So Much for Unity

Joe Biden was elected on the promise of uniting the country but every time he opens his mouth the words he utters are contemptuous and divisive. In the immediate aftermath of the assault on the Capitol the president-elect accused the Capitol police of racism. That was in light of the fact that an unarmed female Trump supporter was shot and killed. The behavior of a few has led to banishment of the President from Twitter, Facebook and a number of other sites. Nancy Pelosi is calling for the President to be impeached for a second time and were this ancient Rome, Trump would be thrown to the lions with the Democrats clamoring for his blood. Biden has done nothing to calm the political turbulence and if anything is agitating an already tenuous situation. If there is a trial in the Senate, Biden’s agenda of tax increases and stimulus packages will be delayed. The more moderate Democrats in the Senate may ultimately prove to be the firewall against the socialist policies of the “squad” and other progressives. Biden has actually shown himself to be vindictive toward the President and his followers. During the campaign he referred to them as “chumps” and Hillary called them “deplorables.” The Tech Sector is out to destroy Parler and other conservatives by blocking and deleting accounts. In another recent speech Biden called Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley Nazis for challenging the certification of the electoral vote in the Senate. Unwilling to let a crisis go to waste, Pelosi wants the Senators to resign. Barring that they have an alternate plan to remove them under the 14th Amendment, Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Cori Bush are calling for those who supported the Trump narrative of a “stolen” election be removed from the House and Senate.  Pelosi wishes to invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment that specifically states that “No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such lawmakers.” Pelosi also wants the Senators placed on the government’s “no fly” list as potential terrorists. These Senators did nothing to encourage the behavior that took place on January 6 and should neither be removed from office nor be placed on the “no fly” list. The Senators were expressing legitimate concern over obvious voter fraud that was being largely ignored by the media and the courts.

The President received nearly 75 million votes in the presidential election and a large percentage of those voters believe the election was “rigged.” The size of the January 6 rally was an indication of the support and frustration of the President’s supporters. The vast majority of Trump supporters are law-abiding Americans who respect authority and federal property. The riotous behavior was led by a fringe element and does not the typical Trump supporter, the party or the President. If Biden wanted unity and peace he would authorize an investigation of the states in which Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell found voter fraud. The courts refused to examine the hundreds of sworn affidavits and other evidence gathered by Giuliani and the rest of his team. The federal government managed to spend nearly 3 years and $30 million on a phony story of Russia collusion after the 2016 election but is now unwilling to address witnessed voter fraud in swing states that decided the election. Once sworn into office, Joe Biden had better adjust his attitude to the opposition party if he wishes for there to be unity and cooperation. The approach he is displaying now offers little chance of bringing the two parties together, much less the nation as a whole.

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