Victor Davis Hanson Asks If Americans Are Becoming ‘Sovietized’; The Answer is Yes

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Speaking at a campaign event for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin on Thursday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told supporters: “Can you imagine, a year and a half ago, if I said, okay, here’s what’s gonna be the issues. We ought to let businesses open up. We ought to let kids go to school. And how about, let’s not abolish the police.”

That any one of these items is a political issue today is a testament to how far America has strayed from its founding principles.

On Thursday, conservative commentator and historian Victor Davis Hanson published a list of ten symptoms of Sovietism. He encouraged readers to ask themselves if America is “headed down this same road to perdition.”

1. There was no escape from ideological indoctrination — anywhere. A job in the bureaucracy or a military assignment hinged not so much on merit, expertise or past achievement. What mattered was loud enthusiasm for the Soviet system.

2. The Soviets fused their press with the government. Pravda, or “Truth,” was the official megaphone of state-sanctioned lies. Journalists simply regurgitated the talking points of their Communist Party partners.

3. The Soviet surveillance state enlisted apparatchiks and lackeys to ferret out ideological dissidents.

4. The Soviet educational system sought not to enlighten but to indoctrinate young minds in proper government-approved thought.

5. The Soviet Union was run by a pampered elite, exempt from the ramifications of their own radical ideologies.

6. The Soviets mastered Trotskyization, or the rewriting and airbrushing away of history to fabricate present reality.

7. The Soviets created a climate of fear and rewarded stool pigeons for rooting out all potential enemies of the people.

8. Soviet prosecutors and courts were weaponized according to ideology.

9. The Soviets doled out prizes on the basis of correct Soviet thought.

10. The Soviets offered no apologies for extinguishing freedom. Instead, they boasted that they were advocates for equity, champions of the underclass, enemies of privilege — and therefore could terminate anyone or anything they pleased.

Our mainstream media is “fused” to our government. The New York Times has tried to rewrite history via its 1619 Project. Last summer we watched as the “woke” canceled historical figures they objected to by toppling statues across the country. And “critical race theory” has been introduced into American educational curriculums.

Americans are being surveilled in ways we never dreamed possible – by government agencies.

A small group of Big Tech leaders now wield more power than the U.S. government by controlling what information we can and cannot see.

Hanson points out that, “where and for what reason you riot determines whether you face any legal consequences. Politically correct sanctuary cities defy the law with impunity. Jury members are terrified of being doxxed and hunted down for an incorrect verdict. The CIA and FBI are becoming as ideological as the old KGB.”

It would be difficult to make the case that we’re not being “Sovietized.”

That America was ready to cross the line into Soviet territory became clear during the 2020 Democratic presidential debates which began in the summer of 2019. Suddenly the “radical” ideas proposed by Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont during his 2016 run for the White House were embraced by most, if not all, of the candidates.

In June 2019, Sanders delivered a major speech about Democratic Socialism. Knowing that many Americans viewed the term “socialist” as a “slur,” he was eager for an opportunity to clear up some of the myths and show us how great socialism could be.

He told supporters, “In 1944, FDR proposed an economic bill of rights but died a year later and was never able to fulfill that vision.” Sanders then presented himself as a modern day FDR and said he hopes to complete the work which FDR began.

Finally, Sanders introduced the centerpiece of his platform, which he called “a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.”

There was something deeply disturbing about Sanders’ proposal. In an appearance on Hannity, political commentator and historian Mark Levin pointed out that Sanders had “stolen his agenda from the 1936 Soviet Constitution.”

Levin was entirely correct.

Here is an excerpt from Sanders’ speech:

A Bill of Rights that establishes once and for all that every American, regardless of his or her income in entitled to:

  • The right to a decent job that pays a living wage
  • The right to quality health care
  • The right to a complete education
  • The right to affordable housing
  • The right to a clean environment
  • The right to a secure retirement

These six “rights,” which define Sanders’ platform, are indistinguishable from the rights identified in the 1936 Soviet Constitution, which is also known as the Stalin Constitution.

Please read Articles 118-122 of this constitution. (Source: Bucknell University)

(Emphasis mine.)

ARTICLE 118. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to work, that is, are guaranteed the right to employment and payment for their work in accordance with its quantity and quality.

ARTICLE 119. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to rest and leisure. The right to rest and leisure is ensured by the reduction of the working day to seven hours for the overwhelming majority of the workers, the institution of annual vacations with full pay for workers and employees and the provision of a wide network of sanatoria, rest homes and clubs for the accommodation of the working people.

ARTICLE 120. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to maintenance in old age and alsoin case of sickness or loss of capacity to work. This right is ensured by the extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense, free medical service for the working people and the provision of a wide network of health resorts for the use of the working people.

ARTICLE 121. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to education. This right is ensured by universal, compulsory elementary education; by education, including higher education, being free of charge; by the system of state stipends for the overwhelming majority of students in the universities and colleges; by instruction in schools being conducted in the native language, and by the organization in the factories, state farms, machine and tractor stations and collective farms of free vocational, technical and agronomic training for the working people.

ARTICLE 122. Women in the U.S.S.R. are accorded equal rights with men in all spheres of economic, state, cultural, social and political life. The possibility of exercising these rights is ensured to women by granting them an equal right with men to work, payment for work, rest and leisure, social insurance and education, and by state protection of the interests of mother and child, prematernity and maternity leave with full pay, and the provision of a wide network of maternity homes, nurseries and kindergartens.

The only “right” not stolen from the Stalin Constitution was the right to a clean environment.

The National Review’s Kevin Williamson provides a more appropriate definition of socialism: “solidarity that is enforced at gunpoint, if necessary.”

America is on a dangerous path.

Cuban Refugee: Americans Have Swallowed the Poison Pill of Communism

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Support for socialism in America has jumped in the last few years, particularly among Gen Zers and millennials. A YouGov poll conducted in October 2020 found that 40 percent of Americans view socialism positively. Among the Gen Z group, those between the ages of 16 and 23, a whopping 49 percent have a favorable opinion of socialism, a gain of nine points from October 2019.

Vladimir Lenin once famously said “The goal of socialism is communism.”

Sadly, unless an individual has actually experienced the agony of communism firsthand, they don’t truly understand it. Many Americans believe that socialism will address what they view as the inequities between themselves and the rich. It will provide them with free medical care, free education and more. Ignoring the increasing suppression of liberties they’d once taken for granted, they see only the allure of all that “free” stuff.

Because most Americans have never lived under a socialist or a communist regime, they easily dismiss the little they’ve read in history books about those who have, by telling themselves it could never happen in America.

Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe interviewed Cuban American Maximo Alvarez on Wednesday’s episode of her podcast, “The Truth with Lisa Boothe.” Alvarez fled Cuba in 1961 under Operation Peter Pan, a “clandestine mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors ages 6 to 18 to the United States over a two-year span from 1960 to 1962.”

Alvarez recounted his story at the Republican National Convention last summer. He warned of the Democrats’ plan to take over America as Castro took over Cuba. “I know all about the past. I’ll never forget my own,” he said. “My family has fled totalitarianism and communism. More than once. First my dad from Spain, then from Cuba. I’m speaking to you today because my family is done abandoning what we’ve rightfully earned. There is no place to hide.”

“I’m speaking to you today because I’ve seen people like this before. I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country. I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill.”

Referring to his RNC speech, Boothe asked Alvarez if Americans have swallowed the communist poison pill. “Not only have they swallowed it, they digested it,” he replied. “Listen to the media. They’re no longer objective. You can tell how much they hate this country.”

“Look at our, our academia. Our kids are not being … they’re indoctrinated. They are taught that America is a bad country. That we’re a bunch of racists, that we’re bad people, and we have to pay back. If this country was racist, I wouldn’t be here. If this country was a racist country, most of us wouldn’t be here because even some people in your family came from another country.”

“Make sure that kids are no longer educated, they’re indoctrinated,” he added. “Make sure that people hate each other. Envy, hatred. Make sure that the blacks hate the whites. Make sure that the rich hate the poor. Make sure that the people who live in the city hate the people who live on the farm. It’s all part of the Communist Manifesto, and Saul Alinsky points that out very, very well.”

The conversation turned to a 1956 speech delivered by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in which he declared, “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within….”

Alvarez pointed out, “And in that speech, he says, one day the United States of America will be communist and we will not even have a war. We will infiltrate their education, we’ll infiltrate society, we’ll infiltrate their youth.”

Perhaps China’s had a little more to do with it than Russia, but Khrushchev words were very prescient.

It’s happening. The warning signs were obvious to many before President Joe Biden took office. Today, on the 100th day of his presidency, the truth can no longer be denied. We need to fight back to save our country.

This is a call to action.

Report: Biden Administration Preparing First Major Tax Hike Since 1993

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Hard on the heels of the recently passed $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 relief bill, sources have told Bloomberg News that President Joe Biden is preparing the first major federal tax increase since 1993. The revenue would be used to fund an economic program that would include, among other items, infrastructure and a jobs package.

Bloomberg reports:

The tax hikes included in any broader infrastructure and jobs package are likely to include repealing portions of President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law that benefit corporations and wealthy individuals, as well as making other changes to make the tax code more progressive, said the people familiar with the plan.

The following are among proposals currently planned or under consideration, according to the people, who asked not to be named as the discussions are private:

  • Raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%
  • Paring back tax preferences for so-called pass-through businesses, such as limited-liability companies or partnerships
  • Raising the income tax rate on individuals earning more than $400,000
  • Expanding the estate tax’s reach
  • A higher capital-gains tax rate for individuals earning at least $1 million annually. (Biden on the campaign trail proposed applying income-tax rates, which would be higher)

It seems to me that Biden himself took advantage of these “so-called pass-through businesses” after leaving office in 2016. During his campaign, CNBC reported that the Bidens had set up a pair of “S” corporations to reduce taxes on over $10 million of income in 2017 and over $3.2 million in 2018. These earnings were generated by book deals and speaking fees.

According to Bloomberg, the (Urban-Brookings) Tax Policy Center conducted an independent analysis of this tax plan during Biden’s campaign and reported “it would raise taxes by $2.41 trillion” over the next ten years, an amount that represents “about 0.98 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

Former Biden economic aide Sarah Bianchi told Bloomberg, “His whole outlook has always been that Americans believe tax policy needs to be fair, and he has viewed all of his policy options through that lens. That is why the focus is on addressing the unequal treatment between work and wealth.”

It’s amazing how supportive people can be for a tax increase when it doesn’t affect them.

I can’t imagine any Republican lawmakers will endorse this legislation, although Bloomberg notes there might be bipartisan support for specific taxes “such shifting from a gasoline tax to a vehicle-miles-traveled fee.”

Nor do I foresee too many Democrats opposing it. One possibility is Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from the bright red state of West Virginia. Manchin has been known to vote with the Republicans as he did in the confirmation vote for now-Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The Hill reports that when previously asked about repealing the Trump tax cuts, Manchin said that would be “ridiculous.” However, he walked back that comment later on and said, “Everything’s open for discussion.”

Finally, Bloomberg ‘s sources told them that “any tax increases that are passed would likely take effect beginning in 2022 due to the current high level of unemployment.”

Still, raising taxes on those most likely to hire workers just as the country is pulling out of a downturn is not a smart strategy and will lead to a slower, longer recovery.

Democrats Just Used Your Tax Money to Bail Out Their Failing Cronies

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In October, actress Jane Fonda made headlines when she said the coronavirus was “God’s gift to the left.” That statement has proven true on many levels. Some, including myself, believe that, had the pandemic never materialized, former President Donald Trump would have easily won reelection.

Anyway, the economic devastation caused by the lockdowns has forced the government to pass several enormous COVID-19 relief bills into which the Democrats have been able to tuck away a myriad of wish-list items, the most recent $1.9 trillion aid package being perhaps the most egregious.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the bill passed by the Senate last weekend includes an $86 billion bailout for failing pensions. The article’s subtitle informs readers that “Democrats pushed through a big aid measure for multiemployer pensions whose problems predate the pandemic.”

Actually, I’m surprised the Times reported this.

The Times tells us the $86 billion aid package “has nothing to do with the pandemic” and represents “a taxpayer bailout for about 185 union pension plans that are so close to collapse that without the rescue, more than a million retired truck drivers, retail clerks, builders and others could be forced to forgo retirement income.”

Specifically, “the bailout targets multiemployer pension plans, which bring groups of companies together with a union to provide guaranteed benefits. All told, about 1,400 of the plans cover about 10.7 million active and retired workers, often in fields like construction or entertainment where the workers move from job to job. As the work force ages, an alarming number of the plans are running out of money. The trend predated the pandemic and is a result of fading unions, serial bankruptcies and the misplaced hope that investment income would foot most of the bill so that employers and workers wouldn’t have to.”

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said last week, “It goes back to the fact that these workers didn’t do anything wrong. They have earned these pensions.”

Two things, Senator. First, the countless owners of small businesses who were forced to shut their doors because of the lockdowns, didn’t do anything wrong either.

Secondly, the precarious condition of these union pension plans is the result of years of poor management. The state of these pensions was dire long before the pandemic reached our shores.

Republicans have called this provision “a union handout masquerading as pandemic relief.” They do have a point.

Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty, a Republican, said last week, “Just to show you how bad this bill is, there’s more money in this to bail out union pension funds than all the money combined for vaccine distribution and testing.”

According to the Times, “Using taxpayer dollars to bail out pension plans is almost unheard of. … The federal government does provide a backstop for certain failing pension plans through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which acts like an insurer and makes companies pay premiums, but does not get taxpayer dollars. Currently, the pension agency has separate insurance programs for single-employer and multiemployer pensions. The single-employer program is in good shape, but the multiemployer program is fragile.”

Several conservatives react to the pension bailout in the following tweets.

Frankly, there are far more contemptible provisions in the relief package that have received almost no media coverage. Nor is it a coincidence that they benefit the home city of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the home state of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Republicans argue that due to years of fiscal mismanagement in blue states and cities combined with their longer and more drastic lockdowns during the pandemic, this provision will “disproportionately benefit blue states.”

The stimulus package includes $350 billion to bail out state, local and tribal governments, a provision that has Republicans outraged.

“They want to send wheelbarrows of cash to state and local bureaucrats to bail out mismanagement from before the pandemic,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues last week, according to USA Today. “They’re changing the previous bipartisan funding formula in ways that will especially bias the money toward big blue states.”

The article quotes Kentucky Rep. James Comer, a Republican, echoing McConnell’s sentiments. He said, “The bill contains a $350 billion bailout for locked-down, poorly managed states with no strings attached. The sneaky formula used by Democrats ensures that most of the money goes to liberals in California and New York rather than to rural communities.”

It’s not surprising that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer disagrees. USA Today reports that Schumer sees this provision as “an American wish list” instead of a “liberal wish list.” He said, “Funding to keep teachers, firefighters, transit workers, first responders in red states and blue on the job. So many of the people affected by this bill are not liberals or Democrats. They may be Republicans, they may be independents, they may be conservatives. But they’re Americans who want some help to get out of this morass.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday that funding from this bill “will erase the majority of San Francisco’s projected $650 million budget deficit over the next two years, saving City Hall from having to make painful service cuts and layoffs — for now.”

Conservatives will be so relieved to hear that.

After Democratic Socialists Win Every Seat, Entire Staff of Nevada Democratic Party Quits

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A civil war has been brewing since 2016 between the Democratic Socialists in Nevada and the establishment Democrats, known as the Harry Reid machine, which the former Senate Majority Leader still advises. On Saturday evening, candidates supported by the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America won all five seats in the party’s leadership.

The Intercept reported that, shortly after her victory, the new chair of the state’s Democratic Party, far-left Judith Whitmer, received an email from Alana Mounce, the party’s executive director, to say that she and “every other employee were quitting. And so were all the consultants.”

Whitmer had been the chair of the Clark County Left Caucus.

Mounce’s wing of the party claims that Whitmer would have fired them all if they hadn’t quit.

The Intercept contacted Whitmer who denied that claim. She said, “I’ve been putting in the work. What they just didn’t expect is that we got better and better at organizing and out-organizing them at every turn.”

The rift began during the 2016 Democratic primary in the state. Reid supported Hillary Clinton while the “insurgent” wing of the party backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

According to the Intercept, “over the next four years, outside organizations like DSA exploded in size and strength. The Sanders campaign focused on organizing tens of thousands of young Latino voters in the state, with the goal of activating people whom the party hadn’t bothered with before. And it worked: In the 2020 cycle, after investing heavily in Nevada, Sanders won a commanding victory in the Nevada caucuses.”

Whitmer told The Intercept, “The mass exodus of party staff, despite the rhetoric around unity, wasn’t a shock. We weren’t really surprised, in that we were prepared for it. But what hit us by surprise and was sort of shocking is that for a slate that claimed that they were all about unity, and kept this false narrative of division going on throughout the entire campaign — in fact they kept intensifying that — that’s what was surprising about it, was the willingness to just walk away, instead of working with us.”

It’s always easy for a winning candidate to call for unity, but according to Whitmer’s predecessor, former Clark County Democratic Chair Donna West, “Whitmer did not try to bridge gaps within the party. She does not listen to others’ opinions and really take those on board. I found that working with her could be really difficult, that she doesn’t really collaborate well, and doesn’t work to build consensus.” And West is on the same page politically as Whitmer.

The Intercept spoke to a former staffer under the condition of anonymity who said “they had quit out of a belief that Whitmer hadn’t built relationships across the party as Clark County chair and was at times unfairly critical of the state Democratic Party.” This individual said, “I knew I couldn’t work with her and watch her destroy the years of hard work so many operatives put into making our state party the best state party in the country.”

(Note: The Intercept provides a detailed account of the feud between the establishment Democrats and the progressives which led to Saturday’s socialist blowout. Read the whole story here.)

It’s not surprising to hear of a clash between the progressives and the establishment wings of the party. We’ve witnessed a radical change in the Democratic Party over the last five years. Ideas that were considered extremist when Sanders first proposed them on the 2016 campaign trail have become mainstream. We watched as every candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination expressed their support for granting health care coverage to undocumented immigrants at a primary debate.

Unfortunately, rather than seeing a clash between progressives and the more moderate Democrats in Washington, most of the party’s leaders have embraced the sharp left turn.

America is well on its way to becoming a socialist nation. We’re on a very dangerous path and the time is now for some drastic and fierce pushback.

Biden Signs Executive Order to ‘Expand Voting Access’ on Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

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President Joe Biden is contemptible. Just as he chose the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting several weeks ago to introduce gun control laws, he used the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” to announce his latest power grab executive order to expand voting access.

As The War Room’s Steve Bannon said on his podcast last week, Biden’s eyes look dead.

He slurs his way through the words that appear on the teleprompter before him.

“The blood of [the late congressman and civil rights icon] John Lewis and so many other brave and righteous souls that was spilled in Selma on this Sunday in 1965 sanctified a noble struggle,” Biden says.

“But there are those [us] who will do anything they can to take that power away. Today we have a hailstorm, not a rainstorm, a hailstorm. In 2020, our very democracy … on the line, in the midst of a pandemic, more Americans voted than ever before.”

He’s right about that. In fact, in the state of Pennsylvania, so many people voted that there were 200,000 more ballots than people who voted!

“Multiple recounts in states and decisions of more than 60 cases from judges appointed by my predecessor, including at the Supreme Court, upheld the integrity of this historic election.”

That is not true. Those judges refused to review the cases brought by former President Trump’s legal team. They wouldn’t even look at the 1,000 affidavits of election observers who swore, under the penalty of perjury, that they had witnessed fraud.

“We’ve seen an unprecedented insurrection in our Capitol and a brutal attack on our democracy on January 6th.”

I would argue that we saw a brutal attack on our democracy on November 3.

He continues, “A never before seen effort to ignore, undermine and undo the will of the people. And to think of that and yet it’s been followed by an all-out assault on the right to vote in state legislatures all across the country.”

“You know, during the current legislative session, elected officials in 43 states have already introduced over 250 bills to make it harder for Americans to vote. We can … not … let … them … succeed.”

Biden emphasizes the importance of H.R. 1 which would make permanent all of the chicanery that handed him the presidency. He hopes that it passes the Senate.

“I also urge Congress to fully restore the Voting Rights Act named in John Lewis’ honor.

“Today, on the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” I’m signing an executive order to make it easier for eligible voters to register to vote and improve access to voting.”

Yes, because it’s so onerous to travel to our local precincts, show our drivers’ licenses and cast our ballots.

Then, he discusses words he exchanged with John Lewis shortly before he passed. Lewis had told him to “finish the work.” And that’s what our noble president has vowed to do.

He is a disgrace.

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!

The NY Post Editorial Board Lets the Cat Out of the Bag About Biden’s $1.9 Trillion COVID Bill

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Last week, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed written by Mark Makary, M.D., an epidemiologist and professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It was entitled, “We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April.” Its lede informed us, “Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks. Experts should level with the public about the good news.”

Makary explains that the “natural immunity” of those who have had the virus is “far more common than can be measured by testing.” Specifically:

Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March.

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

“Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine. But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth.”

Makary is far from alone in his optimism. The New York Times published the results of a survey of 175 experts in early February who “largely agreed that it was safe for schools to be open to elementary students for full-time and in-person instruction now.”

So why are so many Biden Administration officials, including Biden himself and Dr. Fauci providing such pessimistic scenarios? Fauci is telling us we may be wearing masks through 2022, even those who’ve been vaccinated.

The NY Post Editorial Board explained it in a weekend editorial. Democrats want to pass the $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill. There’s very little in this bloated behemoth that will actually go toward helping everyday Americans cope with pandemic-related problems.

But there’s a whole hell of a lot in the bill that will help Democrats pass projects that have been on their radar for years. $1.9 trillion dollars is a massive amount of money. And it buys a lot of pork.

In an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” last week, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said, “This isn’t a coronavirus bill. This is a left-of-Lenin, neo-socialist wish list. He added that it was “chock-full of spending porn” that had nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic.

Obviously, if the end of the pandemic is within our grasp, there would be no need to pass it. That’s why Democrats are ignoring the good news.

From The NY Post Editorial Board:

…President Biden, after vowing the nation will have enough vaccine doses by July’s end to vaccinate every American, just said he only hopes for a return to normal by “next Christmas.” Huh?

“I don’t want to overpromise anything here,” “A year from now,” he told CNN, “I think that there’ll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, having to wear a mask.” That’s not avoiding overpromising, as he claimed: It’s outright telling everyone to expect yet another year of economic and social devastation.

Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, says the worst of the pandemic “might be” behind us. Yet he’s also telling Americans they’ll need to wear masks (maybe two at a time) at least through 2022 — even if they get vaccinated.

This is absurd: Our leaders should be nonstop pushing reluctant Americans to get jabbed so we can all get on with our lives.

[…]

Hospitalizations and deaths keep dropping, even as variants have gained ground: Deaths dropped 20 percent these last two weeks. The UK variant predominates in Britain, Switzerland, Denmark and Israel — and all are also seeing cases dive.

[…]

…while America’s vaccination process has rolled out more slowly than it should’ve, it’s still moving inexorably along.

More than 13 percent of Americans have gotten at least one dose, and the majority are health-care workers or those in nursing homes or other high-risk settings.

Add to that the number of us estimated to have already been infected — 35 percent of Los Angeles County and more than half of Miami-Dade County, for example — and you can see why Johns Hopkins prof Marty Makary predicts we’ll have herd immunity by April.

And the most at-risk Americans have gained immunity. Data scientist Youyang Gu estimates that the number of “susceptible” Americans, those over 45 without immunity, has fallen from a third of the country at the start of the year to 10 percent or fewer now.

Cases in nursing homes fell more than 80 percent from late December to early February. When deaths spiked over the holidays, they actually fell at nursing homes.
[…]

Perhaps it’s just that normalcy makes it too hard to justify the rush to pass a $1.9 trillion “relief” bill filled with Democrats’ pet projects. We’d rather not think cynical politics is behind Biden’s gloom, but it’s hard to see any other reason he’s denying that the pandemic’s end is staring us in the face.

Just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to pass a COVID relief bill prior to the election for political reasons, the Biden Administration doesn’t want Americans to know that herd immunity and therefore the return to normalcy, is right around the corner.

The pandemic has been such a great gift to the Democratic Party, it will be hard for them to let it go.

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!