As President Joe Biden prepares to address a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, which under the guise of COVID-19 protocols will be to selected lawmakers by invitation only, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is getting ready to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation.
Scott’s speech will highlight not only the urgency of following the science to reopen schools, including the importance of school choice as a means of giving children access to education when government schools lock them out, but also a question that has emerged throughout the Biden administration despite the president’s promises of unity: “Why do we feel so divided and anxious?”
“This should be a joyful springtime for our nation. This administration inherited a tide that had already turned. The coronavirus is on the run!” the sole black Republican senator has prepared in his remarks. “Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines. Thanks to our bipartisan work last year, job openings are rebounding. … A nation with so much cause for hope should not feel so heavy-laden.”
Biden, whose pledge for unity and bipartisanship throughout the campaign has continued throughout his administration, has nevertheless pushed radical left-wing policies since his first days in office, including nominating a transgender assistant secretary of health, rescinding the Mexico City policy, pushing anti-American and ahistorical critical race theory in schools at taxpayers’ expense, and promoting rhetoric and policies that provoked a surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border. The president has also repeatedly stoked racial division, fomenting tensions with endless talk of white supremacy, systemic racism, and racially motivated police violence.
Despite plummeting COVID-19 cases and death counts, made possible largely as a result of the vaccine, a product of President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, a fully vaccinated Biden continues to double-mask, stoke fears, and push leftist legislative wishlists under the veil of coronavirus relief.
Meanwhile, Scott aims to provide the hopeful and unifying spring alternative to Biden’s dark winter:
Just before COVID, we had the most inclusive economy in my lifetime. The lowest unemployment ever recorded for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans. The lowest for women in nearly 70 years. Wages were growing faster for the bottom 25 percent than the top 25 percent. That happened because Republicans focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans.
“We passed Opportunity Zones, criminal justice reform, and permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the first time ever,” the senator is expected to say. “We fought the drug epidemic, rebuilt our military, and cut taxes for working families and single moms like mine.”
Biden has promised unity that he has failed to deliver in his first 100 days and, unless his administration changes course, never will. The real unity message will come tonight in the Republican’s address.
“Our best future won’t come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams,” Scott says. “It will come from you — the American people.”