Much of the appeal that President Joe Biden enjoyed during the 2020 campaign season stemmed from his status as a self-described moderate Democrat who claimed on numerous occasions that he would work with Republicans to help Americans of all political stripes.
However, Biden’s actions since taking power have shown him to be anything but moderate — and now, some on the left are beginning to openly boast about it, as was exposed by columnist Jonathan Freedland in a recent piece written for The Guardian.
Biden the “radical”
In his op-ed, Freedland argued that Biden “is giving left parties the world over a masterclass in how to use power.”
The leftist writer dismissed Biden’s frequent verbal gaffes and apparent inability to board Air Force One without repeatedly tripping along the way, as well as the moments during his campaign and presidency that have raised eyebrows of Americans across the country who presumably wonder how he’s able to handle the duties of the presidency.
Instead, Freedland pointed to Biden’s policy record, writing, “Two-thirds into its first 100 days, and the Biden presidency has easily secured the right to be described as radical.
“Usually sober observers of the White House are going further: just two months after Biden took the oath, they are branding him a transformational president,” Freedland continued. “The comparisons to Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson have already begun.
“What is the basis for such talk?” he asked. “The foundation stone is the $1.9 [trillion] COVID relief package Biden signed into law a fortnight ago, which has seen $1,400 payments land in the bank accounts of more than 100 million Americans.”
Biden’s “method” was to fool voters?
Freedland insisted that “this is about far more than a short-term stimulus effort” and pointed to Biden’s willingness “to act big, and fast, in other spheres.” That includes the president’s support for “granting statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico or scrapping the Senate’s filibuster mechanism.”
“These would be truly transformational acts, performed by a man who was seen, and in some quarters condemned a matter of months ago, as nothing more than a steady-as-we-go servant of the status quo. And yet that contrast is not a paradox. It’s a method,” the columnist added.
Freedland went on to tell leftist politicians that Biden has created a deceptive template for them to follow, saying, “If you want to be radical in office, first reassure in opposition.”
“If your goal is to win power, then in societies where people tend to be small-c conservative, your initial task is to persuade them that they have nothing to fear from you — that your concerns are their concerns,” Freedland wrote.
He concluded with a chilling assessment: that Biden is succeeding “because he understands something that eludes so many. He understands that the greatest hope is power,” Freedland wrote.