Ben Shapiro: This is not normal - Joe Biden may be relatively normal, but this is all strange
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For four years, we were informed by our establishment media that
President Donald Trump’s behavior was “not normal.” The abnormality of
Mr. Trump’s behavior became a near rallying cry for the self-appointed
heroes of journalism, who spent every waking hour poring over his
bizarre tweets and his bloviating self-absorption. The media dedicated themselves to preventing Mr. Trump’s supposed normalization.
Now, the media inform us, we have been graced by the most-normal normal
person to have ever normalled: President Joe Biden. Mr. Biden, they
proclaim, is utterly boring, nondescript, barely worthy of coverage.
His administration, too, is paradigmatically normal. Yascha Mounk of
The Atlantic tweets, “It is so nice to have a boring President.”
Alleged media watchdog Brian Stelter asked this week whether Mr. Biden
is “making the news boring again,” adding, “The Biden White House is
clearly a break from the chaos and incompetence of Trump world.”
For his part, Mr. Biden obviously revels in this sort of coverage. This
week, his favorite ice cream flavor (chocolate chip) was tweeted out as
well as a retweet of first lady Jill Biden’s announcement that Champ
and Major, the new first pets, had entered the White House.
On a personal level, Mr. Biden is clearly more “normal” than Mr. Trump
— although treating Mr. Biden, a career politician worth nearly $10
million, as the height of normality is rather stunning. The goal for
the establishment media isn’t to point out merely that Mr. Biden is a
sort of American Everyman. It’s to use that supposed normalcy to
disguise the fact that his agenda is absolutely abnormal.
The dirty little secret of the Trump administration is that despite Mr. Trump’s personal abnormality, his agenda was well in line with past
precedent, and with mainstream American opinions on everything from
taxes to military policy. Mr. Trump did not radically shift American
policy. Mr. Biden will.
Within the first five days of his presidency, he issued 30 executive
orders, compared with four for Mr. Trump, five for Barack Obama and
zero for George W. Bush. Those executive orders included endorsement of radical reinterpretation of American history; killing the Keystone XL pipeline, along with its attendant estimated 11,000 American jobs;
forcing the military to allow troops to undergo gender reassignment
surgery; and forcing federally funded institutions to allow biological
men who identify as transgender to compete alongside biological women,
among others. He is reportedly pursuing an immigration plan directed
toward reopening America’s borders. He has staffed his Cabinet by intersectional box-checking.
Mr. Biden’s policy is indeed radical. But because Mr. Biden is
presented as a normal person, we’re supposed to ignore all of that.
We’re supposed to simply be grateful for the “return to normalcy” —
complete with caving to the teachers unions that seek to keep schools
closed indeterminately, reentering a long-dead deal with the Iranian theocracy, firing government staffers with whom he disagrees and lying
openly about the vaccine distribution plan he inherited.
Meanwhile, our media pat themselves on the back. It’s rare to see a
profession declare itself irrelevant, but that’s what many in the media
are doing these days. According to Stelter, it’s “refreshing” that Mr.
Biden’s team promises accountability and transparency. According to
Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post, the media must learn their
lesson from the Trump era and cover Democrats more sycophantically.
Joe Biden may be a relatively normal guy. But none of this is normal.
And pretending it is represents just another way for the media to
reject legitimate criticisms of an administration seeking radicalism
right off the bat.
Ben Shapiro is the editor emeritus of DailyWire.com. He wrote this for Creators Syndicate.
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