Joe Biden está abraçando o autoritarismo?

- NATIONAL INTEREST - Sumantra Maitra - Introdução Traduzida por César Tonheiro - JAN 21, 2022 -

Just how liberal is Joe Biden? In his latest speech in Atlanta, he seized upon the putative authoritarianism of his detractors to accuse around half of his countrymen as enemies of progress. But it is Biden who, in the name of battling authoritarianism, is actually promoting it.

Biden seeks to roll back Trump-era reforms in higher education. He is doubling down on promoting and institutionalizing divisive Critical Race Theory (CRT), the 1619 project, and Title IX programs. Other than minor foreign policy continuity with the Trump administration, especially in regard to Afghanistan and somewhat about a desire for detente with Russia, Biden, much to the chagrin of his supporters is proving to be as divisive and alienating as the president he served under, Barack Obama. Indeed, he is accomplishing the rare feat of making Jimmy Carter look good by comparison.

Biden claimed in his latest speech on voting rights that he stands against “the forces in America that value power over principle.” “Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion. It’s no longer about who gets to vote; it’s about making it harder to vote. It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all.” Biden added. Meanwhile, normal people are wondering that the same government which wants vaccine passports to enter restaurants or airports, is so opposed to the other side desiring identity cards for voting, a process that should have far stricter gatekeeping. That only one side of the political spectrum, by the way, has embarked on an ideological crusade—one that seeks to promote transgender rights, CRT, and alternate history, or punish political opponents financially for their lifestyle choices or thought crimes, and abolish both the filibuster and the Senate. These, it may be safely said, constitute the most divisive challenges to the fabric of the American republic, and American constitution in recent memory.

Whether Biden, a longtime centrist, actually believes in this program of radical change is a moot point. The cold, hard truth is that the institutional pressure in Washington is to move left as quickly as possible. In my view, Biden, regardless of his mid-century Cold war deal-making instincts, is at the end of the day a victim of the same “personnel is policy” problem that plagued Trump, another mid-century deal-making businessman.

Those personnel, from speech writers to policy advisors, are mostly urban and liberal. As Peggy Noonan wrote,


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