Who is Controlling the Biden Presidency ?

  • To answer the question of who is controlling the Biden presidency, we should consider the Biden administration’s disastrous policy decisions. “Cui bono?” – Who benefits?
  • Why would Biden abandon Bagram Air Force Base? It is key to all of Southwest Asia – just 400 miles to China and 500 miles to Iran. It is a vitally important geopolitical, military and intelligence platform with consequences and “reach” that involve far more than just Afghan regional matters. Who, specifically, made the recommendation to just walk away from Bagram – and then who gave the order?
  • If we suggest that there is a combination or passing alliance of these various interests and groups, each seeking to advance their own agenda behind the official, hollow, front of “President Joe Biden” – then we run the risk of being branded conspiracy theorists. That is both dishonest and unfortunate, because asking questions of, and seeking accountability from, elected officials is not “crazy.” Interest groups do, in fact, lobby presidential advisors, White House staff, and even members of the president’s family.
  • We must press on – asking questions, examining records, seeking accountability and documenting facts. The truth will prevail.

The question has been asked dozens of different ways, depending on the questioner and the public policy issue. “Who is controlling the Biden presidency?”

One thing appears certain: It is not President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. He gives incoherentrambling speeches, and often declines to take questions.

A May 2021 powder-puff profile of President Biden in the Washington Post was written as both a hagiography and a politically therapeutic assurance that there’s been a “return to normalcy” in the White House. The article’s author, Ashley Parker, was clearly given extraordinary access to personal details by White House staff and Biden handlers in order to compose her report. The resulting article is an interesting mix of Ms. Parker taking careful dictation from the White House, and her own ambition to pledge allegiance to the larger Biden “family.” In fairness, here is how Ms. Parker describes the sourcing of her article:

“This account of Biden’s daily schedule is based on interviews with seven people familiar with the president’s daily life, most speaking on the condition of anonymity to disclose private details.”

There is genuine journalistic value in Ms. Parker’s work – and a mere four (+) months later – given the lightning fast and tumultuous downturn in the Biden presidency, 20/20 hindsight and review of her article may help answer our question: “Who is controlling the Biden presidency?”

Ms. Parker’s article offers clues:

On many days, Biden then summons his brain trust, including Klain and top advisers Mike Donilon, Anita Dunn, Bruce Reed, Steve Ricchetti and Cedric L. Richmond. These sessions rarely have a formal agenda; Biden simply declares, “Here’s what I want to talk about,” or the aides raise subjects they have discussed in advance for Biden’s consideration.

“There are very few issues that get to the level of the president,” Dunn said. “Those are the ones that only he can make a decision on.”

Donilon, who has been with Biden for decades, is seen by the others as his conscience, alter ego and shared brain. One longtime Biden adviser estimated that no fewer than 10,000 times in their working relationship has the president turned to Donilon and asked, “Mike, what do you think?”

The closest Ms. Parker comes to addressing other influencers of the Biden presidency is passing reference to President Biden’s son, Hunter. She writes: “He also calls his son Hunter, who has struggled with addiction, every night before bedtime, texting him if he doesn’t pick up right away.”

One thing Ms. Parker does not mention: Federal prosecutors are currently investigating Hunter Biden over details related to the extraordinary sums of money he purportedly earned from China-related business deals. Readers will recall that Hunter Biden profited from two separate deals, each worth billions of dollars, with Communist Chinese “business” entities during the time his father was vice president. Reports on Hunter Biden’s email communications indicate that (in just one instance) remuneration plans of 10% of the value of a Chinese energy company deals were earmarked for “The Big Guy” – possibly indicating then-VP Joe Biden.

We have the extraordinary (and outrageously scandalous) story of Hunter Biden and his deep Biden family financial ties. Air travel records, alone, document the deep connections between the president and Hunter. The air travel records also offer an investigative roadmap for any serious law enforcement officials seeking to examine questions of Biden corruption. More than 330,000 Americans have demanded just such an investigation from the Department of Justice. The information and emails contained in the Hunter Biden laptops reportedly detail President Biden’s knowledgeability of his son’s overseas business dealings.

We have documentation and details of key influencers around President Biden. Ms. Parker has identified Biden’s “brain trust” and their role in guiding the president.

To answer the question of who is controlling the Biden presidency, we should consider the Biden administration’s disastrous policy decisions. “Cui bono?” – Who benefits? White House spokesperson Jen Psaki has been placed in impossibly contradictory positions, attempting to defend administration policy reversals. One need look no further than the Biden position on border issues (security, health, humanitarian, drug smuggling, human trafficking, impact on US border communities, etc.) – and – the humiliating collapse of the Afghan government, and the American diplomatic and military response.

Just consider for one example concerning Afghanistan: Why would Biden abandon Bagram Air Force Base? It is key to all of Southwest Asia – just 400 miles to China and 500 miles to Iran. It is a vitally important geopolitical, military and intelligence platform with consequences and “reach” that involve far more than just Afghan regional matters. Who, specifically, made the recommendation to just walk away from Bagram – and then who gave the order?

Which brings us back to our fundamental question: Who is controlling the Biden presidency?

Here are some potential answers – individually, in combination with key influencers of President Biden (his “brain trust,” above), or via convenient, passing, alliance. Each of these have their own objectives for influencing those closest to President Biden:

  • Professional Washington political operatives of the Democrat Party and the corresponding leftist “deep state” federal government officials that have incrementally occupied the headquarters of every executive branch department and agency in Washington DC.
  • Lobbyists representing the military-industrial complex; big pharma; energy interests; and/or foreign powers and multinational corporations.
  • Big tech and the related Silicon Valley business interests.
  • Witting and unwitting agents of Communist China and its state “business enterprises” who pretend to operate independent of the government.
  • Militant leftists from organizations like Antifa, BLM and associated organizations who see an opportunity for unchecked and sometimes subsidized activities purportedly endorsed by the Democrat establishment.

If we suggest that there is a combination or passing alliance of these various interests and groups, each seeking to advance their own agenda behind the official, hollow, front of “President Joe Biden” – then we run the risk of being branded conspiracy theorists. That is both dishonest and unfortunate, because asking questions of, and seeking accountability from, elected officials is not “crazy.” Interest groups do, in fact, lobby presidential advisors, White House staff, and even members of the president’s family.

Without devolving into the stereotypes of the conspiracy theories described in Richard Hofstetter’s, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” the American public can and must seek accountability for the decisions and actions of the government. The left enjoys sensationalizing and marginalizing their political opponents by leveraging pejoratives, ad hominem and cartoonishly simplistic derision to undermine legitimate questions and concerns. We must not take their insidious tactics to heart. We must press on – asking questions, examining records, seeking accountability and documenting facts. The truth will prevail.

Chris Farrell is Director of Investigations at Judicial Watch and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Follow the Science means Obey My Commands

“Follow the science.”

“OK. What does the science say?”

“Vaccines and boosters forever. Masks forever. Whatever else the government scientists say.”

“But some scientists say otherwise.”

“Don’t listen to them. Google, Facebook and Twitter have blocked them. The people who run those companies are very, very smart. Only listen to the scientists they endorse. And the White House guides them.”

“But how is that science? Isn’t that authority? Authority isn’t science. Science refers to facts, logic, reason and proof. If one scientist says the science is settled, and another scientist says here’s a fact or an outcome you didn’t consider, then doesn’t science consist of considering those claims? Scientists discuss among themselves. Thinking people can follow or reject their reasoning. That’s how we get to objective knowledge, isn’t it?”

“That’s none of your concern. The doctors at the CDC, at WHO and in the White House will tell you what’s worth considering and not considering.”

“But isn’t that for science to decide? And for my own investigation to decide, in that case, since masks and vaccinations affect my body? Aren’t I free to choose?”

“You are not free to harm others. If you don’t do as you’re told, you will harm others. That makes you bad and, potentially, a criminal.”

“But what about doctors? Some doctors disagree with some of what the doctors in the federal government are saying. My own doctor knows my own body, and my own medical situation, better than doctors at CDC and WHO speaking for everyone-in-general.”

“The doctors at CDC and WHO are superior. They are higher in rank. You must follow what they say. Your doctor will follow them, unless he or she is a bad doctor.”

“That doesn’t sound like science to me. That sounds more like the military.”

“It’s a war. Fighting this virus is a war. Until we have 100 percent victory, nobody can rest. It’s the new normal.”

“But viruses have always been with us. Nobody has yet found and absolute cure for any virus. If we can’t do anything until a particular virus is defeated, doesn’t that make us all slaves under a dictatorship for the rest of our lives?”

“That’s not your concern. The ONLY concern is eradicating the virus. The CDC and White House are in charge of this effort. We must obey them in order to defeat the virus. This is no time for thinking or independence.”

“And what about money? The companies making these vaccines and treatments are making billions. I don’t expect anyone to do anything for free. I’m fine with free market prices. But these companies are selling a product that the government is forcing everyone to take. Isn’t that an unfair advantage for the profit-making company? Isn’t that a breeding ground for corruption?”

“That’s not your concern.”

“And most doctors get most of their income from Medicare and Medicaid, programs run by the government. They might be afraid to speak up about differing opinions from the CDC or the White House on treatments for COVID, vaccinations and the like, because doing so could cut off their income stream. Isn’t that a concern for bias?”

“That’s not your concern. If you oppose Medicare and Medicaid, you are immoral, and possibly even a crimnial. Discussion closed.”

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

What Makes Vitriolic, Hateful Americans Tick ?


I constantly hear stories of people getting harassed or threatened for still supporting Trump or even Republicans. For example, I recently heard of two incidents where people with Trump bumperstickers or MAGA hats were told, “I hope you die of COVID.” Yet I never hear the opposite. How many Republicans tell Biden voters they hope they die of COVID? Which leads me to ask: Are leftists/collectivists/DemCom Bidenistas inherently mentally abusive people? Isn’t this behavior verbal abuse, at the minimum? Of course it is. What fuels such hatred? Leftists are getting everything they want. Absolutely everything, with more horrors daily. They consider the horrors good things. How far will they go in their nastiness, vitriol and hatred? Will they ever be satisfied? Or maybe they are like heroin addicts…only their drug of choice is not heroin, but a relentless stream of toxic idiocy culminating in the annihilation of us all.

During Trump’s presidency, PsychologyToday and other blogs relentlessly asked what made Trump supporters tick. 100 percent of the articles took it for granted that all Trump supporters are racist, misogynistic, stingy, etc. Yet nothing — absolutely nothing — can be found anywhere on the questions I am now asking. Where does all the hate come from? Psychology 101 will tell you: Hate usually comes from ANXIETY. Ayn Rand wrote in the 1960s of metaphysical terror within the college radicals “stamping their feet at objective reality.” Are leftists metaphysically terrified? Are they terrified of reality itself? Which would explain why a truth-teller and B.S.-identifier like Donald Trump is vilified by them like nobody ever before. He — and we — have got them all figured out.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Biden is in Way Over His Head

The number, variety, magnitude, and speed of recent national and global crises have all clearly and without any doubt demonstrated that Joe Biden and his administration are simply in way over their heads and way beyond their abilities to understand and to respond to these events appropriately and intelligently.  If that’s not bad enough, the more damning truth is that they obviously have no ability to foresee events in advance and prevent them from happening and turning into crises in the first place!  And if that’s not bad enough, reflect on the fact that no one in his administration has suffered any consequences as a result of these abject failures.

I’m not any kind of expert, but I’m not blind.  So let’s examine what has happened just within the last few weeks.

  1.  The withdrawal from Afghanistan has been an example of chaos and incompetence in military leadership not seen in generations.  Liberal apologists loudly proclaim that it was well past time to leave Afghanistan.  That’s not the point.  The point is the breathtakingly awful execution of the withdrawal.  If nothing else, the failure to preserve and use a well-defended airbase at Bagram until the evacuation was complete is unforgivable. 
  2. The drone strike that was characterized as “righteous” by General Mark Milley turned out, in reality, to have killed ten innocent civilians, including seven children.  How a drone strike can be authorized on no more evidence than a man making a few stops in the course of his daily work and picking up some water bottles for his family and neighbors is beyond reason. 
  3. Our southern border is, in reality, no longer a border.  Many thousands of migrants are camped under a bridge in U.S. territory.  And the administration seems surprised about it and scrambling to come up with any sort of plan to deal with it!  How can well over 10,000 people from Haiti and other countries make their way to a border bridge without our government collecting intelligence about the migration and being prepared for the event — and even taking measures to avoid and prevent the crisis? 
  4. Inflation is raging, and no one in the administration seems to have an idea of how to deal with it.  In the midst of this exploding inflation, the Biden administration’s answer is to spend additional trillions of dollars. 
  5. France has withdrawn its ambassador in anger over an Australian submarine contract in which France was snubbed.  How hard would it have been to simply include France in some reasonable manner in the deal?  Can you imagine the response if this had happened under Trump?  Can you imagine the demand for heads to roll?
  6. The COVID pandemic continues unabated, and Biden’s response is to enact a forced mandate.  Forcing behavior is not a mark of effective leadership.  By very definition, it is the mark of a tyrant.
  7. As icing on the cake, we have learned that General Milley made phone calls to his Chinese counterpart in the last days of the Trump administration.  Apologists reassure us that phone calls between military leaders are commonplace.  That’s not the point.  The point is that promises were made that the Chinese would be alerted in advance if an attack was planned and that any planned attack would be thwarted by Milley himself.  All this subterfuge was somehow deemed necessary to control a president who had avoided starting or expanding any war or military action during his entire term — for the first time in decades.

So the only possible conclusion is that the Biden administration is in way over its head, and there is no accountability.  Sadly, the coaches of college football teams face more accountability than the upper echelon of the Biden presidency.

Steve Bigler

Our New Normal: Inflation, Poverty, Starvation, Economic Stagnation, Socialism, Fascism,Tyranny

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”

~ Voltaire

The gullibility of man it seems has no bounds, for if it did, how could so many be so blind? As I reflect on the past 18 months or so, it is quite alarming to understand the scope of this scam called a ‘pandemic,’ and how this entire country (and world) have embraced lies, deception, and tyranny of such magnitude. Mass murder at the hands of the state has already begun, but with the rollout of deadly and poisonous injections purposely mislabeled as ‘vaccines,’ the murder of large numbers that is democide, will be evident among this entire population for years to come. The perpetrators of this genocidal takeover of society are now coming after all children, and will attempt to poison as many as possible with their ‘vaccines’ over the course of this year and next.

Only a nation of pathetic cowardly fools would allow such an abdominal fate for their own defenseless offspring. This type of behavior indicates a total lack of intellect, and a mass ignorance of reality. It also indicates widespread indifference, which is the incarnate of a sick and immoral society.

So, it seems that the so-called “new normal” of totalitarian rule over a slave-like society, is not just the fault of those who wish to rule over us, but more so the people at large for allowing this to happen without proper resistance. Blaming the enemy is easy, but accepting blame of self is avoided at all cost, and this attitude is even worse than that of tyrants. It is expected that the evil among us who are the ruling class exist, but the evil of mass apathy can never be accepted or excused.

In the course of the past few months, this country’s citizens have fully acquiesced to the will of a totalitarian regime, and in the process, have laid bare their weaknesses due to an unfounded fear. Many believe there is safety in numbers, but that is only the mindset of herd animals, not humans. By voluntarily allowing for the death and destruction of part of the herd, the rest survive to live one more day, but when people accept this attitude, they also have to accept the death and destruction of their family, friends, and neighbors as normal for survival. If that is the case, it seems that the evolution of the human species is going backward, and that is exactly what collectivism is meant to accomplish.

With this comes the consequences of non-action, and under these circumstances, those consequences are always at the discretion of the tyrants. What has happened to date should be enough for anyone to see the folly of having confidence in any state or nation. What began with lockdowns and quarantines, led to business closings, job loss, extreme stress, supply line disruption, shortages, higher prices for goods and services, (inflation) and of course economic chaos. This in turn led to much more poverty, despair, and starvation, setting the stage for the next phase of this takeover. By this time, the people should have recognized the totalitarian nature of what was going on, but alas, they remained obedient and passive, and watched as their world was decimated.

In order to see the writing on the wall, one must seek out and accept the truth, regardless of the risk involved in doing so. To avoid the truth in favor of hiding from reality, hoping that someone else will ‘fix’ things, is exactly what all tyrannical rulers seek in the populations they are attempting to control. It is my expressed opinion, that the timing of this takeover coup was based fully on the fact that the master class knew that the general population was too afraid, too dependent, and too apathetic to fight back against this dictatorial authoritarianism that had been planned for decades. The timing of this was genius, because the masses acted in exactly the manner desired.

While no such thing as ‘Covid-19’ actually exists, and has never been identified, the real threat that is the real pandemic, had been held aside for just the right moment, and early this year the ‘vaccine’ pandemic was released. The ‘vaccine’ is the bio-weapon, and the so-called non-existent variants a of a non-existent virus, are the result of the deadly ‘vaccines.’ In other words, the ‘vaccine’ is the pandemic, and all those who have voluntarily taken the injections will be the victims of this staged pandemic. Once the deaths from these jabs reach unprecedented numbers, and they will, the rest of society who have not succumbed to the idiocy of taking such a dangerous concoction, will be blamed. In effect, all will have been targeted by the criminal state, whether they got the injection or not. The ‘vaccinated’ group will be sick and dying, while the unvaccinated group will be hunted by the state. This is why this society has already been divided by stealth in order to pit those vaccinated against those who are unvaccinated; a sinister plot meant to solidify control of both groups.

This is a communistic takeover attempt, that has all the elements of Fascism, Marxism, and Communism rolled into one. It is the most dangerous time in history for the inhabitants of this planet, as it is an attempt to achieve a globalized takeover of all in order to convert to one technocratically controlled system, where there are an ‘elite’ few’ at the top, their enforcers and corporate partners below, including government, with the rest being a slave class known as the proletariat.

While this ‘pandemic’ is thought to be about a mystery virus, it is not, as the virus narrative is just the tool being used to accomplish the real agenda, which has its roots based in the guise of ‘sustainable development’ marketed through the idiocy of man-made climate change. This has been fully outlined in the UN’s Agenda 21 and Agenda 30, and in the aptly named “Great Reset’ agenda described by Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum. In reality, it has but one objective, and that is to achieve total global governance and universal control over all. To be successful in this venture, many hundreds of millions, or more likely billions, will need to be murdered. The ‘vaccines’ are the tools of murder, so avoidance of these injections at all cost is imperative.

This is not a new threat, but it has been carefully manipulated to occur at this time in order to coincide with the people’s ignorance and indifference, their prepared division, their weakness and dependence on the state, and therefore their cowardice in the face of adversity. This ‘vaccine’ is the key to success for the evil and criminal rulers, so the fewer of us that take this witches brew, the more of us who will be able to fight back against this heinous attempt to destroy humanity. Our only hope is to remain non-compliant, to disobey every order, and to abolish the current governing system that has assumed dictatorial powers with the voluntary cooperation from the masses.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

~ Elie Wiesel

When Surrounded by Stupid Behavior

A Delaware Wave reader emails that insignificant things often annoy her. She writes that she was upset in a restaurant recently because a child was making some noise. She admits that the kid was just being a kid, and that the parents seemed to be doing their best to contain him. But it still ruined her dinner. This happens to her in other situations too. She asks me what she can do to change her attitude.

One of my favorite techniques in cognitive psychotherapy is “cost-benefit analysis.” It’s a simple process whereby you look at the time, energy and emotional cost of paying attention to disruptive or annoying thoughts. I don’t know what her thoughts were in the restaurant, but they probably went something like this: “I can’t believe these people brought their kid in here! And lucky me — right next to my table!”

Notice that I’m calling the THOUGHTS disruptive and annoying. That’s the key principle of cognitive therapy. It’s not the child (or whatever) that’s directly causing the anxiety. It’s your mind. You can change your mind by changing your thoughts, and you can change your thoughts by changing your perspective. For example, she could have tried thinking, “Just because this kid is making noise doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my food. His parents really are trying to deal with it, and most likely he’ll settle down. And, if it gets bad enough, I can leave.” The point is that you can CHOOSE how you look at something.

I realize it’s hard to do this when you’re under stress, so why not try a little (free) cognitive therapy on yourself. Get a notepad, and make two columns. The first column says “costs” and the second says “benefits.” Consider your frustration on the road. One way to think while driving is, “This is terrible. I’m stuck behind this slow person.” Then write down the costs and benefits of that thought. Maybe something like, “It makes me feel good to be angry about the slow driver. I release some stress, and then it passes. I move on.” Feeling angry and upset (cost) is outweighed by the immediate stress reduction you get by complaining about it (benefit). But what if the cost of being angry turns out to be more anger, and escalates into bad decision-making while you’re driving? Are these costs worth the anger? Probably not. It might make sense to think of another way to respond.

Cost-benefit analysis, originally developed by psychiatrists and therapists such as Aaron Beck, David Burns and Albert Ellis, is not just an intellectual exercise. It can truly change the way you react to troubling situations. You start with the premise that your thoughts determine the way you feel. If you don’t like the way you feel, then find alternative thoughts, which, in turn, will create different feelings. Consistently applied, it becomes a habit.

I look at situations like road rage or anger over children in restaurants as the “is/should” conflict. People get mad because they feel like there SHOULD not be a child in the restaurant, or the slow driver SHOULD not be in front of them. But it doesn’t matter how it should be — all that matters now is the way it IS. There IS a child sitting next to you. You can leave or you can change the way you think about it. Deal with it, because anger will change nothing (other than, possibly, your life expectancy).

There are times when we are surrounded by stupid behavior. But at the same time, our outlook on those behaviors can determine how we feel. The choices we make apply not only to how we act, but to how we think. If you want to change how you feel about something, then either take action or change your thinking. The choice is yours.

Michael J. Hurd

In a free country, the government matters — but only so much. The President, in a free republic, would matter for foreign affairs/defense, foreign trade, and the borders. Now that our federal government has overtaken nearly every aspect of daily life — finances, health care, policing, medical care, small business funding and operations, every aspect of schooling.– with no end in sight, the federal government and the President matter much more than they should.

Your life and livelihood could turn, in an instant, on the whim of this unelectable, unelected and thoroughly rotten-to-the-core parasitical figurehead. How unjust is that? What are your own thoughts about what to do about it? How are your children and grandchildren to survive under the kind of regime now set in motion? Because in the new “United States,” you really don’t have the luxury of ignoring politics. Government is everywhere you turn, and it’s only going to get worse, on the present course.

President Miserable

In a free country, the government matters — but only so much. The President, in a free republic, would matter for foreign affairs/defense, foreign trade, and the borders. Now that our federal government has overtaken nearly every aspect of daily life — finances, health care, policing, medical care, small business funding and operations, every aspect of schooling.– with no end in sight, the federal government and the President matter much more than they should.

Your life and livelihood could turn, in an instant, on the whim of this unelectable, unelected and thoroughly rotten-to-the-core parasitical figurehead. How unjust is that? What are your own thoughts about what to do about it? How are your children and grandchildren to survive under the kind of regime now set in motion? Because in the new “United States,” you really don’t have the luxury of ignoring politics. Government is everywhere you turn, and it’s only going to get worse, on the present course.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

What a Competent GOP would be doing about Democrat Tyranny

The uproar over Joe Biden’s pressure on more Americans to take experimental COVID protection shots is not entirely about the shots themselves. It is partially that: The novel technology with very little track record, its use of murdered unborn children’s bodies, the fact that most people being coerced are at low risk if they instead get the disease naturally, the potential motivations for eliminating a control group for observing whether obeying incompetent, corrupt, and even evil leaders was a wiser course than obeying one’s own conscience despite the costs.

Besides these very real issues, however, is the politicization of COVID-19, and how the ruling class has been allowed to use this virus to bulldoze the American economy, seize control over elections, subject Americans to constant disruptions and fear, begin centralizing their control of cancel culture, further destabilize American children’s futures, and indefinitely suspend our highest laws and sacred inalienable rights. All this is what’s behind those who don’t believe they need these shots.

If the United States had an effective two-party system, instead of a ruling class and its cardboard-cutout opposition, more of the nation would have changed course on COVID-19 with Florida in September 2020. But this crisis posed too great an opportunity for the left to destroy more constitutional and social norms, paving their path to unified power over the tiniest details of Americans’ lives.

It has been clear since the Obama years that the left has abandoned the rule of law, constitutional norms, even the commitments to objective truth and open inquiry that are required for scientific pursuit and rational discourse. Yet Republican leaders are somehow still playing a pre-Obama fantasy game that exists only in their heads.

Talk About ‘Breaking Norms’ It’s hard to understand how people who were not only merely alive but full-time, 24/7 politicos in 2008 and going forward haven’t in the decade since figured out the new norms that have been imposed on American governance and applied that information to shift their behavior accordingly. We’re talking the era of Mr. “Pen and Phone” Obama, who openly celebrated disregarding American legal precedent, norms, and restraints for one-man rule restrained only by how much he thought the demos would tolerate at the time, with the Wilsonian goal of pushing them ever further the moment it became possible.

Obama was described by legal scholars on both left and right as an aggressive abuser of the law. In these pages, Cato scholar Ilya Shapiro — no firebreather — described his administration as “the most lawless in U.S. history.”

This is a man who opened the border and suspended U.S. immigration law unilaterally, which is flatly unconstitutional. He dared the courts to stop him, likely knowing full well that even if they did — itself a crapshoot because our judicial system is becoming lawless thanks to its corruption with leftist doctrines — it would take years during which millions of people would be able to illegally enter the United States.

Obama’s administration did the same thing with Common Core, lawlessly making demands of states that were both outside and against what the actual laws defined or allowed. It is illegal for the federal government to direct or control curriculum or tests. Not only did the Obama administration flagrantly do that, they were cheered on through a massive campaign assisted by gullible brand-name Republicans, who were among the first to rush to condemn Donald Trump at every opportunity, because “norms” and “temperament” and “rule of law.”

The administration brazenly took over Congress’s authority to legislate from the presidency about internet use, energy generation, how colleges should treat student sex, target political opponents of the regime through banking and tax regulations, and bailouts of corporate cronies. They spied on journalists and on their political opposition. All with impunity.

Republicans responded by promising to repeal another brazen power grab over one-sixth of the U.S. economy, then making like this guy when they had the chance to prove big to voters that they are men and women who can be trusted with votes and donations.

Chris Bedford recently outlined why Obamacare was a big win for Democrats and a loss for Republicans, even though it slaughtered them in electoral representation for multiple election cycles.

That’s Democrats: Even when they lose, they win — because they are prepared to lose short-term to gain long-term, and because they fight like hell. Republicans? One of them shows up with a bazooka, and they train their guns on him instead of their ostensible opponents. They spent their historic control of Congress and the presidency in 2016 following one Democrat red herring after another, culminating in their return to the feckless minority, where they appear to be quite comfortable as Democrats wail on their voters.

When Someone Lies Endlessly, A Sane Person Would Stop Trusting Him Democrats also have no scruples about lying or its lesser cousin, hypocrisy. In fact, for them, lying flagrantly and breaking the rules they impose on the hoi polloi is a badge of honor that shows they have arrived at real power. They knew very well all throughout 2020 that Joe Biden was a mentally incapable fool, and that he would be used as a puppet figurehead by large portions of Obama’s old staff to push another four years of pen-and-phone one-man tyranny.

They needed him because public schooling has been highly effective at its real goals, one of which is teaching Americans that not hurting anyone’s feelings ever is far more important than doing the right thing. Voters were told soothing false messages about Docile Joe, like he wanted “civility,” “norms,” “law and order,” and definitely not any mean old vaccine mandates!

Turns out that was another lie. Believe them once, shame on them. Believe them 509,391 times…what, then?

As Obama and now Biden make perfectly crystal-clear, Democrats do whatever they think they can get away with, including lying, cheating, and stealing. Thanks to the fecklessness of the Republican Party, what they can get away with is getting bigger and worse.

To end this dangerous, totalitarian dynamic that reduces them to a pretend opposition kept only for the sake of appearances, Republicans need to get their heads out of the pre-Obama sand already. They must instead approach politics like negotiating with terrorists and toddlers: For everything they do you don’t like, impose a penalty.

Act Like You Really Want the Majority By Using the Minority Well Lines will certainly be crossed in the beginning, because Republicans have a track record of allowing that. Not only do they have to establish their new rules for Democrats, they have to demonstrate it to the voters Democrats are deeply demoralizing with their aggressive abuses of power, many of which also function as purges of Republican voters.

Republicans need to do a lot better for the voters who feel they’ve been abandoned by the party than tell us, like they did in the Obama and Trump years, that we need to give them the majority back in Congress that they went on to squander like fools. They need to do a lot better than say to us that Democrats can break the law with impunity but they’re going to make sure we spend months allowing a smear circus of unsubstantiated allegations of gang rape against Republican nominees and agree that it seems reasonable to live under an indefinite state of “emergency.”

They need to treat voters like a husband would treat a wife he’s trying to win back after cheating on her: Prove it with big, repeat gestures that require actual sacrifice. Here are some ideas of what Republicans could do if they actually wanted to motivate voters to show up for them at the polls ever again after Lucy-with-the-footballing us for decades.

A Few Ideas From an Outside Observer Refuse to vote for anything Democrats want, ever, unless Republican voters get something big that they want out of it. And no, Republican voters don’t want more corporate welfare. We want Biden’s shot mandate lifted, we want Planned Parenthood defunded, we want traitors courtmartialed out of the U.S. military.

Refuse to vote in any of Biden’s nominees. Refuse to attend hearings that are just a media dog-and-pony show. Don’t whine about stuff on TV or in hearings — impose real penalties. Throw sand in all the gears of the administrative state at every possible opportunity — and actively look for those opportunities.

Why is it that leftists get to get taxpayer sinecures to “resist” the elected president? These agencies are almost all unconstitutional anyway. Demand and execute hearings, document dumps, investigations, lawsuits, and everything else possible to gum up the works of the branches of government that function as judge, juries, and executioners of the American people’s rights.

Offer legal protections and full amplification to all whistleblowers, inflame tensions like those between the White House and Centers for Disease Control by taking up the grievances of one side against the other just to raise Cain.

Release a detailed plan for slashing and burning the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the rest of the federal Leviathan that Democrats are clearly weaponizing and will never stop at so long as they have any power. Republicans who are in control of state apparatuses should be starting their own state-level replacements for this cancerous entity and ejecting federal OSHA agents out of their states, saying, “Thanks, we don’t need you, we have our own, and they’re better. Go oppress other people, not ours!”

Take Some Pointers from Democrats If You Have To Leftists are pressuring judges from the Supreme Court on down. Respond in kind. Get investigators — private if necessary — to find out who the street thugs at judges’ houses are and see if they are, say, behind on any rent or student loan payments, or wanted for crimes in other states. Put their pictures and dossiers up on a website or two. I bet motivated entities could find skilled volunteers with practice in law enforcement to help.

Exert other pressure on judges by freely filing articles of impeachment against unhinged judges who clearly have no regard for the actual laws and U.S. Constitution. Or float it as a trial balloon and generate outraged news cycles about it that help show the judges the power isn’t all on one side and they better not act like petty little tyrants. Organize a coalition of states that will refuse to accept an unconstitutional decision from the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to enforce the continued legalization of abortion on demand far beyond what even socialist countries like those in Europe are willing to stomach.

Republicans have to earn the majority, not just demand it as a de facto consequence of Democrats’ unfettered evil. If they want an example of how an effective minority operates, they should review Democrats’ behavior in the Trump years, 2016-18, and take some pointers. (Except for the illegal leaking and opposition surveillance, of course.) One of them could be filing an impeachment because Biden deserves it and it will keep Democrats busy so they can’t oppress Americans as much.

Stop putting any and all party money behind RINOS. Let them get it themselves from big business and whoever is funding Liz Cheney and The Dispatch. Divert Republican Party resources to people Republican voters don’t hate.

Use the States as Laboratories of Excellence, Not Just ‘Not California’ Everyone knows the right doesn’t control hardly any major institutions, but the one place they still do have a lot of control is state legislatures and governorships. Those need to start legislating like there’s no tomorrow, starting with targeting Democrats’ major funding and activism streams — that means education.

Half of the typical state’s budget goes to education systems, and those are today’s seedbeds of anti-American anarchy. It is long past time for every state controlled by Republicans to enact 100 percent backpack funding to loosen parents from the disastrous culture war fights making it completely impossible for children to learn.

States should also be immediately examining their K-12 and higher education institutions top to bottom and eliminating all critical race theory and anti-American classes, programs, and professors. They should refuse to fund every institution, public or private, that even treats as legitimate the hatred and separation of people because of their skin color or ancestry. That includes all state grantees — every YMCA, every Big Brothers Big Sisters, every university that hires racist professors who do racist scholarship.

No excuses, no quarter. I don’t care if it’s difficult. It is the business of leaders to lead, not to hide or fiddle or pshaw away existential threats like all these while their cities and country burn. If Republicans can’t do difficult things for the sake of a country in peril, they don’t deserve to be in office.

Dismantle Systems of Oppression The Republican Party needs their elected leaders to demonstrate their will for dismantling all systems of oppression, such as vaccine mandates and threats of jailing people for not wearing masks. Governors still drunk on the COVID Kool-Aid should be pressured by colleagues who aren’t, and publicly if they don’t respond to private pressure. Americans’ freedoms are at stake here.

The hour is too late for continuing to accept the COVID fears used to keep us in bondage. We have treatments, we have vaccines, we have natural immunity, we know how to social distance, and everyone is going to get this thing sooner or later. It’s time to come out now. If people can’t much tell the difference between Gavin Newsom and a Republican governor when they squint, that’s a Republican Party problem and they need to fix it.

Actual leaders also need to give political refugees from the U.S. military’s racial indoctrination and vaccine purges ways to join their state National Guards, and consider ways to start a new war college that is truly committed to the American Constitution and way of life.

I’ve barely scratched the surface. But Republicans need to do something real and serious besides just assume that Democrats are going to self-destruct because they’re insane. Insane people have lots of stamina, and can do a lot of damage.

It’s time for those who style themselves leaders to put themselves at the front of this column and take some hits and inflict some damage on our behalf. Those who are unwilling to lead should get out of the way immediately, and be pressured into that if necessary by colleagues who actually want to win.

Joy Pullmann, The Federalist