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Weak Biden caving into Far-Left agenda

78-year-old Joseph R Biden Jr. had promised to be everyone’s president when taking charge as the 46th President of the (Dis)United States of America in January this year. Never has the Oval Office been occupied by an incumbent after a disputed election which culminated in Republican protestors laying siege of the Capital Hill a fortnight before the change in guard.

Biden, to give him the benefit of the doubt, may have sincerely wished to be a unifier. Going by his first 115 days in office, however, it is evident that the extreme Left wing of the Democrat Party is compelling him to drive its divisive agenda.

With a wafer-thin majority in Congress and a fifty-fifty hold over the Senate, the Dems are strategizing legislation for which they lack the mandate. And that too amid a global pandemic which has stretched the nation’s resources to the maximum. The financial risks of Biden’s gargantuan $4 trillion bill bomb is giving legislators on both sides sleepless nights. The amount includes a $2.3 trillion component to rehaul and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure like roads and bridges, much of which will be financed by raising corporate taxes.

A series of legislative initiatives are underway which may or may not fructify but are bound to fracture the body politic further along racial lines. The intentions of the Biden regime are enough to provoke a social conflagration. Hamstrung by the internal tug of war between the pro and anti-Trump factions, the Republicans have yet to devise a strategy to take on the Left-leaning Democrats.

The conscious decision taken by the ruling Dems to let unalloyed wokeism pilot their electoral agenda at the expense of the whites who make up 65 per cent of the 331 million population may well drive the party over the brink. Wokeism, also known as cancel culture, is political correctness pushed to the extreme. It is the new religion of western liberals – humbuggery in the name of social justice.

Clearly the most dangerous piece of legislation which the Democrats hope to push through the Senate despite the lack of numbers is their version of the H.R.1, the House bill aimed at seizing control of election rules nationwide. The bill allows unlimited mail-in votes without the need to assign reasons.

That the real intention is to grab power by riding roughshod over state election laws is clear from the vile proposal that postal votes arriving 10 days after polling day be registered — provided they are stamped Election Day. Many states prohibit felons from voting. Democrat framed election rules would allow them to vote provided they are not imprisoned.

The Democrats tasted blood in the 2020 Presidential poll: 48 per cent of the votes for Biden were mail-in votes, the excuse being fear of the pandemic. Without them he would almost certainly have lost. This was in sharp contrast to Republican voters who came out in droves to exercise their constitutional right.

Sound reasons thus exist why GOP ruled states like Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin are also considering legislation to restrict voting. This is necessary to bolster election security and restore faith in the system which has taken a battering.

Donald Trump may have failed to prove electoral fraud widespread enough to have impacted the final tally, but the impression that the election was stolen continues to persist. No genuine democracy can treat the commitment of voters who take the trouble of going out to polling booth at par with those who exercise their fundamental right via the post office. The chances of fraud exist. Dem voters proved themselves a bunch of wimps compared to their Republican counterparts.

Georgia, in fact, has already tweaked the election rules whose temporary relaxation due to the pandemic helped the Dems flip two of the state’s seats in the U.S. Senate, thereby depriving the GOP the crucial majority. The proactive move by the southern state, a Republican bastion, nettled the Dems. They contended that voters who helped them win the White House were being punished.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was, nevertheless, justified in observing that the H.R.1 bill passed by the House in March “is not designed to protect Americans’ vote — it is designed to put a thumb on the scale in every election in America, so that Democrats can turn a temporary majority into permanent control.”

Getting a majority in the Senate holds the key to the fulfilling the neo-Marxist aspirations of the Democrats, the passage of the H.R.1 bill being at the core of the grand design. To get their way around, they came up with yet another shifty piece of legislation. Led by speaker Nancy Pelosi whom Republicans liken to Satan, the Dem-controlled House approved late April a bill to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state.

Proffered was the specious plea that the city’s denizens deserve self-rule and representation in Congress when the real reasons lie somewhere else. Statehood for D.C. would enable the Dems to add two more Senate seats, giving them the edge to ram through every conceivable piece of woke monstrosity. Nearly half the population of D.C. is black and committed Democrat voters. D.C. has in any case always been a Blue bastion. 93 per cent of the city’s voters backed Biden in the 2020 Presidential election.

Republicans, on their part, seem certain that the attempted power grab will fall through since current Senate rules require 60 votes against which the Dems have only 45 since five of their own senators are against the bill. Others feel that D.C. does not deserve statehood given its size and space and dependence on the federal government.

What  may prove suicidal for the Dems is opening the floodgates of immigration on which rests the future of their success at the hustings. They know they cannot win the Presidency without a major chunk of the minority vote. Liberal crossings from the southern border lie at the core of the strategy to keep the GOP permanently out of power.

Trump’s proposal to build a running wall along the Mexican border had limited support, but there are not many who openly opposed his determination to plug illegal immigration given the risks it posed for national security. Annual refugee admissions had declined to 15,000 when he demitted office.

Border crossings saw a 500 per cent spurt within weeks of the change in regime. Biden himself promised to raise the cap to 1,25,000 but was persuaded to reduce it to 62,500. U.S. officials confirmed that no less than 1,70,000 refugees had crossed the border till March, many with criminal backgrounds. Around 18,000 of them were unaccompanied minors. The prospect of a good many of them falling into the clutches of the drug cartels or taking to petty crime cannot but be a source of concern.

Blinded by its desire to confine and contain the GOP, the Biden administration seems oblivious to the long-term danger of its policies. Especially sinister is the plan to form a commission to “reform” the Supreme Court. Just as the colored move to grant statehood to Washington, D.C. is largely aimed at adding two progressive senators to its ranks, the real intention behind reforming the top court is to pack it with pliable judges.

Man proposes, god disposes, goes the popular saying. None of what the Dems intend doing will be easy. The party, however, thinks there is no harm in trying to ring in the Republicans now that they are in the driver’s seat.

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Sudhir Kumar Singh
Sudhir Kumar Singh
Sudhir Kumar Singh is an independent journalist who has worked in senior editorial positions in the Times Of India, Asian Age, Pioneer, and the Statesman. Also a sometime stage and film actor who has worked with iconic directors like Satyajit Ray and Tapan Sinha.


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