Biden’s Legislative Success Will Seal His Fate

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by Conrad Black

As one who has considered the Biden–Sanders so-called compromise Democratic platform of 2020 to be a potentially mortal threat to U.S. civilization, and accordingly to the preeminence of the West in the affairs of the whole world, I’m pleased that a good part of it appears now to be likely of adoption.

What has been billed as the Inflation Reduction Act has been agreed upon between sometimes-maverick Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and is a blessing in disguise. If this program weren’t enacted with enough time left in the Biden term for its impact to be demonstrated, the country would never know how catastrophic and self-destructive this program is.

Having included some of this in the Democratic platform in a trade-off that gave the less-frightening Joe Biden the party’s presidential nomination over Marxist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)—although Sanders had run well ahead of Biden in the primaries prior to Super Tuesday (when the powers that be in that party delivered the nomination to Biden)—the Democratic grandees thought they had struck a winning bargain. They had a united party, a radical left “progressive” platform, and an innocuous candidate remembered for decades as a journeyman moderate.

In the first presidential debate, when then-President Donald Trump started to lumber then-presidential candidate Biden with his far-left platform, Biden said, “The platform is what I say it is.”

The Democratic campaign was always an attempt to slide a radical left remake of the country in with an unfrightening candidate on the flapping wings of Trump hate.

There was one telling moment in the stormy interlude between Election Day and Inauguration Day when Biden said he would be the most “progressive” president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR regarded himself as fundamentally a conservative, preserving almost all of the American way of life but slightly to the left of center in contemporary affairs in order to enact legislation that would assure a generally contented working and agrarian class, without which he said the United States would be politically unstable.

He rolled back welfare in the summer, refused to pay cash to the unemployed unless they were actually disabled—he offered workfare in conservation and infrastructure programs instead—and gave deficit reduction an honest chance in 1937 and 1938. The current leftist enthusiasm for simply redistributing money from those who have earned it to those who haven’t would have appalled FDR, who wanted to make the United States safe for people who lived in 40-room houses in thousand-acre estates as he did, and famously said, “It is hard for a man with five children and 10 servants to make both ends meet.”

The likely passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which deluges more than one-third of a trillion dollars into the insane Al Gore–John Kerry radical green straitjacket, makes an all-out effort to propel the United States by the scruff of the neck and the small of the back into electric cars, increases some corporate taxes, reduces drug prices, and funds a huge increase in frontline tax collecting by the IRS, which is already the most obnoxious and aggressive tax collector in the world.

It’s fortunate that Manchin stopped the Build Back Better monstrosity and held this less deadly measure up for 18 months—the country will only need one year of this full metal jacket eco-lunacy with accompanying stagflation to require defibrillation for the U.S. middle class and the removal of the economy from suicide watch.

The same reasoning excuses Trump for not turning himself inside out to reelect the Republican senators in Georgia in the special elections of 2020: If the Democrats couldn’t put their legislation through the Senate, the country would never discover how insane and, in some respects, evil is this aggressive capitulation of the Democratic Party to “wokeness,” hostility toward whites, the denigration of U.S. history and traditions, and falsely righteous socialism, as well as its embrace of a massive assault on capitalism by claiming to save the planet by throttling much of U.S. industry in the name of climate, and its appeasement of America’s enemies.

Two years from now, with the additional inflation, economic slowdown, intensified IRS terror, and a horrible fiasco over electric cars and sustainable energy this Manchin–Schumer legislation will produce, the public will judge the merits of the contending parties, without the ballot-harvesting and outside financing of vote-counting modifications that marred the 2020 election, despite a hysterical and almost air-tight attempt by the political establishment to stifle and obscure the fact (which the majority recognizes).

The likely passage of this legislation will demonstrate that there are practically no moderate Democrats left and that it’s a party almost completely indulgent of a racial and economic anger that’s barely disguised, although it’s muffled by Biden’s havering and waffling. If the Democrats’ ineffectuality had continued, the full proportion of the dangers of their new “progressive” vocation would have been disguised. The likely adoption of this largely insane measure completes the self-unmasking of the Democrats as extremists and will appreciably strengthen the already predominant Trump faction of the Republicans.

The Trump-haters within the Republican Party rushed out of their closets after the last election shouting with joy and embracing each other that the great ogre had been banished. As it has become clear that he’s obviously the leading candidate for renomination by the Republicans and is apparently nearly 40 points ahead of his nearest competitor, the capable governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, Never Trumpers are retreating in panic. They’re, as much as the Democrats, the victims of the catastrophe of the Biden administration in every policy area: It will ensure the victory of the Republican nominee.

Despite the mighty media effort to promote the Jan. 6, 2021, inquiry, the majority correctly see it as a contemptible mud-slinging operation that replaces impartiality with the justice of the Red Queen (the unspeakable Liz Cheney in this case). Even News Corp. has been rattled: The Wall Street Journal and New York Post don’t think Trump is fit to be president, and Fox News won’t interview him anymore. But they’re unlikely to join the Trump-hate lynch mob of the other networks and principal newspapers.

The media market is so fragmented and the media so profoundly distrusted and despised that it doesn’t matter much, and the campaign, in which News Corp. joined, to pretend that the 2020 election result was unquestionably fair, has failed. Everyone knows it was fishy and unseemly that the judiciary declined to try on their merits any of the 19 lawsuits over the constitutionality of the voting and vote-counting changes made in the swing states to sand-bag Trump, but supposedly to facilitate voting in the COVID-19 pandemic. A movement of only 50,000 votes in three states would have given it to Trump in the Electoral College.

The latest wheeze, that both elderly men, Biden and Trump, should retire, is self-serving claptrap. Biden is almost at the glue factory, and the Democrats will be punished in 2024 no matter who they have as a candidate. Trump was probably robbed, with the complicity of the judiciary, and the last thing he wanted on Jan. 6, 2021, was an insurrection. He urged “a peaceful protest,” having asked for increased security for the Capitol.

The voters decide when presidents retire, not journalists. Allowing Biden to be effectively progressive should deliver the government altogether to the Trump Republicans. The progressive Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans are heading for the last round-up together.

First published in the Epoch Times.

13 Responses

    1. To Arthur: In response to your response below, if you wanted to have an intelligent argument you could start by offering an explanation of these two videos.

      “These people who traveled to DC with helmets, body armor, and pepper spray and listened to the President and various associates tell them they knew what they had to do were TOTALLY going to be peaceful, until this one secret agent somehow hypnotized all of them and turned them all into raging mad fanatics” is not an intelligent explanation.

  1. Clarity for readers: commenter “Conrad Black Is A Lying Propagandist” (in bold of course) is the same person as frequent commenter “Doesn’t Drink Orange Koolaid” and “Matthew 7.7” in the previous Conrad Black article. This person (entity) is ALWAYS triggered by any mention of the Jan 6 capitol disturbances being anything less than a “violent insurrection” or the possibilities of there having been any irregularities at all in the 2020 election.
    The repeated fantasy portrayed from this quarter (let’s call it “Koolaid”) is that the Hitler figure Trump (who is also laughably a Russian asset) assiduously planned a “coup” which came within a whisker of succeeding. And that a marginal election in which well over $400 million was dumped into selected precincts in swing states (by billionaire supporters of the DP no less), and hundreds of thousands of unverifiable postal votes were included without question does not bear any investigation at all.
    The YouTube links are worthless by the way: YouTube censorship of this topic is well known: video which show protesters walking peacefully through the building respecting the guide ropes was taken down by YouTube immediately. Likewise, videos containing the perfectly reasonable request for the Capitol security camera footage to be made available. This is Pravda-style censorship which most people see through now. Still, you have to admire Koolaid’s persistency in propping up a lie. Next thing he’ll be pointing us to “factcheckers”; and telling us that prime instigator Ray Epps was never even present!

  2. I watched 2000 Mules the other day and there is absolutely no question there was a criminal conspiracy to make sure Biden won. They absolutely proved it. Kool Aid et al can spout off all he wants to. The truth will come out.

    1. It’s also quite clear there was some level of organized provocation on Jan 6, implemented by Ray Epps and his team, and that this was a “super covert” operation which was only brought to the attention of wider FBI management when damning video evidence appeared of Epps conspicuously cajoling protesters to “Go into the capitol” leaked out. At which point our friend Ray was mysteriously removed from the Jan 6 most wanted list! Epps represents one of those unpleasant contradictions which emerge from time to time out of a bungled covert operation. So it’s not surprising that across the entire MSM, Ray Epps has disappeared into a (black) memory-hole. We shall probably have to wait until after the mid-terms for democracy to take its course in the form of a proper investigation which can inform the public about what role the FBI or other government agencies had in the Jan 6 disturbances.

  3. 2000 Mules is a 2022 American political film by political commentator Dinesh D’Souza that falsely claims unnamed nonprofit organizations paid Democrat-aligned “mules” to illegally collect and deposit ballots into drop boxes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election. D’Souza has a history of creating and spreading conspiracy theories.

    The Associated Press (AP) reported that the film relies on “faulty assumptions, anonymous accounts and improper analysis of cellphone location data” provided by conservative non-profit True the Vote. FactCheck.org found the film’s “supposed evidence is speculative.” National Public Radio (NPR) reported True the Vote “made multiple misleading or false claims about its [own] work”. AP reported that the film’s assertion that True the Vote identified 1,155 paid mules in Philadelphia alone was false. The film presented a single unverified anonymous witness who said she saw people picking up what she “assumed” were payments for ballot collection in Arizona; no evidence of payments was presented in any of the other four states. The film characterizes the alleged operation as “ballot trafficking” with “stash houses”, but presents no evidence that ballots were illegally collected to be deposited in drop boxes.

  4. Merrick Garland can’t order the non-profits to be raided and people arrested because he would be admitting the possible illegitimacy of the administration he serves.

    1. This may come as a surprise to you, madam, but in the United States of America being a louse is protected under the First Amendment.

      To Arthur: Really? Those comments are all from the same person? How on earth did you figure that out?

      1. Directing virulent invective toward an author without any intention to engage in reasonable discussion are the hallmarks of a troll. And posting the same rubbish on the same issue under multiple pseudonyms to create the impression that many people support a particular line is classic professional troll behavior. Cheap bluster, attention seeking bold text, repetition & pointing to dubious sources are the hallmarks of propaganda. And propaganda is, of course, produced by organizations for the purpose of publicizing a cause aggressively. All of which begs the question: which organization might have a vested interest in denying that there were any irregularities at all in the 2020 election; and insisting that the Jan 6 protests were a violent insurrection planned to overthrow the US government. And could THEY be behind the “Koolaid” entity.
        (P.S. Please, for the love of heaven, don’t mention Ray Epps in any of these communications.)

  5. Spoiler alert: “Dinesh D’Souza Is Also A Lying Propagandist” is, of course, the same old “Koolaid” entity.
    And Koolaid is way behind the times.
    Once upon a time impressive sounding quotes from outlets like Associated Press and NPR carried some weight. But these are the same outlets which in recent years have lost all credibility by insisting that Trump WAS a Russian spy, the Hunter Biden laptop WAS “Russian disinformation”, covid could NOT be contracted or transmitted if vaccinated … and so on ad nauseam. All these lies were reinforced by the Big Tech social media companies which smeared & censored even the mildest sceptics. And the “Factchecker” business was ramped up to reinforce the lies. For the record, “FactCheck.org”, which Koolaid sets so much store by, is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center & receives massive funding from Google and Facebook. Enough said!

    The point is that all these media outlets & platforms SPECIALIZE in false information. And if they all trash Dinesh D’Souza’s film in lockstep then he clearly hit a raw nerve! So …
    THREE CHEERS FOR DINESH D’SOUZA!
    Also, a special thank you to Koolaid for injecting some humour into proceedings here. The penny still hasn’t dropped with him that the best use for the dying corporate media is as a butt for jokes about falsehoods. As for “factcheckers”, I refer Koolaid to the spoof poster of Dr Goebbels saying: “We called it control of information. One day people will call it fact checking”!

    1. You lack the intellectual rigor to argue. You simply bluster. And repeatedly throw wild accusations against any author who mentions Jan 6 or the 2020 election like a trained baboon. I do see some progress though, it appears you’ve been trained to instantly dismiss anyone who disagrees with your bluster as a “fanatic” or “conspiracy theorist”.
      P.S. If you wanted to have an intelligent argument you could begin with Zuckerbucks .. and move on to Ray Epps.

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