Wow. Yeah, this Washington Post article isn’t biased or anything. Here’s how Isaac Arnsdorf, a Post “national political reporter,” starts, after warning readers that something strange and sinister is afoot:
There has never been a potential candidate like Trump: a defeated former president whose followers attacked the Capitol, who still insists he never lost, and who openly pledges revenge on those he views as having wronged him.
Imagine: the Post employs this guy as a reporter, and he doesn’t even try to hide his extreme bias. “Trump’s supporters” didn’t attack the Capitol, a couple hundred of his most deranged whackos went inside and trashed the place. Would the post allow a reporter to write, “Democrats rioted across the country demanding that police departments be defunded”?
Of course Trump vows revenge on his political enemies, because they have been trying to avenge themselves against him non-stop for six years. That passage pretends that Trump’s conduct has no context. As for seeking to purge the federal government of as many untrustworthy partisans who are dedicated to undermining his administration (if there is another) as possible, Trump would be irresponsible, indeed naive and nuts, not to want to have as many loyalists on hand as possible. No President in history was subject to so many leaks and so much sabotage.
What a hack Arnsdorf is! What a hacky paper the Post is for letting this junk get to print.
But on to those dreaded ” plans.” Here, according to Isaac, are the Sinister Six:
- Execute drug dealers
- Move homeless people to outlying ‘tent cities’
- Deploy federal force against crime, unrest and protests
- Strip job protections for federal workers
- Eliminate the Education Department
- Restrict voting to one day using paper ballot
You realize, I assume, that these are cherry-picked to strike fear into the Army of the Woke and to feed the “Trump is a fascist” narrative. We know, and Arnsdorf knows, that Trump has other, more achievable and less extreme plans, like stopping the stampede of illegal immigrants at the border and not wasting money on draconian climate change measures that won’t do anything but cripple the U.S. economy. But since he picked these…
- The first two are impossible, whatever one thinks of them. The homeless tent cities are probably unconstitutional; even if it wouldn’t be so ugly in execution that it would never fly. Impossible proposals are unethical.
- Deploying federal forces against crime is frightening and offensive on its face without clear limits. Using federal force against “unrest and protests” a police state on the march.
- The Civil Service was a major advance in the integrity of government (and President Chester A. Arthur’s shining moment!). Removing some protections to minimize the anti-democratic effects of “the Deep State” would be helpful, but nobody has yet explained how to do that fairly and reasonably. This cure sounds worse than the disease.
- Eliminate the Education Department? Sure, that and many other expensive and bloated bureaucracies should go Has anyone shown that the nation’s educational systems have done anything but decline since the DOE was established? What’s the argument for not killing it?
- I don’t know about paper ballots, but a single election day designated as a national holiday is greatly to be wished. Allowing early voting just entrenches knee-jerk, uninformed partisan votes. It’s an important decisions, crucial to the nation, and all the facts and factors right up to election day should be considered.