Biden began his speech by extolling the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as the “rock upon which this nation is built. They are how we became the greatest nation on Earth. They are why, for more than two centuries, America has been a beacon to the world.” But then his dark side flickered to life:
But as I stand here tonight, equality and democracy are under assault. … Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic. … 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. … MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution.
What with all his napping, perhaps Biden missed the guest essay in the New York Times on August 19, 2022 by two leftist Ivy League law professors, Ryan D. Doerfler (Harvard) and Samuel Moyn (Yale) titled “Is the Constitution Obstructing American Democracy?” Their views suggest it’s not MAGA Republicans who do not respect the U.S. Constitution:
The real need is not to reclaim the Constitution, as many would have it, but instead to reclaim America from constitutionalism. … [C]onstitutions—especially—the broken one we have now—inevitably orient us to the past and misdirect the present into a dispute over what people agreed on once upon a time.
Doerfler and Moyn, like many other leftists, believe “[O]ur current Constitution is inadequate” and “famously undemocratic” with “hard-wired features, like the Electoral College and the Senate, designed as impediments to redistributive change.”
These law professors favor radical efforts by Congress that “would be pretty openly [defy] the Constitution to get to a more democratic order—and for that reason would need to insulate the law from judicial review.”
Biden’s blood-red rhetoric, illuminated by the ghastly backdrop, became darker and darker, allowing the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump in 2020 to understand better how Biden views them:
“They do not believe in the rule of law.”
“They do not recognize the will of the people.”
“They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards.”
“They’re working right now as I speak in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.”
“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.”
“MAGA Republicans. … embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies.”
“MAGA Republicans [pose] ‘a clear and present danger.’”
They are “extremists who will put their own pursuit of power above all else.”
“MAGA Republicans are” committed to … to destroying American democracy.”
“MAGA Republicans believe that for them to succeed, everyone else has to fail.”
“MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
Ironically, after all the divisive insults, fearmongering, and 16 obsessive references to “Trump” or “MAGA,” Biden said,
America must choose: to move forward or to move backwards? To build the future or obsess about the past? To be a nation of hope and unity and optimism, or a nation of fear, division, and of darkness?
He tried futilely to mitigate the damage his expansive version of the “basket of deplorables” would do, saying,
Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology. I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans.
Biden must think the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump in 2020 are as dopey as he—Biden—is, but they all know when they’ve been insulted, and insulted, and insulted.
By “mainstream Republicans,” Biden means establishment Republicans who have spent taxpayer money hand over fist and abandoned the culture to the forces of darkness that control virtually every cultural institution, thereby making life unlivable for decent people.
Biden’s speech abounded in ironies.
He accused Trump voters of “not believing in the rule of law.” No mention of Biden’s flagrant disregard for immigration law.
No mention of Biden’s illegal transference of student college debt from people who voluntarily entered an agreement to pay back student loans to Americans who chose not to go to college, or who paid off their debts, or who worked to pay for their college education without loans, sometimes forsaking their dream schools for less expensive, less prestigious colleges.
No mention of the curiously different treatment of Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents as compared to the treatment of Hillary Clinton’s destruction of classified documents.
No mention of Biden voters like Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Lori Lightfoot, and the Cuomo Cabal who violated COVID protocols that they demanded all lesser Americans comply with.
Biden accused Trump voters of “not recognizing the will of the people,” even as the Biden administration refuses to recognize that 81% of adults support voter ID laws, including 62% of Democrats.
The Biden administration refuses to recognize that “Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans either ‘oppose’ or ‘strongly oppose’ using tax dollars to support abortion abroad, including 59% who self-identify as pro-choice.”
And the Biden administration refuses to recognize that “55 percent of Americans [are] opposed to allowing transgender women and girls to compete with other women and girls in high school sports and 58 percent [are] opposed to it for college and professional sports.”
Biden accused Trump voters of fanning “the flames of political violence that are a threat … to the rule of law.” He said Trump voters “look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th—brutally attacking law enforcement—not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots.”
No mention of the flames of political violence committed by Biden voters that threatened the rule of law and destroyed communities in 2020. No mention of the brutal attacks on law enforcement and government property (which is by definition and insurrection) by Biden voters. No mention of the BLM/Antifa insurrectionists who took literal baseball bats–as distinct from metaphorical daggers–to the heads of police officers. No mention of the Biden voters—including his feckless vice president—who supported those riotous insurrections. No mention of the Biden voters who bailed armed BLM and Antifa insurrectionists out of jail.
Biden asserted that “We are still an America that believes in honesty and decency and respect for others, patriotism, liberty, justice for all, hope, possibilities.” No mention of his indecent support for human slaughter throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy for any or no reason, thereby denying the least among us liberty, justice, and possibilities.
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash the blood clean from Biden’s hand? No; his hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.
Biden’s backdrop was fitting.