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Biden’s Banana Republic

Left-wing tyrants are famous for calling their ramshackle one-party states “democratic.” Joe Biden’s endless blather about democracy while treating his political opponents as “domestic enemies” belongs to this tradition. He equates democracy with unchallenged liberal tyranny. What he calls “threats” to democracy are nothing more than instances of public resistance to his attempts to build a one-party state in America. He wants docility, not democracy, and seeks to eliminate his political foes as crudely as any tinpot leader of a banana republic.

In the Clinton era, the Democrats sought to eliminate their political opponents a little more subtly. They set up “civility commissions” and the like to try and minimize the influence of Rush Limbaugh and company. But now they favor the most baldly undemocratic measures, rejoicing in Silicon Valley’s silencing of conservatives, the Justice Department’s targeting of parents as “terrorists,” and the drive to prevent the people from voting for Donald Trump again.

Dictatorship, not democracy, is the terminus of modern liberalism.

How is any of this different than a banana republic where one party ascends to power and uses it to wipe out its political opponents? This week’s announcement that the Justice Department is setting up a special unit to hassle conservatives under the guise of battling “domestic terrorism” befits the criminalization of political differences that mark a banana republic.

Sounding like cronies to a banana republic dictator, former CIA Director John Brennan and former high-ranking FBI official Andrew McCabe urge Biden to prosecute his political opponents. At the beginning of the Biden administration, Brennan, an old admirer of the Soviet Union (he once admitted that he voted for its plant in American politics, Gus Hall), burbled over the repression of conservatives to come:

I know looking forward that the members of the Biden team, who have been nominated or have been appointed, are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas. Where they germinate in different parts of the country, and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance, frequently, of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists — even libertarians.

McCabe calls mainstream conservatives violent: “It’s entirely possible that when the intelligence community, the law enforcement community, looks out across this mainstream… they didn’t assume that that group of people business owners, white people from the suburbs, educated, employed, presented a threat of violence. And now we know very clearly that they do.”

That these two left-wing political hacks held enormous power in American government illustrates its reduction to the status of a banana republic. The same staggering partisan recklessness that drove them to spy on Trump as a Putin mole undergirds their advice to Biden. Their essential counsel — throw your political opponents in jail — is exactly what you would hear within the governing circles of Castro’s Cuba.

Dictatorship, not democracy, is the terminus of modern liberalism. Wherever it prevails, democratic participation shrinks, not grows. The fundamentally transformed America of Biden’s imagination is just a left-wing autocracy in which judges and ruling-class mandarins deprive the people of democratic choice and cut them off from the Constitution.

In his ludicrous speech on Tuesday, Biden cast his annoyance at democracy as a fight for its “soul.” His whole agenda is to kill that soul and render the people servile. A president who treats half the country like dangerous dissidents, while celebrating flag boycotts and pumping critical race theory into America’s schools, has no interest in a democratic future for America. His goal is simply the consolidation and expansion of liberal power.

Many of the defining features of a banana republic appear under Biden: the cheap demagoguery about the rights of the “people” even as they lose those rights, the routine portrayal of political opponents as traitors, open political prosecutions for trumped-up offenses, and demands that the party in power be able to curtail the free speech of critics.

Biden says that the Democrats are the party of voters’ rights — the same party that wants to deny voters the choice of voting for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton says that another Trump run could be the “end of democracy.” Such absurd and contradictory rhetoric smacks of the election-rigging in banana republics, where leaders get to determine who can and can’t run against them. What the Democrats call threats to democracy are merely proofs of it.

George Neumayr
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George Neumayr, a senior editor at The American Spectator, is author most recently of The Biden Deception: Moderate, Opportunist, or the Democrats' Crypto-Socialist?
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