UPDATE March 28, 2021:
Great thing about America #13: a free press that isn’t owned by the government
Thomas Jefferson said that our liberty depends on the freedom of the press. He couldn’t possibly have imagined what a mess we made of his vision for America’s government and a press that isn’t a front for one of our political parties. Our free press is a lot closer to state-sponsored media than anyone involved in the sham of covering the Biden presidency will admit.
If you don’t count the American people the press is perhaps the biggest casualty of the 2020 election. Left-wing media outlets got what they wanted. Throughout the campaign they pandered to Biden, demonized Trump, and refused to deliver any semblance of fair or objective reporting. Now that Joe’s in office it’s even worse than we feared. Is there a difference between a state-sponsored media and a press that throws credibility to the wind in support of a political agenda?
Biden’s performance during his first press conference on Thursday was sad to be sure, but it was just another example of what we’ve come to expect. Consider this scintillating question when he arrived in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday:
What does it mean to have Baby Beau on the plane with you, on Air Force One?
THE PRESIDENT: (Laughs.) It’s really great. 20
Everything is really great for this administration. Transparency is absent. Anything negative is denied, ignored, lied about, or stonewalled by Jen Psaki. The president doesn’t have to worry that he might be put on the spot in a public appearance. It will never happen.
As bad as it is now this farce is only going to get worse as midterms approach and another presidential election beckons. Biden and the Democrat Party know they can trust the press to deliver their message to voters. They know dissenting voices will be quashed or censored. Big tech will reliably step in and cancel anyone who slips through the media’s net.
For a president having the press in your pocket is as good as it gets. For the people who really care about this nation a free and reliable press is another great thing about America we’ve already kissed goodbye.
UPDATE April 4, 2021:
Great thing about America #14: We don’t use children. We protect them.
By now you have seen the video of two little girls being dropped over the border wall. During an April 1, 2021 press conference Jen Psaki was asked about the incident and whether “beefing up border security” would be a good idea. She gave her typically neutral response:
As Secretary Mayorkas said, “The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents’ desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible.” The President certainly agrees with that. And these kids, I believe, were rescued from — by individuals who are working at the border.21
When pressed Psaki became typically combative:
And are you concerned more about the kids safety or are you concerned about kids getting in?22
And then she contradicted everything about unspoken White House policy:
But I will say that our concern and our focus is on sending a clear message to smuggler — to the region that this is not the time to come. You should not send your kids on this treacherous journey. That these smugglers are preying on vulnerabilities in these communities.23
So will Joe let the smugglers and human traffickers know when the time is right? Seems like they got his message too early.
It’s too late to stop what Biden administration policy created, of course. The president and congressional Democrats had a choice between protecting vulnerable children and summoning as many Mexico and Central American citizens to the U.S. as possible. Their cynical decision puts vulnerable children in tremendous peril, but party comes first. Too bad, kids.
We hear anecdotal accounts of sexual assault and other atrocities on the journey to the promised land. All we get from Democrats is deer-in-the-headlights disavowal:
Those blaming the Biden Administration for this situation are not serious about addressing the issues at the border.24
That was from House Border Subcommittee Chairwoman Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA). A month before the incident Barragan decried Trump administration policy:
For example, the Remain in Mexico policy has created a refugee crisis on our border and attracted human traffickers and violent criminals to our doorstep. It has led to horrific circumstances for migrants trying to reach this country – including robbery, assault, kidnapping, and even death.25
So what changed? Democrats and their president are the ones responsible for robbery, assault, kidnapping, and death so the policy is deny, deny, deny.
Meanwhile vulnerable children will continue to travel to America because they got Joe Biden’s message loud and clear. Democrats will continue to blame Trump while the numbers explode, children are harmed, and party bigwigs rub their hands together waiting for the next generation of voters to arrive.
There was a time when America protected children. Now we have a president who uses them in the worst way imaginable. Three and five-year olds won’t be eligible to vote for many years, but if they get their voting-age parents here at least what happens to them serves a valuable purpose.
UPDATE April 5, 2021:
Great thing about America #15: honesty
The fact that honesty matters to Americans doesn’t mean it matters to our leaders. This is more apparent than ever now that Joe Biden’s White House has imposed a transparency blackout. Is no information instead of the truth what American democracy is all about? How about disinformation?
Biden told us that his American Rescue Plan was an:
Emergency Legislative Package to Fund Vaccinations, Provide Immediate, Direct Relief to Families Bearing the Brunt of the COVID-19 Crisis, and Support Struggling Communities.27
He didn’t try to promote the rest of the story:
The American Rescue Plan is filled with unnecessary pork and provides $12 billion in foreign aid, $15 billion for illegal immigrant-eligible health care, $350 billion to bail out blue states, $50 million for Planned Parenthood, $1.5 billion for Amtrak and $21,000 for federal employees to stay home.28
The list goes on and on, but at least we can give Biden credit for admitting that the bill exists.
This isn’t the case with developments at the border and the administration’s crisis/no crisis charade. In a letter to the president Texas Senator Ted Cruz declared:
Denying the press the ability to observe, film, and report on the conditions at the border is not openness or transparency-it is hiding the truth from the American people. The press and the American people deserve more than denials and excuses from a podium.29
The National Review reports that when GOP senators visited the border a Biden administration official asked them to delete pictures documenting the conditions they witnessed at government facilities.30
That’s not honesty and it certainly isn’t transparency. Instead, we get semi-coherence from America’s president:
And so what we’re doing now is attempting to rebuild — rebuild the system that can accommodate the — what is happening today. And I like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy, but it’s not. It’s because of what’s happened every year.31
What is they say about a picture and 1,000 words? There is nothing more honest than what’s in front of your face.
Now it’s time for Biden to push what he’s calling a jobs bill. The jumble of Democrat Party priorities in the White House fact sheet covers too much rhetorical territory to be credible:
Like great projects of the past, the President’s plan will unify and mobilize the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis and the ambitions of an autocratic China. It will invest in Americans and deliver the jobs and opportunities they deserve. But unlike past major investments, the plan prioritizes addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice.32
Like the American Rescue Plan and its non-COVID spending we have to ask what this bill is really about. The beginning of AOC’s Green New Deal? Reparations in disguise? American’s transition to socialism? A crafty way for Democrats to collect lots of spending money to stash away for later like the unspent tax dollars from their earlier pandemic spending bill? Whatever the answer is, don’t expect any honesty or transparency from Biden or the Democrat Party until the deed is done.
Honesty has a moral and ethical component that we have no reason to expect from this White House. Stealing credit is more in line with the Biden administration’s ethical bankruptcy:
The President launched a new, comprehensive strategy to beat this pandemic on January 21, 2021. In the subsequent 7 weeks, we’ve delivered over 81 million vaccinations to Americans — today, more people are once again able to visit their loved ones.33
Those vaccinations weren’t developed on Biden’s watch any more than Kamala Harris comment that they were “starting from scratch” is true or even credible. Are we being too hard on the president? Perhaps he got confused and thought Operation Warp Speed was a Star Trek reference.
UPDATE April 9, 2021:
Great thing about America #16: confidence in our government
It’s no longer a matter of being ashamed or embarrassed over the choice Americans made. We’ve had Democrats in the White House before. We even survived Jimmy Carter.
This is an abject disaster.
If I was conspiracy-obsessed I would be absolutely convinced that these terrible few months are the lead up to swapping Joe Biden for the woman he calls President Harris.
It’s not just the lies. We expect that. This is government, not church. It’s not even the stumbling and bumbling and mental confusion. We are plagued with an administration that is based on lies and blatantly dangerous, anti-American policies that are not only supported, but promoted by lawmakers in the president’s party.
You can’t have an America with no confidence in its government, especially when our competitors are trying to knock us down to advance their own objectives. That’s why we have every reason to be concerned and yes, angry when we hear Joe Biden toss out statements we all know are simply not true:
But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.34
The lie isn’t the problem. It’s that Biden used this lie in furtherance of his belief that “no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.”35
If the Constitution doesn’t matter, what does?
What governs the actions of the president and Congress if the Constitution is not absolute and instead something to circumvent to suit partisan objectives based on half-truths, disinformation, and outright lies?
Absolutely nothing. This is why defending America’s sovereignty is no longer important. It’s the reason we abuse children by packing them into holding cells at the border. This stands behind the push to allow anyone to vote who requests a ballot. It’s why the rule of law is tossed aside in favor of decarceration and eliminating cash bond for criminals.
During the campaign Biden promised to hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic. When he took office he swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. He’s done nothing while the virus continues to murder Americans. Instead, new Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm waved China in our face yesterday as a paragon of a green energy economy we should emulate:
When I — after I was finished being governor, I traveled to China to see their clean energy efforts. It was with a group. And we went to a city, and I was standing next to the mayor of the city in China, and during a demonstration, he leaned over to me and he said, “So when do you think the United States is going to get a clean energy plan?”36
It’s difficult in Congress to get consensus.37
That’s because America isn’t run by a central communist party, though it’s beginning to feel that way as Biden signs order after order and Congress passes outrageous, socialist spending plans that extend government control over every aspect of our lives.
It feels like America is in free fall. It’s getting worse every day. We can have no confidence in our president or House of Representatives and the Senate is hanging on by a thread.
20“Remarks by President Biden After Air Force One Arrival.” whitehouse.gov. March 26, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/03/26/remarks-by-president-biden-after-air-force-one-arrival/, retrieved March 28, 2021.
21“Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 1, 2021.” whitehouse.gov. April 1, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/04/01/press-briefing-by-press-secretary-jen-psaki-april-1-2021/, retrieved April 4, 2021.
24“Barragan Statement on New Video and Pictures of Children at the Border.” barragan.house.gov. March 23, 2021. https://barragan.house.gov/barragan-statement-on-new-video-and-pictures-of-children-at-the-border/, retrieved April 4, 2021.
25“Statement of Border Security Subcommittee Chair Barragan.” barragan.house.gov. February 2, 2021. https://barragan.house.gov/statement-of-border-security-subcommittee-chair-barragan/, retrieved April 4, 2021.
26Heimlich, Russell. “Honesty is the Best Policy.” pewresearch.org. September 29, 2008. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2008/09/29/honesty-is-the-best-policy/, retrieved April 5, 2021.
27“President Biden Announces American Rescue Plan.” whitehouse.gov. January 20, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/legislation/2021/01/20/president-biden-announces-american-rescue-plan/, retrieved April 5, 2021.
28“Congresswoman McClain Votes Against American Rescue Plan.” mcclain.house.gov. March 10, 2021. https://mcclain.house.gov/media/press-releases/congresswoman-mcclain-votes-against-american-rescue-plan, retrieved April 5, 2021.
29“Sen. Cruz Demands President Biden Allow Press Access to Border Crisis.” crus.senate.gov. March 22, 2021. https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=5714, retrieved April 5, 2021.
30Bernstein, Brittany. “Biden Official Asked GOP Senators to Delete Photos of Border Facilities, Senator Says.” nationalreview.com. March 28, 2021. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/biden-official-asked-gop-senators-to-delete-photos-of-border-facilities-senator-says/, retrieved April 5, 2021.
31“Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference.” whitehouse.gov. March 25, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/03/25/remarks-by-president-biden-in-press-conference/, retrieved April 5, 2021.
32“FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan.” whitehouse.gov. March 31, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/, retrieved April 5, 2021.
33“FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces 90% of the Adult U.S. Population will be Eligible for Vaccination and 90% will have a Vaccination Site Within 5 Miles of Home by April 19.” March 29, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/29/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-90-of-the-adult-u-s-population-will-be-eligible-for-vaccination-and-90-will-have-a-vaccination-site-within-5-miles-of-home-by-april-19/, retrieved April 5, 2021.
34“Remarks by President Biden on Gun Violence Prevention.” whitehouse.gov. April 8, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/04/08/remarks-by-president-biden-on-gun-violence-prevention/, retrieved April 9, 2021.
36“Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, April 8, 2021.” whitehouse.gov. April 8, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/04/08/press-briefing-by-press-secretary-jen-psaki-and-secretary-of-energy-jennifer-granholm-april-8-2021/, retrieved April 9, 2021.
37“Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Service of Ambassador Jacobson, Coordinator for the Southwest Border.” whitehouse.gov. April 9, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/09/statement-from-national-security-advisor-jake-sullivan-on-the-service-of-ambassador-jacobson-coordinator-for-the-southwest-border/, retrieved April 11, 2021.
Continued on next page