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The Ruling Class’s House of Cards Crumbles

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2024
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If the beauty of Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships, the ugly meltdown of Joe Biden on the debate stage has launched at least a thousand opinion pieces. This will be one of them. Don’t worry, however, it will only be launched by it. For the Biden collapse is not itself that interesting except insofar as it made manifest what many of us on the right have been saying for some time: our ruling class has been relying on a depiction of the state of the American house that is fundamentally false.

We’ve been presented with a picture of a solid brick building that will weather the storms. But every time Americans get a close-up, it is a house of cards that is leaning to and fro, with parts collapsing. 

What the Nobel Prize-winning Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote of his own country is now applicable to ours: “We know that they are lying, they know that they are lying, they even know that we know they are lying, we also know that they know we know they are lying too, they of course know that we certainly know they know we know they are lying too as well, but they are still lying. In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category, but the pillar industry of this country.”

This is an utterly depressing realization for many people. But it is salutary insofar as this recognition is the first step in starting to steer our country back to truthfulness. As the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous informs us, the first step to recovery is admitting that we have a problem—and that it is unmanageable.

Think of all the revelations this week. Even when, in the debate, he was uttering something coherent, President Biden was lying. Border Patrol Union chief Brandon Judd appeared on Fox News afterwards to make a categorical denial of the claim that the Border Patrol endorsed both Biden and his policies: “To be clear, we never have and never will endorse Biden. The border can be secured tomorrow if we would go back, and we would look at the policies that were in place that President Trump built. They were great policies.” More importantly on this topic, Biden claimed border crossings were down since he took office when they have at least doubled.

Yet the biggest lie smashed was that Joe Biden is a man in his prime with a command of the details of his job. For weeks, White House flacks, Democratic politicians, and pundits have told us that every video depiction of a man in steep decline is merely a “cheapfake,” a bit of video “taken out of context” to create a misleading impression. Never mind that, quite often, the full videos made Biden look worse.

Those of us long convinced that Barack Obama is the power behind the Oval Office swivel chair were given a lot more ammo this week. If it’s not the Lightbringer himself who makes the decisions, its certainly not Joe Biden.

Besides his “competence,” the “decency” of Joe Biden took a hit this month when it was reported that Ashley Biden confirmed that the diary attributed to her, with its entries about her father’s “inappropriate” showers with her and her wondering if she was “molested,” was absolutely authentic.

Again, such an accusation would be no surprise to anyone paying attention. Even liberals used to understand that Joe Biden was no vehicle for a return to decency. A 2014 U. S. News & World Report article reported on the then-Vice President’s habit of upsetting female Secret Service agents by swimming in his pool nude. Liberal outlets such as Talking Points Memo and the Washington Post used to publish reports of problems with the man’s behavior around women with titles like the latter’s 2015 article “What are we going to do about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?” And, in 2019, even lefty Vox was sympathetic to Biden accuser Tara Reade’s claims.

Not only are the myths about Joe Biden being systematically dismantled, but so too are the myths about Donald Trump. The attempt to frame Trump as guilty of “34 felonies” is a case in point. We wrote in this space a few weeks ago about how the New York Trump trial was being labeled even on CNN as a “Frankenstein case” in which prosecutors “contorted the law in an unprecedented manner in their quest to snare their prey.” Last week, an older bit of dishonesty fell when ultra-liberal Snopes debunked the claim that then-President Trump called neo-Nazis and white supremacists “very fine people.” Yes, it’s seven years late, but that’s the point. Even the parts of the house of cards that have been glued repeatedly are falling apart.  

But there are other issues on which the lies are being revealed. The punishment of a 16-year-old North Carolina teen for using the perfectly correct term “illegal alien” to describe people in the United States without authorization has ignited a fight about the language. The doctrinaire insistence on describing people who have illegally entered the United States as “immigrants” or as “undocumented” (as if they had temporarily lost some forms) is a bit of linguistic dishonesty that is losing its cache. A new survey shows 62% of Americans favor using the correct terminology.          

So, too, the lies about medical interventions on children suffering from gender dysphoria. While the Biden DOJ has indicted Dr. Eithan Heim, the heroic doctor who blew the whistle on Texas Children’s Hospital for making such interventions against Texas law, the fund to cover his legal expenses has raised over $900,000 dollars. And, more importantly, the pressure to stop these abusive practices has gotten strong enough that even the Biden Administration has now come out in opposition to transgender surgeries for minors—despite the fact that they had brought a challenge in the Supreme Court to Tennessee’s law banning surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones. It’s unlikely that the Biden Administration is sincere or united in its opposition, but it says something about the subject that we’re seeing an official position that Biden himself would have called bigoted and hateful a short time ago.

So, too, the declining power of the lies of DEI. Though many companies are still riding the woke train, reports have started coming out that, in the business world, DEI programs and positions are being eliminated and reduced. As companies finally start to realize how divisive such programs are, they are beginning to have second thoughts about the embrace of left-wing political mythology at the expense of their own fields and customers. The most recent corporate announcement was from Tractor Supply, which promised to stop reporting to the Human Rights Campaign, to “eliminate DEI roles and retire our current DEI goals,” and to stop focusing on carbon emissions.  

And on the issue of inflation, the desperate attempts of apologists to say it’s gone away or not a problem have not convinced Americans who see what’s happening at the grocery store and in their accounts and are not happy. Especially not when even “mainstream” outlets such as NBC have been reporting since late spring that inflation is still a big problem.

The house of cards is crumbling at an alarming rate for the ruling class. People are not buying what they are selling anymore. Americans are asking more questions. Joe Biden’s dismal performance may well be remembered some day not merely as a bit of campaign lore, but a moment of revelation for an American people who now recognize we have a lot of work to do in rebuilding the house the Founders built.   

David P. Deavel teaches at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. A past Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, he is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. Follow him on X @davidpdeavel.

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PaulE
PaulE
14 days ago

While it seems we now going to be deluged by a myriad of articles, from lots of authors, now proclaiming the race is essentially over and we can now sit back and just coast to an easy victory in November, I just want to interject just a little reality for a moment so we don’t fall into the same trap that seems to set for Republicans every election cycle. Never pop the champagne corks and start the victory party until you have the contract signed, check in hand, and it has been deposited into the company’s bank account. Rule #1 in the business world. Until that is accomplished, the game is NOT over, and any number of potential landmines can go off along the way. My point is that the Democrats still have a number of active strategies in motion to try and ensure the outcome of the “election” still goes their way in the end. Remember, the issues of election integrity, lawfare and a MSM still intent on doing whatever it takes to keep the Democrats in power are ALL still active.

Yes, Trump easily won the debate against a mentally enfeebled opponent in the form of Joe Biden. We should all cheer that the Democrats’ own plans to attempt to bottle up Trump, via stacking the deck in Biden’s favor from the debate rules to the hand-picked debate moderators all blew up in their own faces Thursday night. Thus, once again, proving they are NOT the world class masterminds of the universe that they think they are, but merely people willing to do anything, both legal and illegal, to win and advance their destructive agenda. They spent nearly a week trying to train Biden, who has been steadily declining both physically and mentally before our eyes over the last 5 years. Thursday night’s performance was honestly NOT all that different from what we have already been treated in smaller, shorter doses since Biden was installed in the Oval Office. The idea that they could indefinitely just regularly pump-up Old Joe with drugs, so that he could somehow function in a normal range of function for 90 minutes on air without a teleprompter was bound to fail eventually. The DNC has just discovered that that time is now. Dementia is a progressive disease with no cure. People with it become less and less cognoscente as the disease progresses.

Joe wasn’t fit to be POTUS when he was campaigning from his basement in 2019 and did limited public appearance where he slurred his speech, intermittently froze, and would wander on stage aimlessly. Yet that didn’t prevent the left from getting Old Joe not only “elected”, but they over-stuffed the ballots to the tune of 81 million. The courts all fell all over themselves to say no legal challenges had any standing. Which is a what courts proclaim when they don’t want to hear a case usually for political reasons. After the staged riots of the summer of 2020, the courts were all intimidated into silence. Remember, all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. So, despite Joe’s feeble nature even back in 2020 and the ridiculous ballot counts on the Democrat side that easily blew Obama’s numbers away, we still ended up with Old Joe sitting in the WH and the country and the world has paid a heavy price ever since. So, by all means celebrate Trump’s win in Thursday night’s debate, but just remember the Democrats, no matter what, have no intention of losing power and going away peacefully.

Now back to what will be an endless stream of “It’s a cake walk for the GOP to this November’s election” articles here on AMAC and elsewhere.

Dona Erwin
Dona Erwin
14 days ago

Thank you so much for the very interesting column regarding the House of Cards. I have heard several stories about it but had no confirmation that they were in fact True. My daughter is a Democrat and doesn’t believe anything bad about Biden. I can’t understand how she cannot see what he has done and Is doing to our Country.

Eric
Eric
13 days ago

The following two “quotes” are coined by me but I would encourage all to use them. The first is a warning, the second is simply a fact. “Beware of being tolerant of tolerance”. And #2, “Speaking the truth is offensive only to those who do not want to hear it”. So what do we do? This 3rd quote is not mine nor do I know who said it but it tells us what to do. “Show Up; Stand Up; Speak Up!!!

Maxbert
Maxbert
13 days ago

Biden has always been a figurehead. Dems don’t vote for him; they vote for the left wing ideological agenda.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
14 days ago

Praise for this important article David, I do believe that the paragraph about the terminology to describe illegal aliens is something significant in identifying language differences between the right and left political ideologies . A strong foundation will be the first consideration in. rebuilding the house the Founders built. Clear , intelligent communication will be necessary for that noble project and the language issue will be vital in order to have understanding as something the house will represent. The description of people who have come into this Country illegally as illegal aliens fits, it is appropriate, I do not believe there is anything mean spirited about it. It applies to people who are not known law breakers in any other way — regarding the criminal gangs members who promote illegal drugs and human trafficking — the best description. would be despicable, dishonorable enemies of Freedom. I reckon this idea of DEI being a wrong move,in the wrong direction being realized by many businesses is encouraging . Ethical standards should be part of rebuilding the house the Founders built ,and respect for the ideals of Faith, Family and Freedom . Historical accuracy will go a long way to give strength to the foundation. In the spirit of respect for Truth and Liberty.
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odyss
odyss
14 days ago

I think Snopes stopped the Charlottesville hoax and the fake news recognized Biden’s frail condition because the fake news realizes it is losing their audience fast, and they need

Robert W Israel
Robert W Israel
13 days ago

The media is still determined to defeat Trump, along with the government, academia and the legal profession. We can’t look at the debate as a big win, because in another week, it will have been disappeared down the media memory hole as a “bad day” for a great man.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
13 days ago

The US government was seized by leftist radicals in November 2020 in a FLU D’ETAT , insomuch a flu -like illness was used as a pretext to allow mass mail in voting that allowed mass voter fraud in six swing states . It’s these American Bolsheviks 1917 moment and point of no return, insomuch, they never intend to lose power again, and especially to Donald Trump
They aren’t going to be intimidated by a debate loss, they are going to simply double down on their gangster M O . They’ll start by either jailing Trump or putting him under restrictive house arrest on July 11th , then use their nefarious allies in the MSM to incite assassination . Then if they cannot rig those crucial six swing states again they will simply declare Trump and ”INSURRECTIONIST” and disqualify him . Impossible you say ? Just wait and see !
They will then accuse Trump of being a ”danger to our democracy” and incite their de facto street militia to riot in all Blue cities . Then they’ll announce to all the feral migrants they invited into the country to ”protest” Trump’s aim to deport them all . Pretty soon you’ll have millions of thugs and hoodlums controlling the streets ; they will besiege Trump in the White House if he dares return , and with rich irony the first act of Trump as president could be to declare Martial Law and call out the NG to start shooting rioters
The radicalised Dems will never accept Trump as president anymore than the south would accept Abraham Lincoln . And the war came ! Let’s face it, a national divorce and pragmatic partition is on the cards, something akin to the 3 way partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 by the British that resulted in mass movement of the peoples and the creation of 3 separate countries of India/ Pakistan and Bangladesh . I suspect that soon there will be 2 or three Americas and none united !
Not to worry as the USA has now nearly twice the population of 1960, insomuch, they can affords to downsize and go their separate ways and in doing so get rid of these leftist creeps that plague the country . Smaller could well be better, but one thing is for certain; if this leftist cancer is not stopped and cut out it’s going to infect and destroy the entire country . It’s no longer about saving the USA as that ship has already sailed, it’s about pragmatically salvaging what can be saved from a dying republic . I wish it wasn’t so but it simply is !

Straight A
Straight A
13 days ago

Asking Biden to withdraw his candidacy is quickly becoming the wrong question. For the sake of both parties, why aren’t we asking him to resign his office?

bchamilton77@yahoo.com
14 days ago

When you try to build your political narrative based on a fictional Aaron Sorkin program, like Obama did, and Biden tried to resurrect, you cannot be surprised this “House of Cards” collapsing. It’s insulting to see David Frum and Bill Kristol neocon rats trying to spin. They’re simply warmongering creeps who need to be ran out of Washington. They all promoted Americans demise. Traitors.

Joe Bidens Mistress
Joe Bidens Mistress
13 days ago

Democrats since Obama have become vile, destructive anti American clowns who actually should be rounded up for re education….

Jackie
Jackie
13 days ago

All of us with Brains and intelligence have known this from the beginning. The so called elite ruling class have been using lies, money and intimidation from day one.I just wish that these rich elite ego maniacs would just go back to there own lives and stay the hell out of our lives.All the Zuckerberg, Soros’, Bloomburgs, Gate’s, Bozos, etc, just go have your little fellowship of tyrant’s and leave the rest of us alone.We didn’t need your help before and we sure as hell don’t need it now.

Matt Bradley
Matt Bradley
13 days ago

I have been saying for some time that the last bubble to burst is the truth bubble. It won’t be long now.

Roland
Roland
13 days ago

I didn’t watch the debate, but when I heard what a blow-out it was I was compelled to watch excerpts from the debate on youtube. And here’s what impressed me the most.
It wasn’t so much Biden’s weak voice, verbal stumbling or incoherence that made the biggest impression on me, it was the lost, befuddled, vacant expressions on his face that actually shocked me because I didn’t think he had deteriorated that far from his fairly recent angry state of the union address’
I’m old enough to have watched the Nixon-Kennedy debates on TV as a high school student, and according to popular opinion the reason Kennedy won was that he was not only younger and better looking than Nixon, but on television everyone could see Nixon sweating and thought Kennedy won teh debate, but those who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon won.

Edward S
Edward S
13 days ago

There are some very good comments here. However, there is a related issue that must be considered, that of the “Deep State”.
This problem began with Teddy Roosevelt & the “Progressives”! They said, “We need a professional class to do the government’s business. Of course, they will be apolitical.” How could we be so stupid? It is simply not possible to have a large group of people who have no interest in politics.
Then came Woodrow Wilson. The military, and what civil service there was, had been racially integrated in the late 19th century. Wilson, a thorough racist, re-segregated them. He also absolutely despised the Constitution & felt he should be able to do whatever he damn well pleased.
Now, here we are. The “Deep State” is clearly a political actor. I’d like to see some discussion of how to approach this problem.

Chris
Chris
13 days ago

Biden will be toast if his large donors stop giving to his campaign over the next 10 days!!

Texyz
Texyz
14 days ago

Agree PaulE.
And too, brevity is the soul of a discussion thread…….

granky
granky
13 days ago

The puppet masters finally realized puppet Joe is beyond repair and needs to be replaced so they arranged a debate knowing it would be a disaster, instructed the MSM to turn on Joe before any poles, before he even left the building. All of this was planned. If Joe doesn’t step down the MSM will destroy him. All the accusations of bribery, perversion and other crimes will no longer be denied nor downplayed, “deep fake” will become “documented evidence”. Whoever replaces Joe will be glorified as our country’s savior as the puppet masters continue to control the sheep with propaganda.

anna hubert
anna hubert
13 days ago

Let’s not celebrate too soon for it’s far from over The dragon is not slain yet Far from it Like Hydra it has more than one head

Bob
Bob
13 days ago

Excellent article. It is now the responsibility and duty of every American citizen to support the candidates that truly care about them, their communities and their way of life. VOTE!! Become a self-governing activist! Know your legislators and make sure they know what is important to you.

Lover of America and GOD!
Lover of America and GOD!
8 days ago

AS THE 1ST PARAGRAPH STATES…”Nobel Prize-winning Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote of his own country is now applicable to ours: “We know that they are lying, they know that they are lying, they even know that we know they are lying, we also know that they know we know they are lying too, they of course know that we certainly know they know we know they are lying too as well, but they are still lying. In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category, but the pillar industry of this country.” IS NOW SO TRUE OF OUR USA!

Larry Barton
Larry Barton
10 days ago

I haven’t been able to find the quote by Thomas Jefferson that went something like “…an educated, informed and INVOLVED electorate is required for our Constitutional Republic to function properly.”

We are witnessing the downfall of our Constitutional Republic because We the People have allowed the elite ruling class to lie to us ad nauseam; we allow our elected representatives to lie to us, to ignore our Constitution with impunity. we have become a nation of sheep.

Steve Greenwell
Steve Greenwell
12 days ago

Isn’t ‘Lightbringer’ what the devil was called before he became the father of lies?

John Shipway
John Shipway
13 days ago

The “House the founders built”, was destroyed when the wrong side lost in the CIvil War when all sense of this nation being a republic was destroyed in a conflict the wrong side started.
And what is sad is that the vast majority of people believe our Civil War was fought over ending slavery and not from an illegal effort at levying confiscatory tariffs on cotton and other primary sources of revenue the right side of the conflict relied on for economic survival.
I’m 70 years old and can still recall a time when real history was taught. That ended of course with the ongoing disaster called “The Great Society”.

David Millikan
David Millikan
13 days ago

Excellent article. Now, thanks to Dictator Beijing biden and democrats the Cartel now has U.S. Weapons-TANK BUSTERS. NO BS. Dictator Beijing biden is also flying back into the United States his Illegal Alien Terrorist with our Tax Dollars that President Trump deported. NO BS. That is Election Fraud, Election Interference, and violation of the U.S. National Security Act along with inappropriate use of taxpayers money.
Once again, Dictator Beijing biden puts his Illegal Alien Terrorist Invasion over the SAFETY and SOVEREIGNTY of the United States and American Legal Citizens for Illegal and Unconstitutional Votes.
This is a MAJOR THREAT to National Security and the United States of America.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
13 days ago

Joe Biden is a white elitist country club backslapping racist douche bag and always has been… his mental decline just makes it worse!

Rotorhead Greene
Rotorhead Greene
13 days ago

Truth! Facts! Evidence are exact and point on, as you said, no doubt. But as history has proven time and time again that with that time “out of sight…out of mind” is this country’s greatest weakness. WWI was deemed the war to end all wars, that attitude spread to a malignant scourge of complacency and false feelings of security. That complacency of ” WE WON, the threat of and then the reality of WWII was upon us. All here were fat dumb, frolicking in the great wealth, abundance and prosperity of gluttony so than nothing else mattered, sorta like the me me me and none for thee attitude we see today. Consumed in that arrogance and assurance of isolation, etc .between WWI and WWII, America thought only of their vast blessings of stuff, and more pleasures of the materialistic well-being they enjoyed, “That could never happen Here” sound familiar? Ignoring any need for military, no research for new weapon technology, all defensive material was antiquated, rotting away from WWI, no prevision for any conflict whatsoever, only by the grace of God did we survive as a country when HELL came knocking at Pearl Harbor. Idiots of the complacency, and stupidity of the Gluttony of politicians, Military Leaders, citizens allowed the enemy unopposed, almost total destruction of our Pacific Military. Installations. As the military slept, played, enjoying the solitude of perceived security due to the present supposed “Peace” negations of the enemy. . As mentioned, only by the grace of God the attack was not on the fuel supply, a/c carriers, other vital depots, and the optional ground attack by the enemy army did not take place. True of the optional l plan of Japan to attack the West Coast of the US. Little known fact, the US military in anticipation of such, the defense of the West Coast they desperately search for weapons and munitions only to be able to muster less than 50 pieces of heavy artillery, 120<> machine guns, and 600 soldiers to defend the west coast, immediately. Antique aircraft, no match for the advanced modern Japan aircraft. Mothballed, Preserved WWI era light ships of the skeleton Navy. It was later proven by the Government the attacking Japanese attack would have advance to the Mississippi River before stopped. Stopped by the gun owning civilian population. As discovered after the War, Yamamoto Jap commander stated,” the only reason Japan did not launch a ground attack on the U.S was, I quote ” There would be a civilian rifle/gun behind every Tree ” Do not let this happen now. .

Ray Doyle LFP, WA
Ray Doyle LFP, WA
13 days ago

The burning question is what drove this self-delusion and the betrayal of the public that Democrats have?
65.7% of america says Democrats are full of schiff. 

Lover of America and GOD!
Lover of America and GOD!
13 days ago

AMEN!

Arturo
Arturo
13 days ago

“Emperor’s New Clothes” should have been a better title.

Roland
Roland
13 days ago

I didn’t watch the debate, but when I heard what a blow-out it was I was compelled to watch excerpts from the debate on youtube. And here’s what impressed me the most.

It wasn’t so much Biden’s weak voice, verbal stumbling or incoherence that made the biggest impression on me, it was the lost, befuddled, vacant expressions on his face that actually shocked me because I didn’t think he had deteriorated that far from his fairly recent angry state of the union address.

I’m old enough to have watched the Nixon-Kennedy debates on TV as a high school student, and according to popular opinion the reason Kennedy won was that he was not only younger and better looking than Nixon, but on television everyone could see Nixon sweating and thought Kennedy won teh debate, but those who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon won.

johnh
johnh
13 days ago

Agree with one point in article & that I am very disappointed that two people that have been POTUS would tell lies during this debate. The fact checkers have a long list for both Trump & Biden. Neither is a good Christian that follows Ten Commandments.

Nancy Hildebrandt
Nancy Hildebrandt
13 days ago

Great article and it does feel like we are turning a corner, if not winning the war (yet). There seem to be so many signs besides the ones you mentioned–populism has engulfed Europe and the oligarchs are rapidly moving into a state of collapse there. In the US there’s a strong black movement calling for conservatism and unity across color. (I, a retired person with a small farm in Oregon, am proud to ally with conservatives in the Bronx.) And Jamal Bowman got primaried!
Biden’s debate performance was not the final nail in the coffin but definitely an important one. I’m still planning to vote for RFK Jr. because I see him as a candidate with his priorities straight and a palatable alternative for Democrats who just can’t bring themselves to vote Republican. Yes, it’s extremely difficult to acknowledge your own cognitive dissonance and change your identity.
It’s not like we’re going to win an election and suddenly everything will be fine. It’s going to take time to undo the utter mess we have. But the window of optimism has opened one inch and I’ll take what I can get.

Lauren C
Lauren C
13 days ago

None of the points made in this article address the fact that Donald Trump tried to start a war on January 5, 2021. He tried to coerce states to overturn election results. He is a racist and a convicted sexual predator. He has committed business fraud on an epic scale and he lied about COVID because he was worried about his reelection.

Joe Cogan
Joe Cogan
13 days ago

It’s apparently lost on the author that Trump lied through his teeth throughout the entire debate, the same way he conducted his Presidency.

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