by RACHEL BOVARD
There are a lot of ways to analyze an address like the one Joe Biden gave last week from the steps of Independence Hall. One can view it from the perspective of its insane optics (the weird lighting and blood-red background call to mind Dante’s “Inferno”) to its inherently contradictory language (calling for unity while also calling half the country a “threat … to the very soul” of America).
But there is another, more practical matter: How does Biden expect this to end? Does he really think that using the office of the president to re-christen an entire group of Americans as extremists whose existence “threatens the very foundations of our republic” will somehow compel them to see the light, as it were? To step out of their red-colored haze, and vote Democrat? To suddenly reconsider the Senate run of failed presidential candidate Evan McMullin or to pour one out for future MSNBC contributor Liz Cheney?
Or by summoning the same language used to justify suppressing the speech rights of Americans in World War I, is he laying the predicate for something much darker?
One of the features of our current political realignment is the retrenchment of the so-called “elite” class into an intractable monolith: The people who sit atop our political, cultural, corporate media, and educational institutions all share the same exact values. They almost uniformly vote Democrat, they engage in ritualistic and performative displays of wokeness, they believe words are violence, and that there is no bigger threat to Our Democracy™ than Donald Trump voters.
When viewed through this lens, Biden’s speech takes on a much more pointed aim: a not-so-subtle directive to the oligarchy and the Democratic courtier class that “MAGA Republicans” are not just the embarrassing, demented, idiot rubes they are forced to share a country with. They are now officially the out-group — a rogue, extremist danger to themselves and others — and should be treated as such.
In tagging the 78 million people who voted for Trump as akin to domestic terrorists, Biden’s speech serves two codominant roles: to label half the country as a threat and to use this designation as a bat signal to the institutional arbiters of social, cultural, and corporate America to disassociate, shun, shame, and reprimand. And, critically, do it all with the formal imprimatur of the White House.
After all, Biden’s address wasn’t a campaign speech. Incredibly, it was pitched — and covered by corporate media unquestioningly — as a policy address.
The Mother Lode of Cancellation Attempts
Biden’s formal slicing of the electorate into “good voters” and “bad voters” will only encourage the trend toward the woke totems, dissent shaming, and push for intellectual homogeneity that is coursing through higher education and the arts. But where it could carve new ground is by formalizing the nascent practices of corporate America to ideologically weaponize access to the market. After all, you don’t want to be seen doing business with fascists, right?
It’s one thing to shun half of America’s voters from the corridors of polite society and the highest of ivory towers (though still unconscionable in its own right). It’s quite another to seem to nod approvingly in the direction of cutting half of America off from the guts of capitalism itself.
In this sense, Biden’s speech represents the mother lode of all cancellation attempts. And corporate America has already shown itself to be a willing partner. What began several years ago as the comprehensive deplatforming of provocateurs such as Laura Loomer (who is banned from Twitter, Periscope, Facebook, Instagram, Medium, GoFundMe, Venmo, MGM Resorts, PayPal, Lyft, Uber, Uber Eats, Chase Bank, and even the T-shirt company TeeSpring) has slowly crept inward, culminating in the simultaneous deplatforming of then-President Donald Trump — not only by the Big Tech giants but by his campaign’s email service, credit card processor, and two of his banks.
The small business, social media startup Parler found itself similarly assaulted when it was simultaneously banned from the Google app store and the Apple app store, and booted from Amazon’s hosting services — all on blatantly pretextual grounds. And it wasn’t just their market access infrastructure. “Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day,” Parler’s then-CEO John Matze confirmed to Fox News.
Glenn Greenwald calls this effect “de-personing,” and it’s a good way to describe the burgeoning ideological conditioning of major market players. Users who are engaged in offline behavior that the world’s largest non-bank lender, Paypal, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League deem to be “hate speech” are removed or denied access.
The email provider Mailchimp cut off services for the Northern Virginia Tea Party group in 2020 when they used the service to organize a recount rally in support of President Trump. Last year, I was inexplicably banned from Mailchimp’s subsidiary TinyLetter for sending out a column I’d written for the New York Post. (I’m still banned! I took my newsletter to Substack.)
Bank of America will no longer lend money to certain gun manufacturers. Citibank will not process some gun sales by their own customers. During the Trump administration, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and U.S. Bank refused to provide banking services to the private prison industry in protest of Trump’s immigration policies. These same federally-insured banks and a handful of others now refuse to provide depository services to federal contractors who do work for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Payment and funding sites such as Paypal, GoFundMe, and Patreon recently banned users they deemed “alt-right.”
Then there are, of course, the massive Big Tech platforms that work directly with the White House to decide which users and content to ban. This not only affects speech, it limits access for the millions of small businesses that use Google and Facebook, the world’s two largest digital advertising firms, to access the market. And God forbid you write a book with a political or policy message that upsets the world’s biggest book retailer.
All of this amounts to a uniquely American form of ideological social credit that determines access to the platforms and services that form the basis of the modern economy. The government isn’t mandating it, but a speech like Biden’s offers tacit approval, if not outright encouragement, of such measures. And the ideological fusion between the Democratic Party and leading corporations ensures the new hierarchy will be enforced.
Creation of an Underclass
Seen in this manner, Biden’s speech does far more than give the country the collective creeps. It formalizes the creation of an underclass. It says, from the official White House podium, that it is now appropriate and indeed necessary for the preservation of democracy to cut off “MAGA Republicans” from every avenue of influence and material gain.
The message is already being socialized across the airwaves. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent called Biden’s claim that Trump voters pose a foundational threat to America “undeniably correct.” Over at MSNBC, DNC adviser Kurt Bardella went even further, calling “MAGA Republicans” a “domestic terrorist cell operating in America.” The Atlantic contributor Peter Wehner said all Republicans are a “dagger pointed at the throat of American democracy.”
Elements of the left in media, business, and universities have been salivating at the thought of embarking on a social purge of their political foes. Biden’s speech has mainstreamed and given credence to that impulse. The White House has, quite clearly, tipped its hat to corporate- and media-led otherizing at a national scale.
For a long time, the right’s answer to this has simply been to “build your own.” This has become increasingly difficult as the very infrastructure of capitalism has become ideologically weaponized, and as multinational corporations have grown so powerful as to literally rival nation-states in terms of reach and resources.
Small, dissident competitors struggle to reach the marketplace, blocked by ideological gatekeepers such as Apple and Google, or are just unable to compete with behemoths like Amazon who are simultaneously market access platforms, retail product rivals, and logistics chokepoints.
But in the Biden era, it’s also become next to impossible to create competing platforms based upon the twisted, circular reasoning that forces conservatives out of the mainstream toward alternative outlets, and then uses the existence of those alternative outlets as proof of the group’s extremism.
Watch as Biden hops around with a foot in his mouth
Biden will be removed.
He has no right to be in the WH, anyway.
You have to win an election for that.
There is a clear and demonstrable reason for the Democrats lust for censorship and outcast of anyone that dares challenge their supremacy. They want to destroy everything the United States was founded upon and for. Yeah, you can honestly say that MAGA presents a valid threat to THEIR VERSION of “democracy”; one where majority rules absolutely and THEY determine who the majority is. MAGA is a threat to THEIR VERSION of America, one where the lazy feed off the determined and ambitious, where violence is the answer to disagreement and imprisonment is the penalty for opposition.
Only those who believe they would be and stay on the side of the elitist ruling party support such anti-American, anti-Constitutional totalitarianism. The vast majority oppose it, which is why the Democrat’s draconian measures are their default reaction.
You read that here first
02/23/23 – MTG defends her call to split up the US by saying the country is moving towards another civil war: ‘We have to do something about it’
She could start by shutting her ignorant yap, because she’s a big part of the problem.
So, after the partition, I guess the population would migrate along party lines? Or has she not thought that far ahead?
Now dont you let you empty lil head worry we would never abandon fellow Americans in the crap States, it may also be an issue deporting the shit people like you out of our States.
Maybe you should start planning the wall.
Trump already built it.
What she is promoting is states rights. States doing their thing. If you f**king crybaby liberals won’t moderate your far, far, far left fascist, socialist, totalitarian police state policies then you should keep it within your own states and the rest of the nation that is reasonable, patriotic and law abiding will stick to theirs.
The left is divisive and dividing the nation. Don’t like it? Change your anti-American behavior.
We already dealt with the states rights issue in connection with slavery. Some folks didn’t get the memo.
Did “we”? Was the result of that resolution eliminating states rights? Your memo must have come from CNN.
Yes. We stopped racist Democrats like you from owning slaves.
But now your trying to form a new Confederacy, and pretending it’s legal.
The Federal Government is the weakest level of government in our nation, and is not authoritative.
I guess you didn’t get the memo, so I’ll give it to you here:
Looks like some are all for a divorce already. Maybe you missed it.
The memo, the new memo is those children do not belong to the Government, we see how you hate children from conception on the left, when they are old enough for preK then you want to create little sexual predators of them. Any Parent seen trying to stop the agenda is deemed a terrorist. You like mentally ill people in schools kiddie porn in librarys, and insist these asylum escapees get to be in our little girls locker rooms and sports. Schools are no longer places of learning, but twisted, dangerous poorly maintained garbage heaps where learning the basics of reading, math and english and history is not a priority.
Its that kind of shit we want a divorce from and promoting the ill educated unskilled into positions where they are not capable of doing the job, but check a diversity box. Put there to push an agenda. Our EPA head our Transportation head our VP are a few examples.
But, you can’t cure California. Only California can cure California, so Greene’s point is for them to go ahead and destroy themselves, but the other, more intelligent states should be allowed to follow their own agenda without interference. Of course, to totalitarians, freedom of choice is to be stamped out wherever it can be found.
Back when under Republican representation California had the strongest middle class, clean cities and a thriving economy. Was a huge attraction for tourists. Look back in time when Reagan was the Governor.
topic.. a diversity hire
In that thing’s defense, being a faggy thief is a prerequisite for being a member of this regime.
Nah. Atlas will merely…shrug. Just as you New Confederates are trying to declare your illegal government surreptitiously, you will be pushed back and defeated in the same way.
News just from DeSantis’s Florida: Florida news crew shot while covering shooting near Orlando, 2 dead, including 9-year-old: police
Permitless carry should help the situation.
Has it ever occurred to you 2nd Amendment hating leftist fanatics that those like who committed this shooting carry, permit, permitless, or not? Apparently not; intelligence and reason is far too much to expect of you.
Yes. If the mom in the house the 19-year-old killer was armed and ready to defend her home (where’s the dad, btw?), then her and her kid would be alive.
I’m not sure how your religion teaches you that by oppressing everyone else, you can end crime, evil, death, murder.
Greg “lengthy criminal history” ranging from gun charges, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, and grand theft.
He should have been locked up, he obviously did not have the gun legally.
Quit trying to disarm law abiding citizens with your liberal garbage ideology.
Feb. 2: A restaurant owner in Akron, Ohio, scared off a masked man who attempted to rob him with a knife. The man fled, and police believe he successfully robbed a different restaurant just hours later.Feb. 5: A Nashville, Tennessee, woman was attacked from behind by a would-be purse thief, who proceeded to repeatedly slam the woman’s head into a wall when she resisted him. The woman’s husband heard her cries for help and came to her defense, firing his gun at the thief and causing him to flee.Feb. 9: When three armed men attempted to rob a Little Caesars restaurant in North Fort Myers, Florida, a patron inside pulled his own firearm to defend other customers. One suspect was shot and the other two fled.Feb. 12: A homeowner in Jackson County, Georgia, heard someone trying to break into her house through a window. She found a man standing outside and warned him not to come into the house. Nevertheless, the man broke the glass window, so the armed homeowner shot him.Feb. 13: Sullivan County, Tennessee, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy praised the actions of a concealed carry permit holder who ended a deadly domestic violence incident at a dentist’s office. The armed citizen shot and detained an active shooter who killed his wife and may have planned to harm others in the office.Feb. 14: An Evans, Georgia, mother shot and killed her boyfriend after he began violently assaulting the woman’s 15-year-old son during an argument.Feb. 16: Two masked assailants attempted to rob 35-year-old Antonio Santiago in Allentown, Pennsylvania, pepper spraying his face and “pistol whipping” him with a BB gun that appeared to be real. In an act of self-defense, Santiago grabbed his own handgun and fired at his attackers, killing one of them. Two other suspects fled, but were eventually arrested and tied to two other recent crimes in the area.Feb. 17: An armed good Samaritan in Daytona Beach, Florida, intervened and fired a shot to stop a knife-wielding man, who had already stabbed someone, from stabbing other people outside a convenience store.Feb. 20: A 79-year-old Commerce, Georgia, homeowner called 911 to report a burglary in progress after she heard someone breaking into her home. The burglar ignored her threats and came in through an upstairs window before police could arrive. The homeowner shot at the burglar, who was so scared that he hid in a closet until the police arrived.Feb. 24: Three armed men ambushed a Houston, Texas, couple who were walking out of their apartment complex, forcing them back inside to rob them. The boyfriend retrieved his own firearm from within the apartment and exchanged fire with the three men, injuring one of them.Feb. 26: The Mobile County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook video showing an armed local homeowner’s recent encounter with two would-be burglars. The burglars attempted to enter the occupied home in broad daylight, and were only deterred when the homeowner fired her handgun at them.Feb. 27: A group of teenage thieves entered a pawn shop in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and tried to flee with two guns they grabbed from behind the counter. Armed store clerks chased the teens and held them at gunpoint until the police could arrive, preventing the future unlawful use of those stolen firearms. Police believe these teens are responsible for other gun thefts and may be able to take other illegally possessed guns off the streets as a result of these clerks’ actions.Feb. 28: Two men helped rescue a woman from a would-be kidnapper in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, after seeing her struggle to escape on the side of the road. After the two men stopped their car, one of them pulled out his handgun, prompting the suspect to flee. He was later apprehended and confessed to kidnapping the woman.
One thing gun owners agree on is that crimes committed with guns should be punished. The left, however, believes criminals that commit crimes with guns should be coddled and the law abiding (including the victims) should be punished.
The examples are 1 month from 2019, do yo know how many fire arms women have purchased since then to protect themselves, cause a restraining order is a piece of paper and a 9 mm in hand is more powerful equalizer than a cop on the phone.
Yes more severe punishments for crimes with guns, we never even thought about touching dads guns, kids need to be taught, that a gun isnt a toy, also how to reload a mag.