May 13, 2021

Conservatives Should Embrace the President’s Solid Inaugural Message

President Joe Biden could have focused on any issue he wanted in his inaugural address. His base would have loved the whole thing to be about climate change or racial justice. Biden touched on some of these policy issues, but he focused most of his address on something totally different: national unity.

If anyone reading this doesn’t believe that Biden correctly identified the issue of our time, I’m not even sure what to say. It’s issue one, two and three.

We just went through a summer of left-wing street violence, and now we have the right-wing variety as well. Our corporate and media barons are setting up blacklists and speech codes. Censorship is in. Debate is out. People don’t disagree anymore. We don’t have to. We can segregate ourselves from anyone who may possibly disagree with us, so it’s easier to hate them. We each watch and read things that reinforce our biases. All of these things make it easier to demonize our opponents.

Given the past year, it would be comforting to think things can’t get any worse. But they can. Some of the political realignments occurring across racial and geographic lines this election cycle bring reason for optimism that maybe we can change our politics and culture for the better. But the energy in the country is still with those โ€” on the left and on the right โ€” who are more interested in destroying what’s in their path than they are in reconciliation in any form. Where our current cycle leads is the end. No more America. A once-great country torn to shreds by a people who forgot what a unique and amazing place they once had.

All of us who do want our country to start healing should be thrilled by the Biden speech. Every inaugural address pays homage to some national healing and to being a president for the whole country, but Biden took it much further. Former President Donald Trump’s inaugural was about returning power to the American people, rebuilding the middle class and his “America First” agenda. Former President Barack Obama’s first inaugural address focused on national responsibility coming out of the financial crisis. Obama’s second-term address went through a liberal policy wish list. And former President George W. Bush famously focused his second inaugural address on freedom and democracy around the world. Biden, on the other hand, focused almost entirely on national unity: “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause.”

It was a perfect speech for the moment we are in as a country. And it raises the question of who is going to join this cause and who isn’t.

First, the president is going to need to shut down those in his own party who have expressed a desire to destroy Trump supporters and drive them from the public sphere. The thoroughly preventable and tragic attack on our Capitol has driven a renewed push from the left to censor and blacklist political opponents. This advocacy is not limited to those on the fringes of left-wing politics. Corporate America is on board. Censorship and blacklisting are, of course, not American ideals. Repression of that type will certainly not lead to any level of national reconciliation. It will deepen the divide. Biden, to live up to the standards he set in his own speech, is going to have to pull the reins on some of his own supporters who are pushing in this destructive direction.

National reconciliation will also require Biden to push back on some of the more extreme policy proposals from his base. Blowing up the Senate filibuster is perhaps the biggest test. The filibuster rules requiring a 60-vote supermajority consensus have stood the test of time. Democrats criticize figures such as Sen. Mitch McConnell for obstructing Obama’s agenda, but its noteworthy that McConnell refused to blow up the filibuster when pressured to by some in his own party. By blowing up the filibuster, McConnell could have passed all sorts of more conservative legislation. He still refused. Many on the right fault him for it. But he did so for the good of our country.

Consensus is hard to obtain, but it insulates us from radical shifts from one side to the other and adds a much-needed level of stability to our country. The Democrats now have the White House, the House and a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. If they want to blow up the filibuster and ram through super liberal legislation, there is little Republicans can do to stop them. They face the same test that McConnell passed. Based on his inaugural speech, Biden should encourage his party to keep the filibuster and operate with at least a small level of bipartisan consensus.

Those of us on the right also have a role. Conservatives are not going to agree with all or many of Biden’s policies. On economics, social policy and national security, there are serious principled disagreements in our country. Nobody is saying conservatives should cave on those. What we don’t need to do, though, is demonize our opponents. Biden is a liberal, but he clearly loves our country. People on both sides of the aisle who have known him through his many decades in public service will also tell you that he’s a decent guy who treats those around him well. You hear this from senators but also from people like the Naval stewards who worked at Biden’s residence during the Obama years. These characteristics โ€” love of country and good treatment of those around you โ€” are marks of good character. So was his speech.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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27 Responses

  1. Bidens message was in no way conciliatory, he is clearly the one looking to push an impeachment of a President for constitutionally protected speech. Trump did absolutely nothing wrong in his speech given on January 6, the destructive element were paid Antifa agitators carrying Trump flags; that will be proven if Trump ever gets a chance to lay out the evidence.

      1. AND, then you will have Kamel Toe Harris, who is just as bad and she won’t go voluntarily. Her plan is to take over the Presidency after Sleepy, Creepy, Uncle Joe is proven to be unable to carry out the duties of his office, due to his dementia

      2. Hey everyone, search – a n t i f a . c o m – (without the spaces of course). It will blow your mind where it takes you. This will clear it all up for you.

    1. Its obvious he has 2 ssides of the mouth working. One says unity, the other says war! And cant have both. But he must appease the marxists who donated heavily for him.

  2. ILLEGITIMATE, DEMENTIA BIDEN, COMMUNIST, LIAR, ANTI-AMERICAN RACIST, THIEF, CRIMINAL, COMMUNIST LOVER WHO GOT RICH FROM CHINA & OTHER COMMUNIST COUNTRIES CAN NOW CONTINUE TO LOAD HIS AND HIS POCKET AND HIS FAMILY POCKETS WITH $MILLIONS & $BILLIONS.

    BURN IN HELL BIDEN TOGETHER WITH ALL YOUR COMMIE CONRADS.

    1. I disagree, hes there as an actor, because he is not smart enough, infact hes stupidly(obalmas word) stumbles through the day, as an excuse reading the teleprompter written by the higher paygrade. Whos identity has yet to be disclosed.

  3. sure would be nice to have a real president in office instead of this joke. we still need president Trump back as soon as possible

  4. Kamala should be impeached for vocally supporting and funding bail for those arrested in the leftist riots ~ destroying cities by looting, burning buildings/businesses, lasering cop’s eyes, killing people, securing government buildings to lock people in and then attempting arson – all supported by democrat run cities and states. That is insurrection that went on all summer and continued during the inauguration. These mob’s intent is to destroy American and Harris supports it; Biden is silent.

  5. Biden really proved he wants unity when his first actions send thousands of American citizens out of work and then opened our boarders to thousands of illegal immigrants. Somehow, that does not bode well for unity. I think the writer of this article is a dreamer

  6. Take the beans out of your ears and really hear what Biden said. You Dems and liberals only hear what you want to hear. It is disgusting that Biden is already trying to destroy our country by undoing all the good that Trump did for our country. Biden is not a legal President and 75 million citizens know it.

  7. I have been doing a lot of reading. Piglosi has went nut’s on Impeaching Trump. Well she said he was the one that had his supporter’s to rush the Capital. Well she is the Low of the Lowest. She has said they would get Trump out of the WH one way or the other. I come across this and it was very interesting. Seems the right thing for Piglosi to do. Here is some of what I read and if they find out it could have been her I hope they throw the book at her and she is tried for Treason because she has done so much she is Guilty…… ( Police are investigaing Congress that they inappropriately gave visitor’s acsess to the Capital ). She is the Speaker and would be the head of them all. Am I wrong ?

  8. Biden??? wants unity?! Has anyone heard ANYTHING from this Obama shill that even slightly resembles a push for unity? What Biden (Obama) actually wants is capitulation, acquiescence . . . SUBMISSION (even if it has to be forced!)

  9. AAAItlurk what will you do when they come for you? Evil is evil. Remember what the government gives for free can take away, then what?

  10. Any conservative who embraces Biden’s inaugural speech does not really know Joe! He is a liar, hypocrite, cheater, criminal, & murderer! He learned a long time ago while he was a Senator representing DE how to play the game in DC. He quickly learned how to take advantage of his power as the VP & made a lot of money for his family via his dealings with China & Russia. He will probably get everything he wants as POTUS unless the progressives resist his desires! My consolation is that he is going to HELL on judgment day due to his affair with Jill while both were married to someone else AND his pro abortion stance during his DC senatorial days. Enjoy hell Joe. You earned it .

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