I posted earlier this week about Joe Biden’s hateful and divisive attack on the 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential election. Today I read the commentary below by former Chicago Tribune colleague and columnist John Kass. John left the Tribune in 2021, the victim of “cancel culture” primarily because he wrote a column critical of socialist billionaire George Soros and his efforts to elect leftist prosecutors in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune Guild (a left-leaning journalists’ union) accused Kass of using an anti-Semitic expression in his column about Soros—a ridiculous and unfounded charge. Kass was the lone conservative voice in a vociferous choir of mostly leftist journalists at the Chicago Tribune and was, to some, a thorn in their leftist flanks. Kass didn’t back down to his credit and preferred to leave the Tribune on his terms rather than kowtow to the liberal mob.
Kass joined the Tribune in 1983 and was promoted to columnist in 1997 after the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mike Royko. It was a tough act to follow, but John did an exceptional job of it for 24 years.
Here is his commentary:
Just Who Are Those (Semi) Fascists of Yours, Mr. President?
Did President Joe Biden really pour steaming buckets of official White House hate upon the heads of 75 million American citizens simply for the sin of disagreeing with him?
Yes, he did.
Just two months before the most important election in our lifetimes, Biden decided to kick those tens of millions of Americans to the margins of society. He branded pro-Trump MAGA Republicans as hateful fascists or “semi-fascists” (whatever that means).
Mr. President, you call them fascists; you dehumanize them. And what do you do with opponents who are less than human? Just about anything you want, right, Joe?
Just a few days ago, with the critically important 2022 mid-term elections just two months away, the president made that “non-political” speech of his, the speech his White House puppet masters said was about his battle for “the soul of the nation.”
There was no soul in the president’s speech. It was ugly, dark, and hostile. He treated the nation the way he and his Department of Justice treat the parents of American school children who dare question woke curriculum taught in public (government) schools–as potential domestic terrorists.
Biden’s designers set the stage, offering that dark, blood-red wall of Philadelphia’s historic Independence Hall. It was bathed in shadow, a marriage of Leni Riefenstahl and Joseph Stalin. Or was it a gathering place for Sith Lords? And the U.S. Marines standing guard behind him made it clear that this was official White House business.
Biden raged against the enemies of the state, those MAGA Republicans, saying they represented “a clear and present danger” to the country. Isn’t that what the autocrats say before they start rounding up dissidents and having them stand against the wall? I hope the president provides a blindfold, perhaps a pack of Camel Wides, and a lighter.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” Biden said. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They 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.”
Was it all paranoid and grotesque and over the top? Yes, of course, it was. It was a distraction from the multiple failings of his administration. It was nothing like his 2021 inaugural address, in which he at least tried to act as a responsible leader of a divided nation.
“We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors,” Biden said then. “We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.”
But that was then. He certainly brought plenty of bitterness and fury to Philadelphia last week. And he offered Americans who disagree with him not much place to stand, except perhaps up against that blood-red wall of his.
Then the next day, the president said he really didn’t mean it.
“Come on, look, guys,” Biden told reporters. “You keep trying to make that case. I don’t consider any Trump supporter to be a threat to the country.”
Who is this guy? Is he the president of the United States throwing bloody red meat to his partisans, including his shock troops of the corrupt legacy corporate media, the same media that colluded with Big Tech to suppress the pre-election newspaper stories in The New York Post about his son’s corrupt business dealings with China and Hunter’s laptop from hell?
Or is he some doddering old geezer full of his own hot gas, a meat puppet whose own words mean nothing to him now and never did?
Mr. Biden is a serial fabulist, a well-known plagiarist, and a racist demagogue who used a fake Foghorn Leghorn voice to shout at black voters that Republican milquetoast Mitt Romney would put them all in chains.
Legacy corporate media carries his water, including mainstream press like The New York Times and The Washington Post and network TV news shops CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and public television. And having so many water carriers does help him try to distract voters.
But the people could see what was missing. He talked of how he loathes political violence and the Jan. 6 riots, but Chewbacca Man–with the horns on his head–wasn’t going to take over the government. What sane person doesn’t loathe political violence?
Many of us didn’t like what happened on Jan. 6, but we also hated what happened to American cities in 2020 with the George Floyd riots, when Democrats weaponized those “mostly peaceful” protests in the hopes of driving the Democrat vote and great cities were put to the torch. Some, like Chicago, haven’t recovered.
Yet in Philadelphia, against that blood red wall of his, Biden didn’t mention the riots of 2020. He didn’t mention the Democratic left doxing conservative Supreme Court justices by publicizing their home addresses or the attempted assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Or the arson attacks on all those pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.
He didn’t dare talk of inflation or rampant street crime in the big cities. He didn’t talk of Americans being forced to choose between buying expensive groceries or costly gas to get to work. He didn’t talk of his trillion-dollar college tuition bribe for votes, putting the cost of tuition on the backs of working Americans. Or the schoolchildren and parents who were bullied by the national teacher’s unions and blue-state Democrats during the hysteria that closed schools, taking care of school union politics while leaving children irreparably harmed in ways we won’t fully understand for years.
The president’s speech was all about misdirection and fear. Biden’s handlers are afraid of the people. And the people know the country is on the wrong track. They have no confidence that Biden can lead.
And they don’t care what conservative or liberal pundits say. They read the bad news in their thinning wallets, their 401 Ks, and weak bank accounts. They won’t forget what they see there.
In his bizarre speech, Biden put the metaphorical heads of his political enemies on spikes.
Perhaps that did satisfy some pro-Biden journalists who constantly scream warnings about conservatives yet yearn for authoritarian one-party rule from the left. Why? The left has always been about force. You don’t think leftist journalists can be fascists themselves, particularly those who virtue signal to all who’d listen, prattling on and on about not ever expressing their onions?
If so, then you really don’t know them, do you? But I know them.
Former President Donald Trump is amoral, yes, and transactional, but he is no a fascist. When he was elected in 2016, I wrote that Trump wasn’t the cause of political change; he was merely symptomatic of American loathing of the elites. Trump voters are the opposite of fascists. They seek freedom from government. They don’t want to empower it.
It is the Democrats wielding the federal hammer that they oppose. And Biden? He’s simply a useful idiot, a corrupt fool in a twisted symbiotic relationship with his crackhead son Hunter. Joe is the aging meat puppet of Deep State American Kemalists. As long as he played ball, they kept him around.
Yet Biden barked on and on about those “MAGA semi-fascists.” Well, just who are those “semi-fascists” of yours, Mr. President? Look around you. Open your rheumy eyes. The fascists who pose a “clear and present” danger to the republic are not MAGA Republicans. They’re Democrats.
These days fascism lives on the political left, in media, and in Democrat politics. Think of Big Government power and Big Corporate leverage joined by the reach of Big Tech to suppress troublesome news and thoughts. This is the new Democrat Iron Triangle. It does not tolerate dissent.
Will the president’s speech move voters–meaning the people, independents, the Republicans, and the Democrats– before the mid-term elections that are now just two months away? Did Joe Biden’s basket of deplorables moment in Philadelphia change many minds?
I don’t think so. The American people might not understand fascism from the left. Some might remember Stalin and Hitler were both socialists. But most Americans know the president for what he is. They’re not stupid, even if some politicians treat them that way.
They made up their minds about Biden long ago. They look in their wallets, and they see inflation eating their retirement savings. They know who’s to blame for the high price of gas, too.
And now they’re just waiting for November.
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