Pres. Biden's Speech Didn't Go Nearly Far Enough
Don't hold back, Joey!
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All things considered, I was a little disappointed in Pres. Biden’s speech last night. He had a pretty good head of steam worked up against the “MAGA Republicans” who present such a clear and present danger to “our democracy,” I expected him to go further.
I expected him to take a cue from Rep. Maxine Waters (D, CA), who laid the groundwork for last night’s speech as early as 2017, when she said that, although Trump supporters “say they’re patriotic,” “You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.” I expected Biden to call for the same kind of tactics against MAGA-types that Maxine Waters advocated to be used against members of the Trump administration, when she said, “If you see [them] in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gas station…create a crowd…tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
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Or, given the level of belligerence and vitriol exhibited by Biden in last night’s speech, I expected him to take a cue from another great world leader and urge his supporters to identify shops and businesses owned by those deplorable, anti-American MAGA Republicans.
I’m speaking of a great world leader who I’m sure Joey and his cohorts greatly admire for said leader’s ability to unite his country’s population and make them rally against a clear enemy in their midst. Biden could have called on loyal Americans to identify those businesses so that, on an appointed night, crowds could take to the streets and teach those MAGA-types a lesson by smashing the windows of their businesses.
I wouldn’t even have been surprised had Biden urged real Americans (not those anti-American MAGA-types, who respect neither the Constitution nor the rule of law, nor the will of the People) to do what the Hutus did in Rwanda, where, also on an appointed night, Hutus all across that country knocked on the doors of their Tutsi neighbors (with whom they’d lived side-by-side and coexisted peacefully for years) and proceeded to hack their Tutsi neighbors to death.
Why did Joey hold back? Did he think he was maintaining an image of being reasonable by refraining from advocating such actions? After all, it’s those MAGA-types who are radical, who are dangerous, in contrast to Biden & Co., who cherish the Constitution and the rule of law. Surely, for the sake of resisting such a clear threat to our democracy, such tactics would be justified.
But maybe Joey’s saving those suggestions for his next speech!