Sara Carter spoke to Fox News host Martha MacCallum Monday about comments made by a Democratic congressman that casted doubt over the National Guard’s loyalty as they deploy to the Nation’s Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden‘s Wednesday inauguration.
“The [National] Guard is 90 some-odd percent male, and only about 20% of white males voted for Biden,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said in a CNN interview earlier on Monday. “You’ve got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative […] they’re probably not more than 25% of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden. The other 75% are in the large class of folks that might want to do something.”
Cohen’s remarks come amid fears among U.S. defense officials that some in the National Guard might launch an insider attack. The FBI is now vetting all Guard troops who will be in Washington, D.C. for the event.
“It’s absolutely divisive and wrong, Martha,” Carter said in response to Cohen’s remarks. “My husband is a wounded war veteran. He pledged allegiance to the Constitution to protect our nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. He gave that pledge just like all the other men and women that fought alongside him in Afghanistan.”
“I also covered the war in Afghanistan,” Carter told host Martha MacCallum. “I saw young men of all colors, of all religions—and women—give their life up for this nation because they believe [in] and love this country.”
Carter’s attention then turned toward the thousands of National Guard troops currently stationed in the nation’s capital, where the number of troops is going to surge up to 25,000 on Inauguration Day from the previous 21,000, the National Guard Bureau said last week. This massive presence of troops in Washington is meant to combat any threats to Biden and his inauguration following a mob storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in a deadly siege.
“And as for the 21,000 National Guard members that are in Washington, D.C., it’s important to remember that they are doing their job as well. They are not an enemy,” Carter said. “Many of them can’t believe they’re there with their AR-15s guarding the Capitol before inauguration, and on Inauguration Day too, to protect President-elect and President Joe Biden from possible threats within the nation. To say that these men and women, who are there protecting our nation, that 75% of them ‘pose a threat’ to our country because they had a different political party affiliation is absolutely un-American and wrong.”
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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