We were all told 2021 would be a better year for the country, but the first two weeks could hardly have been worse. The left wants to discredit not only President Donald Trump and his indefensible behavior since the election, but also his ideas. They say triumphantly that free market conservatism is dead and the era of big government is back with vengeance. Not so fast.
I have witnessed two major Democratic takeovers of Washington in my 35 years within the capital's ring. The first was in 1993, when Bill Clinton and the "new Democrats" took full control of power, and the second was in 2009, with Barack Obama's liberal agenda "hope and change." In both cases, the Democrats and their liberal allies surpassed their voter mandates with "Hillarycare," then "Obamacare," obscenely obese spending bills and a regulatory vice on American corporations big and small.
In either case, within two years of unchecked liberal mischief, the voters had had it, beating the Democrats with massive Republican victories coast to coast, from local dog catcher runs to congressional seats and governors.
My prediction is that this is exactly what Democrats will do. The dominant far-left wing of the party will feel undressed. The "squad" in the House, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will demand that prisoners rush to socialist policies on health, education, student loans and climate change. President-elect Joe Biden has already announced that right out of the gate, the Democrats will pass a $ 2 to $ 3 trillion stimulus bill with debt over the $ 30 trillion mark.
Yes, they will try to manipulate the rules in Washington to bypass any checks and balances put in place by our Founding Fathers and nearly 230 years of speed bumps to protect the rights of the minority. This means adios to the Senate filibuster and hello to forensic packing schemes. The House Democrats have already canceled the "pay as you go" budget rules, requiring new spending to be offset with other measures to reduce the deficit.
This entire left-wing power agenda has a name: the "Great Reset", which is a rejection of capitalism and free markets and a great tendency to re-empower the elites and the ruling class. The globalists are all for it. So is the Pope. Putting America first must be replaced by globalism.
As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, Americans will be repelled by this anti-freedom agenda. The nation voted against Trump's antics and his bombastic personality, not his policies – which were a spectacular success, especially for the economy. Let's not forget that just before the November elections, nearly 6 out of 10 Americans said the country was better off today than it was four years ago – i.e. the end of the Obama-Biden regime. Biden promised the agenda of Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders would be kicked to the side of the road, but the Washington party isn't there. That's not where last year's most liberal senator, Kamala Harris, is. Democrats will concentrate power in Washington and refill the swamp. Most voters still want it to be cleared.
In order to save the country from socialism – which voters in 2020 said they clearly do NOT want – Republicans must do what the former Rep. Newt Gingrich did in 1993 and 1994 and the "young guns" in the House did in 2009 and 2010: Play defense like it's fourth on the one-yard line and create an alternate vision for America based on opportunity, freedom, free markets, choices and, yes, making America great again.
Conservatives may have lost the reins in Washington, but they won almost everywhere from coast to coast in November. Meanwhile, the GOP's corps of superstar governors, from the likes of Ron DeSantis of Florida to Pete Ricketts of Nebraska to Kristi Noem of South Dakota, must show the country the alternative and superior vision of progressivism.
The Biden-Pelosi-Schumer juggernaut will be like tanks streaming across the border. Of course, as always, the victims of progressivism and redistribution will be the very people who have benefited the most from Trump's policies: the poor, the working class, and minorities.
Liberalism has been unleashed, but it has also been tried in 2021 and 2022. I bet voters will condemn it in two years.
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