When working for the government, Joe Biden is no longer content with the tried-and-true question of patriotism: “Are you with or against us?” In a shocking effort to overhaul federal hiring guidelines, the president wants to ask: “Are you with or against me?”
A proposed rule governing federal hiring is, at best, a bad policy promoting left-wing loyalty over competence. At worst, it’s a stepping stone to undermining fair hiring practices and freedom of speech.
In January, the Office of Personnel Management proposed changes to the federal government’s “personnel vetting investigative and adjudicative processes for determining suitability and fitness.” It explains that this refers to “a decision by an agency that an individual does or does not have the required level of character and conduct necessary” for federal employment. The public has until April 3 to file comments on these amendments before the rule is finalized.
Current policy prohibits hiring applicants found to be involved in “knowing and willful engagement” in trying to overthrow the government. The new policy adds interpretive words like “coercion,” “intimidation” and “indoctrination” of others for “unlawful aims.” It would also exclude people with membership in groups with “unlawful aims.”
If this is clear as mud, it’s obviously on purpose. It can mean “toe the party line, or you won’t have a paycheck to sign.”
It’s a leftist trope that words are violence. So, it’s only a matter of time before bureaucrats use the rule to deny employment, justify firing and generally allow the harassment of conservatives in federal jobs.
This harassment isn’t a conspiracy theory. It is knocking at the door. Let’s count how conservatives are canceled today based merely on what they say.
If you say marriage should be between a man and a woman, you can be canceled. If you say schools and libraries shouldn’t host drag shows? Canceled. If you say we shouldn’t lower standards on people based on their race or gender? Canceled. If you say you support the Second Amendment? Canceled. If you say we shouldn’t have pornography in elementary schools? Canceled.
In January, a restaurant owner stopped Project 21 member Gianno Caldwell — a black conservative — from eating his breakfast. Gianno was publicly shunned and kicked out of the restaurant because he dared to openly discuss his political beliefs. In December, a Virginia-based conservative Christian advocacy group was denied service at a restaurant just an hour before their reservation. Why? The restaurant’s employees felt threatened by their pro-life advocacy.
In countless other examples nationwide, leftists are growing bolder in their intolerance. Remember when Rep. Maxine Waters said “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere” about Trump administration officials? The federal government could end up sanctioning such behavior — throwing water on a grease fire.
With this rule, President Biden would send a chilling effect on political participation. He apparently wants conservatives to be afraid of expressing their political views by harming their employment prospects. He wants conservatives to be afraid to dissent against his policies. He wants conservatives to fear engaging in peaceful political activities or speaking on issues.
Biden wants more power, more control and more dominance.
It is no longer about the diversity of ideas or a healthy democracy. Can you imagine what will happen if federal agencies are staffed primarily by a political echo chamber? It would erode trust in government and the legitimacy of our constitutional republic.
Such an exertion of control may violate federal law and constitutional principles. The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on political affiliation. Additionally, the First Amendment protects the rights of individuals to express their political views without fear of government retribution. If this rule is approved, it must be challenged in the courts.
Biden’s federal hiring proposal is a direct assault on democracy. Leftists seem determined to stifle free speech, quash ideas and sow a culture of fear and mistrust. If adopted, these vague hiring rules will give leftists the green light to use your taxpayer dollars to discriminate against your interests.
There is still time for the government to reject this dangerous plan. People need to speak up for fair federal employment practices. Societies excel when we promote qualified individuals to roles based on their skills, knowledge and experience — not politics.
Let’s do our best to keep merit-based principles in federal agencies and tell Biden to protect our Constitution and freedom of speech — not his cronies.
Reprinted with Permission from - DC Journal by – Michael Austin
And after 8 years of Clinton, 8 years of Bush, 8 years of Obama, 2 years of Biden, doing all the hiring, I wonder if there is even 1 true conservative receiving a Federal Paycheck,,,,,anywhere……even one?????
Every Elected Official who runs this Nation is suppose to promise under OATH to protect our US Constitutional Freedoms.
If they are undermining our FREEDOMS, they have committed a felony and should be FIRED!
I believe that’s called discrimination, Joe!!! That’s against the law, not that the law has ever deterred you from doing whatever you want to!!! But remember what Nancy Pelosi always says, “No one is above the law.” while she is finishing under her breath, “except elite Democrats!!”!!!!
That’s bias at its ultimate. And allowing that to happen is called dictatorship and or comminism
The whole thought of those types of hiring policies frifgten me. Where is the Constitution?
To some extent this has been going on forever. Obama pretty much made it official policy. Biden is making it more extreme. Biden’t plan (or whomever is pulling his strings and telling him what to say) is to get rid of any conservatives or competent federal employees and replace them with intersectional incompetents or with rabid leftist radicals.
Well the unions have been doing a great job already enforcing leftist ideology/agenda. And that goes for the government union as well as the teachers’ union, etc. The fact they have been given right to force union dues payments even for non-union employees says it all.
Unions find ways to fire/get rid of those who advocate for best-qualified. DEI does away with that principle altogether; so of course unions push it. Those are easier to sway because they’ve been instilled that they deserve what they’ve not worked for simply because they’re different than the norm.
Yep, and you can tell Buy-den’s priorities, by reading his purposed budget he sent to Congress. Dept. of Defense only a 3.2% increase, Dept. of Education (Teacher’s Union) a big 13.6% increase, Dept. of Home Land Security (get this) a -1% decrease, Dept. of Labor (Labor Unions) an 11% increase, Dept. of Treasury (IRS) a whopping 15% increase and the Environmental Protection Agency a huge 19% increase! Geez, guess home land security, i.e. the border isn’t that important to him.
This article is not factual: Joe Biden “does” nothing without the puppeteer operating him tells him to. The guy can’t create coherent sentences let alone create policy without help.
My theory is that they juice Biden up with viagra and meth to give his speeches. That gets enough blood flow to his brain to make it work for a few hours and it keeps him awake for long enough to give a speech or whatever.
You may not be far from the truth, with the leftists hell bent on destroying the nation we may not be able to afford even a box.
Every hiring decision involves some response to the suitability of the candidate to choose the best. That said of sharing a MEM can land a man in jail for 10 years, we have lost freedom all around and have to expect that extends to government employment. This is terrible: end freedom and make it permanent.
Ok, wait a minute, who gave the, Office of Personnel Management, the power or authority to make changes? An unelected department made up of a few leftist career bureaucrats? Where has Constitutional REPRESENTATION gone?
Donald J Trump is the only one I will send donations. The Senate Committee is a joke and has been ever since China McConnell decided to sell out America. The only thing he has ever done as leader that is substantive is his work on the Courts. And now it is quite clear that was only done for his own self interest and pocket. Pure Chamber of Commerce. The Senate is filled with at least 18-20 RINOs and their distaste for Donald Trump has led to 2 consecutive defeats in Senate elections. For the Love of God he needs to be removed from Leadership or die naturally before 2024 comes around when Republicans are greatly favored numerically in terms of seats. With him in place we will be lucky to scratch out a 1 vote advantage.
Agree. CCP Mitch has to be vote OUT.
Where are the Republicans on this issue. They want money and support but I first want to see some action. Not just a comment like “this is disturbing.” Time to see some real action so we can all believe they are working for us. Actions speak volumes!
“It would erode trust in government and the legitimacy of our constitutional republic.”
It’s already too late for this. I have NO trust in our government anymore. The Constitution means nothing to these leftist ‘politicians’. It’s a pesky document that needs to be flushed and replaced with whatever their lefty leaders deem necessary.
Jackass Joe Biden IS A TRAITOR and should be thoroughly prosecuted as such and the ONLY way he should EVER be referred to in American History books!
What kind of “ leader” is this? Is he really trying to gain the DISrespect of those currently working at the Federal level??? Well, remember, your’e not bound by law, to shake his hand-(yet), Soo.. just do it like our(Politically Diverse) crew did – respectfully pay him the LIP SERVICE, see him out the door, then, continue functioning the way you always have, feeling good about how, once again, you gave him an Assing!
It is one thing after another with him and his party they need to go before this country becomes a third world country we need someone that cares about this country and when he goes the others need to all be fired.
Funny thing, I distinctly remember a Biden television campaign ad back in 2020 with Old Joe proclaiming most sincerely that “ he would be a president for ALL Americans”! Guess he forgot that promise!
Excellent article explaining just how devious and hell bent he and his fellow Leftists are in silencing true “ free speech” and intimidating conservatives in the federal workplace.
This is totally wrong with what the idiot in charge and his cronies are trying to do to this country. It has the definite leanings of what Hitler started doing back in the 30’s. I hate to see what I know is coming for our children and our future. So sad. People need to wake up and start voicing their concerns to their political representatives everywhere!
Sadly I’ve noted that Washington DC is being ruled by countless spoiled like children of which have no insight of seeking a greater America