the Supreme Court unless Republicans say yes to everything.
He is reversing nearly every policy of his predecessor, at home and abroad, even when they were successful. One result is the historic surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.
Another is the incomprehensible decision to woo Iran back to the nuclear deal, complete with the promise to lift sanctions without gaining anything. And Biden’s decision to drop all objections to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline makes him look like Vladimir Putin’s puppet.
In each case, there was no discussion, no debate, no attempt to unite the nation behind him.
The only saving grace in this madness is that Democrats can’t get all 50 of their senators to agree on the most sweeping legislative measures. …