In Spectator USA, Roger Kimball acknowledges that recounts and legal challenges to elections (especially presidential) seldom succeed. So, continues Mr. Kimball, it’s not too early to speculate what a Biden administration would look like.
Biden would overturn Trump’s attack on onerous and counterproductive regulation. The regulatory state would be back in business. Fired by the ‘woke’ agenda of identity politics and political correctness, Biden would bring government scrutiny back into education and the business world. Racial and sexual quotas for hiring and advancement would once again be the flavor of the week. The Trump administration recently banned the teaching of critical race theory — at whose center is the proposition that all whites are racist — from federal agencies. Biden would overturn that prohibition.
Green New Deal:
Although Biden waffled late in the campaign about fracking, he is on record supporting the ‘Green New Deal’. It would not be long before he banned fracking on federal lands and imposed insupportable taxes on coal. The Trump administration made America energy independent for the first time in decades. Biden would put an end to that.
Biden is on record for abolishing them, which brought the American corporate tax rate down to 21 percent and benefited about 85 percent of individual tax filers.
Biden would renew the Bush-Obama globalist trade policies, and would drop the tariffs on Chinese goods and the hawkish posture towards China’s hegemonic ambitions in the South China Sea and elsewhere. Trump brokered historic peace deals in the Middle East. Biden would turn his back on Israel and renew relations with Iran.
Among Trump’s signature issues is immigration. Trump has reduced the torrent of illegal immigration by more than 90 percent. Biden would reopen the floodgates. With respect to Europe, Biden’s allegiance would be with the European Union, not the spirit of BREXIT, which stresses the importance of national sovereignty and political accountability.
Having been in politics for 47 years, the 78-year-old Joe Biden is a creature of the Swamp, accuses Mr. Kimball.
Should the Democrats also take the Senate, it is likely that they would move to expand the Supreme Court, thus destroying the separation of powers that stands at the center of our form of government and transforming the court into a kind of super-legislative body.
There would still be a place called ‘America’, but it would no longer be a constitutional republic dedicated to limited government and individual liberty.
I (Kimball) say that Biden would do all this, but it is no secret that what was done would be done in his name but really not under his direction. Joe Biden is a sadly diminished man, past the threshold of senility, and a Biden administration would mutate quickly into a Kamala Harris administration.
Harris, perhaps the mostly cordially disliked Democratic candidate during the primary, won no delegates and had to drop out of the race early. But she occupies an eyrie on the far left of the Democratic party. Within months, it could be Harris at the helm, and she would pursue all the policies I have outlined here but on steroids and with a vigor that is as uncompromising as it is venomous.