Ronna McDaniel, RealClearPolitics
As a candidate, Joe Biden promised to “restore the soul of the nation” and “unify” America. According to left-wing pundits, his presidency would see normalcy return. “The adults are back in charge.” It’s been nine months since Biden was sworn in as president and so far, he and his administration have done everything they can to break that promise.
Take, for instance, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s response to a letter from the National School Boards Association complaining that parents protesting the radical propaganda being taught to their children “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The NSBA even suggests that parents might be investigated and punished under the PATRIOT Act, the anti-terrorist legislation passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Garland declared that the Biden Justice Department is “committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.” In Biden’s America, concerned parents protesting the indoctrination of their children is a threat worthy of investigation and punishment.
Or how about Biden’s inflammatory and false assertion that election integrity laws in Georgia and Texas are a “21st-century Jim Crow assault” on voting rights. Biden accused these states of racism and announced that the federal government would be using its power to sue states for passing these integrity laws. Biden claimed that all Americans who wish free and fair elections are racist. Such rhetoric is hardly unifying or healing — especially when support for voter ID laws has risen 13 percentage points among Black Americans and stands at 81% among all voters.
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Biden also pitted Americans against one another in his speech, announcing the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate for businesses and over 80 million workers. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” he said. “And your refusal has cost all of us.”
A president of the United States threatening his fellow citizens with violence is a rare tactic. Freedom and self-government are core values of this nation — not coercion by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington. Not only is such a federal decree blatantly unconstitutional, but it forces small businesses to expend their own resources to pay for weekly coronavirus tests or force their employees to be vaccinated or be fired. That’s a burden to businesses that have already been stretched thin after months of Democrat-led shutdowns and extra unemployment benefits that have incentivized workers to stay home. Biden’s administration is ruining the economic recovery that President Trump and Republicans inherited and the rights of individuals.
National shame is due to the fact that worried parents and voters want secure voting boxes, as well as Americans who have chosen not to receive the vaccine, are all worthy targets. But when Biden was asked about footage of Democrat SenThis is. Kyrsten Sinema being followed into the bathroom by leftists protesting her refusal to support his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill, Biden laughed. Such harassment “happens to everybody” he said. It’s “part of the process.” Is this what he meant by restoring civility and decency?
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Far from bringing the country together, Biden’s administration has sown division at every opportunity. They’ve turned Americans against one another, framing half the country as potential terrorist threats and public health dangers. These serious tendencies threaten our nation’s stability and its ability to resist attacks at home as well as abroad. As Lincoln warned, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
This administration has proven that results — not rhetoric — are what matter. That’s a lesson voters will take with them to the polls in 2022.
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Ronna McDaniel chairs the Republican National Committee.
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