Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
How could I have missed all the signs? We’ve listened to Joe Biden for weeks alerting the citizenship of what a danger the Right will be if they don’t get what they want, i.e., wins in the upcoming elections. I found myself rolling my eyes every time I heard him allude to the potential vicious attacks of the MAGA Republicans. Yet the Democrats bought it. His comments have been especially absurd because he only needs to look at the summer of 2021 to see the political Left’s vicious attacks on people, businesses, and government buildings. While he and others insisted that these activities were peaceful protests, people died, and dreams were destroyed.
His allusions to violence began before Donald Trump left office:
‘The President incites violence, inspires white-supremacist shooters, and his failed COVID-19 response is costing thousands of lives per day,’ Biden said in his tweet.
‘When you look at the world right now, ask yourself: Do you feel safe in Trump’s America?’
Biden’s tweet included a campaign video that says: ‘This is Donald Trump’s America.’ It follows that with: ‘Racist mobs.’ ‘A President inflaming violence.’ ‘Millions out of work.’ ‘Thousands of dead Americans.’
But Biden himself incited the riots with his cries about violence, as this statement from one writer from June 2021 points out:
Biden hearkened back to the violent days of the student riots of the ’60s when he reused their battle cry: ‘The whole world is watching.’ Then, Biden shouted a call to action: ‘We must act!’
Frankly, this is a call to violence against elected officials if Democrats’ political goals are not accepted. In the context of the riots in cities this past year, this speech seeks to legitimize the arson, assaults on police, and destruction of property we have just experienced.
The hyperbole is mind-blowing. I’m sure people running for every office, everywhere, who might lose their elections, will take up arms and run screaming through the halls of government. He has continued to hammer on images of chaos and violence in every speech he’s given:
‘This intimidation, this violence against Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan officials just doing their jobs, is the consequence of lies told for power and profit, lies of conspiracy and malice, lies repeated over and over to generate a cycle of anger, hate, vitriol and even violence,’ Biden said. ‘In this moment, we have to confront those lies with the truth, the very future of our nation depends on it.’
Power, lies, conspiracy, malice, anger, hate, vitriol—and “even violence”; these are the attributes he has assigned to Republicans. Ironically, this is a man who calls for confronting lies with the truth.
I realized that this was not just an attack on Republicans, but it was actually a “call to arms to Democrats.” I am just beginning to realize that he is not just trying to discredit Republicans and characterize them as dangerous and frightening, but I think he is calling on Democrats, for probably any threat he can manufacture, to attack in every way possible, the Republicans. In a disturbed way, he has been demanding that Democrats see the Republicans as a legitimate threat, and they must take steps to save the country. He is inciting them to violence to save our democracy if they lose the elections.
How does a person prepare for this possible nightmare?
Should we take him seriously?
* * * *
I wrote this OP before the election. Now I wonder if the Democrats took Joe Biden’s warnings seriously and decided to stay in their lane to save themselves.Published in