Biden Goes against the Gains on Policy
Biden Goes against the Gains on Policy
November 20, 2020
Even if Donald Trump isn't in the White House for the next four years, he's leaving the next president with a whole lot to remember him by. As the days tick on, more liberals are starting to realize that even if Joe Biden wins, upending all that Trump did will be a much harder climb than many people thought. The roots of this administration's policy run deep, and pulling them up will be a long, difficult slog--if the Democrat can manage it at all.
"There's this assumption in Washington," former Obama official Jim Messina said, "that it's all going to change, and I just don't think that's how things work." Not only is wholesale change going to be difficult to come by, he suspects, but it's not what the American people want. Just look at the GOP's gains in state houses, governors' mansions, and Congress. This election wasn't a repudiation of the conservative message. If anything, it was a warning to the far-Left to put its extremism in park.
Are there things Joe Biden could do right away? Absolutely. He's already committed to throwing open the doors to taxpayer-funded abortion, reinstating Obama's transgender school mandate, and crushing freedom with a laundry list of health care orders. But here's the beauty of Donald Trump's legacy: we now have courts at every level dominated by constitutionalists who will be more than happy to respond when the Biden administration oversteps its authority. "The ability of Biden to act, compared to where Trump has acted on executive power," Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute warned, "may be very significantly constrained." Even appointing hard-core liberals to key posts will be difficult if the GOP hangs on to the Senate.
Outlets like the Huffington Post are already wringing their hands over the depth of Trump's policies. Undoing what he's been able to accomplish on issues like life "won't be easy." Especially on things like the Mexico City Policy, which bans overseas abortion funding, rescinding the farthest-reaching orders of its kind "is not like turning a light switch on and off," lamented one international abortion activist. As the Post points out, "President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence not only reinstated the gag rule on day one of Trump's presidency (an expected move from a Republican president), Trump expanded it twice and is currently looking to expand it once more before his term ends." This won't be like past presidential handoffs, Alanna Vagianos complains. The "lasting effects" of this president's pro-life stance--not just here, but around the world--will take years to erase.
But don't expect the hard-Left to cut Biden's team a break. They've waited too long and despise conservative values too much to let a chance like this slip away. Even now, groups like the Human Rights Campaign are already out with their long lists of demands. And marginalizing Christians is priority number one. "If there is a Biden administration," Dr. Albert Mohler points out, "it will be, by Joe Biden's own pledge, the most LGBTQ-positive administration in history." But, he shakes his head in amazement, "at least we know what the game plan is." "I'm astounded," Mohler went on, "at how clear and candid they are. It's like discovering the German battle plans for the invasion of France. We've been told exactly what they intend in terms of stripping Christian schools of accreditation [and the] fundamental assault on religious liberty."
They're coming for Christian schools, colleges, and seminaries, he warns, and it will be an assault like we've never seen before. It's right there in black and white, Mohler insisted. "They want to force the Biden administration to use the power of executive orders through the Department of Education to deny any school that stands against the LGBTQ revolution [their] accreditation." And maybe there are Christians who say, "Well, no big deal." It's a huge deal, Mohler argued. Accreditation has everything to do with "whether your school can accept students from the GI Bill, whether or not your school can participate in federal student aid programs. My school does not... but hundreds of Christian schools do. And whether or not your degrees and credits will be recognized to transfer to another institution or [whether] your graduates [are] able to apply to a graduation program elsewhere...This is the worldview conflict we're facing."
The only way a religious school will be recognized is if it folds on biblical teaching. "You'd have to recognize homosexuality [and transgenderism in housing and student life]. You'd have to recognize same-sex marriage. You'd have to hire without regard to a Christian understanding of sexuality. You'd have to deny science... in sexual identity and gender identity." Honestly, Mohler said, "the further you look at this document, the more you realize it really is diabolical."
The problem is, people aren't paying attention. Too many of them have their eyes glued to the election to look deeper at what Biden is proposing. Secondly, too many Americans are out there believing, "Oh, Biden would never do that." I'm here to tell you he will. This is not theoretical. "I think most American conservative Christians just don't have any idea how all of the things that they've celebrated for the last four years are [all endangered]," Mohler agreed.
So what do we do about it? Well, as he said, "Knowledge is power." If the enemy's given you their war plan, there's no excuse for not dealing with it. Christians need to come to grips with what's coming. If the Biden administration has a chance, it's going to move on the church at warp speed. Men and women of faith need to understand that they might have to pay a price to defend religious freedom, as uncomfortable as that will be. And, most importantly, we--as a community--need to make Joe Biden and Kamala Harris fight for every inch. We may not be able to stop everything, but thanks to the sweeping victories we had in the states, we can at least slow it down.
Wisconsin Badgers Campaign with Last-Minute Changes
November 20, 2020
Contesting an election is no easy feat--especially when state Democrats are changing the rules as they go along! In Wisconsin, where President Trump trails Joe Biden by 20,608 votes (0.6 of a point), it made sense to pay the money and ask for a recount. After all, the race is close, and the Badger State has had its share of irregularities. But what if the biggest irregularity is how the election commission is acting?
Imagine an NFL team challenging a play, and then, while the referee is under the hood, he decides to change the rulebook first? That's what the president is facing in Wisconsin--only worse, former GOP state chairman Reince Preibus says. His campaign had to fork over three million dollars, thinking they had a chance of success based on how the procedures were written. Then, the Wisconsin Election Commission decides, "Oh, let's change the rules," making everyone on the Trump team wonder if the money was even worth it!
"It's pretty wild," Reince said on "Washington Watch" Thursday. The former chief of staff to President Trump knows the state well and has been shocked at how difficult Wisconsin is making this on the campaign. Of course, he said, "Wisconsin has a long history of problems," dating back to 2004 when the Milwaukee Police Department issued a 70-page report about all kinds of suspicious activity--like felons voting, dead people voting, registered voters at addresses that were empty lots or vacant buildings. A lot of it, Reince pointed out, "wasn't so much flat-out cheating by people." It was more a problem of "systematic failures." And no one has been forced to look at some these questions until now.
But is there enough to change the outcome of the state? Preibus thinks so. "Now I'm not representing the campaign," he was quick to say. "I'm not on the ground. But I do understand the complaint. Wisconsin has never adopted the laws that it needs to become an early vote state. So we are not an early voting state. But what's happened over the years is that the clerks and the Wisconsin Election Commission have allowed what's called 'in-person absentee ballot voting'" to get around the rules. "And so what you have in the state of Wisconsin are thousands and thousands of people that are potentially going into these precincts, voting early or absentee ballot without actually filling out an absentee ballot request form." It's a rogue operation, he warned, outside the confines of the law. "Well, it's not legal. It's not what the state allows."
That's one thing. The second thing is that the Wisconsin Election Commission has told clerks that they can "fix" certain absentee ballots that came in without addresses. "And so you have clerks repairing and fixing ballots to make them legal for people that were using the absentee ballot system, which, by the way, isn't appropriate under the law." Then there's the run-around on the voter ID law, which has helped thousands of people vote without confirming their identity. All of these issues leave the system open to manipulation.
Whether or not Trump will benefit from the recount he's just gotten in two counties, we don't know. But one of the positive outcomes of this challenge--and so many others--is that it's forcing people to clean up our voting systems in some of these states who've been lax in enforcing the rules. Americans need to have confidence in our system.
"That's one of the things that I think is also motivating folks in the Republican Party to get involved. And it's really to do exactly as you say once and for all. We've got the resources to go into a state like Wisconsin and say, 'Okay, how are the clerks administering these absentee ballots? Why do we have folks that are confined to nursing homes? Why are those numbers three times higher this time than they were four years ago? And why are clerks filling in people's addresses and fixing absentee ballots? Why is this stuff happening? And now we get to ask the questions."
Regardless of whether Donald Trump is ultimately successful, Americans are fortunate to have in this president a leader who's willing to force the issue--when historically, Republicans haven't had the backbone to stand up and ask these questions on a national level. In the end, if our votes are legally counted, every voter wins.
Oregon Quits Thanksgiving Cold Turkey
November 20, 2020
In Oregon, you can have cocaine, but not cranberries. Heroin, but no ham. Meth, but not mashed potatoes! Amazingly, a state that just legalized drugs wants to criminalize Thanksgiving! Talk about a double helping of hypocrisy--just in time for the holidays.
Of course, Governor Kate Brown (D) wasn't exactly winning any popularity contests as it was. Now, after her ridiculous orders--which would force families of seven or more to turn away their own children from the meal--she's become a national punchline. So let me get this straight, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted: "You can be jailed for having too many people over for Thanksgiving. But if you want to riot and loot in Portland, no sweat!" That's right, Jason Rantz mocked. "In Oregon, they're tougher on families than they are on Antifa!"
The optics certainly aren't great for the state--threatening criminal sanctions against people for eating turkey together, when they let locals shoot themselves up with killer drugs. And yet, Brown didn't shy away from the harsh rhetoric. "I am not asking you [to limit gatherings]," the governor said last week. "I am ordering you." Charles Boyle, the governor's spokesperson, was just as threatening. "If people aren't going to take this virus seriously, we are prepared to offer consequences." And those consequences, they aren't shy to say, include jail time.
It's an incredible government overreach. In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf (D) is demanding that families wear marks in their own homes! That's absurd, especially, PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil pointed out, when a lot of these liberal leaders (like Gavin Newsom, D-Calif.) aren't even following their own rules. It's not the government's business to tell Americans how they can set their Thanksgiving tables--or if you can set it for that matter.
It might make more sense if they showed half as much care about people's lives when it comes to drug addiction or the STD pandemic. You don't see Governor Brown racing to stop the risky sexual activity that's infecting 20 million new people each year and costing taxpayers $16 billion to treat. People die from that too. And what does the Left say? "Stay out of our bedrooms." Fine, then it's time they get out of our dining rooms!