Joe Freedom

Joe Biden on Tuesday announced that he is running for reelection via a heavily produced video. Biden’s video attacked “extreme MAGA Republicans,” asserted that we are still in a battle for the soul of America, and talked about how he is the one to defend against the threat to freedom. He claimed that Republicans want to “ban books,” tell people who they can love, cut Social Security, and make it harder for people to vote. 

Meticulously absent was any discussion of Biden’s accomplishments. No discussion about the economy, income growth for working Americans, or the might of the U.S. military. No mention of tax policy, energy policy, immigration policy, women’s rights, or major achievements of international diplomacy. Nothing.

While it would be easy to go point-by-point through Biden’s video and refute each lie and exaggeration about so-called MAGA extremists, one theme deserves to be examined closely, and that is Biden’s theme of freedom. 

In his video, Biden states that the 2024 presidential election is about whether we want more freedom or less freedom. In asking that question, Biden makes the case that he is undeserving of the presidency. 

When the Biden Administration has not been able to achieve progressive goals through legislation, it has turned to executive orders and government regulation to deliver the wishes of the ruling class. With each executive order and regulation, Americans’ freedoms continue to erode slowly but surely.

Biden ran for election in 2020 vowing to end the age of fossil fuels and eliminate gas-powered vehicles. Recognizing that he had no legislative support for any of this, he turned instead to executive orders. On his second day in office, Biden signed “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit. Then, in the last week of January 2021, he issued the “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” effectively pausing new oil and natural gas leases on public lands.

Biden’s penchant for executive orders and regulations impacted his approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed an executive order requiring all federal employees to have the COVID vaccination, including military personnel. His administration then tried to use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to implement regulations that would have required every business with more than 100 employees to have their workers vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID tests. This nonsense was struck down by the Supreme Court.

More recently, the Biden Administration has implemented regulations that will end up banning a large percentage of gas stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners.

He has also implemented regulations that would require home buyers with a large down payment and good credit to pay more for their mortgages, in order to allow people with a lower down payment and poor credit to pay less.

Last, but certainly not least, the Biden Administration has proposed new tailpipe emissions limits that “could require as much of 67% of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2032 to be all-electric, up from 5.8% in 2022.”

I agree with Joe Biden. The 2024 election is about freedom. The freedom I choose is the freedom of the American people to make their own decisions, the freedom to allow our elected officials to make laws, not govern by fiat, and the freedom of American businesses to innovate and bring the American people the products Americans want, while protecting the environment.

If the American people agree and vote for freedom, Biden will be a one-term Oval Office occupant.

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About Jim Nelles

Jim Nelles is a supply chain consultant based in Chicago, Illinois and a regular contributor to the National Pulse. He has served as a chief procurement officer, chief supply chain officer, and a chief operations officer for multiple companies.

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