Grasping for Raw Power Behind the Biden Chaos

Grasping for Raw Power Behind the Biden Chaos. By Roger Kimball.

Here we are, less than three months into Harris–Biden administration, and already the sense of things spinning out of control is palpable everywhere.

Under President Donald Trump, illegal immigration along the Southern border had been slowed to a trickle. Now, in a matter of just a few weeks, it has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis. …

Under Trump, the U.S. military underwent a $2 trillion rehabilitation. True, its upper ranks were shot through with politically correct Obama-era holdovers, but that didn’t become fully evident until after Jan. 20, when the world was introduced to the most “woke” secretary of defense in our history … and we learned that “maternity flight suits,” female body armor, and taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery were now military priorities. …

During the presidential campaign, candidate Biden said that the voters had no right to know his mind about the issue of packing the Supreme Court. Now that he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he is happy to tell us. Last week, he announced the creation of a “bipartisan” commission to “study” “reforming” the Supreme Court, including “reforming” its size and membership. …

It’s all about power for the left elite, and damn everyone else:

The Deep State–Harris–Biden compact hasn’t only presented us with a situation in which the velocity of change has been turned up to 11; it also has presented us with a situation in which the proposed depth of change is far more radical than anything contemplated in “normal” American politics before.

All the talk about “equity,” about “systemic racism,” and about a new regime of “Jim Crow” is aimed directly at the integrity of the U.S. system of government, based as it is on the sanctity of individual liberty and equality before the law.

It also reveals a deep and scary cynicism whose ultimate criterion is simply this: the acquisition and exercise of raw power.

That’s perhaps the most sobering lesson in this latest chapter of the American saga: No matter how low you thought, it wasn’t low enough. There is no ideal that won’t be trashed and inverted in order to advance the agenda of that power, no rhetoric that won’t be cynically deployed and emptied of meaning.

These are the sorts of disillusioning revelations in store for us in the era of woke radicalism.

You thought you understood how bankrupt and cynical the game of politics was.

It turns out you didn’t know the half of it.