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.