PUT on your masks! Get set! Woke!
Yes, the swamp is back, this time with a vengeance. Fresh from his fit-for-a-banana-republic inauguration – surrounded by tens of thousands of troops hidden behind unscalable fences and attended by a minuscule group of obedient swamp creatures – Biden has already given us a good idea of what the next four years will look like.
Eventually finding his way to the Oval Office after delivering his interminable and tedious inauguration speech (I tried to listen to it all, but China Joe’s slurred prose defeated me), freshly installed el Presidente signed off a flurry of executive orders: at least thirty as of writing. They are, by and large, an attempt to nullify the legacy of the Trump administration. So what has he committed to so far? Here’s a taste:
· A full mask mandate – a ‘100 Days Mask Challenge’ – and the required to wear masks in all federal property;
· Halting construction of the Mexican border wall;
· A weakening of immigration enforcement and likely granting of citizenship to more than 11million illegal immigrants;
· A reversal of travel restrictions placed on passport holders of seven Muslim-majority countries;
· A recommitment to install wokeist dogma at a federal level by rescinding Trump’s 1776 Commission and directing agencies to commit themselves to racial ‘equity’;
· Cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and revocation of a ban of foreign (aka Chinese) involvement in America’s power grid, all threatening American energy independence;
· Rejoining the job-destroying Paris climate accord;
· Re-entering the CCP-compromised World Health Organisation;
· A crippling $15-per-hour minimum wage, which can only rub salt in the wounds of already desperate small businesses;
· Kowtowing to post-modern gender theory by federally mandating the right to pick-and-mix genders;
· Rent and mortgage relief extended, student loan repayments paused;
· A $1.9 trillion ($1,900,000,000,000) stimulus package – a sum greater than the annual GDP of Italy.
Even more exciting goodies will follow, I am sure. Now in control of the presidency, the House and the Senate, the Democrats are likely to set off on a programme whose radical recklessness is unparalleled in recent American history. Seeing the popularity of Trump – the candidate who won the most popular votes in history (apart from Biden, of course, who couldn’t convince anyone to go to his campaign events but somehow managed to secure an improbably high number of votes) – they know time is against them. Their moment is now. History, regrettably, shows us time and again the disasters that follow in the wake of revolutionaries in a rush to get things done.
Like many, I am aggrieved at Trump losing the election. The sad truth is that he took on a job bigger than any one man could ever hope to achieve. The swamp was too deep and each organ of state too compromised. The Augean stables could never have been
cleaned by him alone. They need to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. Trump’s gift to us was to reveal how corrupt the American system is, and how impossible meaningful reform is from the inside.
Let us not pretend that 2021 looks good for us. For centuries Western civilisation has been fighting a losing battle to keep the crazed forces of the Left from seizing power. When it fails, misery and poverty invariably follow. Now, in the heart of the Western world, a group of extreme radical Leftists are in control and they have little intention of listening to the concerns of their opponents. Decades of cultural debasement, economic incompetence and constant degradation of the spirit of West created the conditions for this all to happen.
There is little to be done now but batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to pass. Believing themselves finally to be in possession of the golden ticket that will enable them to create Utopia, the Left will instead be the authors of their own demise. Without knowledge of the past or of human nature, they will create their own version of hell for us all to suffer. In pursuing the mirage of social equity and equality of outcomes, they will instead only engineer more poverty and animosity.
The question is what will remain afterwards. Taking inspiration from the banana republic-esque inauguration of President Biden, my guess is that if we wish to see a vision of America’s future, we need just look to the countries to its south: countries often defined by massive inequalities of wealth, weak social cohesion and endemic violence. With the former president currently silenced by the government’s allies in Big Tech and soon to stand trial on blatantly politically motivated charges, it seems they are already well on their way to making this South American dream a reality.