Simply stated, the 180 Degree Rule states:
The political Left in the United States accuses its political opponents of trying to do what the Left is actually doing.
This story is a perfect example of the 180 Degree Rule in the headlines, but, before you can see it, you have to remember what the American Left has said about the American Right. First, a couple ‘general’ examples of the 180 Degree Rule from past headlines:
Canadian political scientist warns in op ed of Trumpist threat to American democracy and possible effect on northern neighbor
“The fascist speech Donald Trump just delivered verged on a declaration of war against American citizens,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tweeted. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) — noting in an opinion column three days later that the president’s “attempt to use chaos to shred democratic safeguards and consolidate authoritarian power is deadly serious” — put it this way: “This is our own Reichstag fire and, yes, Trump is playing the role of would-be Fuehrer, proclaiming a ‘God-given signal’ to seize more power.”
Finally, a clear parallel from past headlines — where the Left accuses Trump of doing exactly what Biden is threatening to do in the title story of this post:
Freed from all accountability by the Senate, the realtor’s inner autocrat is on full display, with a pressure campaign on the Justice Department to back off on its sentencing recommendations for his convicted friend Roger Stone, and with an extraordinary flurry of tweets personally attacking the judge in Stone’s case.
So, the Left claims Trump was threatening dictatorship simply for expressing his anger over the sentence of Roger Stone. Fine. Then tell me how that is any different from this:
He said, “I think what we’re going to have to do. There’s some executive orders I could employ, we believe — we’re looking at that right now.”
For those who cannot see this issue clearly, I’ll explain it:
Trump was accused of dictatorial threats because he was ‘intimidating’ the Supreme Court.
Biden is flat-out saying he will over-rule the Supreme Court by ‘executive decree’ (I do not say ‘executive order’ because there is no such allowance for the President to make law that way; in the way Biden is threatening. Thus, it would be a decree, not an order).
Folks, these are directly parallel actions with one exception:
Trump did nothing to over-rule, pack or dismantle the Supreme Court; Biden is saying that is exactly what he will do if the Court does not obey him.
For the slower members of our class, this means that Biden is opulently declaring he will turn dictator if does not get his way (which, if you do not understand it, means he thinks he is already entitled to ‘dictate’ to the Supreme Court).
So, to conclude this lesson: any way you slice it, the Left actually does what it claims the Right is only threatening to do.