Call me cynical, but I understand human nature as the Founders understood it, and I’ve read enough to know that great empires have a shelf life of about 250 years before they fall under the weight of greed, avarice and corruption. And so when President Biden promised to relieve college graduates of their student debt by shifting it to the general public in a brazen move to win votes prior to the last election, I knew a threshold had been crossed (“Justices block Biden’s debt plan at least through February,” Web, Dec. 1).

If Mr. Biden can simply pass student debt off to the general public, why not ride the identity politics wave into the next election by promising to shift the mortgage debt of one aggrieved group onto another to atone for some past injustice? How better to buy votes while looking virtuous as past wrongs, real or imagined, are made whole?

The courts are nearly certain to strike down such unconstitutional folly, but not until well after the election is decided and the damage is done. And then it will be the courts (likely the Supreme Court) that will be made to look like the bad guy. That will feed into the perennial Democratic narrative of the need to pack the high court with justices whose fealty is not to the Constitution but to woke justice.



It’s a win-win strategy for the Democrats. But it’s also another nail in the coffin for a great empire that is succumbing to the same vices that brought down all the others. 

THOMAS M. BEATTIE
Mount Vernon, Virginia

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