Joe Biden knows he has to work harder and faster than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt To restore the confidence of the American people in a government that his predecessor had rendered inoperable in the face of a pandemic, he turned against Americans calling for racial justice and eventually attacked by telling his followers to shut down the Capitol on Jan. 6 storm. Biden recognized his responsibility an inaugural address It says: “We will move forward with speed and urgency because we have a lot to do this winter full of dangers and significant opportunities.” A lot to fix, a lot to restore, a lot to cure, a lot to build, and a lot to gain. ”
The American presidency has the largest bullying pulpit in the world, and Biden seized it on a snowy Wednesday when he became the 46th president of a nation that lost more than 400,000 of its own to a deadly virus and suffered the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression . “I ask every American to join me on this. We are joining together to fight the enemies we face: anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, unemployment and hopelessness, ”Biden said on Wednesday. He promised, “With oneness we can do great things, important things. We can correct injustice. We can get people to work in good jobs. We can educate our children in safe schools. We can overcome the deadly virus. We can reward work, rebuild the middle class, and ensure health care for all. We can create racial justice and restore America to be the leader for good in the world. ”
There was a certain amount of poetry in Biden’s speech and in the moment of transition.
But at such a dangerous point, words must be balanced with actions. Biden realized this reality by acting on his first day – through executive ordinances and agency guidelines – as no president before him in the executive office’s 232-year history. He started by doing what Trump had never done: make the fight against Covid-19 a government and nation’s first priority. Trump’s criminally negligent response to the pandemic drew an overwhelming reprimand to the American people who ousted the 45th president from office in November. This gave Biden the highest percentage of votes for a challenger to an incumbent president since the FDR defeated Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression election of 1932.
Roosevelt defined our modern understanding of an activist presidency. But the 32nd President didn’t issue his first executive order –a personnel clarification– until days after taking office. Biden immediately moved Issued 17 orders and instructions during his first few hours in the office. He also signaled that he would approve a number of additional measures over the next 10 days.
This was the main signal of his inauguration day – more important than the speeches or the songs – as Biden kept his promise that “the will of the people was heard and the will of the people was heeded.” The orders that Biden made on Wednesday were called “Snowstorm. ” Well!
The Biden Harris Administration should Bury Washington’s obstruction and indolence with a blizzard of executive orders.
That will lead to complaints, as Vice President Kamala Harris learned when she argued for an expansive view of “executive action” during her own bid for the 2020 Democratic President nomination. It got hits for proposing executive orders on gun control and immigration reform – “Kamala Harris can’t stop promising to do things by executive order”. seized reason Magazine.
But the radicalism of 2019 shows up as common sense of 2021.
Amid Wednesday’s celebrations, tempered by the reality of an uncontrolled pandemic and a vaccination program that has not yet reached warp speed, Biden initiated five executive actions address the “national emergency” created by Covid-19. He established the position of “COVID-19 Response Coordinator” to manage the production of medical devices and vaccines. He returned the US to the World Health Organization and sent Dr. Anthony Fauci before the WHO board meeting on Thursday. He responded to the economic crisis by extending the existing moratoria on foreclosures and evictions to March 31 and pausing federal student loan payment requests until September 30. He called for masking and physical distancing in federal buildings and in federal states; and he initiated a “100 Days Mask Challenge,” asking Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his term in office.
This indication of 100 days was both practical and historical. It encompassed the legacy of Roosevelt, whose first 100 days of activist government set the New Deal standard for subsequent democratic administrations. Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator, a 2020 Democratic presidential rival who became a major Biden supporter this fall, argues that the challenges plaguing America require Biden to rule as “the most progressive president since the FDR.” . This is a big job for the new president, especially for someone who was a centrist in the Senate and Vice Presidency and advocated more as a humane alternative to Trump than as a visionary change agent. Regardless of the challenges on Capitol Hill, Biden has the power to rule dynamically and decisively. “As Donald Trump showed us, the power of a pen on executive orders is obviously very significant.” Said Sanders according to Biden’s choice, ”and I hope [the new Democratic president] use it. ”
Biden did so on Wednesday, issuing orders that combined urgent action to fight the coronavirus with agenda-setting initiatives on climate change, immigration rights and racial justice. He reversed the Trump administration’s climate denialism, re-accepted the Paris Agreement, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and initiated something President of the League of Conservation Voters Gene Karpinski is referred to as a “nationwide approach to climate action, environmental justice, a clean energy economy and a healthy democracy”.
Biden recognized the need to bury Trump’s twin legacies of racism and xenophobia and put an end to the anti-historical efforts of the commission of 1776 to find excuses for human servitude. He called on federal agencies to take steps to ensure racial justice and prevent discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity and sexual orientation and requested that non-citizens be included in the census. He stopped building Trump’s border wall, reversed the ex-president’s expansion of immigration enforcement and ended a Muslim ban, the representative said Ilhan Omar, came “from a hateful ideology that justifies separating people according to their religion and their country of origin”.
Even as Biden issued orders on Wednesday, evidence of the Congressional obstruction he will face was brought into focus as the damaging Missouri Senator Josh Hawley prompted the rapid examination of Homeland Security candidate Alejandro Mayorkas. blocked. This Democratic President will have a Democratic House and Senate to work with, but the boundaries are so tight that the fighting on Capitol Hill will be difficult – especially with an impeachment trial coming up. Biden, a 36-year Senate veteran, is familiar with such difficulties. But he cannot allow obstructionists like Hawley and Texas Senator Ted Cruz – or reluctant Democrats like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – to delay action. The Biden government must be ready to rule by any means necessary. His administration is reportedly preparing to take additional action by February 1 on coronavirus policies, economic facilitation, “Buy American” procurement standards, racial justice, climate change, health care, immigration, international affairs and national security. It must do all of this – and more, including the gun violence issues that Harris sought to address with instructions from the executive branch.
Some major initiatives will take 100 days or more. However, identifying this new presidency as an activist response to past failures and the demands of the future requires a first 10 days “Snowstorm” of executive orders – and it looks like that’s going to happen.