Donald Trump was treated by the opposition party and media (we repeat ourselves) like no other president in our memory. He was called a dictator, a tyrant, an authoritarian, and a fascist, to name a few childish invectives hurled his way. Of course his adversaries were projecting. It’s the Democrats and their media collaborators who yearn for absolute power.
Trump was accused of being a dictator at the same time he was trying to weaken the federal government through tax cuts and deregulation. The agitators – the elected, unelected, functionaries, and self-appointed – who made the allegations were never required to explain why a dictator would undermine his power base by downsizing the government under his charge; how a tyrant could be impeached twice; how an authoritarian failed to expand his authority during a pandemic; how a fascist brokered peace deals in the Middle East; how someone routinely called “Hitler” willingly walked away from his “dictatorship” after losing an election; how screaming heads could insult him and his family without fear of punishment.
Yet Trump was a dictator just because they said he was. Questioning the proposition is not allowed.
Meanwhile, Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat and Senate majority leader, said Monday “it might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency” because there are “many, many things under the emergency powers of the president” that “he could do without legislation.”
Even without declaring a climate emergency, Biden is already moving in the direction Schumer laid out for him, signing 33 executive orders within his first week. This is only months after Biden said “you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.”
So now we know what could be reasonably assumed: He’s just another pen-and-phone president who doesn’t need the hassle of the legislative process to rush through his party’s agenda.
The Democrats’ maniacal need to rule rather than govern within constitutional limits is also revealed in their plan to rig elections in their favor in perpetuity through the For The People Act. The objective is to destroy the Republican Party and all other resistance, to wield power without political opposition. Then, to ensure that their rule isn’t challenged after legislation has been passed and signed, presidential orders have been issued, and regulation laid down, the Democrats want to pack the Supreme Court, preventing it from striking down their unconstitutional actions.
The Democrats’ media operatives are already treating Biden as if he’s a dictator, openly worshipping and canonizing him before the inauguration, during the ceremony, and in his first days in office. Even the British Daily Mail has wondered just who is the “American media’s biggest Biden suck up?” mentioning in particular CNN’s communications director, who said the inauguration fireworks will “inspire our friends and shake our foes,” ABC News’ Byron Pitts, who called Biden America’s “papa in chief,” and another CNN hack, who insisted the line of lights at the Lincoln Memorial honoring those lost to COVID-19 were “almost extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America.”
The media’s slobbering devotion is an ugly reminder of how the subjects in authoritarian states are expected to revere their Dear Leaders. Politico’s Jack Schafer, who asked for a “little sobriety” among journalists, wrote that “CNN glowed almost as brightly about the event as a state media would have” on Inauguration Day. It’s impolitic to ask, yet we do so anyway: What is the difference between MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow blustering about going through half a box of tissues on Inauguration Day and the terrified North Koreans who had to feign weeping and deep personal anguish at the death of Kim Il Sung?
One thing quickly comes to mind: She chose to treat Biden as the Dear Leader in a country that was intended to be free from despotism, while the North Koreans had no choice but to kneel under the boot. Of course a dictatorship is fine for the members of the “state media.” They enjoy the political and cultural dominance that comes from being the scribes for the regime.
Trump was a unique president. We supported much of what he achieved. But over the long haul, America needs a chief executive that is less powerful and less visible than that we’ve become accustomed to. The celebrity presidency that began with John Kennedy, and was accelerated with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and the imperial presidency that’s been developing right in front of us, are inconsistent with traditional American values. There’s no better time to remind the country that ours is a government of laws, not men.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board