So far, President Biden has been everything we thought he’d be. He’s cranked out unconstitutional executive orders, weakened our position internationally, doubled down on big government, and consistently revealed that he is beholden to the fringe.
This is what we expected from Joe Biden. What we don’t yet know, however, is how much he will be able to achieve. Is Biden a weak and liberal White House occupant who – while doing much harm to our country – will mostly be confined to toothless executive orders? Or, with a House and Senate under his Party’s control, can he achieve lasting damage? Here are some national notes:
Senator Joe Manchin flexed his muscle a bit last week by opposing the confirmation of Neera Tanden for director of the Office of Management and Budget. Manchin (D-WV) is one of the most consequential people in Washington – given his occasional conservative leanings and red state representation. In a 50-50 Senate, any Manchin defection means a Republican would need to join Democrats in order to pass any bill or confirm any nominee. This definitely drops the chances of a Tanden confirmation – one of Biden’s more bizarre cabinet picks – but, more importantly, it gives some hope that Manchin, who also opposes Biden’s massive minimum wage hike, will defect on more consequential matters.
Another ideologically driven Biden pick, Xavier Becerra for Health and Human Secretary, is shaping up to be one of the biggest cabinet battles. Becerra, a former Congressman and California Attorney General, does not have a background in medicine or health. Instead, he has a long history of advancing radical pro-abortion policies – including opposing the end of horrifying partial birth abortion practices – and attacking pro-life and religious institutions. He’s had a long legal battle with Little Sisters of the Poor, trying to force them to include abortion-inducing drugs in their health plans. In an op-ed, Senator Josh Hawley wrote: “No one who has shown such disregard for religious liberty and conscience should wield such influence over Americans’ daily lives.” We agree, and that’s why we are part of a coalition aimed at opposing his confirmation.
The Equality Act is back, and it’s as bad as you hear it is. It was reintroduced in the House last week, and we expect it to be fast-tracked to a vote in short order. The effects of passage could be severe including threatening:
Hiring practices of churches and religious schools and institutions
- Operations of faith-based adoption agencies
- Business owners who seek to live out their faith in how they utilize their talents
- Free speech across the board
- Separate sports, locker rooms, and bathrooms for men and women
- Teachers and fellow students who recognize biological truth
- Children who would be encouraged to deny their own biology
We are proud to be part of the coalition to oppose this evil legislation and have signed on to the Promise to America’s Children.
We cannot forget about H.R. 1 – the Left’s attempt to take control of the elections process. This maniacal bill represents a national takeover of elections and campaign finance in a way engineered to benefit their electoral chances. Currently, the House plans to take up this legislation after COVID relief in March. Here is a great report from the Heritage Foundation on the challenges with this bill.
Amazon takes a “stand” AGAINST science. The site recently removed Ryan Anderson’s book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” without warning or reason. This is sad and disappointing. While some rushed to urge government intervention to force Amazon to once again list Andersons book, I’d urge caution against such a wayward philosophy. A government that can force Amazon to sell this good book can also force a church with a Christian bookstore to sell a book that advocates for wickedness. Instead, we’d urge people, not government, to act. If you’re interested in this book, it can still be purchased here.
While the coming weeks will determine how deep Biden’s effectiveness will go, there is always hope. There is hope that his priorities will be defeated. There is hope because a judiciary – remade by President Trump and the Republican Senate Majority over 4 years – is far more likely to step in and reverse liberal overstepping than ever before. There is hope because states, still controlled by center-right governors and legislatures, can stand in the gap. And, there is hope because we serve a God who both has acted and intervened on behalf of our nation in the past and who has already claimed victory for His Kingdom in the future.
As we fight at the Georgia Capitol, we will continue to engage with our allies nationally and keep you informed as well.
For His Glory,
President and Executive Director