Biden’s first 100 days

Biden’s first 100 days. By Victor Davis Hanson, in an interview.

Q: You have called the Biden presidency “the most radical first three months of a presidency since 1933, the most divisive and certainly the most dangerous.” Can you elaborate?

A: Biden’s policies of de facto open borders, blanket amnesties, cancellations of pipelines and fossil fuel leases, planned radical increases in corporate, income, and capital gains taxes, identity politics and Green New Deal rhetoric, along with his appointments and resets in the Middle East, are the most left-wing agendas since [Franklin D. Roosevelt].

Their common denominators are utopian globalism, redistributionism, criticism of America’s founding, traditions, history, and values, and identity-politics tribalism.

The world looks to the U.S. to be overtly supportive of its friends and rock-solidly unfriendly to its enemies. The Biden administration instead is interested in pan-global climate change, identity politics and world governance in a way far beyond even the [European Union], and this could be quite dangerous to [Asia], where nations like China, North Korea and Russia have no such naive assumptions and constantly remind their proximate neighbors that the U.S. is in decline economically, torn apart culturally and can’t be counted upon.

Q: Biden pledged in his inaugural speech to unite the country and to heal the division. Do you believe he can do it? If not, is there someone in either party who can unite the country?

A: The better question is whether he wished to unite anyone rather than simply profess ecumenicalism.

Nothing in Biden’s past senatorial record, his rhetoric or his conduct gives any evidence of such outreach. His first 100 days are truer to his character: those who want voter IDs as required in most states are “Jim Crow” racists; those who after being vaccinated doubt the need for masks outdoors are “Neanderthals”; those who want legal and measured immigration are “nativists.”

The left defines unity as pushing through an agenda by any means necessary. On the right, the search is on apparently for a candidate that combines Trump’s popular agendas and policies, retains his combativeness against the woke political correctness of the age, but lacks his gratuitous rough edges that alienate swing and suburban female voters.

Meanwhile, Trump, banned from social media, is benefiting from both his inability to tweet and the growing anger at the Biden extremism — and yet no one knows whether he prefers playing kingmaker in his party or running again. Much will depend on the 2022 midterm elections, and the state of the economy.

Q: How do you see the consequences of President Biden’s policy approach for the future of the U.S., such as the economy, society and safety?

A: Huge increases in taxes, more regulation, curtailment of energy production, while the country reemerges from a quarantine with huge pent-up demand and nearly $5 trillion in printed money stimuli — as the debt nears $30 trillion — is a prescription for inflation followed by stagflation, as too many dollars chase too little supply.

The U.S. is the world’s only successful multiracial democracy — India and Brazil are far less so — but the rekindling of tribalism and Biden’s insistence on stoking racial identification as a way of polarizing the country to push through “emergency” legislation is quite dangerous.

The public does not support the left-wing agenda, and is privately tiring of the sermonizing and falsification of history and destruction of our past. At some moment someone is going to say the emperor has no clothes, and this mass hysteria, I think, will dissipate.

Biden is going to make Carter look mild, especially once the stagflation sets in over the next two years.