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What to say? Biden makes it official: he’s running for a second term

by | Apr 25, 2023

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Joe Biden
Photo: Gage Skidmore

“The Administration employed a whole-of-government approach to promoting abortion, using every lever of power at its disposal to make abortions more available and more common, with no thought of the innocent unborn children who would die.” NRLC response to President Biden’s announcement that he would seek a second term.

“The announcement comes four years to the day from the launch of Biden’s 2020 campaign — which he also declared via video. But unlike 2020, when there were 19 other candidates already in the crowded race, Biden is not expected to face any serious Democratic contenders this time around.” NPR’s story about President Biden’s announcement.

“Politics ain’t beanbag”—“Mr. Dooley,” the fictional cartoon character created by Finley Peter Dunne, humorist, journalist and writer from Chicago.

“Biden: I’m in, and so is my demagoguery.” Ed Morrissey.

President Biden’s announcement of a run for a second term—one filled with appeals to core Democrat constituencies and the same tiresome demagoguery flung against his opponents— got me to thinking back to how Biden opened his January 20, 2021 Inaugural Address: “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day.”

There would have been a chance for this to be true if his actions bore out this promise: “I will be a President for all Americans. I promise I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as those who did.”

But even a cursory glance at the way Biden acted during the campaign (when he largely campaigned from his basement) and even more so since, testifies that he lashes out when someone (including reporters) dares to ask a tough question, let alone disagree. It’s no secret that the self-described “scrappy kid from Scranton” angers easily.

The president has sharp elbows which he uses with gusto. As “Mr. Dooley” said, “Politics ain’t beanbag.”

 Mr. Biden also said in his Inaugural Address:

And so today, at this time, in this place, let’s start afresh, all of us. Let’s begin to listen to one another again, hear one another, see one another, show respect to one another. Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path.

Would anyone, does anyone, could anyone have believed that a man who sold his political soul for a mess of pottage–his party’s nomination– would listen “afresh” when pro-lifers in Congress explain that except for rabidly pro-abortion Democrats, there is widespread support for the life-saving Hyde Amendment? (Biden supported it for decades only to flip-flop in one day when the Abortion Industry applied heat.) Or that funneling countless millions into the coffers of the Abortion Industry somehow shows “respect” to the American public which has never, ever supported taxpayer funding of abortion?

You should read NRLC’s response in full. It begins with NRLC President Carol Tobias reminding us that Biden announced that he is running for a second term because he wants to “finish the job.”

“Joe Biden wants to ‘finish the job’ which means the killing of more unborn children,” said Tobias. “If Joe Biden wins, babies will lose.” His appalling record on abortion is laid out in full.

I would suggest you also read Ed Morrissey column. Here are two telling observations:

“This is not a time to be complacent,” says the president who doesn’t have much to say about his first two-years-plus. Instead, he talks about “battling for the soul of America,” and goes on to mutter platitude after platitude and cliché after cliché. There isn’t an original thought in the entire three minutes, and ends by using the same hoary message that every first-termer uses in a re-election campaign — “Let’s finish the job.” …

Remarkably, Biden and his team managed to produce a three-minute pitch without any substance at all. Biden doesn’t mention a specific policy at all, choosing instead to attack his opposition while offering hazy bon mots about America, as though Biden hadn’t even started the job he now asks voters to allow him to finish.

The Biden Administration is into symbolism. OK. What does it say that tonight–on the very day of Biden’s re-election bid–that Vice President Kamala Harris is headlining a pro-abortion rally with the Trifecta (EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL) and the ACLU? 

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