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Joe Biden: Slandering the Dead

Posted on | January 14, 2022 | No Comments

Apparently tired of campaigning against Donald Trump — because not being Trump is the only reason anyone voted for him — Joe Biden this week decided it was time to start campaigning against Jefferson Davis:

“I ask every elected official in America,” Biden said in Atlanta during a passionate and wildly demagogic speech designed to make Twitter blue-checks do a Snoopy dance of joy while embracing an effort with no chance of actual success. “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”

All of this demagogic hyperbole was expended for the sake of distracting voters from Biden’s failure to “shut down” COVID-19 (as he repeatedly promised to do while campaigning in 2020) by “pivoting” to an entirely fictional issue, i.e., “voting rights.” The right of Americans to vote is today no less secure than it was when Biden was elected; what the so-called “voting rights” bill currently pending in the Senate would do is to destroy the existing electoral system by making permanent the abuses by which the Democratic Party seeks to steal future elections. The question of whether Democrats stole the election for Biden in 2020 is one we need not address here, except to note that mail-in-voting — and the accompanying fraud of “ballot harvesting” — was enacted by many states as an emergency measure in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no compelling argument why this emergency measure should be extended. What Biden is claiming is that anyone who wants to keep running elections the way they were run when Barack Obama was elected president is comparable to Bull Connor, et al.

The argument for nationalizing election procedures (which is what the legislation Biden advocates would do) is really a non sequitur.

There is nothing wrong with the existing system of having elections run by state and local governments, as has always been the case, and the only semblance of an argument offered by Biden and his partisan allies involves manufacturing phony claims of “disenfranchisement” which no serious person actually believes. Biden’s demagoguery in Atlanta this week was aimed at pressuring two members of his own party, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, to go along with Chuck Schumer’s scheme to use the “nuclear option” to pass what is being called “the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.” Riddle me this: How was it that John Lewis was elected to 19 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives if black voters in Georgia were “disenfranchised”? But there is no logic behind what Democrats are doing, except the logic of trying to “energize their base,” as the pundits say, by which they mean, make black people turn out to vote Democrat again.

Manchin and Sinema show no sign that they’re about to yield to Biden’s bullying tactics which means, as John Podhoretz notes, that there is a near-zero chance that this legislation will be enacted, and the so-called “strategists” advising Biden know this as well as anyone. What they seem to be trying to do — the real purpose of Biden’s Atlanta speech — is first of all, to change the subject from Biden’s yearlong record of failure by raising false hope of future success. Secondly, however, they’re trying to set up a campaign theme for this fall’s midterms, by labeling their Republican opponents as racist bigots who want to “disenfranchise” black voters. You might think that no one is actually stupid enough to believe such a preposterous claim, but nearly 42% of people actually approve of the job Biden’s doing as president, so you may have underestimated the vast depths of American stupidity. It’s very important for Democrats, in terms of the fall elections, to keep all these stupid people angry at Republicans, and so they send Biden down to Atlanta to shout a lot of rhetoric about Bull Connor and George Wallace and Jefferson Davis.

You may recall that, a couple of years ago, I wrote about the 1779 Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, Georgia, during the American Revolution:

One of the Patriots wounded in the Battle of Kettle Creek was a Georgia militia private named Samuel Emory Davis, a 23-year-old Augusta native whose father immigrated to Georgia from Cardiff, Wales. Samuel Davis later raised a company of mounted troops and rose to the rank of major. After the war, he married Jane Cook, the daughter of a South Carolina Baptist minister, and settled down to farm in Wilkes County, Georgia, not far from the battlefield at Kettle Creek. By 1797, the Davises had five children when Samuel made the decision to relocate his family to the Kentucky frontier, where they established a settlement about 20 miles north of present-day Fort Campbell. There the Davis family kept growing, with their 10th child being born in 1808, when Samuel was 52 years old.
Samuel Davis later moved his family twice again, first to Louisiana before finally settling in 1812 near Woodville, Mississippi. When America went to war against the British that year, three of Samuel Davis’s sons enlisted, and two were commended by Andrew Jackson for their gallantry in the 1814 Battle of New Orleans. Samuel’s oldest son, Joseph Emory Davis, became a lawyer and one of the wealthiest men in Mississippi, but it was his youngest son who was destined for historic fame. A brilliant scholar, Samuel’s youngest son was the only Protestant student enrolled in a Dominican Catholic boarding school in Kentucky. He later studied at Transylvania University in Lexington. He was 16 when his father died in 1824 and shortly thereafter, his brother Joseph helped him gain appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he graduated in 1828. Second Lieutenant Davis was assigned to the First Infantry Regiment, stationed at Fort Crawford on what was then America’s remote northwest frontier, in present-day Wisconsin.
The commander at Fort Crawford was Col. Zachary Taylor. Four years later, the Black Hawk War broke out, ending with the defeat of the hostile tribes and the capture of Chief Black Hawk. Taylor assigned Lieutenant Davis the duty of escorting the prisoner to St. Louis. With peace restored to the northwestern frontier, it was now safe for Taylor’s family to join him at Fort Crawford, and Lieutenant Davis fell in love with the colonel’s beautiful daughter Sarah. Her father opposed this romance, not wishing his daughter to have the difficult life of a soldier’s wife, but love won out.
After consulting his brother Joseph, Lieutenant Davis resigned from the army, and Sarah Knox Taylor became Mrs. Jefferson Davis. . . .

You can read the rest of that and ask yourself why Jefferson Davis should be demonized, at this late date, by such a notorious liar as Joe Biden.

That worthless son of a bitch ain’t fit to tie Jefferson Davis’s shoes.




 

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