TBT: One Week [and One Year] Under the Usurper

Well, it’s been one year and one week since Biden the Usurper seized the throne and assumed his reign of the federal government.  Of course, he’s a senile puppet—or maybe he’s playing at senility—and rubber stamps whatever the progressives want.

I’ve really disengaged from national politics over the last year, as I find much of the wrangling fruitless.  I personally advocate for radical decentralization and focusing our energy and attention at the lowest levels of government to bring about change.  If economics functions on a “trickle-down” basis, politics “trickles-up”—(re)gain control of the mechanisms of power and the institutions locally, and you’re going to change—albeit slowly—the greater heights.

That said, even I am not ignorant to the state of the country.  Workers are quitting their menial jobs in droves—or not returning to them after being furloughed—as they can enjoy excessively generous unemployment benefits.  Prices are through the roof on everything, especially food.  Farmers are facing higher prices for the inputs for fertilizer, which means food is just going to get more expensive.  The supply chains are totally disrupted.  And we’re wringing our hands over The Virus, which has gotten milder over time, and was never all that deadly anyway.

Police officers are arresting nine-year olds in New York City for not having vaccine passports.  Masks—which don’t work at all—are a sign of the pious—the New Elect—and increase carbon dioxide levels.  Companies are forcing employees to get The Vaccine, which isn’t even a vaccine in the traditional sense, but an experimental gene therapy that appears to increase dramatically the incidences of myocarditis in even the healthiest individuals—including professional athletes, who are dropping like flies.

Americans might have lost their spirit of ornery rebellion, but if their kids are getting arrested and/or discriminated against and they can’t buy stuff they want at low prices, they’ll make a fuss.  They already are.  The Biden Administration might not bear the responsibility for everything that is happening, but they’ve done precious little to ameliorate—and much to exacerbate—our current situation.

That’s why now more than ever, we’ve got to get serious about fixing things where we are.  Grow your own food, stack cash (even if inflation eats into it), and learn to live lean.

With that, here is 27 January 2021’s “One Week Under the Usurper“:

Today marks the first full week of Biden the Usurper’s reign.  He assumed the throne one week ago today.  Where are we after one week of his fraudulent tenure?

The new president wasted no time in undoing much of President Trump’s legacy.  Just as President Trump rolled back many of President Obama’s executive orders, President Biden is doing the same.  One reason I refer to Biden’s inauguration as “assuming the throne” is because rule via executive fiat has become the norm.  Congress is, at this point, little more than kabuki theatre, performing legislative rituals that symbolize our once glorious tradition of republicanism.

Meanwhile, President Biden broke the record for most executive orders signed in a president’s first week—and twenty-nine in his first three days.  For those squishy Conservatism, Inc. types who thought Biden would truly try to unite the country and govern moderately, it gives me no joy to say, “I told you so.”  Unlike conservatives, who dither around about procedure and decorum, progressives accomplish the things their constituents want, destructive and crazed though they may be.

Of course, the Con Inc. types are correct to point out that what is writ via executive orders can be undone just as easily—President Trump proved that both ways—but at this point, the progressives seem confident that they are in total control of the federal government, and likely will be for many years to come.  Rigging the 2020 presidential elections and the Georgia run-offs means that normal Americans are effectively cut off from any meaningful participation in their national government via electoral means.  Congress is a circus of virtue-signalling mental acrobats, too cowardly and constitutionally illiterate to defend that institution’s prerogatives.

The full brunt of Biden’s progressive expansion of his already-substantial presidential powers has not yet been felt here in the provinces.  Allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military again is unfortunate and dangerous (why give someone with a documented mental illness a deadly weapon?), but it doesn’t affect our day-to-day lives (that doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful—like many progressive projects, it’s all about putting that foot in the closing door, the better to wedge it open, allowing the societal burglar the ability to ransack the remaining vestiges of traditional morality).  Personally, my life is going about the same as it was one week ago, other than slowly learning the ropes of being a councilman.

Of course, recently I’ve been calling for a greater degree of disengagement from national politics, instead encouraging readers to focus on local and State issues, and to dedicate time to the “big three”:  faith, family, and work.  We can’t necessarily stop President Biden from legalizing interspecies marriage (for those scolds who will accuse me of hysteria, I’m being facetious, although today’s flippant joke becomes tomorrow’s reality in progressive America), but we can create culturemake music, and tend to our gardens.

I do fear the economic and cultural consequences of a strongly progressive regime, one intimately in cahoots with Big Tech.  It’s anecdotal, of course, but I’m already seeing a twenty-five-cent increase on average in gas prices in my part of South Carolina.  Taxes will surely skyrocket soon enough.  Government spending—which Trump did nothing to slow down—will only increase as ever-more generous, unsustainable programs are ladled into the political economy.

But fear paralyzes us.  We should be upset that we’re ruled over via an executive tyrant—one that has been around for decades—and that we can no longer trust the integrity of our elections.  Rather than give in to fear, though, we should do what we can where we can.  The 2020 election was stolen by local and State election officials, believing they were stopping “literally Hitler.”  If we can replace those folks with decent, God-fearing Americans, we still have a shot to save our country.

9 thoughts on “TBT: One Week [and One Year] Under the Usurper

    • Whoa, every six months you’d have a new PM? Sounds like an interesting system.

      Haha, well, at the national level, yes, there are pretty much just two viable political parties. Third party or independent candidates can _rarely_ do well at the local and State levels, and even more rarely at the national level, but it does happen.

      President Trump was a bit of an oddity because he was, essentially, a third party candidate who managed to win the nomination of one of the existing two parties. That explains some of the backlash within the Republican Party against him.

      I serve on the Town Council for my little town, and we have non-partisan elections; in other words, candidates do not declare a political party affiliation when running. That’s pretty much just at the local level, though, and some municipal elections are partisan.

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      • My own view of Trump, which will probably mean little to Andrea, is that he is a Kennedy Democrat, Their policies pretty much match. In many ways so was Reagan, although it could be said he was a reformed New Dealer.

        Here in Nebraska, an odd leftover from the original Progressives and William Jennings Bryan, everything at the state level and below is officially nonpartisan, we also have the only one chamber Assembly, and that works OK. What nonpartisan politics really mean is that you’d best study ahead of time because it’s about as nonpartisan as Nancy Pelosi v. Ted Cruz, but you have to find the labels for yourself, sadly one more task that many don’t bother with. And so we get a lot of Democrats in Republican skins and a few the other way around.

        Your more or less Radical Federalism is the correct course, as it always has been. The Roman Catholic church calls it ‘Subsidiarity’ and defines it as ‘do whatever can be done at the parish level, there, and only the rest goes to the Bishop’ and so on. They, like DC, seem to have a problem implementing it, but in some ways, I suspect that was the Founders’ source for Federalism. At least it’s the only antecedent I’m aware of for the pragmatic system we have.

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