On Thursday night, Joe Biden gave a speech in Philadelphia about how Donald Trump supporters are violent extremists, and then claimed once again that election fraud is impossible, and that anyone who disagrees is a violent threat to democracy.
It echoed the Washington Post’s concerns about the fragile state of American democracy with their masthead since Trump’s election–“Democracy Dies in Darkness”.
Democracy also dies in the daylight, by which I mean that since at least the Powell Memo both political parties and the corporate media have played no small part in drowning it in the bathtub.
Biden claimed that the Republican party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans and that is a threat to this country… MAGA Republicans do not respect the constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law.
This warning comes from a Democratic administration in thrall to a national security state that used Russia-gate as a slow motion coup against a sitting president and covered up blatant evidence of Biden’s son’s criminal and deviant behavior in the run up to the 2020 election using their Big Tech partners. Late last month, the world was treated to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg confessing on Joe Rogan’s podcast that, yes, the FBI did in fact put pressure on the social media giant to bury news about Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell”—news that very likely would have changed the results of the 2020 election had it been allowed to circulate.
And they’re warning about threats to democracy.
Man, the projection, it burns.
Of course, the Democratic Party are not the only ones pulling our legs. The Republicans want to blame America’s malaise on socialism or gasp–communism, but this is intended to obscure their role in the descent. In truth, our problems are bipartisan with both parties turbo-charging the looting of our country for the benefit of their campaign supporters. The result is that the US is ruled by billionaires, it’s an oligarchy, not a democracy.
What’s truly ironic about all this wailing about fascism is that the Democratic Party, starting with Hillary in the 2016 election, actively pushed for Trump, the most extreme candidate, to be the candidate on the Republican ballot because they thought that they could beat Trump like a gong. Of course, it also allowed the Democratic Party to move further to the right to balance out the extreme policies of the Trump Republicans, so there’s that. The Democrats have been doing this shuck and jive since Carter but it finally bit them in the ass. You’d think they would have learned their lesson after the election of Trump but while warning about fascism, the Democrats are still actively attempting to get the most extreme Republican candidates on the ballot with the calculation that they will be easier to beat while the Democrats can move even further to the right.
How’s that for cynical and hypocritical? Not to mention self-defeating?
Who am I kidding? This strategy works very well for the billionaire donors that run the show.
The Democrats can pose as the lesser of two evils to their PMC stalwarts, even as they serve Wall Street and the national security state, while the billionaires are down with fascism as long as it keeps the rubes distracted and focused on the other party. The only difference between the red propaganda and blue is that the ongoing disasters are always the other teams fault. It’s either the fascists or the socialists that done it, never in a million years is it the wizard behind the curtain.
However, fear works well as a means to divide and rule. As H.L. Mencken noted, “the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”