Biden's Ministry Of Truth
It has often been said that we are living in a post-truth era. Well, now the left wants to dictate what truth is. A few weeks ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that we needed a "truth commission."
The latest call comes from a New York Times editorial arguing that President Biden should appoint a "reality czar" because reality itself is under attack. As evidence, the Times cites polls showing that many Americans believe COVID-19 likely originated in a Chinese lab and that 70% of Republicans think the election was stolen. For the record, both things are true.
Well, if Biden is accepting applications I'm happy to do the job. But I'm going to begin with the reality that there are only two genders or sexes, not dozens.
I would point out the reality that life begins at conception.
I would note the reality that the climate has been changing long before the combustion engine and the advent of fossil fuels.
And, yes, I would also point out the reality that the election was stolen largely by unelected state bureaucrats and judges who exploited the "emergency" of the pandemic to unilaterally change or violate their state's election laws.
In recent days, we have reported on the continued presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., along with a massive fence topped with razor wire surrounding Capitol Hill. (When President Trump deployed razor wire at the southern border, the left was apoplectic.)
Kudos to columnist Byron York for asking the obvious question: Why?
It's been a month since fighting broke out in the Capitol Building, and the inauguration was two weeks ago. But as York notes, the fencing around the Capitol "extends for blocks . . . in every direction."
Pressed to explain why thousands of National Guard troops are still occupying Washington, Acting Secretary of the Army John Whitely said this:
"There are several upcoming events -- we don't know what they are -- over the next several weeks, and they're concerned that there could be situations where there are lawful protests, First Amendment-protected protests, that could either be used by malicious actors, or other problems that could emerge."
Whitely's bizarre statement is hardly an explanation. And exactly who is concerned that these lawful events could get out of hand? Who ordered the troops to stay? President Biden? House Speaker Pelosi? Senate Majority Leader Schumer? Washington, D.C., Mayor Bowser?
There are lawful First Amendment activities in Washington all the time, and the National Guard is never called out. President Trump struggled to get the Guard deployed after days of rioting around the White House this past summer.
Senator Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there is no intelligence that justifies the continued presence of thousands of National Guard troops in the nation's capital. So why are the troops still here?
One reason may be that our political elites are simply trying to discourage any First Amendment events and protests from taking place at all.
If I were paranoid, I might suspect that whoever ordered the troops to stay in Washington may know that they didn't actually win the election. But that would make me a conspiracy theorist.
Perhaps they understand that their radical policies being pushed through executive orders are deeply unpopular and they don't want to face angry constituents.
Whatever the reason may be, the American people deserve answers as to why their capital looks like something out of communist China or Baghdad. Yesterday I joined dozens of conservative leaders in demanding that Nancy Pelosi tear down the razor wire fence that currently surrounds the Capitol.
By the way, several Republican governors have ordered their National Guard troops to return home. But why would the governor of Illinois send troops to secure Washington, D.C., while not doing anything when dozens of people are shot in Chicago every weekend?
Mocking The Space Force
During yesterday's White House press briefing, a reporter asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the Biden Administration's plans for the future of the Space Force. Psaki's response was revealing.
She said, "Wow. Space Force. It's the plane of today," in a mocking reference to a previous question about Air Force One's new paint job. In other words, she couldn't care less.
The number one reason President Trump created the Space Force was to counter efforts by communist China and Russia to dominate outer space. (Here and here.) But that's obviously not a priority for the Biden Administration.
I suspect not only that the Biden Administration will fail to adequately fund the Space Force, but that you will also see an end to the program to put a man on Mars.
The progressive left denies the greatness of America's past while it pursues policies to ensure we will not be great in the future.
Creating A New Crisis
There's no shortage of talking heads fretting about the numerous crises confronting the country today, whether it's the COVID crisis, the economic crisis, the climate crisis or the latest foreign policy crisis.
But Biden seems determined to completely undo the successful policies of the past four years and take us back to the open borders regime when hundreds of thousands of unknown individuals were streaming across the border every month.