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Biden January 6 speech continues string of failed communications

Biden January 6 speech continues string of failed communications

If there was even a shred of hope that President Biden would live up to his promise to “bring America together,” it was dashed with his angry, highly partisan and mendacious speech commemorating the Capitol Hill Riot.  

Biden’s speech was a combination of a Fourth of July address and a strident political stump speech — more of the latter than the former.  Biden essentially said that anyone who is not supportive of his controversial voting regulations are racists – by siding with racists.  That race card is not working because it is WAY overused and basically untrue.

The speech was so over the edge that even Democrats openly feared that Biden had gone too far – and was inviting a credible backlash.  Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin was among those who expressed concern.  Election analyst Ryan Clancy said Biden’s description of voting racism would have been more appropriate in the 1960s when voter suppression (by Democrat regimes, I should add) was real and statistically measurable.

If someone were to have heard that speech out-of-context – and with no knowledge of the pretext – they might have concluded that Biden was still amid a political campaign against the former President.  It was a speech that Biden can save in the event he faces Trump again in the 2024 presidential election – which I strongly doubt in both cases.

Unlike previous Biden speeches, where Harris is seen on stage, the Vice President was given a speaking part – more than the background prop we have seen in the past.  Although after addressing the Democrats legislative agenda – specifically their so-called voting rights legislation now apparently dead in the Senate — and providing a fawning introduction to her boss, Harris unceremoniously exited to stage right.  She was not even the bobble-headed prop — bobbling her approval of Biden’s every word in the background.

I found a moment of laughable irony when Harris said that they needed to address the criminal aspects.  I thought, surely, she must be addressing the crime wave unleashed by Democratic Party anti-policing and open borders policies– and their anti-law enforcement Democrats serving as prosecutors(?) in America’s major urban centers.

Harris again went off the rails when she compared the Capitol Hill Riot with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the downing of the Trade Towers on 9/11.  If Harris had the choice of being on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, on one of the upper floors of the Trade Tower, or on the Senate floor during the Capitol Hill Riot, she would have to face the outrageousness of her comparison.  

A better comparison might be all the destructive and deadly riots that have become iconic in our major Democrat-run cities – many of which were far more destructive and deadly than the events on Capitol Hill.  The significant difference is that in all those “other” riots it was not the elite in harms way.  It was the common folk – the poorest of them.  You know … the folks who do not matter as much to the elitist establishment in Washington.

With his own popularity plummeting – and the prospect of a GOP wave in November – Biden regurgitated the Democrats myopic anti-Trump tropes that have been proffered by Democrat leaders and their media allies since Trump was elected in 2016.  The Riot on Capitol Hill was a full-fledged insurrection … sedition … an attempted coup, they say.  In grand hyperbolic statements, Biden endorses the specious claims of a hyped coup attempt that actually came perilously close to bringing down the American small-d democratic Republic.

And even worse.  According to Biden, the attempted take-over of America is still in process with Republican officeholders at all levels of government conspiring to steal the 2022 and 2024 elections.  Millions upon millions of Americans are either complicit with the grand scheme or ignorant and gullible dupes. Media radicals, such as MSNBC’s John Heilemann claims that there are among the public more than 30 million individuals ready to take up arms to overthrow the government by force.

While Biden did not make that same ridiculous specific claim, he did engage in generalized fearmongering that gives unwarranted credence to the crazies like Heilemann – and most of his colleagues at MSNBC.

Biden seemed to have used portions of his speech to get under Trump’s well-recognized thin skin and penchant for never losing – or at least never admitting to having lost.  Biden made several references to Trump as a loser – and in one reference called Trump more than just a loser, but a “defeated former President.”  

Biden’s speech was clearly an us-against-them call to action. It was not all about Trump — which is a worthy topic of pollical debate.  Biden carried on the Democrats theme (strategy) to demonize the ENITRE Republican Party – members of Congress, state officials, local officials, and voters. 

Biden’s speech was just another effort to flood the political sphere with one subject.  It played well in the biased press – with the left-wing media outlets dutifully complying with total coverage of the President’s divisive narrative (spin) as if it were fact-based – as if no other viewpoint had validity.

More than a reflection of the tragedy of the Capitol Hill Riot, Biden’s main issue was Trump’s continuing refusal to admit that he lost the election fair and square – and it is upon a “Big Lie” — as it has been branded – that all those claims of insurrection, sedition, coup and future threats to democracy rest.

Biden’s speech was intended to rile up the partisans.  Get action on his becalmed legislation.  In that regard, it was more in keeping with those impassioned speeches of encouragement given by Japanese military leaders to their squadrons of kamikaze pilots.

In terms of presentation, it was a good day for Biden. In terms of adding any more relevant information to the national dialogue on the Riot, it was another Ground Hog Day.  In terms of moving the needle of public opinion, it was a non-compelling non-event – fodder for the Democrats, but nothing to change public opinion.  To its purpose, it was a failure.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. frank stetson

    Let the indictments and convictions speak for themselves: sedition…..sedition……
    – 753 charged.
    – 175 guilty plea’s so far
    = 75 misdeameanors
    = 35 prison time sentences
    = one 4.5 year sentence, one for over 5 years
    = many of the guilty blame Donald J Trump for misleading them

    Let the 1/6 Investigation continue and quit wimping out on testifying to Congress; it’s not like you’re making law or anything beyond being in the FOX echo chamber. What does this insurrection have to do with bringing the country together. Do you want us to sing Kumbaya, let em all of da hook, and pretend just another day of feisty tourism at the Capitol?

    Come on Man…..
    Let’ Go Big Bird.

    • larry Horist

      As a person who like to see rioters pay for their crimes, I am happy to see so any of them arrested and charged. But only 11 only charged with “conspiratorial sedition” — and we do not yet know how those cases will come out in court. But you seem to be among those who have violated American jurisprudence and decided that they are guilty. You also have not mentioned your disappointment that the thousands of rioters that have burned, destroyed and killed in many cities many times — and who are not being arrested and indicted. The press has no interest in them. DThose criminals are not just walking, but Democrats like Harris raised money to get them out of jail. That bothers me … but apparently not you. I do not want to let any of them off the hook … and you know that. You read my commentaries enough to know that I am all for bringing the Capitol Hill rioters to justice. But you seem to have a hypocritical double-standard. Typical of the left. I think there would be more coming together if the same standard of law enforcement were applied equally to all those other rioters — who did a lot more damage to the folks in the neighborhood. But then those victims were only the common folks … the poor folks. You seem to believe that going up against the elite and priviledged is a whole different ballgame. Michael Steele, former RNC chairman, said it. The difference with the Capitol Hill riot is that it was … his word … “in OUR backyard. I look forward to your response — but I think you are stuck with your historic hypocrisy in this matter

      • Tom

        I agree with you Larry!! Lets just hope Chemp can give us his response in less than 1000 words!! You really opened up the door for him to write a book!!!

      • frank stetson

        Larry says: “but Democrats like Harris raised money to get them out of jail. That bothers me … but apparently not you.” How do you conclude this about me? “But you seem to have a hypocritical double-standard. Typical of the left.” WTH are you even talking about? Where have I not said follow the law, arrest and convict offenders? Where? Much less extending your made-up assumption contrary to the facts, to the entire left. I think there would be more coming together if the same standard of law enforcement were applied equally to all those other rioters — who did a lot more damage to the folks in the neighborhood. But then those victims were only the common folks … the poor folks. “You seem to believe that going up against the elite and priviledged is a whole different ballgame.” When I have said it’s nothing but the same ball game: the law. Break it, get arrested, indicted and convicted, if the facts bear out.

        I honestly don’t have a clue what you are talking about, it certainly does not jibe with my posts, I certainly am not an example of the entire left, and most certainly progressive left. And have consistently said the same. You are deluded, you extend your delusions about me to the entire Democrat party, and you can’t back it up. Quit telling me what you think I think and quit making it up as you go along. Let’s talk issues, let’s support our statements with facts, and let’s stop the personal attacks by sticking to the issues.

    • Harold blankenship

      Freedom fighters same as patriots hanged by the British

      • frank stetson

        Except we won that war…….

        And it was a righteous war…..

        Not a bunch of misplaced mental morons who fumbled the ball at the goal line…..

        And you stayed home……

        • larry Horist

          Frank … what the hell are your you saying. I have no idea what this comment is about. What war are you referring to? When you say morons fumbled the ball … what you talking about… Who stayed home? Your response makes not sense to me what so ever. I fail to see the connection to my commentary or any of the responses.

          • frank stetson

            That’s because it’s a reply to Mr. Blankenship…..

  2. Tom

    Another good one Larry! Where is Moe (Ben) these days? And Chemp (Frank Stetson) actually managed to get out a cohesive point in less that a thousand words! Thanks Chemp!!!! A couple take aways for me from Mr. Biden’s speech: 1) It was actually a stump scolding! 2) White people just do not play the race card well. It rarely works for them. 3) the scolding was not a total failure, it sure did get Trump pissed off! So on voting rights the speech did nothing measurable. It was a strike out! On getting Trump pissed off, it was a grand slam!!! And I like grand slams!

  3. frank stetson

    WaM JC!

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