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Joe Biden and the ‘Path to Chaos’ (He’s Living Underground Like a Wild Potato)

Posted on | November 5, 2022 | 2 Comments

No sooner had I finished posting about election denier Stacey Abrams, who falsely accused Republicans of stealing the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election (which she lost by a 55,000-vote margin), than I glanced at the transcript of Joe Biden’s speech from Wednesday night:

This is also the first election since the events of January 6th, when the armed angry mob stormed the US Capitol. I wish I could say the assault on our democracy ended that day, but I cannot. As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America, for governor, congress, attorney general, secretary of state, who won’t commit, that will not commit to accepting the results of the election that they’re running in. This is a path to chaos in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful, and it’s un-American.


“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”
Hillary Clinton, May 4, 2019

It would be wrong to accuse Biden of having “forgotten” how Hillary’s campaign deliberately smeared Donald Trump with the “Russian collusion” hoax, which was the basis of her subsequent claim that Trump didn’t really win the election because Putin somehow “interfered” in the results. It would be wrong to accuse Biden of forgetting this, I say, because Biden is suffering from such debilitating cognitive dysfunction that he can barely read the words that his script writers put on the teleprompter, and I don’t think he was sufficiently sentient in 2016 that he was even aware of what was happening. So, no, he didn’t “forget.” He’s living in his own private Idaho, underground like a wild potato.

The “events of January 6th” were a direct result of the Democratic Party’s four-year-long attack on the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency. If the rioters at the Capitol knew nothing else, they knew that the Clinton campaign had used the bogus Steele dossier to convince the FBI to open an investigation of Trump that continued for months after the election, including surveillance of Trump campaign staff. This led to the firing of the FBI director and the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead another investigation that continued for 22 months, generating endless cable-TV news talk of how the walls were closing in, but ultimately admitting there was no evidence of the endlessly hyped claims of “Russian collusion.” And that was not a “path to chaos”?

Charles Cooke asks the question, “Is Biden Senile or a Pathological Liar?” To which Ed Driscoll responds, “Embrace the healing power of ‘and,’” but beyond the dishonesty and senility of Biden, we have to deal with the fact that somebody on the White House wrote that speech, which means that Joe is not the only one living in this delusional private Idaho.

Craziness inspires more craziness, and the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys who thought they could do something — what? — inside the Capitol that would prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College results were, in a way, a consequence of five years of craziness from Trump’s enemies. Has everyone forgotten how the #Resistance wrecked D.C. during Trump’s inauguration? Talk about a “path to chaos”!

More than anything, I’m offended by the effrontery of Democrats in accusing Trump supporters of “unprecedented . . . unlawful . . . un-American” activities, when I think back on the summer of destructive violence Democrats applauded in 2020 as “mostly peaceful protests.” Why were they protesting? Because a suspect died in police custody in Minneapolis? How does that justify tearing down statues and looting stores and all the other nationwide mayhem that began in May 2020?

No intelligent person expects logic from Democrats, whether it’s the mobs of deranged Democratic voters who saw George Floyd’s death as an excuse to riot or the Democrats who write Biden’s speeches.

Fiery But Mostly Peaceful: The 2020 Riots and the Gaslighting of America is a book worth reading, for anyone who may have forgotten the senseless violence that Democrats fomented in 2020. Certainly I have not forgotten, which is why I was so insulted when I read Biden’s assertion that it is Republicans who are leading America into “chaos” that is “unprecedented.” Just as Democrats expect us to forget how they cried “stolen election” when Trump won in 2016, likewise they expect us to forget the deadly chaos they unleashed in America’s streets two years ago.

We are expected to forget how Democrats stoked paranoia and racial hatred, how Kamala Harris encouraged donations to bail out the rioters, and yet for Democrats, “the events of January 6th” are an eternal grievance, the basis of their assertion that “democracy is on the ballot.”

University of Wisconsin Law School professor emerita Ann Althouse undertook a thorough fisking of Biden’s Wednesday speech:

“We the people must decide whether we’re going to sustain a republic where reality is accepted, the law is obeyed, and your vote is truly sacred.” . . .

I’m reading the transcript. He’s talking about the midterm elections and he’s saying the main issue is — not the economy, not crime, not abortion — but democracy itself, as if we can vote for democracy.
We participate in democracy when we vote. But how do you vote for democracy? Is he trying to say a vote for a Democrat is a vote for democracy, and a vote for a Republican is a vote against democracy?

We the people must decide whether the rule of law will prevail or whether we will allow the dark forces and thirst for power put ahead of the principles that have long guided us.

Is that on the ballot? I’d like “a republic where reality is accepted,” but my President is raving about “dark forces.” I presume he means that anyone who questions the accuracy of the voting procedures and vote counts is failing to “accept reality” and maybe also that people who think like that are part of the “dark forces.” . . .
Biden proceeds to blame Trump: “American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refused to accept the results of the 2020 election.” . . .
If Biden really wanted to call us to sanity and calm reasonableness, would he speak to us this way?

With democracy on the ballot, we have to remember these first principles. Democracy means the rule of the people…. Autocracy… means the rule of one, one person, one interest, one ideology, one party…. Make no mistake, democracy is on the ballot for all of us…. Because democracy is on the ballot….

He keeps saying it, “democracy is on the ballot.” It’s not true, but I guess his people liked the sound of it. It would make more sense to say “democracy is the ballot.”
“Democracy is on the ballot” is a way to say — without saying — that you ought to vote for the Democratic Party candidate. . . . .
And don’t be violent:

There’s an alarming rise in the number of our people in this country condoning political violence, or simply remain silent because silence is complicity…. All of us who reject political violence and voter intimidation, and I believe that’s the overwhelming majority of the American people, all of us must unite to make it absolutely clear that violence and intimidation have no place in America…..

I agree, of course. But questioning the announced results of elections is not violence. It is part of freedom of speech, and active, non-violent protesting is part of the American tradition. I lived through an especially vivid example of that here in Wisconsin in 2011, when protesters stormed the state capitol and chanted “This is what democracy looks like.” Democracy wasn’t just the election and the announced legal result, it was all the pressure the losing side could exert.

You can read the whole thing. Althouse witnessed the 2011 storming of the Wisconsin capitol in protest of . . . balancing the state budget?

The Democrats were rioting in Wisconsin because a Republican, Scott Walker, had been elected governor in the 2010 election, which also put Republicans in charge of the state legislature, which then proposed budget-cutting measures opposed by the unions representing government employees. The unions subsequently tried and failed to recall Walker, who served two successful terms as governor.

Government employee unions are a conspiracy against taxpayers, and when the people of Wisconsin elected Walker to fight these unions, Democrats refused to accept the legislative consequences.

Ann Althouse has not forgotten the unprecedented chaos that Democrats unleashed on Wisconsin in 2011. When Biden says “democracy is on the ballot,” what he’s really defending is not democracy, but bureaucracy — the rule of unelected government employees, particularly those in the national security apparatus (i.e., “The Deep State”) who spent the entirety of the Trump administration undermining the president’s authority to implement policy changes. Well, elections still have consequences, and when Republicans win control of Congress next week, they’ve already teed up an investigation of the FBI’s role in this conspiracy.

Regaining a congressional majority for the first time since 2018, Republicans will find lots of things to investigate in the Biden administration, and this is what Democrats fear most, that the American people will discover just what sort of corruption has taken hold since Biden won the 2020 election — allegedly, I hasten to add.



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