We have now seen the national conventions of both major American political parties. Each presented their plans and platforms for governing. There should be no confusion about any of this because they have each written and stated them clearly and emphatically. What did we learn about their respective policies and agendas? The differences are stunning.
Let’s begin this week with the Biden-Harris agenda. It embraces virtually all of the socialist platform advanced by Bernie Sanders.
This includes the effort to destroy suburban neighborhoods, posing a threat to roughly two thirds of the American people including a substantial number of Black, Latino and Asian Americans who live in suburbs across America. How so? Biden-Harris seeks to advance a social engineering scheme—entitled Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing—that would result in a federal takeover of local zoning laws. The Biden-Harris plan is to, regardless of local preferences and local control, mandate that suburban neighborhoods with single-family homes and minimum lot sizes build high-density affordable housing right in the middle of these neighborhoods.
Biden-Harris also means vigorous support for abortion generally but also specifically allowing our taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions up to and through the ninth month of pregnancy; open borders and free federal benefits, including Covid relief payments, to those in the country illegally; Biden’s commitment to Beto O’Rourke that he would lead the gun control effort, including compulsory confiscation of firearms, in direct violation of the 2nd Amendment; Support for defunding the police while praising weak, leftist Democratic mayors who coddle, and prosecutors who won’t prosecute, criminals and their violence and destruction.
Biden-Harris means support of the national teachers’ unions that, among many other things, completely oppose charter schools and school choice, which would unquestionably free millions of American schoolchildren from failing schools. Some teachers’ unions have also threatened that they won’t return to school until the police are defunded and will no longer allow for Resource Police Officers on campus when they do return. Regarding unions, there would also be a major effort to repeal right-to-work laws and advance other efforts such as “card check,” a process that deceptively leads employees to vote to organize when they believe they are only agreeing to a secret ballot election.
More disturbing is that this agenda is based upon political identity and “critical race theory.” Critical race theory has as its foundation the belief that every societal flaw is based upon sexism, racism or some other form of prejudice or “systemic bias”—and so the interactions and relationships of our citizens must be closely monitored for conformity with ethnic and gender categories. All of this, of course, is to say nothing of the forced redistribution of wealth (our taxes), a massive dose of new taxes and regulation, government-run health care, elimination of the oil and gas industry and feverish devotion to the false religion of climate change.
Next week we will review the Trump-Pence agenda.
Royal Alexander is a Shreveport Attorney.