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No Laughing Matter: Biden’s Speech is Neither Honest Nor Normal

AMAC Exclusive – By David P. Deavel

The makers of jokes, memes, and cartoons were given a lifetime supply of material in Joe Biden’s Thursday night speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The weird, hellish red lighting that CNN, ever the Democratic lapdog, chose to alter in order to make it seem, as Red State’s Brad Slager noted, that this was the president of T-Mobile. Biden’s trademark unhinged yelling and Hitlerian shaking of both fists. The claim that the Biden Administration was working to cure cancer. His giving “my word as a Biden.” It was all there, all real, and all spectacularly funny in the abstract.

But frankly, though we can laugh at it, this speech was a kind of stand-in for the joke that is the Biden presidency. A joke that is increasingly no laughing matter. 

Biden said that Donald Trump is “not normal” and “extreme,” that he has endangered the “guardrails” of “our democracy.” But it is both Biden’s policies and Biden’s speech that have been extreme, the latter nowhere more so than in this Philadelphia speech. It is Joe Biden who has been slamming hard into the guardrails of democracy. Joe Biden is Not Normal.

The unfunny joke begins, of course, with the sales pitch that this speech was about healing “The Soul of the Nation,” as Biden’s speechwriters titled this. It’s part of the bigger joke that was played on a significant part of the Democratic Party and the American people in 2020: that Joe Biden was a moderate who would bring us back to normal and bid divisions cease. All the lines Barack Obama used about there not being a red or blue America were trotted out, but this speech, as Biden’s presidency has been, was about fanning the flames of hatred toward those who disagree with the Democrats. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans,” Biden said, “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

What extremism is this? “MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.”

MAGA Republicans, Biden says, possess “blind loyalty to a single leader and a willingness to engage in political violence.” Among these violent MAGA Republicans, “there are public figures—today, yesterday, and the day before—predicting and all but calling for mass violence and rioting in the streets.”

MAGA Republicans, Biden says, “refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.”

MAGA Republicans see politics as “total war” rather than “the mediation of our differences.” MAGA Republicans are “committed” to “destroying our democracy.” MAGA Republicans want to take away the right to vote and they are against “equality.”

What other conclusion can be drawn from such a speech than that these MAGA Republicans are an enemy of the state, an enemy of America, a group that ought to be hounded out of society or fought with military power. What other conclusion can be drawn than that Joe Biden’s point of view is that MAGA Republicans are not just deplorable but unredeemable, not just mistaken but evil, not just political opponents but mortal enemies.

This is not normal. This is not sane. This is not easing tensions or reducing polarization. This is a call to war.

And though Joe Biden attempted to sort of walk back this horrific speech the next day, his call was heard. How could it not have been heard? The week before, Biden had held a “unity rally” where he tried out all the phrases in the Philadelphia speech and then told donors afterward that the MAGA (or “Ultra-MAGA,” as he said) Republican philosophy is “semi-fascism.” Though he didn’t repeat the “semi-fascism” line in Philadelphia, the material was there. How could it not be heard?

Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post certainly heard it. He said the speech was a “terrific wartime address.” So it’s not just a call to war—America is already at war with these awful MAGA Republicans.

Journalist Roland Martin heard it and he not only gets the war thing but he knows precisely how awful those MAGA types are. He told MSNBC, “We are at war with these people. These folks are evil.”

While most people understand politics ain’t beanbag, they also don’t expect to hear their elected leaders call them fascists. Nor to hear “mainstream” media sources hold two-minutes-of-hate sessions in which half the country are said to be at war with the country.

This is not normal. And it cannot lead to anything good.

But apart from the awful, norm-breaking, fist-shaking quality of Biden’s speech, there is the jaw-droppingly obvious problem that his accusations against MAGA Republicans are either projections of views, attitudes, and actions actually found on the Democratic Party’s side or ones that are bipartisan affairs. Let’s start with the projections:

MAGA Republicans hate the Constitution. You do not hear calls to simply ignore the Constitution on the Republican side of the aisle at all. This is the province of Democratic politicians and commentators such as Elie Mystal who calls it “kind of trash.”

MAGA Republicans don’t believe in the Rule of Law or Equality. Joe Biden, not Donald Trump, decided that refusing to enforce our immigration law is an option. It’s not MAGA district attorneys refusing to prosecute criminals in the name of “racial justice. It is Democrats who believe that discrimination in education and employment is ok if it’s on behalf of the right demographic. It’s not Republican election officials who broke the law in multiple ways in states such as Wisconsin. It is Democrats who decided to have the DOJ raid Mar-a-Lago because of supposedly classified documents while treating Hillary Clinton, whose server had many classified documents on them, with kid gloves.

MAGA Republicans believe political violence is the answer. Is he kidding? Hilary Clinton said in 2018 that “You can’t be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for and what you care for,” while Maxine Waters famously called for harassment of Trump staffers. Madame Pelosi said, “when you’re in the arena, you have to be ready to take a punch, and you have to be ready to throw a punch … for the children.” And these were not idle words. Though memory-holed by many, the riots in many cities following the 2016 election were massive. So too those that cascaded across the United States in 2020. Then Maxine Waters said for protesters to “Get more confrontational.” Though there was a bit of violence on January 6th, it paled in comparison to what happened on May 31, 2020, when 60 Secret Service Agents were injured by protesters trying to breach the White House. Insurrection, anyone?

Democrats believe political violence is the answer for them, but not for you.

But let’s go to the point that might be true but does not distinguish MAGA Republicans from any kind of Democrats.

MAGA Republicans don’t accept election results. Joe Biden’s accusations of lawlessness and Constitution-and-Democracy hating really had no examples except for January 6 and the refusal of many Republicans to believe the 2020 elections were fairly decided. His own election’s legitimacy is pretty much all he has. Yet Democrats have been denying elections for years without having war declared on them. Steve Guest compiled ten minutes of video clips of prominent Democrats including Hilary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Jimmy Carter, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and yes, even Joe Biden claiming Donald Trump’s election was illegitimate. They include Democratic objectors in Congress to votes in both George W. Bush’s 2000 election and Donald Trump’s 2016 election victories, as well as numerous other figures in state and national elections claiming the illegitimacy of elections they had lost.

But Democrats did not just say elections were illegitimate. They acted. Fred Lucas detailed the various maneuvers tried by Democrats to reverse the 2016 election of Donald Trump, including an Electoral College coup attempt led by one Christine Pelosi. One of the details in the article is that most of the electors involved in this did not “believe” in the Electoral College. That is a funny thing, I think we can say, but again it’s a joke that’s no laughing matter. If there is anybody who hates the Constitution, I think it’s the people in this camp.

And that’s the problem. We can laugh at the hypocrisy and the stupidity of Joe Biden, his speech, and the words and actions of a lot of people in public life. Such things are indeed normal. But hypocrisy is usually a tool by which politics can get away with bad behavior. This is hypocrisy being used to justify making one half of the country permanent enemies.

That is not normal and, in the end, it is no joke.

David P. Deavel is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and a Senior Contributor at Tbe Imaginative Conservative.


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Digger 317
4 months ago

Soooo, what I got from the Biden speech is that he and most of the Democrats are really MAGA’s?
Everything he was saying the MAGA Republicans do, he & his cadre have done and are still doing. Just saying………..

Larry W.
4 months ago

Instead of allowing Americans to speak, Biden has taken it upon himself to declare what HE WANTS the public to think. That is not a President that represents all people, that is a dictator.

BAE
4 months ago

Fuhrer Biden is a true hater, corrupt, nasty man and he’s our president. Plus I know people who think he is doing a good job. What are the republican politicians going to do to help America get him out of office? Sit back and watch?

J. Farley
4 months ago

The person occupying the oval office, Lying Joe Biden is an extremely sick individual who must hate beyond belief the very Country that he claims to be the President (Fake President) of. No one could speak with such a spiteful tone about half his fellow citizens, whose only wish is that the laws be applied equally and fairly, regardless of Race, Color, Creed or Political Party. If we are a nation of laws, then Joe Biden and his followers must follow the same laws.
It’s the same old saying, a house divided cannot Stand! Is that the goal Joe divide and destroy and make America a Crap Hole Country Again.

Marc Ziegler
4 months ago

It is obvious to me that Biden and is administration have totally become delusional with the left-wing liberal media lovingly in lock step performance behind them. How in the world can the average person believe anything that comes from any democrat’s mouth, they have lying in their DNA. Be careful America, because the more you agree with democrats, especially Biden, the less intelligent you become!!!!

Jake the snake
4 months ago

Its dark, blood red flickering light two demons silhouetted in the background.
Biden slow emerges from the gates of hell.

His speech screeches out as the deaths of hell echo his words: ” nothing is normal, make America great agian is not normal, Ultra muaga’s are enemies of the state”.

Biden recedes back to the depth of hell from which he was brought forth.

This is modern American democrats. The ultimate kkk rally spewing hate and division through the country with media’s hellish demons desperately trying to cover for the disaster they created and keep you drawn close to the hell you voted for.

ops
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake the snake

The message was clear to me either you support our agenda or else< If not, you are a fascist, evil and a threat to America, Note a military backdrop as a power play reminder with the two marines standing guard. He is setting the stage through division whether real or created to bring chaos come 2022 election using the power of the Government to shut down any opposing views on the reckless policies that have been imposed on America and its people.We are witnessing hateful, divisive rhetoric from a President attacking 74 million Americans who want America and its people to succeed unlike the current admin of destruction beginning with its open door policy on immigration placing America and its people in harms way. We the People or is it now We the Government?

Mimi
4 months ago

Since we know that old Joe Plagiarizes his work and speeches from others.

I think he reached into his “Mien Kampf “ folder to address all of us.

It is more disturbing that after that hate speech the MSM and citizens are still endorsing him!

That’s insane! Hate is hate!
He will will do to them what he is doing to the republicans.

Shameful.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
4 months ago

I’m MAGA and proud of it. Kyle L.

CoNMTX
4 months ago

Why should anything Loopy Joe says be honest or normal since he is not now nor ever has been honest or normal? We are no longer dealing with just “bad” people. We are dealing with Godless, psychotic people who are controlled by Satan. The demo/socialist party is evil from top to bottom. Just look at their obsession with anything disgusting sexually, their total embrace of immorality, and love of abortion. They have no conscience or emotion for human life. They will kill anybody regardless of age to gain their one-world government, economy, & religion.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
4 months ago

WOW What a enthuseatic speech. Welcome to 1984. Sounds like the same from the movie 1984. It’s old but call it up on the comp and watch it. Kyle L.

Sharon Ormsby
4 months ago

Frankly, Donald Trump was the only President who actually followed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to the letter and actually followed the laws ON THE BOOKS, which no other president actually did. I think that’s why so many of us liked him so well.

Jim D.
4 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

That, and he followed through on just about EVERYTHING he promised to do during his campaign! And then some!

Honey
4 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

Well, that is a bit of an overstatement. Reagan and most of our Founding Fathers who became president did okay by our Constitution and Lincoln and many others. I love Trump but your comment is silly.

David
4 months ago

The framers of our Constitution worked hard to outline a form of government where no one group could gain absolute power and the minority would be safeguarded and respected. The chief executive, senators and representatives were all to be elected in a different manner, by different people. One of the forms of government the Framers sought to avoid was “democracy”. And people like Brandon cannot stand it! Ever since I started listening to the radio, the democrat party has been trying to eliminate this precious document. As Ben F, stated we have given you a “…REPUBLIC IF YOU CAN KEEP IT.

Brandon seems to be the epitome of everything the Framers detested.

Laura
4 months ago

Is Biden trying to ignite a civil war? He’s definitely on planet tyranny!

Sher
4 months ago
Reply to  Laura

He is one phoney demented old COOT. He needs a straight jacket and a cell to look like the oval office and get him out of office now!! If any movement towards Civil War he will induce MARSHALL LAW on The people!!! And probably never lift it till he’s out of office. This Demented P.O.S. is total EVIL…..

Steve
4 months ago

This line from the article is key: “But hypocrisy is usually a tool by which politics can get away with bad behavior.” I was on a social media platform and his base was loving every bit of Biden’s speech.  

Morbious
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

This is usually missed, often on purpose i think, by the so called opposition. Conservatism as weve known it can be described as socialism driving the speed limit. For yrs R voters have shrugged off their reps ‘reaching across the aisle’ the storyline being that the other side wants the same things we do, but in a different style. The Ds are our brethren, iow. Actually speaking with them or even observing online banter makes it clear that they cant be reasoned with.

ops
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Bidens mental midgets incapable of critical thought on the issues and driven solely by emotions. Perhaps they all got free ice cream to show up?

Grace
4 months ago
Reply to  ops

Biden is a crook. Owned by China and the Marxists in the Democratic party. Joe, his brothers and his son aught to be in jail for fraud, theft and treason. The whole Biden Crime Family has used America and the lobbyists as a piggy bank for years. Who is suppressing the evidence of these crimes? They may as well fess up. There is too much evidence out in the open now. Our law enforcement agencies must make a decision now., arrest these criminals, or allow the Republic to become a crime infested third world country.

Schultzz
4 months ago

I am a proud Maga Republican!

J. N.
5 months ago

OK, I agree with the above, but let us not forget our supine republicans, who, for instance, brought up show bills to repeal Obamacare several times during his presidency, and ran on the platform of ‘put us in charge and we will repeal it’. Then when we gave them control, did not bring it up a single time. Thumbing their noses at the general public, counting on our short memory, and showing they never had any intention of repeal and only did it for reelection, knowing it would never pass. All our politicians seem to be on a continuum, and actually helping our country is a secondary consideration. Do you really believe that McConnell and company have truly fought against globalization and the destruction of manufacturing. For the first time ever, I am considering not ever voting again.

It does appear that January 6th was the Dems Kristallnacht (along with the fact it might be possible the party/FBI might have orchestrated it, much like the possibility that night in Germany), and that instead of Jews being vilified, it’s those domestic terrorist MAGA’s. If the establishment is against them, they must be doing something right.

A Voter
5 months ago
Reply to  J. N.

My vision takes place in a dark and smokey room somewhere in the bowels of the deep state. A Democrat says “I know! We will say this….” and a Republican replies “OK. then we will respond with….” The Democrat then says “Oh that’s good because we can come back with….” The Rpeblican says “Oh man!, Then I will say this if you come back with that…..” and at the end of the secret meeting, both parties agree that their tactics will keep the public in turmoil for months, wringing their hands hoping the opposing side doesn’t win.
And that my children is how things get done and in the end it does not matter which side “wins”, the rest of us all lose.

Roderick Reilly
5 months ago

Is Orwell laughing or crying from the grave, I wonder?

Johnof York
5 months ago

What Dems missed:
1984 was a warning not a guide.

anna hubert
4 months ago

He knew that was the only outcome because world accepted the evil of communism which took root and was thriving the fact that just about every country was afraid to publish the work speaks for itself

Honey
4 months ago

You need ask?

Ty
5 months ago

The only problem here is Deavel is preaching to the choir! How is he going to get these facts out to the Democrate followers whom attempt to deny their hypocrisy and the truth/facts presented, like Biden’s hateful speach and declaration of war on Americans!Remember Biden told his flock, the followers of hate and fear mongers, that you can’t confuse truth with facts! Maybe we should use the Blue states Ballot mailing lists to send letters to them. You know that mailing list will reach more Democrate followers than an IRS mailing!

Jon Longerbone
5 months ago

The Biden presidency in indeed “a joke that is increasingly no laughing matter.”

Mandy
5 months ago

Hey AMAC, war was declared with the arrest of the Jan 6th people and some are still in jail for it.

Conservatives need to wake up. Geez.

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