Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers
The two-parties used to have coherent, if antithetical, agendas. The Left believed foremost in equality of result (now renamed “equity”), the Right far more in an equality of opportunity. The former distrusted individuality and considered liberty problematic; the latter even more so feared government and its plan to reengineer income, and the daily lives of Americans.
Often on matters of defense, building infrastructure, and public education they used to agree—somewhat. So America prospered, given it was the freest nation on the planet, and its singular idea of a multiracial consensual society, based on a constitutional republic, worked well enough where it had usually failed both in the past and in the contemporary world.
In other words, both the in-party and the opposition were often coherent, whether in pursuit of a left or right agenda. But what we see in the Biden administration’s first six months today makes no sense; there is no logical agenda except apparent chaos and year-zero nihilism, or a Samsonite notion of toppling the temple down upon us all.
The world hinges upon viable citizenship, security, and prosperity; why then undermine all three essentials?
Item: Why would any sane person welcome in an envisioned two-million illegal aliens over 12 months in the midst of a resurgent pandemic—all entering from COVID-19 variant hotspots, the vast majority untested, and unvaccinated?
Yes, I know: altering the demography of the US is the Left’s way of promoting an agenda that 51 percent of Americans otherwise will never support. And yes, I accept that the more naïve believe that poverty and injustice anywhere in the world indict America. And, of course, I concede elites believe in abstract social justice whose consequences in the real world usually fall on someone else (e.g., in a nation of 330 million, the odds are good for the liberal elite that 2 million will not move into their neighborhoods.)
But all that said, why try to roust out unvaccinated Americans, door-to-door, while luring in 2 million who will only fuel the pandemic? What is the Leftist logic, other than chaos, given that an open border undermines the inoculation program, spreads the plague, and alienates the public (well over 60 percent of voters now oppose open borders)?
Item: The perfect storm of defunding the police, the Soros-subsidized district attorneys’ dropping charges, and the media’s embrace of critical race theory has destroyed classical law-enforcement deterrence.
Crime, especially its most violent types, is soaring. The surge accounts for anti-Asian hate crimes, attacks on Jews, and a new acceptable venom against so-called “white people.” Looting is now defended as a non-crime. The perpetrators are disproportionally (as in 6 percent of the population committing 30-50 percent of violent crime depending on the nature of the offense) young African-American males, who rightly have little fear of the police, less of arrest, even less of indictment, and even less still of conviction and confinement.
But why would the Left destroy deterrence, when the most prominent victims will certainly be inner-city elderly, poor, and those often most vulnerable non-white residents? Why at a time when the Left has embraced Kendi’s ‘discrimination to end discrimination’ crack-pot theme, would it excuse or contextualize the breakdown in civil order and society? Is the assumption to appeal to the suburban swing voter that crime is no big deal, to get the youth vote out, on the premise that college campus safety is a construct, to ensure solidarity of the non-white by appealing to Latinos and Asians, or to remind the black inner-city dweller that the neighborhood assaulter is not responsible for his violence? Or is the logic simple pandemonium and bedlam, as if the “system” stands indicted of something or other?