I’m not even sure the partisan campaign speech President Joe Biden delivered last night from Union Station [text here] in Washington, DC even rises to the level of grasping at straws. It was certainly desperate and pathetic in its desperation and hypocrisy: Ethics Alarms has been predicting that as the reality of public lashback against the spectacularly failed Democratic Party rule since 2020 (and in many places, before) became undeniable, the lies, tantrums and other excesses of those accountable would escalate. I’m sure even worse is on the horizon, but the most charitable thing one could say about Biden’s speech last night is that it wasn’t a terrible as his earlier one calling Republicans fascists. Nonetheless, in my preliminary research, no President has ever given two such divisive and intellectually indefensible speeches in their entire time in office, and Joe Biden gave them within 60 days of each other.
The speech comes as the various polls are finally showing what anyone paying attention knew was the case long before: Democrats are losing support even from their base, and face an epic shellacking. The slashing conservative blogger Ace of Spades, I think, has this scam figured out. He writes that the polling organizations, most of them allied with with progressive universities and biased news organizations, deliberately slanted their polling groups towards Democrats in order to please their clients. (Another analyst adds that such fake news gives Democrats sufficient hope to peddle in fundraising appeals, knowing well that the real numbers would be far more discouraging.) Now, however, because their future credibility depends on not looking like idiots when the votes are tallied, the pollsters are finally playing it straight.
Still, even as all around Biden are losing their heads and blaming it on him, I cannot fathom the epic gall required for this President of all Presidents to base a last ditch appeal for his party on the argument that “we the people must decide whether we’re going to sustain a republic where reality is accepted, the law is obeyed, and your vote is truly sacred.”
Which party is he arguing for? Biden’s speech began, disgracefully enough, with the Paul Pelosi attack, despite the reality that his attacker was an illegal alien, clinically insane, and without apparent alliance to either party. The facts of the attack are still unclear and not exactly coherent, and the security footage of the break-in have yet to be released. A speech about the importance of reality was begun by spinning an event about which the reality has not been determined, while alleging a causal relationship with GOP rhetoric that has not been, and probably can’t be, established.
You know. Reality.
But the speech was even more absurd than that. Biden himself has been at war with reality all along, and may be losing whatever tenuous grip he had on it completely. In recent weeks Biden has called Kamala Harris a “great president,” claimed that his student loan giveaway was a law passed by Congress when it was his own executive order, said that his son Beau was killed in Iraq, and claimed that he attended a Historic Black College, Delaware State. He continues to employ a Secretary of Homeland Security who says that the southern border is secure; he claims that the surge in gas prices that began with his specious climate-control measures is really the result of oil company “gouging;” he claimed that he has lowered gas prices from “five dollars” when he took office; his administration claims that the economy is in great shape despite devastating inflation. His party hacks and the mainstream media are arguing that Republican attacks on the crime rate are based in “racism.”
Here’s a recent example of accepting reality: yesterday the White House tweeted that Social Security checks would be larger because of Biden’s efforts. When it was pointed out in multiple sources that this was a lie, and that the cost-of-living increase had nothing to do with Biden, the tweet was taken down. This President, this Administration is ethically estoppel from accusing anyone of “denying reality.” But Biden’s entire speech was an exercise in gall, and a gamble that the American public is naive, gullible, and as dumb as a box of whoopie cushions. He actually accused Republicans of spreading “lies told for power and profit. Lies of conspiracy and malice, lies repeated over and over to generate a cycle of anger, hate, vitriol and even violence,” as if power and profit isn’t and hasn’t been a primary motivation of both parties, and for as long as anyone can remember, and as if, as I’ve already noted, his party has been hyperactive in the lying category.
In fact, the choice of the theme for Biden’s speech was deliberately dishonest and a diversion from reality. This election isn’t about “protecting democracy.” It’s about all the real issues Biden didn’t mention at all, the ones that are going to lose the election for Democrats—inflation, energy, illegal immigration, crime, the totalitarian behavior of his administration, not Trump’s, attempted government censorship, the illegal student loan giveaway, the promotion of racial division and inappropriate sexual content in the schools.
Even the theme as stated was dishonest and hypocritical, as many have pointed out. Democrats questioned the results of elections vigorously in 2000, 2004 and 2016, the latter after Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton piously lectured candidate Trump about how accepting adverse results in the interest of the nation was mandatory—because they were sure Hillary would win. When she lost, Democrats backed an effort to have the Electoral College voters flip the results, and spent the next four years trying to eject a President they regarded as illegitimate by any means necessary.
Biden, Democrats, and much of the media, are now arguing that allowing any party but a single one—theirs— to hold power in the United States is a threat to democracy. Only one ideology is acceptable; only one result can be tolerated; only one point of view is “safe.” You can call that self-contradictory claim audacious, you can call it ominous, you can call it cynical and insulting. In the end, however, it is a test of just how susceptible Americans are to totalitarian methods…or, more simply, just how unworthy of a republic Americans have become.