Joe Biden made a mockery of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with his grotesque speech on his version of the word "democracy," which apparently means "the right to vote for Joe Biden, without being exposed to other viewpoints."
"No other election has ever been held under such scrutiny and such high standards," he proclaimed. "The big lie is just that -- a big lie."
He managed to deliver the whopper that "In America, if you lose you accept the results," with a straight face, as though the response to Trump's 2016 victory was anything close to "accept[ing] the results"! Trump's entire administration was one concocted scandal after another, designed to send a message -- to him and to the American people -- that he would not be allowed to govern.
He demanded the passage of laws related to voting, and for the Department of Justice to use "its authorities to challenge the onslaught of state laws undermining voting rights in old and new ways." Likening laws -- some of which may indeed be wrong, but certainly not uniformly so -- to one of the darkest periods of American history, he asserted "The 21st Century Jim Crow assault is real, it's unrelenting, and we're going to challenge it vigorously." What a mockery he makes of true battles against massive injustice!
Presenting what are plainly partisan proposals as a simple defense of freedom, he claimed "Never before have we decided who gets to count, what votes count." What a silly thing to say. There have always been rules in elections, and both parties have a very clear idea of what sorts of regulations will support their electoral chances. But a benefit to one party over the other does not mean that a regulation is wrong. Take voter identification -- which must be accompanied with no-fee state identification documents -- as an example.
Biden's push for fascism came through with his warning of "threats of election subversion, not just abroad -- which I spent time with Putin talking about -- but from home." He claimed that in 2022 there will be "a new wave of unprecedented voter suppression and raw and sustained election subversion," calling for the need to "work together" to stop "foreign interference in our elections, or the spread of disinformation from within." And how might the spread of disinformation be stopped? Simple -- government-directed censorship.
Calling essentially for a war against his political opponents, Biden said that "Peddlers of lies are threatening the entire foundation of our country... I swore an oath to you, to God, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. That's an oath that forms a sacred trust to defend America against all threats, both foreign and domestic." And what is the magnitude of these domestic threats? "We're facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That's not hyperbole, since the Civil War. The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on January 6."
If the United States were truly facing the greatest threat since the Civil War -- during which Habeas Corpus was suspended and millions of Americans were literally fighting each other in deadly combat -- would any means of rising to that existential challenge be too extreme?