Friday, July 12, 2024

A Dangerous and Disrespectful Speech

“If you tell a lie, tell a big one.

 Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of the Third Reich

Last night we were treated to just over twenty-four minutes of an angry, bitter, and downright nasty campaign speech by Joseph Biden. The speech was delivered to a smallish crowd within Independence Hall against an odd blood-red backdrop as he was inappropriately flanked by two marines, who should not have been present for a campaign speech. It was obviously intended to be the opening phase of the final push by the Democrats to preserve their majorities in both chambers of Congress. 

Like so much else that has gone wrong with this presidency, the speech was a failure, but it was not just a simple political mistake. No, in fact it did terrific damage to a sorely divided nation and worsened a widening partisan divide. Under the pretense of attempting to bring the country together (under Democrat control, of course), Biden had the temerity to demonize the seventy-four MILLION American voters who pulled the lever for Donald Trump in 2020. 

He persisted throughout the speech in accusing the Republicans of every sin that the Democrats had been flagrantly committing for years- lawlessness and disrespect for the police, class hatred, undermining respect for our governmental institutions and elections, etc., etc. Joseph Goebbels would have heartily approved of the political tactic of accusing your opponent of every sin your side was committing in spades. On a human level, the psychiatrist Sigmund Freud called this “projection,” the mental process by which people attribute to others what is in their own minds.

“Equality and democracy are under assault,” Biden railed, and indeed they are. But he then went on to assert that “MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution…” even as we fight to preserve it. He accused Republicans of “a willingness to engage in political violence…” ignoring the tens of billions of dollars in damage and dozens of lives lost in over a hundred riots instigated or condoned by Democrats. “We are in a battle for the soul of this nation….” Well, he got that one right.

Insurrection was the underlying theme of his speech, even though the publicly acknowledged intention of Joe Biden’s administration has been to “transform” the country. (He somehow failed to mention this goal during his campaign.) As stated above, the greatest fault of the speech was his repeatedly expressed view that his Republican opponents (you know, the folks who make up the party founded in 1854 which opposed slavery and then saved the Union), are disloyal and dangerous Americans. For this alone Joe Biden can never be forgiven.

Perhaps the only (unintended) lighter moment of the speech occurred when Biden asserted “I give you my word as a Biden, I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future…” This from the man who cheated in law school, plagiarized his speeches, reversed his positions on virtually every major issue he espoused over a fifty year political career, and then ran for the presidency of the United States under false pretenses as a moderate Democrat! 

I would never have voted for Biden even if I were a Democrat because of his repeated moral failings, his advanced years and obvious mental decline, and of course Obama’s warnings about his inadequacies for the job back when Joe was his vice president. But last night Joe Biden cemented his position as one of the two or three very worst presidents in our nation’s history, and he is trending downwards from there.

May our country survive this presidency!