From The Babylon Bee:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Biden made his first official call to Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday, and ordered a Kung Pao Chicken #5 with fried rice and two egg rolls.
“Listen here, Xi — I ain’t messing around here,” said Biden. “I wanna Kung Pao and General Tso’s. And give me some fried rice with a couple of those deep-fried cabbage-twinkies with the ducktail sauce.”
Biden’s press secretary later confirmed the call with China was a “robust” discussion about foreign trade and human rights, but she did not go into further detail.
Anonymous sources inside the White House say Biden is frustrated after waiting for over 12 hours for his order to show up, promising to “never order from China again.”
“I’ll never let China eat my lunch!” Biden later was heard saying. The U.S. Ambassador to China has announced Biden will be placing high tariffs on fortune cookies until he gets all the food he ordered– or a full refund.
“I will not, and you can go fuck yourself!” Ron DeSantis for President! From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:
In their latest act of degeneracy disguised as virtue, the Progressive Wokesters of Washington failed again to nail that old orange coonskin to the wall. Rather, they only embarrassed themselves in the effort, even as far as submitting faked evidence. You’d think there would be some penalty for dishonoring Congress like that, but Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has for now just skated for submitting doctored Twitter posts to the court of senators.
Watch now as some Wokeness-inflamed DC prosecutor is enlisted by the Lawfare beagles to charge former President Trump with a catalog of crimes under the city’s ordinary statutes. They’ll get a conviction pronto in a local DC court for sure — considering the town’s demographics — and then the appeals will drag on well into the next ice age. In the meantime, as long as he remains healthy, and evades assassin’s bullets, Mr. Trump will go after his antagonists in Congress like a mad dog toward the 2022 midterm. Mr. Swalwell had better learn to code. Or maybe his talents are more attuned to hackery.
The impeachment loss, which was predetermined by simple math, seems to have only driven Nancy Pelosi crazier, perhaps because there are no more traps she can lay for the ex-president, or maybe because her managers’ strategy was revealed to be so shamelessly dishonest. Now she must turn her attention to the Woke agenda, which, she may sense, will only accelerate a cratering US economy — things like the inane Green New Deal and open borders
It will be the same pattern as Trump, Russia, and the Democrats. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:
“Team Biden is soft on China,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted the other day, echoing a very common accusation that’s been leveled against the president from the right with increasing frequency.
Cruz, who biologically is mostly wetland parasites, is not being truthful. There is no evidence at this early stage that the Biden administration is “soft on China”, and there is a lot of evidence that it will be the exact opposite. Just today the president announced a new Pentagon task force dedicated to countering Beijing which will be led by a virulent China hawk who has previously attacked Trump for being too soft on China.
Antiwar‘s Dave DeCamp reports:
Pentagon officials said the task force is a “sprint effort” that will examine things like US troop presence in the region, intelligence, and the role of US allies and partners in countering China. Leading the task force is Ely Ratner, a China hawk who Biden appointed as a special advisor to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Before his new position at the Pentagon, Rather worked at the interventionist Center for a New American Security (CNAS) think tank. Despite the Trump administration’s hardline policies towards Beijing, Ratner didn’t believe Trump was tough enough. In September 2020, he co-authored an op-ed titled “Trump Has Been Weak on China, and Americans Have Paid the Price.”
From his post at CNAS, Ratner led a congressionally mandated study on China that was released in January 2020. The report outlined various ways the US could compete with Beijing in Asia, including military deterrence or a “combat-credible posture in the Indo-Pacific,” as the study put it.
It’s not a question to ask in polite society, but do you think all that money Joe and Hunter received from the Chinese might have something to do with Joe’s policy towards China? From Gordon G. Chang at thegatestoneinstitute.org:
- “Xenophobia” has been a constant Biden theme… Within moments [of President Trump’s “travel ban” last January] … Biden went on the attack. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysterical xenophobia and fear mongering to lead the way instead of science,” he said. There was nothing “xenophobic” about Trump’s travel ban. It was imposed on arrivals from the country where the disease first appeared. The ban, therefore, saved lives, and it would have saved even more if it had been stricter, announced sooner, and had been more rigorously enforced…. [If Biden] had been president then, the disease would almost certainly have spread faster in America. He was, during the campaign, against all such travel prohibitions.
- Now, Biden is supporting another Chinese propaganda campaign…. The Chinese regime, which to this day uses geographical names for strains of virus, has been trying to ban any identification of China with the pandemic. Biden, with his executive order [rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO)], is doing Beijing’s work as Chinese leaders try to deflect blame.
- This decision was especially hideous because WHO was complicit in China’s deliberate spread of the disease. WHO disseminated Beijing’s position that the coronavirus was not readily contagious even though the organization’s senior doctors knew it was highly transmissible. Moreover, WHO championed the Chinese campaign against travel bans. Americans died because of these and other indefensible actions on the part of WHO, and now Biden will go back to legitimizing and supporting that organization.
Democrats have historically talked up populism while sliding into bed with corporate power. The Biden democrats have given up talking up populism, they just hop into bed with the corporations. From Jon Hall at fmshooter.com:
As any observant follower of politics knows, executive orders amidst a new Presidential administration taking office is nothing unusual. The orders can consistently be relied on as a good indicator as to the aims and intentions of a new presidency. Cue the Biden administration making headlines off the bat upon revoking the permit of the Keystone Pipeline XL, halting construction and eliminating 11,000 jobs in the process. Under Biden, the U.S. also re-joins the Paris climate accord.
Several of Biden’s executive orders did away with Trump’s isolationist, “America First” immigration policies. Notably, non-citizens are now required to be included in the Census and get an apportionment of congressional representatives. DACA is fortified and protected. The restrictions placed by the Trump administration on U.S. entry for passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries was also reversed.
Construction of the border wall stops as the national emergency declaration used for funding was terminated under another executive action. Sure, Biden signed an order that, according to CNN, “restores collective bargaining power and worker for protections for federal workers… and… $15 minimum wage”.
$15 minimum wage…by 2025. And for federal workers only.
Biden’s executive executive orders also saw a slew of COVID-related actions. In the Biden admin, a “COVID-19 Response Coordinator” will report to Biden and distribute vaccinations. A “100 Days Masking Challenge” will ask the public to be socially distant and wear a face mask. Masks required in airports, public transport, and on federal land – with FEMA directed to create “federally-supported community vaccination centers”.
Meet the new authoritarian imperialist, same as the old authoritarian imperialist. From Kit Knightly off-guardian.org:
It’s been a busy first week for the 46th President of the United States, there are the 20,000 troops occupying the capital city to organise, as well as the totally unprecedented show-trial of his immediate predecessor.
You know, usual democracy type stuff.
On top of that, Biden has now signed at least 37 executive orders in his first week. The record for any President, and more than the previous four presidents combined.
What do these orders, or any of his other moves, tell us about the future plans of the recently “elected” administration? Nothing good, unfortunately.
1. Vaccination Passports
I still remember people claiming the introduction of vaccination passports (or immunity passes or the like) was just a “conspiracy theory”, the paranoid fantasy of fringe “covidiots”. All the way back in December, when they were getting fact-checked by tabloid journalists who can’t do basic maths.
These days they are rebranded as “freedom certificates” which are “divisive, politically tricky and probably inevitable”.
Anybody regret their vote for Joe Biden yet? From Robert Bridge at strategic-culture.org:
Anything that remotely promotes the interest of the nation will be ostracized as racist and working to the advantage of white supremacist tendencies.
In a brutal display of presidential powers that would have made Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un green with envy, Joe Biden rammed through a raft of pro-globalist executive orders just hours after being sworn in as president.
For those U.S. voters who were more obsessed with removing Donald Trump than seriously questioning who or what would replace him, they got their answer shortly after Biden made it through his locked-down inauguration where the soldiers outnumbered the guests by a margin one would not expect to find during a democratic pageant.
Following a subdued masked ball and strained photo ops, Biden was whisked from the Capitol straight to the Oval Office where he was tasked with signing off on executive orders – 17 in fact, followed up later by a baker’s dozen. The swiftness of the bureaucratic blitzkrieg, impressive for a 78-year-old president who campaigned mostly from his basement, was as shocking as what the 46th POTUS put in motion. In a matter of minutes, and without a precious drop of democratic debate, Biden diverted the future course of America forever.
It’s not really the death of free speech, only the death of speech the government doesn’t like. From James Bovard at americanconservative.com:
The president’s first day was marked by a harsh crackdown on the right to protest. So much for a return to normalcy.
U.S. Capitol fenced off in preparation for Joe Biden’s inauguration. (By Evgenia Parajanian/Shutterstock)
The media loved Joe Biden’s inauguration: his platitude-laden speech and his calls for “unity” struck the perfect note for a Washington establishment that wants no more guff from the “deplorables.” But few commentators stooped to point out the radical changes of Biden’s big day, such as its being the first inaugural since 1865 with the military openly occupying the nation’s capital.
In his inaugural address, Biden castigated “a riotous mob [that] thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people.” But politicians invoked that same mob to justify silencing protesters for miles around the inauguration. Biden also declared, “That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably, within the guardrails of our republic. It’s perhaps this nation’s greatest strength.” Yet during Biden’s inauguration, new “guardrails” drove free speech into the dirt.
The Washington Post,
a bellwether of the media’s adulation of the new president, had no problem with silencing dissent. Its report on the issue was headlined
, “In closing Mall, officials try to strike a balance between the First Amendment and securing Biden’s inauguration.” The “balance” was achieved by suspending the First Amendment on the most important protest day on the American calendar.
There’s no way Joe Biden can answer this question in light of his son’s illicit dealings with China. The third option should be Corruption, but Buchanan ignores that elephant in the room. From Buchanan at buchanan.org:
“The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States… does not challenge that position.”
Thus did President Nixon, in the Shanghai Communique of 1972, accept China’s territorial claim to the island of Taiwan.
In 1979, Jimmy Carter severed relations with Taiwan, recognized Beijing as the legitimate government and dissolved the U.S. mutual security treaty with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
We ceased to be obligated to go to war to defend Taiwan.
Fast-forward four decades to the first weekend of President Joe Biden’s administration. Saturday, China sent eight nuclear-capable bombers and four fighter planes into the air defense identification zone of Taiwan.
Sunday, Beijing sent 16 military aircraft into the same region.
Observing U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and visits by U.S. officials, China is issuing us a reminder: “You Americans are encouraging those on the island who seek independence. Not going to happen. Rather than let Taiwan go, we will fight. Taiwan is a part of China and is a red line for us.”
Beijing is said to be seeking a face-to-face meeting with Biden.
Why? Perhaps because incoming Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his confirmation hearings said that President Donald Trump “was right” to take a “tougher approach to China.”
This is comforting. From Ryan McMaken at mises.org:
During the Trump administration, I pointed to a problem with the American presidential system: it provides presidents with essentially unchecked power when it comes to launching a nuclear holocaust. Presidents can initiate nuclear war whenever they like. They need not be acting in a defensive capacity. This should strike any sane person as a rather insane policy, and as a huge hole in the so-called checks and balances on which the US political system is allegedly premised.
Because of the Beltway hysteria over Trump, the Congress—possibly for the first time—considered measures to rein in the president in this regard. It’s a shame it required Trump derangement syndrome to make this an issue, but we should take what we can get when it comes to admitting some of the grave threats to commonsensical governance that plague the American national security state.
Naturally, these lukewarm attempts at reform failed, likely because the Pentagon was surely opposed to them. While the president’s power is essentially unrestrained in this manner, the loosey goosey approach to controlling launching power also empowers the Pentagon. Surely, the Pentagon’s generals wanted to make sure they can have a big role in launching World War III on a whim as well.