Streetwise Professor

January 6, 2024

Joe Biden Waves the Bloody Shirt–Because Other Than That, He’s Got Nothin’

Filed under: Politics — cpirrong @ 7:38 pm

For at least the second time Joe Biden used an iconic Revolutionary War monument–this time Valley Forge–to attack his political foes as threats to the American government.

Apparently the irony of saying that insurrection is a really really really bad thing at the sites of crucial moments in America’s founding insurrection is lost on Joe. But of course, a lot of things are lost on Joe in his diminished mental state (which was never that acute to begin) with.

The most telling thing about this demagoguery is that it means that Biden is starting his campaign by going negative. The typical campaign trajectory is to start out positive and tout the candidate’s shining vision for the future, and then ramp up the negativity as election day nears. Biden obviously realizes he has nothing positive to offer. He has tried to hype his economic program, but “Bidenomics” is about as popular as antibiotic resistant venereal disease. Further, the country is extremely negative about pretty much everything his administration is doing–the border most notably.

So Biden has nothing to do but grab and wave the bloody shirt–because he has nothing else to run on.

And what a pathetic bloody shirt it is. As I noted at the time, the January 6 whatever was not a crime so much as it was a blunder–and plausibly a trap set by the Deep State into which some (unarmed) fools obligingly jumped. And the only blood that was spilled was that of a few of the alleged insurrectionists. The Civil War it wasn’t, despite the desperate attempts of the left to make it even worse than a conflict that resulted in the deaths of about 2 percent of the population.

The whole Trump-will-be-a-dictator-who-will-destroy-“our democracy” (vomit) narrative is palpably ridiculous.

I have serious problems with Trump. He caved to Fauci and the rest of that crowd on Covid–an example of the yawning gap between his pugilistic rhetoric and his pusillanimous actions. He pushed experimental vaccines. He was horrible–horrible–on spending and the size of government. He was a soft money guy pushing for lower interest rates like an American Erdogan. Although I could see the logic of a trade war with China, his anti-trade agenda was broader than that, and not defensible. His appointments were almost uniformly horrible, with the possible exception of some Supreme Court picks.

Against that, I would say that he was right on the border (and that disaster alone may win him re-election). His general aversion to military intervention overseas was also a relief. He was pretty good on regulatory matters. He was not a fanatic looking to transform radically the consumption and production of energy in the United States while chasing climate chimeras. And he was good on DEI.

And even on issues like spending and Covid he was far superior to Biden.

But regardless of how you evaluate Trump on these substantive issues, to paint him as a dictator who will abuse the powers of the state to destroy representative government (which we are supposed to have, as opposed to democracy, which we categorically don’t) is demagogic and delusional. Indeed, it is an inversion of reality.

What do dictators do? Peruvian dictator Oscar Benvenides’ quote provides a pithy description: “For my friends, everything. For my enemies–the law!”

No man in American history has been targeted by the state and in particular its law enforcement structures more viciously than Donald Trump. Even before he took office–hell, even before he was elected–the law was unleashed on him, foully. And the foulness has only metastasized. And the myriad instruments of the security state–the things that dictators wield to destroy their enemies–have also been employed relentlessly against Trump for around 8 years.

Now the Defenders of Democracy are striving mightily to deny Americans the right to vote for him–another move right out of the Dictator’s Playbook.

And the law has been employed against far more enemies of the regime than Trump.

“Projection” is therefore beyond inadequate to describe the left’s demonization of Trump as a would-be dictator. This demonization most likely reflects the desperation of a party that has nothing positive to offer combined with a haunting fear of karma–that Trump will do to them what they did to him.

That would be, well, karma. And karma is a bitch, no?

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  1. I can’t imagine the progs will release their grip. A trump presidency will likely see them forever out of power, in jail perhaps, and the money spigots pinched.

    So, I see the prog regime doing whatever it takes. Maybe a Reichstag event and suspension of the election due to an arranged ‘national emergency.’

    Maybe a Dallas event directed to DT. Maybe all of it. Along with a massively crooked election, likely now in advanced stages of planning.

    Biden can’t be running anything. He’s too stupid. Maybe its Bilderberg and Obama from the shadows. It could only happen with the complicity of Chris Wray and Merrick Garland, who seem to have no problem betraying their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution.

    When the Soviet Union fell, I was surprised to see the immediate emergence of Orthodox Christianity among the Russians after 70 years of enforced atheism. I am now amazed, but no longer surprised, to see the rapid emergence of widespread collectivist betrayal in America after 250 years of individual freedom.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 6, 2024 @ 11:28 pm

  2. If the lawfare against Trump had occurred in Pakistan with various state and federal prosecutors piling on to the guy, mainstream media would have described the prosecutions as “politically motivated”

    But in America …?

    The Article 14 thing is the most absurd argument I’ve heard in years and it amazes that so-called serious Constituional scholars thing there is merit in citing the ‘insurrection’ provision.

    Some random bureaucrat or political appointee decides on his/her own initative that a candidate cannot appear on the ballot? Talk about a Mickey Mouse democracy! The States is disappearing down the plughole as the country is submerged in a tide of flatuousness (a new word I just tried to coin: fatuousness with a hint of flatulence but, no, it means tendency to produce flatulence. Foiled again!)

    Comment by Simple Simon — January 7, 2024 @ 12:37 pm

  3. I can’t believe what I’m seeing.

    I have no framework/model/paradigm which explains it.

    The only one which comes close to explaining the actions of the Dems is ‘Bolshevism’ – Leninist hierarchies filled with people chosen for loyalty rather than competence (‘Where’s Lloyd??’); attacks on EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, ALL AT ONCE, from white Christians in the heartland to Houthis on the Red Sea; wall-to-wall high volume sloganeering far removed from reality (the guff about Jan 6 and T. Rump – it’s a miracle he’s still alive); bloodthirsty manichaean polarisation (the ‘bloody shirt’ a case in point); fiscal and economic incompetence (how much for a burger n fries meal at Maccas these days?); strategic and diplomatic incompetence (pushing together Vlad ‘thousands of functioning nukes’ and Xi ‘I’m not kidding, just ask all the cadres I’ve murdered’ and then maximally pissing them off at the same time); military incompetence (Afghanistan, the prosecution but most especially the termination).

    What are Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn busy with these days? Looks like they’re leaving nothing in the tank.

    And all this happening in the world’s foremost industrial-capitalist democracy and world’s wealthiest country.

    You would think people would do everything they could to avoid falling into ‘Weimar’. Just the name should send a shudder up the spine. Maybe they have no idea what Weimar is, or can’t see it springing up around them.

    I picked the wrong year to give up sniffing glue.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — January 7, 2024 @ 7:13 pm

  4. @Ex-Global-Super_Regulator on Lunch Break. “What are Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn busy with these days? Looks like they’re leaving nothing in the tank.” Their project Barack Obama is clearly in charge.

    The left wants Weimar because they have to destroy what exists in order to usher in their utopia.

    Comment by cpirrong — January 9, 2024 @ 11:55 am

  5. @Simple Simon. Re the 14th Amendment argument. Dozens of ex-Confederates–the real target of that clause of the 14th–served in the Senate and the House. They dominated Southern delegations, sometimes into the 20th century.

    Comment by cpirrong — January 9, 2024 @ 11:56 am

  6. @Prof – Indeed he is. When he and the wife aren’t involved in high-stakes shenanigans with the home-help, anyway.

    ‘The left wants Weimar because they have to destroy what exists in order to usher in their utopia.’

    Is it ignorance or arrogance, that they aren’t aware or don’t care how that turned out last time?

    Again, I can’t process this. It’s murderously reckless.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — January 9, 2024 @ 7:41 pm

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