Hunter Biden is not the child of Democrat corruption. The Squad is. And Antifa and Black Lives Matter revolutionaries are their siblings.
Decades of insider enrichment by Democrats directly led to their alienation from and abandonment of the American working and middle classes. The subsequent embrace of progressive radicalism then became inevitable, as a Swamp-soaked Old Guard shrugged its shoulders and murmured, “Apres moi, le deluge.”
The physical offspring of leading Democratic politicians (and to some extent Republican) have indeed made a financial killing over the years. But the personal greed of a blue generation represented by the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has sired a party of progressive free-for-all that can directly trace its growth by various scandalous mileposts staked out by these Democrat bigwigs.
White House Money Machine
Former President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law in December 1993 over the strenuous objections of labor unions, long a linchpin of the Democratic voting base. Clinton deplored the “roughshod, muscle-bound tactics” of unions in speaking out on the globalist boondoggle, The Baltimore Sun reported in November 1993. He lamented that “business leaders who back the treaty have not been as intense or steadfast in making their case as ‘the vociferous organized opposition of the nation’s unions,’” The Sun detailed.
In retrospect, this was a significant event in U.S. politics. A Democratic president had fully sided with big business against unions on an issue of overwhelming importance. It was a sharp turn for the party, but not for this president. As Americans later learned, the Clintons love Big Money. “Ready to start overnights right away” is the infamous quote from a handwritten note to his staff by Bill as he and first lady Hillary turned the White House into a luxury hotel for wealthy donors in the Lincoln Bedroom scandal.
After leaving office, the pair set up the Clinton Foundation as a vast pay-for-play operation that suddenly ground to halt after Hillary lost her race for the White House in 2016 and Clinton access became a less-valuable commodity.
Cashing In on China
Dianne Feinstein has been a leading Democratic powerbroker for decades. She has been tied to the hip to China for even longer, dating back to her days as San Francisco mayor in the late 1970s.
In 2018, it was revealed that a Chinese spy had served on her personal staff for 20 years. Feinstein’s husband Richard C. Blum began investing heavily in China as his wife became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the mid-1990s. He made a fortune.
As he was doing so, Feinstein consistently called for cozy trade relations with China, oblivious to the harm this would do to U.S. manufacturing and how this would push her party further away from blue-collar Americans.
Anything to Stay in Office
Harry Reid, the former senator from Nevada, formed a potent one-two punch with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Democrats in the oughts. In 1993, he said on the floor of the U.S. Senate about illegal immigration:
“If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides. And that’s a lot of services.”
By 2010, a careerist Reid didn’t even care if they were born in America or not. Facing a tough re-election fight against Republican Tea Party challenger Sharron Angle, Reid made the calculated political decision to court Latino voters, a rising demographic in Nevada, then as now, by pushing the DREAM Act, which would clear a path for young illegal aliens to become citizens. He won and was able to hold on to the seat he had occupied in the upper chamber since 1987.
The lack of principle should be no surprise. Reid was plagued by multiple serious corruption allegations during his final Senate term and announced in 2015 that he would not run for re-election.
Judicial Watch reported that:
“As far back as 2006 Reid was in hot water for violating Senate rules by concealing a seven-figure payoff on a suspicious land deal orchestrated by a longtime friend known for political bribery and mob ties. The influential senator secretly collected a $1.1 million profit on land he hadn’t personally owned for years.”
Judicial Watch also noted that Reid:
“[W]as embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal involving a Chinese ‘green energy’ client of a Nevada law firm run by his son Rory. The senator was one of the Nevada project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on its behalf, according to a mainstream news report.”
In 2013, Reid was under fire for taking campaign funding from a donor who was later sentenced to prison. In 2015, reports surfaced that Reid had pressured the Department of Homeland Security to push through 230 EB-5 foreign visa applications on behalf of a casino tied to his son.
What are the fruits of Harry Reid? In 1996, the official Democratic Party platform stated this on immigration:
“Today’s Democratic Party also believes we must remain a nation of laws. We cannot tolerate illegal immigration and we must stop it. For years before Bill Clinton became President, Washington talked tough but failed to act. In 1992, our borders might as well not have existed… President Clinton is making our border a place where the law is respected and drugs and illegal immigrants are turned away.”
In 2019, all 10 Democratic presidential candidates on stage for the second half of the first primary debate were asked to “raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants.” Every single one, including eventual nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), dutifully lifted their arms.
That same 1996 Democrat platform highlighted the party’s devotion to law and order:
“We believe that people who break the law should be punished, and people who commit violent crimes should be punished severely. President Clinton made three-strikes-you’re-out the law of the land, to ensure that the most dangerous criminals go to jail for life, with no chance of parole. We established the death penalty for nearly 60 violent crimes, including murder of a law enforcement officer, and we signed a law to limit appeals.”
By 2020, Democrats were uniformly expressing their support for a Marxist Black Lives Matter movement that touts as core objectives defunding local police departments, abolishing parole, and emptying prisons. Rioting, looting, and senseless acts of violence have plagued American streets since the death of George Floyd in late May triggered a summer of “social justice” protest.
Democrats routinely downplay the revolutionaries in their midst, with Biden himself asserting that the violent Antifa thugs running amok in our cities represent merely “an idea, not an organization.”
The Blue Old Guard is aging and will soon be on its way out, one way or the other. But after having feasted for decades at the Swamp trough, these political lifers leave behind a final bequest for their party, which lies like a toxic Easter Egg in the tall grass. They will not feel the full brunt of the leftist fury that they helped foster with their complete disinterest for anything but their own selfishness. But the rest of us will.
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