President Biden, when he is not on vacation, is changing the political landscape…and not for the better. A candidate who billed himself as an “uniter” has used perhaps the most divisive, may we say, incendiary language of any President in recent memory, or perhaps in history.
With strange blood-red lighting, he walked with his wife to the podium to the sounds of Hail To The Chief in front of Independence Hall. After kissing his wife and struggling with a phelm-filled throat, his demeanor changed. Speaking with a constant scowl and often dual clenched fists, he spoke with Marine guards flanking him. He tore into what he referred to as MAGA Republicans as a threat to the nation, which is roughly half the country.
His whole body language and rhetoric were threatening. Since he has only about 38% approval rating, this made almost two-thirds of the country feel not very safe.
To Biden, his fellow Americans are enemies, not rivals, and not opponents. We are enemies, and despicable ones at that.
“But there is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country,” Biden said.
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love,” he said.
Biden continued, saying, “They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country.”
The inflammatory language continued to roll on for over 26 minutes referring to “Republicans” 16 times, “MAGA” 13 times, and naming former President Donald Trump specifically three times.
What was doubly odd was this was an official Presidential address, where he represented the highest office in the country, and was not a fundraising or campaign speech. In fact, he seemed to be campaigning against Trump, even though the former President is not a candidate at this time and we are in midst of a Congressional election. He did this representing his elected office, which is very revolutionary.
The implication of using his office is that the entire power of the state is now on his side exclusively and because of the nature of his political opposition, the instruments of the state can legitimately be used against those who disagree with him. It was positively Stalinesque.
Outside of the hateful rhetoric, he wants to run against Trump, rather than defend his own record. In other parts of the speech, he clearly was running against the Supreme Court.
As far as being a threat to the Republic, Biden continued on the course the Democrats have taken to exaggerate the buffoonery of the January 6th Capitol riot (remember the guy with the horns quietly talking to the guards) to claim all opposition to his programs is a threat to the country and the Constitution. This gets ominously close to claiming those who disagree with him are treasonous.
Commentator Matt Walsh called this “pre-genocide” rhetoric.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley suggests the speech was written by quack historian Jon Meacham, a Vanderbilt professor known for his anti-Trump ravings on Twitter and comically co-chair of the “Vanderbilt Project on Unity and Democracy”. If true, the word irony just does not seem strong enough.
But Presidents choose what to use among the things their speech writers give them. So even if Meacham is the author of some of these hateful words, Biden made the choice to use them. Biden is the President and must be held accountable for what his office does and says.
The next day, he walked back his remarks, but his press secretary continued the attack, and then Biden himself followed through again with his MAGA is a threat to the Republic rhetoric. So except for one day of hesitation, he continued on his rampage.
This can’t be dismissed as the ravings of an old man. Earlier, he had said the country’s greatest threat was “white supremacy” and even took steps to hunt down Biden dissenters in the military. You might recall he said the whole reason he ran for President was “Charlottesville”, and the lie that Trump said there are “good people” among the racists. He was referring of course, to good people who did not think statues should be torn down. It is now in the fog of memory that what prompted the riot was the tearing down of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
Of late, Biden has used the term “semi-fascists” to describe those that don’t agree with him. While the term is loaded with historical pejoratives, in fact, Biden’s own economic policy and cozy relationship with big pharma, big tech, big green industries, and big media, is much closer to the Mussolini model.
No, Biden and the Democrats have chosen to conduct their political dialogue on a level that demonizes and dehumanizes Republicans and they did so some time ago. The Blood Red speech is simply the most recent and egregious example.
A few Republican leaders have struck back, but not nearly enough of them and not nearly strong enough. That makes Biden more likely to continue his woke jihad.
Republicans should make it clear that they will not tolerate these kinds of smears. They need to publicly challenge Democratic candidates if they agree with Biden’s view of his fellow Americans. Moreover, there are unstable people out there that believe such things and we already have had deranged Democrats shoot up Republican officials at a softball game. Besides, it is hard to conduct a civil dialogue when your opponent is calling you evil.
While Biden is trying to make the Congressional elections all about Trump and MAGA, Republicans need to make this all about stopping Biden. The man is ignoring the law, and accusing Republicans of destroying the country, all the while he is getting the bulk of his agenda passed. Republicans have been too passive in responding vigorously to the constant accusations that they are white supremacists, racists, and neo-nazis. That such people exist in small numbers in the country is undeniable, but they are not represented well in the Republican Party. On the contrary, the Klan was formed as the militant wing of the Democrats and has remained so for the bulk of their history.
In the case of Charlottesville, there is not enough discussion about the role of professional agitators actually associated with the left. Only Dinesh D’Sousa and a few others have called attention to this and the role leftists played in leadership. The leadership of the rioters was not conservative Republicans.
The only way to stop a continuation of this ruinous rule and his assault on half the nation is to block Biden by taking back both houses of Congress. That is by far the best response to all these wreckless racial charges against Republicans. And taking Congress back may be the only way to protect the Supreme Court.
If Democrats can work themselves into such a lather even while they successfully push their agenda, Lord knows what Democrats might do if Republicans were really effective at stopping them.
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