Ascent of the socialist Democrat authoritarians
By Mark Alexander
In just 10 months since Joe Biden's coronation, the Democrat Party has devolved into a socialist cesspool at an unprecedented pace. While the Democrats dabbled with communist models as far back as FDR's regime, its most prominent party principals, enemies of Liberty Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, have now joined Biden's outright embrace of totalitarian tyranny by leading the next generation of fascists and "useful idiots."
The key questions regarding this massive political shift are: Is the surge to the left just cyclical? What is behind the rapid Demo descent into the socialist authoritarian abyss? Is it the greatest threat we face under Biden?
Looking back two presidential administrations, Barack Obama's socialists seeded this descent after his victory over "moderate Republican" John McCain in 2008. Predictably, within two years of his taking office, there was a midterm Republican wave, which formed a temporary seawall against the erosion of American Liberty.
In 2012, Republicans ran a "moderate Republican" again and, predictably, Mitt Romney was defeated by Obama. As was the case in 2010, that resulted in a 2014 midterm Republican wave, further growing the House Republican majority and restoring Senate Republican control.
But this midterm congressional cycle does not imply a balancing of the political scales, and if Republicans take back the House and Senate in 2022, that will not correct the current socialist surge.
Democrat presidents and their congressional lap dogs take 10 steps to the left and the Republican midterm majorities either hold the line or move it back to the right a few steps. The net result is that there has been a significant central government shift toward the authoritarian Left. While Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump certainly moved the political needle in the right direction toward constitutional authority, Republican congressional majorities since Reagan have not succeeded in holding that line.
In 2016, Trump narrowly defeated Obama's heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, albeit not winning the popular vote. Apparently that year, Obama's VP, Joe Biden, was too old and frail for consideration as a serious contender, and it was understood by Democrats to be "Hillary's turn."
The Trump election shocked the Left into a state of derangement. In collusion with their Leftmedia propagandists and Big Tech First Amendment suppressors, Demos mobilized a deep-state coup to disable Trump's presidency. Consequently, they were able to take back the House in 2018 and cut the Republicans' margin in the Senate to one seat.
As was clear to any political observer with a shred of integrity, Clinton's now-collapsed Russia-collusion hoax was never anything more than a political dirty trick, as the Durham investigation has now confirmed and even Leftmedia protagonists are now conceding.
Consider for a moment what Trump accomplished before 2020.
He advanced conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. He cut taxes and regulations in order to unleash historic economic growth, providing the lowest unemployment for Black and Hispanic Americans in decades. Inflation and interest rates were low while GDP growth was surging. He rebuilt our military. Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea understood that Trump meant what he said, and they conducted themselves accordingly. Trump wiped out ISIS, and Afghanistan was on its way to sustainable albeit tenuous stability, the Taliban understanding full well that Trump would squash them like roaches if they stepped out of line. He took enormous steps to void unfair trade practices, particularly with China. After years of southern border security lip service from previous presidents, Trump took the most dramatic measures to curb illegal immigration of any president in recent history, including moving forward on border walls and other security measures. He moved the nation toward energy independence, lowering energy costs for all Americans. He supported law and order, which accounted for the almost universal support he received from law enforcement rank and file nationwide.
That notwithstanding, in the 2020 election year, the damage done by the Clinton hoax, the ChiCom Virus pandemic, the Demos' hate-hustling machine, and their bulk-mail ballot fraud constituted the perfect storm to elevate the Biden/Harris regime to power.
Having severely weakened Trump's prospects for reelection, the Demos were able to field what would have otherwise been a laughable ticket. The feckless non compos mentis Joe Biden, running with a younger female VP candidate, Kamala Harris, should have been as handily dispatched as McCain running with his younger female VP candidate, Sarah Palin. But Obama had the benefit of Senate Demos setting up the 2008 financial crisis, which sealed the deal for his election, much as Biden had the benefit of the aforementioned "perfect storm" in order to limit Trump to one term.
I have characterized Biden as a "political dead man walking," long past his cognitive expiration date. He has been so sequestered in his Beltway bubble for the last 50 years that he doesn't give a damn about the American people he pretends to represent. All Biden and his cadre of socialist puppeteers care about is power, unbridled power, and everything they have done over the last 10 months has been with the sole objective of accumulating power, regardless of how they packaged that objective to conceal it.
It is clear that Biden's socialists handlers behind the curtain saw him as a much more manageable puppet than lunatic Bernie Sanders.
After Biden's "win," the 50/50 split in the Senate, with Harris serving as the tiebreaker, gave Demos Senate control, and they maintained a narrow margin in the House. Not since Herbert Hoover lost to Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 has a Republican presidential loss left the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives under Democrat control.
Given that ability to dictate the agenda, the Biden/Harris regime would like to shutter our nation in the darkness of socialist oppression under their limitless statist power, and they have moved as rapidly as possible in that direction while they can.
They will not ultimately succeed, and though they think they are bulletproof, they are not. But the danger of their authoritarian surge can't be discounted as something that will be corrected in 2022, much less 2024, especially if the GOP fails to embrace a formula that goes beyond the Electoral College calculation and captures a majority of American votes.
What is behind the surge toward socialist authoritarianism?
As demonstrated by the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, Democrats know that their guaranteed window to accumulate power is two years — until the 2022 midterm elections. The recent Demo losses in Virginia ramped up their sense of urgency. Biden's most recent approval ratings, even when polled by Leftmedia outlets, are abysmal.
As political observer Rich Lowry notes in "Biden's Incredibly Shrinking Presidency": "A Washington Post poll over the weekend suggested that his presidency is, for now, a smoking political crater. It had him at a 41% approval rating, despite the passage of his long-sought infrastructure bill that was supposed to buoy him and his party. Even more striking, the survey found that Republicans lead Democrats on the generic congressional ballot by 10 points, 51% to 41%, an unprecedentedly strong showing for the GOP that forecasts an earthquake, tsunami, and maybe a few more natural disasters for Democrats come next fall."
But I'm not a gambler, and I've been around political cycles long enough to know that you don't count your chickens 'till they hatch.
Biden's brazen disregard for the impact of his socialist handlers' policies is astounding, the direct result of his one-term "dead man walking" status. Despite reports to the contrary, Biden will not run for reelection in 2024, which makes him a perilous threat to Liberty. He is already the oldest president in history and will turn 79 this week. (Did you get your party invitation?) For context, the average age of presidents entering office is 55. For comparison, President Reagan was 77 at the end of his second term.
Clearly, the socialist Demos know there is no time to waste, and they have wasted no time. The rapid accumulation of central government power under Biden is unprecedented, and everything this administration is doing is all about power, as is manifest in a quick survey of his most consequential policies.
Biden's "pandemic" measures are, first and foremost, about power. His handlers are using COVID as fodder to justify his draconian vaxxing mandates and planned vax passport requirements to imprint the power of the state over the people. Despite the Fifth Circuit Court, in a unanimous panel decision, having chastised the administration for using mandates as "a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer," don't expect the leftists to back down.
In addition to asserting central government power, they know their statist mandate is a mechanism to expel large numbers of young healthy conservatives who reject the mandates from our military and military contractor ranks. The same is true across the spectrum of all federal employees.
Biden's reckless open-border policy is, first and foremost, all about central government power — a crass calculation to increase the ranks of Democrat voters regardless of the cost and consequence of such immigration. With now more than two million illegal immigrants having been allowed a free pass into our nation, last month proved to be the worst October for illegal immigration in our nation's history.
Having just signed a trillion-dollar "infrastructure bill" with marginal bipartisan support, next up is Biden's bloated "Broke Back Better" boondoggle estimated at $4.9 trillion. That proposal, in tandem with Democrats' ruinous tax plan, is all about power.
The nation's economy is faltering under significant inflationary pressure, primarily the result of Biden's energy policies and supply chain issues, yet Biden still proposes to make America the world's leader in taxation.
The economy is stagnant as inflation is roaring back — shades of Jimmy Carter's "stagflation." Our nation went from a position of great world strength under Trump to one of Biden's weakness and appeasement. "Many people remain unsettled about the economy," said Biden recently, "and we all know why." Indeed we do: Joe Biden.
Of course, the Biden administration's so-called "climate change" policies are, first and foremost, all about central government power over the economy and production. Biden slept through the recent Glasgow climate summit, but it was merely a promo for his just-passed "green infrastructure" bill's pathway to power in the name of "climate control."
And the final question I asked above: Is the leftist agenda the greatest threat we face under the Biden regime?
What worries me most about Biden and his handlers is not all the vectors of their domestic power accumulation agenda; it is his administration's unprecedented ineptitude regarding our national security — undermining everything Trump did to restore it. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, and Secretary of State Tony Blinken in concert with Biden. What a dangerous and deadly clown show.
Case in point: Recently, Biden's Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, was asked, "Which is a bigger threat, the climate or China?" He responded: "Both are equally important. Both are challenges that the [SecDef] wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on, as well as many others, too."
Given Biden's horrendous surrender and retreat from Afghanistan, Kirby's answer on China should be very disconcerting. Biden's foreign policy nescience, and that of his administration, is more dangerous than all his statist domestic policies combined, particularly as it pertains to the Red China threat.
Recall that Barack Obama's former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Robert Gates famously wrote in 2014 that Biden "has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Clearly, Biden has accelerated his penchant for being wrong in his fifth decade in DC.
Two days ago, Biden spent more than three hours in a virtual confab with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping.
While details of that call are sketchy, insiders report that Xi unwaveringly asserted his authority and power, signaling his disregard for Biden, as made clear by China's rapid military advances in recent months, and overt aggression with Taiwan. We know that Biden sent conflicting messages regarding Taiwan and our "One China" policy.
Humorously, Xi referred to ChiCom Joe as his "old friend," which triggered his media spinners to assure the nation they are not actually old friends.
I can assure you that none of those overtures would have occurred with Trump. If this conference was intended to "reset relations with China," it worked.
My reason for concern regarding China is that, according to my sources, there is something serious brewing under the waters of the Taiwan Strait.
For context, back in 1979, when Deng Xiaoping rejected Maoism and embraced capitalism under the seemingly contradictory central control of his communist dictatorship, he unleashed what would become an economic giant, now the second-largest economy on the planet after the United States. Today, that economy remains under the communist authoritarian control of Xi.
The Chinese threat to Taiwan is far more dangerous than the Russian threat at the Ukraine border under Vladimir Putin, and frankly I believe Russia's actions may be predicated on anticipation of Chinese action against Taiwan. Laughably, Tony Blinken warned Putin that Russia should not "make the serious mistake of attempting to rehash what it undertook back in 2014, when it amassed forces along the border, crossed into sovereign Ukrainian territory." You know, when Putin could act without concern that the Obama/Biden regime would respond accordingly.
Making China even more dangerous is the potential GDP slowdown it now faces, which means if its people become increasingly discontent, it will have to rally nationalist support. What better way to do that than retake Taiwan?
China knows it has nothing to fear from Biden. Brace yourself, America. Biden's domestic policies are not the greatest threat to our nation. And you can be sure that Biden and his ilk will use any direct confrontation with China to do what they do best: Accumulate central government power.
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.