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Victor Davis Hanson
of National Review Online probes
the potential impact of the new Biden administration's early actions.
- The Bush-Clinton-Obama continuum of 24 years cemented the bipartisan fusion administrative state. Trump and his "Make America Great Again" agenda were its pushback.
- The counter-reaction to the populism of the Trump reset — or Trump himself — is as of yet unsure.
- Joe Biden's tenure may mark a return to business as usual of the Bush-Clinton years. Or, more likely, it will accelerate the current hard-left trajectory.
- Either way, it seems that Biden is intent on provoking just such a pushback by his record number of early and often radical executive orders — a tactic that candidate Biden condemned.
- On almost every issue — open borders, blanket amnesties, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, promoting the Green New Deal, and hard-left appointees — Biden is touting positions that likely do not earn 50 percent public support.
- When Biden, to win the election, made a Faustian bargain with hard-left Democratic wing of Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he took on the commitment to absorb some of their agenda and to appoint their ideologues.
- But he also soon became either unwilling or unable to stand up to them.
- Now they — and the country — are in a revolutionary frenzy. The San Francisco Board of Education has voted to rename more than 40 schools honoring the nation's best — Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln — largely on racist grounds that they are dead, mostly white males.
- Statues continue to fall. Names change.
- The iconic dates, origins, and nature of America itself continue to be attacked to meet leftist demands. And still, it is not enough for the new McCarthyites. ...
- ... If Trump's pushback tried to return to traditions ignored during the Obama years, Biden's reset promises to become far more radical than Obama's entire eight years.