Fanning The Flames
Yesterday, President Biden signed a series of executive orders intended to address "systemic racism," which he insisted, "has plagued our nation for far too long."
Biden again lamented, "We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation," and declared, "our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist."
While attempting to unite us around the far-left concept of "racial equity" (very different from equal opportunity), Biden proceeded to divide us into the usual left-wing blocs of "people of color, Americans with disabilities, LGBTQ Americans, religious minorities," etc., etc.
By the way, while Biden was once again bashing America for its systemic racism, another police officer was shot in New York. Last week, a police officer in Toledo, Ohio, was shot and killed.
Biden could have used his remarks to denounce violence against law enforcement officers, many of whom are minorities putting their lives at risk to keep our streets safe.
But he was too busy denouncing America and pushing critical race theory into every federal agency. It has already infected our universities and many local public schools, with teachers telling our kids that they (and by extension their parents) are racists and too "blind" to see it.
We are now far removed from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of a society where we do not judge people on the color of their skin but the content of their character. Now the left asserts that race is the only thing that matters.
Remember Kamala Harris's much-maligned video where she declared, "Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place"? That's Marxism. America is about equality of opportunity, not equality of results.
This "systemically racist" nation has elected a black president and a black vice president. We have had a black attorney general and black Supreme Court justices. Many of our major cities, including our nation's capital, are led by black mayors, police chiefs and city councils.
Yet to the left, this progress is never seen as evidence that America is a good and decent country. It is continually doubling down on the idea that America is racist to its core.
Attacking Our Founding
If you think I'm being overly critical, Biden made a point in his remarks yesterday to attack President Trump's 1776 Commission as "offensive" and "counter-factual." Biden said, "Unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies."
The 1776 Commission was created to defend America and our history. Apparently, Joe Biden finds that offensive. And if he's concerned about "counter-factual" history, he should condemn the 1619 Project. (Here, here and here.)
If Biden thinks he can unify the country around the lies of the 1619 Project, he's sorely mistaken.
I want to be absolutely clear: No one is suggesting that racism is not a problem or that we should ignore America's history of slavery. Racism is a sin, and slavery was America's "original sin."
But we must also understand that throughout the history of mankind slavery was, sadly, the universal norm. Thankfully, it was the vision and values of our founding fathers that signaled the death knell of slavery.
Reasonable people should be able to appreciate the virtues of our founders while acknowledging their shortcomings and also celebrating their contributions to this exceptional nation, which has guaranteed more freedom and prosperity to more people than any nation in the history of the world.
But the radical left isn't reasonable. In his brief remarks, Biden made it absolutely clear that he and the left are all in on the idea that America was a hopelessly flawed and racist nation from the beginning and remains so today.
And he implied that the left gets to define what is true, and that unity will only come when everyone else bows to his truth. That is the very definition of totalitarianism.
Are You In The "Unholy Alliance"?
Speaking of totalitarianism, former CIA Director John Brennan is one of the scarier figures on the political left.
During a recent interview, he commented on the fighting that broke out on Capitol Hill and said that members of the Biden Administration were "moving in laser-like fashion to uncover" alleged domestic "insurgency movements" composed of "an unholy alliance."
Who's in this "unholy alliance"? According to Mr. Brennan, it's made up of "religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians."
Whether you realize it or not, you're part of Brennan's "unholy alliance" or Hillary's "basket of deplorables." The left routinely smears conservatives as "religious extremists," "authoritarians," "fascists," "bigots," "racists" and "nativists."
But what's his beef with libertarians?
Brennan's demagoguery was too much for former Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. In a Twitter post, Gabbard condemned the people who breached the Capitol, but she also blasted Brennan and the Big Tech/Big Brother tyrants, saying:
"Let's be clear, the John Brennans, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies — and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol."
As the Senate took its first steps to begin the unprecedented impeachment of a private citizen, there was an important admission on the other side of Capitol Hill yesterday. Acting Capitol Hill Police Chief Yogananda Pittman offered her "sincerest apologies" to the House Appropriations Committee.
Why? Pittman admitted that her department "did not do enough" to prepare for January 6th, even though they knew days before that there was "a strong potential for violence and that Congress was the target."
This apology is critically important because Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are attempting to impeach President Trump on the absurd claim that his speech that day incited the riot. Well, that's clearly not the case as Chief Pittman just acknowledged.
Meanwhile, polling shows that the American people overwhelmingly believe that the Democrat Senate is wasting its time with this vindictive impeachment trial.
Today marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz, revealing some of the worst horrors of the Holocaust. More than one million people were systematically murdered there.
In 2005, as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was threatening a second Holocaust by vowing to "wipe Israel off the map," the United Nations voted to recognize January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
As the world pauses to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust, it must also learn from the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, it's not clear that we are.
In a Fox News opinion piece, Gilad Erdan, Israel's new ambassador to the United States, warns that the world is failing to take the threats of Iran's fascist and anti-Semitic regime seriously. Sadly, he's right.
The Biden Administration, with the full support of congressional Democrats, is rushing to rejoin Obama's fatally flawed nuclear deal with the tyrants of Tehran. Why? Iran hasn't done a single thing to warrant sanctions relief or any deal of any kind.
Meanwhile, as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I have made efforts to combat anti-Semitism a key priority of my work on the Commission. And I have put a particular emphasis on exposing Iran's role in promoting global anti-Semitism.