Joe Biden was sworn in as America’s 46th president on Wednesday. Far from being the start of an era of reconciliation, the ceremony will only accelerate the disunity that his party and its media division have whipped up. God, please have mercy on the United States of America.
A few days removed from the 2020 election, Biden warned, as the coronavirus count was nearing 10 million, that the country was “facing a very dark winter.” We don’t disagree. Bleak days are ahead. But we disagree on the reason. This winter, and at least the next two years, are going to be grim as the Democrats, with the eager support of the legacy media, are going to continue to rip the country apart.
There’s not much healing in our future when:
- Biden less than two weeks ago compared Donald Trump and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
- A Democratic member of the House is obviously pleased that “that Congress is looking into creating an investigative commission to ‘rein in’ the media,” meaning, of course, the few independent outlets that refuse to operate as the Democratic Party’s marketing department.
- The inauguration will be infected by “a climate of fear and loathing” because the Democrats won’t stop feeding the narrative that Trump and his supporters are deplorable insurrectionists.
- The bright lights of the media want to know “how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump,” and are agitating for a “cleansing” of the Trump “movement.”
- A political analyst from Democratic Party favorite MSNBC says “MAGA terrorists” – largely those on the right with whom he disagrees – are “much more dangerous” than Al Qaeda after 9-11, in part since it “didn’t have cable news channels endorsing its worldview 24/7, spreading its hate-filled ideology and vicious, deluded conspiracy theories to millions of Americans.”
- And a cybersecurity expert insists “we’re going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem,” referring to a pair of cable outlets that are alternatives to the hard-left cheerleading regularly seen on the broadcast networks, CNN, MSNBC, and others.
We have just been dragged through four years of “resistance,” that included a coup effort directed by the Democrats and stoked by the media, the “othering” of those who refused to conform to the left’s demands, and claims that all the Trump voters as well as those who simply refused to vote for Hillary Clinton are racists. The inauguration will not erase the raw feelings – it will only harden them. With evening in American fast approaching, flying the U.S. flag at half-staff Wednesday would not seem an inappropriate expression of mourning.
Americans, and we’d guess roughly half of them, are convinced, and for good reason, that, as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said, “our liberties are being cancelled and our religions are under assault.” Institutions and businesses that have been co-opted by the Democratic Party have turned on this large group of Americans, siding with the radical Black Lives Matter, adopting “woke” positions, and tolerating Antifa.
How can this nation heal from these cuts and bruises while the Democrats are consolidating power to set up a single-party government they hope will rule, not govern under constitutional limits, in perpetuity?
There are few sunny days ahead when the party in power is madly lusting for investigations, is determined to purge its political rivals and their ideas and speech, and isn’t far from establishing a China-style “social credit” system, in which a person’s ability to participate in society is judged by his or her dedication to the ruling class and its directives.
We’re not saying another four years of Trump would have brought the country together. But at least a second term would not have been seen by his supporters in and out of Washington as an opportunity to re-educate the other side, carry out endless recriminations, and politicize even the most minute corners of our lives, driving us even further apart.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board