Topic #1: Throughout this early period of his presidency, President Joe Biden has continued with his onslaught of executive orders.
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Thoughts and Observations:
- The approach of president’s enacting their agenda via executive order has been a growing problem for years. It began to escalate when President Barack Obama declared that he had a “pen and a phone” – intending to use both to bypass Congress – and the issue continues to destroy our governmental system. This is not how it’s supposed to work. The Legislative Branch is supposed to pass bills and send them to the Executive Branch. The President then signs that bill into law, at which point the Judicial Branch oversees adherence to that law. Joe Biden’s not an emperor, neither was Donald Trump, and neither was Barack Obama.
- The appeal of executive orders is, of course, the elimination of any need for compromise; and herein lies the true destructive nature of executive orders. If the majority party circumvents the authority of the minority party by avoiding any type of compromise, division and demonization ensues. The problem didn’t start with Biden, and it didn’t even start with Trump or Obama, but it’s getting progressively worse and it’s bad for our country. Executive orders aren’t the only cause of our national division, but they’re certainly aggravating it.
- Remember that time when Biden told us we needed to unify, and it was time to heal? For instance, remember last week? Wouldn’t someone intent on uniting us be reaching across the aisle to engage the other party for input rather than developing writers’ cramp with the amount of executive orders he’s signing?
- Many of Biden’s executive orders are simply virtue signaling. They’re meaningless. On Wednesday, for instance, Biden signed an executive order “denouncing anti-Asian discrimination and xenophobia.” Is such bigotry a national crisis requiring the president’s intervention during his first week in office? Of course not. But it aligns with the narrative of the left and their media that America is bad, particularly conservative America, whereas they are good. Additionally the order itself is utterly inconsequential. Denouncing discrimination and bigotry is akin to denouncing earthbound asteroids. The amount of pro-discrimination Americans is comparable to that of pro-asteroid Americans, and signing a piece of paper isn’t going to solve anything.
- It’s also worth noting that this particular executive order singled out specific bigotry towards Asians. Why? Because when it comes to identify politics, the more categories, the better. Apparently Biden feels that imaginary discrimination towards African-Americans, Hispanics, and the LGBTQ group is getting enough attention, and he needs more groups to feel victimized. Divide and conquer.
- Unfortunately, not all of Biden’s executive orders are meaningless and relatively harmless. When he issued an order “incorporating undocumented immigrants into the census” on Day One, there are real life ramifications. This order will tilt funding towards states and districts with heavy illegal immigrant populations, and once again reward those who scoff at our immigration laws. The real solution to this problem would be for Congress and Biden to sit down and hammer out a comprehensive immigration reform bill. But such a solution would require the aforementioned compromising in which Biden has no interest; regardless of how much he hollers about unity.
Topic #2: On Monday, the House of Representatives delivered a single article of impeachment to the Senate for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
Thoughts and Observations:
- The article of impeachment is specifically for “incitement of insurrection.” Add this article to the first two articles of impeachment a year ago – for “obstruction of Congress” and “abuse of power” – and Donald Trump has still not been impeached for an actual crime. There is no statute defining “incitement of insurrection.” The only president ever to be impeached twice is the only president to ever be impeached for something for which there is no law.
- The Senate held a vote on a motion declaring an impeachment trial unconstitutional, and all but five Republicans voted in favor the motion. There is zero chance that 67 senators will vote in favor of convicting Donald Trump during the Senate trial next month, which is the amount needed to convict him.
- President Biden himself acknowledged that the trial would likely not end up with a conviction, adding “The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much.” Nonetheless, Biden voiced his support for the trial stating, “I think it has to happen.”
- Here’s an idea. Democrats have made it clear that impeaching presidents who are no longer in office is not only acceptable, but “has to happen.” They’ve also made it clear there doesn’t need to be an actual underlying crime that has been committed. Therefore, isn’t it time we impeached Jimmy Carter? Yes, Carter was a nice guy, and yes he’s done good things for underprivileged folks since leaving office, but he was an awful president, don’t you think? And while we’re at it, let’s impeach Warren G. Harding, of Teapot Dome fame. He was both lousy and corrupt.
- So, if there’s no chance of a conviction, and if Trump will have already been out of office for several weeks once the trial starts, what is the point? The point is politics. Moving forward with the trial allows Democrats to keep Trump at the forefront of the news cycle, it gives them an opportunity to try and humiliate Trump, and it feeds red meat to their radical, TDS-infected leftist base.
- Only a few weeks ago, Biden had stated that it was time to “turn the page” regarding President Trump, but he obviously flip-flopped. We should expect that Biden’s presidency will be indicative of what life would have been like had John Kerry been elected in 2004; flip-flopping on every issue, sometimes on the same day.
- The Democratic Representatives who delivered the article of impeachment made sure they did so at a time that would maximize press coverage. On Monday evening, the Representatives began their stroll right around 7:00 PM ET, and the mainstream media, as complicit as always, preempted their normal programming to cover the “historic” event. During their walk, each of the Representatives appeared somber and the halls of the capitol were deathly silent. But there can be no doubt that underneath each of the masks they were wearing a Cheshire Cat grin.
Topic #3: One of the unilateral actions taken by the Biden Administration last week was a move to implement a 100-day moratorium on all deportations. A temporary restraining order was issued against that directive on Tuesday by a Federal Judge in Texas.
Thoughts and Observations:
- Biden’s order had been challenged by the Attorney General of Texas citing an increase in health and education costs as a result of the freeze. The restraining order is for two weeks while both parties are allowed to prepare their cases. The judge in question also stated that Texas had “a substantial likelihood of success” with the matter. Let’s hope sanity prevails and the freeze is halted for good.
- Biden’s order again highlights the extreme differences of the parties regarding immigration. A sovereign nation needs secure borders, which means we need to be able to kick out those who don’t belong, many of whom pose real threats to our country. Republicans need to continue to hammer away on this topic. President Trump lost in November, but it wasn’t because of his immigration policies. Immigration is a winning issue for the GOP, and they’d be smart to call attention to it at every opportunity.
- Proponents of Biden’s freeze, just like advocates for illegal immigration, like to cite the impact of policies on immigrant “families.” Painting mental images of families being torn apart by deportations tugs at the heartstrings of bleeding heart leftists, which is the Democratic Party’s base. But as we’ve seen time and again, including the caravans that used to regularly march towards our border, the majority of the immigrants in question are single men seeking employment. They need to enter the country legally, or not at all.
- The ruling by Judge Drew Tipton, who was appointed by President Trump, illustrates the importance of Trump’s judicial appointees. Throughout Trump’s four years, in concert with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, judicial appointees were shepherded through the confirmation process at a record pace, and this ruling is one of the benefits from those efforts. It wasn’t just the three Supreme Court appointments Trump made that have reshaped the Legislative Branch in our country, evidence of the impact of Trump’s appointments can be seen all over the country. Those judges may very well be the only thing saving our country from complete tyranny.
Topic #4: More than a week after the inauguration, thousands of members of the National Guard remain in Washington D.C., in what is being labeled the “Green Zone.”
Thoughts and Observations:
- In addition to the troops, there also remains razor wire and no-scale fencing, with several portions of the area continuing to be off-limits to citizens. Republican lawmakers signed a letter asking for an explanation of the ongoing presence, and rightfully so.
- After the Capitol Riots on January 6th, bringing in the National Guard for the inauguration was a no-brainer. It was the right thing to do, and more importantly it worked. There was no violence at the inauguration, at least not in Washington D.C. Since the riots, over 150 people have been charged in Federal Court, with hundreds still likely to come. The security on the day of the riots was poor, but since then the system has worked as it should, and criminals who stormed the Capitol are being held to account.
- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, so he would know whether or not there were any legitimate danger justifying the troops’ presence. But according to Cotton, he is “aware of no specific, credible threat” to explain the situation. Cotton, you may remember, wrote a reasonable OpEd that was published by the New York Times last June and called for troops to be sent to quell riots by Black Lives Matter/Antifa in multiple cities; riots that killed five times as many people compared to the Capitol Riots. The reaction by the left to Cotton’s OpEd was to force the ouster of the editor who approved the publishing of it. If the left didn’t have double-standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.
- So, what is the reason for the National Guard still being on-site? There are two, actually:
- Keeping the National Guard in place allows Democrats and their media to keep the Capitol Riots on the minds of Americans, or so they think. Politically, the longer those riots linger in our memories, the more they damage President Trump, and the more they benefit Democrats.
- Boots on the ground in Washington D.C. sends a message: we the Democrats are in control, and you had better not mess with us.
Topic #5: According to a report released Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James, the state may have underreported COVID deaths at New York nursing homes by as much as 50%.
Thoughts and Observations:
- Even though his brother Fredo has done everything he can to downplay Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mismanagement of the pandemic, the results are clear. Cuomo screwed the pooch with COVID with the highest number of total deaths in the country, by far, and the second-highest number of deaths-per-million.
- The key criticism of Cuomo’s actions has been his handling of nursing homes, with television personality Janice Dean being one of the more vocal critics of the governor. Anyone who thinks this underreporting was a coincidence is dumber than Fredo. It wasn’t a coincidence, it was a cover-up; obviously.
- Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is calling on James to launch an investigation into the controversy, and has labeled it a scandal. Stefanik is correct on both counts.
- Imagine if this scandal had happened in Florida with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. The media has done everything possible to disparage the job done by DeSantis, even though Florida has many more nursing home residents with a much older population, yet has seen approximately half the amount of deaths compared to New York. This news wouldn’t just be a scandal, we would be witnessing every leftwing media outlet in the country sending in hordes of reporters to Florida to cover it.
- If it turns out that Cuomo was involved in a cover-up, and knowingly suppressed information that would have exposed problems with his handling of the virus in nursing homes, it will be one of the worst such scandals in memory, and should land Cuomo in prison for years to come.
- Rep. Stefanik, as you may remember, first came to national prominence during last year’s Senate Impeachment Trial. She was tenacious, she was relentless, and she was brilliant. We may not know very much about Stefanik, yet, but something tells me we’ll be hearing about this future star for years to come. Well done, Rep. Stefanik.