Power Grab: There is Nothing Unifying About Biden’s Reform Proposals

April 12, 2021

Since January 20, we have seen the Biden administration make swift and shocking moves to solidify its political control over the federal government. The electorate had given Joe Biden a term of four years, but a slim democratic majority in the Senate and House of Representatives proved the country was otherwise split down the middle. With such a slim majority being an obvious indication of America’s political polarization at a climax, the president’s inaugural address calling for unity was perfectly appropriate.

Unfortunately, the administration’s actions have proven to be the opposite of what has now been revealed as nothing more than old, tired platitudes repeated almost constantly to soothe the fears of the supposed 81 million majority that elevated Biden to the Oval Office. Instead of unity through bipartisanship, we have seen an attempt to establish unity through conformity, with unprecedented attempts to consolidate political power and undermine the autonomy of the several states.

Consolidating Power in Washington: Federalizing all Elections

The dreaded H.R. 1 “For the People Act,” passed the House of Representatives with stunning ease, with the Senate being the only roadblock keeping it from Biden’s desk. The bill, if signed into law, would essentially mean the end of states’ rights regarding American elections, as all of them would be federalized. Early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting would become the norm across all 50 states, making it easier to commit voter fraud and promote chaos at the polls through same-day registration. All states would be prohibited from mandating voters to provide an ID when voting. As if that weren’t enough to ruin the integrity of our elections, the bill also authorizes the IRS to investigate and consider the political and policy decisions of nonprofit organizations before granting tax-exempt status, which would essentially allow the IRS to target organizations for their political viewpoints.

A Renewed Push for D.C. Statehood

Aside from the Biden administration’s unprecedented assault on the decentralization of the American electoral process (the very hallmark of our constitutional system), democrats have also renewed their push for the statehood of Washington D.C. The main justification for D.C. statehood is one of taxation and representation, with democrats arguing D.C. residents don’t have the latter. According to Democrats, D.C. being granted statehood would allow them to vote in congressional elections, which would then give Washington a seat at the table when Congress debates tax reform, as well as all other issues. While this could technically be argued, this is far from a valid justification for D.C. statehood.

A more reasonable solution to remedy the federal district’s predicament would be to simply exempt D.C. residents from federal taxation, under the condition that they aren’t exempt from being taxed on their use of traditionally available federal utilities. When this is brought to light, the Democrats’ true intentions are now revealed: The Democratic voter predominance in the district would give the Democratic Party two new senators. In other words, the democrats simply want to ensure their majority in the Senate under the guise of fighting to “end the disenfranchisement” of what just so happens to be hundreds of thousands of would-be democratic voters in a congressional mid-term. As of January 2021, the majority of D.C.’s population are registered Democrats. 

A policy such as D.C. statehood shows no practical purpose other than the reason previously stated— political points—  and would defeat the very purpose of Washington, D.C.’s existence, to stand as the home of our constitutional republic. The importance of an independent federal district is inscribed in our Constitution. It exists to ensure that the functions of the federal government are not impeded by any state government. The then young United States learned this lesson during Shays’ Rebellion, when the ineffective Articles of Confederation left the federal government at the mercy of the Massachusetts militia, unable to properly quell an insurrection. The rebellion served as one of the catalysts for the Constitutional Convention, where the need for an independent federal district to act as the seat of government was finally acknowledged.

Packing the Supreme Court

The last president who tried to expand the Supreme Court was Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, even his most prominent supporters within the democratic party were adamantly opposed to such a measure. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

The Biden administration recently announced the creation of its Supreme Court commission, that will supposedly study the Supreme Court and the possibility of expanding the number of justices on the bench. The administration has since clarified that the commission will not make final recommendations for reform, but if that really is the case, then why create the commission in the first place?

Officials and legal experts on the commission have clarified that the move is not about court-packing, though it is growing increasingly obvious that it is, indeed, about packing the court. Many on the left have criticized the outrage from the right by calling it a sign of “conservatism’s weakening grip on American society, as it clings to the inherently undemocratic institutions like the Supreme Court and the electoral college to survive.” However, if this argument was truly indicative of reality, then why are those on the left working so hard to weed out the “little traces” of conservatism that remain? If conservatism’s decline is so great to the point that it poses little challenge for the left to steamroll right through, then what’s with all the commotion? What is the reform committee’s actual purpose?

It would seem to me, that the left’s efforts to reform and expand the Supreme Court are not accompanied by a genuine intention to improve the institution by any noticeable margin, but rather to simply change the rules of the game to finally solidify their ideological predominance in every corner of the federal government. Such behavior is not indicative of a far-left American majority that agrees with these reforms, but rather a scrambling democratic party, hijacked by a minority of radical ideologues (most of whom are out of touch with reality – spending too much time in an ivory tower can be the cause of such dissonance), who will attempt to ram down every piece of radical legislation down the throats of the American people for as long as they can. This is not a party that has been gifted with a mandate from the public, not even close. This is a party that currently has the slimmest congressional majority since World War II, and they know it. Therefore, since they have obviously given up on their mid-term prospects, they have clearly decided it will be best to ram down the bulk of their radical agenda now before the Republicans have a chance to steamroll them in 2022.

Meanwhile, our mainstream media will continue to pat itself on the back as Joe Biden is praised for “ushering in a return to normalcy.” Despite the mainstream media narrative, and aside from Donald Trump’s unconventional personality, the Trump administration was reasonably in line with precedent when it came to policy, from the economy to the military. However, there is nothing remotely normal about Biden’s policy plans.

Biden himself may be a moderate, right-center democrat, but the ideologues in his administration who obviously control him, aren’t.

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