Biden's Actions Speak Louder Than Words | Opinion

As I watched the elite liberal media gush over the inauguration of President Joe Biden, I waited for someone to analyze the fascinating difference between President Biden's inaugural speech and his inaugural actions.

I thought the speech was incredibly well given. It promised unity, togetherness and common ground—classic American bipartisanship and civic goodwill. Biden promised to reach out to everyone, work with everyone and be an American president, rather than a Democratic, partisan president.

It strongly reminded me of President Barack Obama's first inaugural address. And, in fact, I had the same takeaway from Biden's speech that I did from Obama's: if he leads the way he's speaking—and acts as he says he will—he will split the Republican Party and have a large, American governing majority for his entire presidency.

Of course, President Obama didn't do this. He quickly turned to the left, and lost his majorities in the House and Senate. Based on President Biden's first days, it seems he is following the Obama playbook.

Hours after giving his excellent inaugural speech, President Biden went to the White House and signed 17 executive orders—including more than a dozen which totally contradict his pledge of bipartisanship, unity and finding common ground.

Instead, he began tearing down everything President Donald Trump did—erasing everything he achieved—no matter how much it benefited Americans or how many Americans supported it.

We can start with immigration—over which the country has long been deeply split. President Biden immediately withdrew President Trump's emergency declaration funding the wall and additional security at the Southern border. Now, Democrats and the elite liberal media hate the idea of the border wall. But 77 percent of Republicans support it, according to a 2019 poll by Rasmussen Reports. Where is the bipartisanship?

President Biden canceled his predecessor's order to exclude people residing in the country illegally from the state-by-state tallies that determine the distribution of congressional and Electoral College seats. I have not found a poll on this specific question, but a July 2019 Hill-HarrisX poll found 55 percent of Americans supported adding a citizenship status question to the U.S. Census—an issue still being heard by courts.

President Biden also withdrew President Trump's orders that made it easier for law enforcement to deport people who were in the country illegally—including people who had broken laws unrelated to their immigration status. According to Pew Research, in November 2019, "The public is more closely divided on the importance of increasing deportations of unauthorized immigrants, with 54% saying this is a very or somewhat important goal."

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U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden delivered remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response, and signed executive orders and other presidential actions. Alex Wong/Getty

Again, where is the common ground—or even the discussion?

In another example, President Biden said the U.S.—with zero stated conditions—would rejoin the World Health Organization, which continues to be beholden to communist China and continues to lie about the origins of COVID-19 on the Chinese Communist Party's behalf. According to Pew Research in November 2020, 86 percent of Democrats trust the WHO, while only 27 percent of Republicans do. Nevertheless, no conversation, consideration or compromise from the Biden administration.

President Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris agreement on climate change was, of course, inevitable. Along partisan lines, 57 percent of Republicans oppose the move, according to a November 2020 YouGov poll. Ironically, the Paris agreement has been more than met by the U.S. Because we've moved toward natural gas and away from coal, our carbon emissions are lower than before we joined the agreement under President Obama. Now, this fact only matters if you care about reality more than symbolism.

President Biden also canceled the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. This was totally divisive. The pipeline was a critical piece of President Trump's plan to keep the U.S. energy independent, but the Left didn't like the idea, so it's out.

President Biden also ended President Trump's travel ban on seven countries which lacked appropriate security. (Note: It was never a "Muslim ban" as the Left asserted. Seven countries do not represent the entire Muslim world.) Why in the midst of a pandemic, would you lift any travel bans from unstable nations?

As a final example, President Biden's rescinding the 1776 Commission goes to the heart of the argument over our nation's identity. It is has almost become theology for the Left to believe that America cannot be exceptional, and that people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson must not be considered serious contributors to our history. The Left believes every American should ascribe to The New York Times' 1619 Project, which reframes all of American history around slavery and discredits virtually every person who had a hand in writing the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or winning the American Revolution.

Now, none of this should be construed as a wish for President Biden to fail as our chief executive. Every American should want the American president to succeed. If he doesn't, America gets in trouble.

President Biden ought to make sure his actions match his words. So far, I see him talking about unity and calling for all of us to work together, but I'm curious about who he thinks "us" really is.

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