Joe Biden talks like a centrist. His campaign was built on the promise of bringing the country together and rejecting the radical elements in the Democratic party. His actions, however, tell a different story. People on both the left and the right now agree that his presidency will push the country much more to the left than was expected.
While Biden’s inauguration speech was all about unity, being Americans first and Republicans and Democrats second, his actions in office paint a different picture.
On day one of his presidency, Biden halted the construction of the wall on the US-Mexico border. That was only one of the 17 executive orders issued that day, including rejoining the Paris climate deal and the World Health Organization. Biden also announced he would give a “path to citizenship” for 11 million illegal aliens living in the United States.
Joe Biden also revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, making 11,000 people that were employed by the pipeline jobless. The indirect economic consequences of such a decision are bound to be even greater. He also announced suspension of oil and gas permits on federal land.
An executive order on women’s sport was particularly controversial. It states that any educational institution that receives federal funding must admit biologically-male athletes to women’s teams, women’s scholarships and the like. Activist Abigail Shrier criticized the move as placing a “new glass ceiling” over girls, to placate radical transgender activists.
Biden’s turn to the left was even acknowledged by mainstream sources. A left-leaning publication Axios wrote that the actions the president took in his first days in office are reminiscent of Biden in the Democratic primaries. “President Biden talks like a soothing centrist. He promises to govern like a soothing centrist,” they reported. “But early moves show that he is keeping his promise to advance a liberal agenda.”
Axios also points out that Biden’s appointments tell the same story. More visible positions, such as that of the Secretary of Treasury, were reserved for older, influential and more centrist figures like Janet Yellen. However, positions with real power were given to young progressives, such as Rohit Chopra, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
While Biden’s presidency seems to push the country decisively to the left, many leftists are not satisfied, and still see him as a centrist. That includes members of Antifa, who protested his inauguration by smashing Democratic party offices in Portland, Oregon.
Biden’s turn to the left, coupled with continued pressure from leftist extremists as well as from the progressive wing of the party could make a perfect storm to push the country more to the left than ever before in history. At the time that country is becoming increasingly divided, this is not a good sign for the future.