Biden: Bipartisan President
Darby Callahan (TheLorian)
President Biden swore into office on Jan. 20, and he promised unity within the United States government while giving his inaugural address. There are a few things he would need to do in order for unity to work in American politics. A great number of former President Donald J. Trump supporters still believe that Trump won the 2020 election, and some members of Congress agree that the election was rigged. In order to bring unity, President Biden and Vice-President Harris need to work with Republicans in Congress to pass a great number of policies instead of focusing on the current Democratic agenda which appears to just overturn every single policy former President Trump signed into law.
President Biden needs to urge the Democratic Party to back down from packing the courts. Packing the courts would only upset the Republicans even more, and it could potentially backfire for the Democrats when the Republicans take back power in Congress and when the next Republican president is elected. According to Marc A. Thiessen, an opinion columnist for the Washington Post, President Biden “needs to find a major initiative to work on with Republicans early on in his presidency. When President Bill Clinton took office, one of the first things he did was push for the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, negotiated by his Republican predecessor and opposed by many of his own party.” Thiessen goes on to say that former President Bush worked with liberals to pass the framework that would become known as the “No Child Left Behind Act.” I agree with Thiessen that President Biden needs his own initiative that he can help Republicans and Democrats unite and become bipartisan again to show the American people that their voices matter.
One piece of legislation that would be a good fit for President Biden to work with Congressional Republicans would be election reform. nymag.com has a list a reforms that the Democrats are trying to push through the Senate, but I think that if they try and work with Republicans who have concerns over the integrity of future elections, they will have a better chance of getting the election reforms passed through both chambers in a bipartisan bill and signed by the president. I think the Republicans have a justified concern over mail in ballots and how safe the mailing process is with how slow the post office is. There are other concerns regarding when a state should be able to change election laws so close to an election, and I think if both parties can work together to make election integrity laws, the Republic will be safe from any harm going forward, and we can likely prevent another president from feeling as though the election was “stolen” from them.
The second thing I think needs to happen is to set up the Senate Impeachment trial in a way that allows other Senate business to proceed as normal. A Senate trial in the mornings or afternoons only would allow other scheduled business to stay on the calendar. This will allow the trial to occur while still allowing the country to move on from the Trump era. I did not vote for President Donald J. Trump in the 2016 presidential election, but I voted for a different Pro-Life candidate from the Constitutionalist Party, Darrell Castle. In the 2020 election, I did vote for President Donald J. Trump because I really cared about the policies he was enacting, and he really surprised me at what he got done in four years for the Pro-Life movement and put qualified judges in federal courts as well as in the Supreme Court of the United States. The insurrection at the capital building is something that should have never occurred, and that is why I believe Trump should be held liable, but there needs to be a trial set up in a bipartisan format if enough Republicans are going to come forward to vote in favor of convict. There are numerous republicans questioning the constitutionality of such trial according to msn.com. The article on msn.com says, “Though there is disagreement among rank-and-file Republicans about how Trump should be punished for his role in the riot with conviction dangling the possibility that Trump could be barred from holding federal office in the future.” Republicans are wondering if it is even constitutional to hold such a Senate trial of a former president. There does not seem be any reason to believe that a Senate trial could not take place as the constitution does not way on such an issue other than that the Senate is to hold the trial. The article in question, article 1, Section 3 states,
“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.” There is no mention of how a trial of a former president should preside. With Chief Justice Roberts saying he will not proceed over the impeachment trial, there are numerous questions remaining how such a trial will be able to preside constitutionally. Instead, according to the hill, Senate President Pro-Temp Leahy will be presiding over the trial which worries some of the Republicans for the sake of impartiality. For this reason, I think President Biden should press one of the Supreme Court Justices to agree to preside over the case whether it be trying to convince Roberts to preside or seeing if an associate justice can preside.
The third thing I think President Biden needs to do in order to remain bipartisan is to listen to the Pro-Life movement and to his Catholic voters. Issues such as abortion and the death penalty should be discussed within Congress in a bipartisan fashion. As Catholics, we are called to uphold the dignity of all human life. The United States was founded on Christian principles and was founded to protect citizens of the United States of America, and yet we remain divided on two of the biggest human rights violations of our day, abortion and the death penalty. There seems to be a pick-and-choose narrative within Congress when it comes to deciding what constitutes human rights violations and what does not. The African-American population should be outraged what is happening with Planned Parenthood, and more information regarding the African-American targeting by Planned Parenthood can be found at blackprebornlivesmatter.com. They are killing minorities for their own profit as noted in my article regarding the Students for Life of America’s Black Preborn Lives Matter (BPLM Movement).
Overall, President Biden can be bipartisan and that would be very beneficial to moving our nation closer to an era of unity. President Biden wants unity, and I believe Republicans want unity as well, but it is going to take both parties to work together to bring valuable policy legislation bills to a vote. Human dignity needs to be upheld at all cost and that means limiting his Pro-Choice agenda and listening to Pro-Life voters. The fact that Senator Lindsey Graham is ready to take Biden’s plan and use it as a foundation is a great start, he is stated in CNBC.com’s article on Biden’s plan for COVID-19 Relief. The article states, “He said his proposal has bi-partisan support from the “majority of American mayors and governors.” However, the Biden administration must get Congress to pass the plan. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the plan is dead on arrival, but noted “there are components of it that I like.”