Biden has killed bipartisanship and other commentary

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From the right: Biden Has Killed Bipartisanship

President Biden “campaigned on a promise to bring Republicans and Democrats together,” but “less than two months into his new administration,” he has killed “hope for unity and bipartisanship,” laments Marc A. Thiessen at The Washington Post. In ramming through the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package without Republican support, “Biden made a decision not to cooperate.” Democrats believed they “had to act fast if they were going to use the pandemic as a justification for a massive expansion of the welfare state.” This sends a clear message that they “intend to use their historically narrow congressional majorities to ram through as much big government spending as they can before the 2022 midterm elections.” If they do, “Joe Biden — the president who promised to restore bipartisanship — will preside over its burial.”

Iconoclast: Questioning the BLM Curriculum

“The BLM at School movement is gaining momentum in Democratic strongholds around the country,” yet, Conor Friedersdorf complains at The Atlantic, much of the material “crosses a line from education into indoctrination” as it “unapologetically aims to create a new generation of allied activists.” This curriculum “rejects individualism and aspirational color-blindness” and “acts in solidarity with projects including decoloniality, anti-capitalism and queer liberation.” One BLM-educated girl’s parent reports: “When I tried to explain to her . . . why some families support the police, she wasn’t open to considering that view. She had a blinding certainty that troubled me. She thinks that even raising the question is racist.”

Science beat: The ‘Chilling Effect’ on Debate

The pandemic and lockdowns have had “a chilling effect on the scientific community,” worry Drs. Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya at The Federalist. “Politicians and (alas) scientists have engaged in vicious slander of dissident scientists” and called for “censorship in place of debate.” The Journal of the American Medical Association, for example, ran an articling “defaming” Dr. Scott Atlas, a COVID adviser to President Donald Trump, without even engaging Atlas’ “actual scientific views,” after he sought to balance the risks of “viral spread” against “harms” from lockdowns. Other prominent scientists were similarly maligned. The “future of science” depends on encouraging “vigorous and hard scientific debate” and combating “smears and slander.” If we don’t follow such a course, our “300-year Age of Enlightenment will come to an end.”

Culture critic: Transgender Issues Need Debate

At The Wall Street Journal, Ryan T. Anderson stresses the importance of being able to talk about “transgender equality” issues, like whether “women in dire straits” should be “forced to spend the night” in shelters “with men who identify as women.” Yet Amazon, which stopped offering Anderson’s book on the subject, “When Harry Became Sally,” is using its “outsize market power to prevent readers from accessing one side of this debate.” Meanwhile, little is known about the causes of gender dysphoria, “yet powerful institutions are promoting radical experimental therapies for children.” Yes, we need to “respect” people who identify as transgender, but we also must do “everything possible to protect young people.” That requires a “better conversation about gender-identity issues, and that’s why I wrote my book. No good comes from shutting down” debate.

Foreign desk: You Can Stop China’s ‘Genocide’

In January, the State Department declared that China is waging “genocide” to “destroy Muslim Uighurs,” note former US diplomats Keith Krach and Ellie Cohanim at Newsweek. And Beijing’s actions “fit the definition of punishable genocide” established by the UN after the Holocaust. Yet “the free world” — corporations, universities, pensions — have not only “looked the other way” but “financed” the Chinese Communist Party by, for instance, “providing access to our capital markets.” Now it’s time to “do something about it.” Americans should let their “voice be heard,” since “fear of bad publicity is a powerful motivator.” The world “failed to stop the Holocaust in the 20th century. We must not be too late to stop the CCP’s genocide in Xinjiang in the 21st.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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