To borrow from Shelley, last week an old, mad, corrupt, doddering and despised king declared war on the 74 million Americans who voted for his opponent in 2020.
Insisting that concepts (“equality” and “democracy”) and a specific regime (the American republic) were under assault, President Biden tried his best to convince us that if you don’t vote for him and his friends, you hate America and democracy.
The speech was a demonstration of the power of cognitive dissonance, especially among those with limited mental capacity.
He said that there was “no place for political violence.” That is great to finally hear from a Democrat. Mr. Biden might want to say it a little louder for the folks in the pews of churches that have been burned and damaged, for those in pregnancy centers that have been firebombed, for the relatives of those killed in the BLM riots that were, of course, suborned by Democrats at all levels.
He probably should also say something to Sen. Chuck Schumer next time he threatens Supreme Court justices with … violence.
Mr. Biden also used the word “insurrectionists” several times. Again, and for about the 100th time, no one has been charged with insurrection — let alone found guilty — in association with the events of January 6th. You would think a guy who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution a few times would be more careful about nuances of the law, like being innocent until proven guilty.
The president also referenced election “deniers.” Unfortunately for him, a pretty good chunk of his own team, including former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Stacey Abrams, former Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, and Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, are all deniers of various elections.
Mr. Biden’s own press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre is also an election denier. So he might also want to check with the dudes who are running Democratic campaigns. They have cynically spent at least $43 million this cycle alone trying to get election “deniers” nominated as Republican candidates.
We could go on, but you get the point.
The one good thing that came from last Thursday’s remarks is that the entire propaganda regime built around the idea that Mr. Biden is a good guy has now been burned to the ground. It is abundantly clear to everyone — even the slow-witted Republicans who worked with him to pass the infrastructure legislation, CHIPS, and who knows what else — that he is not a good guy. He is, rather, someone of questionable judgment, morals, expertise, Catholicism, etc., who moonlights as an agitator and a goon.
It is worth wondering what Liz Cheney must be thinking now. There are only three possible ways to view Thursday evening’s 24-minute hate we received from the current occupant.
First, it is going to be a bad cycle for the Democrats and he needed to do something to keep the focus away from his record. We get it; it’s politics.
Second, the president is obviously fading and feeble, and we should probably ignore the occasional rant as the grumblings of formerly beloved, now only marginally tolerated, uncle.
Third, people should take it seriously. The President of the United States declared war on at least one-third of the adult population of the nation, and explicitly solicited volunteers to fight that war.
Just in case the third option is the correct one — and be assured that some on the left are going to take the remarks as gospel — Republicans in general and conservatives in particular probably want to get themselves ready for a wave of both social opprobrium and violence.
Cue the Reichstag fire.