This column isn’t about that horrific speech Joe Biden gave Thursday night. Probably the less said about that low point in American history, the better — though at some point we as a nation are going to have to address the malignancy of the federal government as inflicted on the country in this man’s name and with his express endorsement as he showed this whole week.
It might be that Biden’s handlers, as they search for ways to make him functional, have settled on this ultra-divisive Republicans-as-terrorists narrative not as something they think they can win with but as something they can fit him into. Dementia patients often struggle with bitterness and rage, and it’s quite clear that’s what Joe Biden has going on at present. It’s hard to sell policy with anger, but if your message is Otherization of your political enemies then anger is an appropriate mechanism.
If your quarterback can’t throw, after all, but he’s fast, then what you have is an option offense. So maybe this is simply Coach Anita Dunn rolling out the wishbone or the veer.
Or maybe this is just who the Democrats are nowadays and it’s not Joe Biden’s capabilities that limit their options, but the whole party’s character that has brought us to this point.
One thing that has become axiomatic about the modern Democrat Party is that it’s all projection, all the time with these people. Almost literally every accusation they make about their political opponents comes from the old quote ascribed initially to Karl Marx: “Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.”
There are few, if any, exceptions to this. Certainly the new hotness from Team Biden, in which the bulk of the Republican Party is now being accused of terrorism, political violence, zero respect for the rule of law, and now fascism, is unexpurgated projection.
Many of us have never heard of small-government fascism before, but apparently it’s a thing. Just ask Don Lemon:
Don Lemon on Biden calling Republicans "fascist": "Where's the lie?" "No lies detected." "He's telling the truth!"
"You have to call a thing a thing. You have to call it what it is. THAT is unifying." pic.twitter.com/FbZ6koR5DD
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) September 1, 2022
Does it matter that the modern Democrat ChiCom similacrum we’re dangerously sliding into is almost a textbook example of fascism? After all, Mussolini, who it can credibly be said is the father of that ideological fetish, declared that at its base fascism is corporatism. The exact quote: “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Incidentally, modern leftists now argue that it’s a fake quote, but fascist Italy was in fact entirely corporatist, something they never bother to address. What’s worse, and even more instructive, is that the quote about corporatism, written by the Italian fascist philosopher Giovanni Gentile, was expressly endorsed by Mussolini.
Fascism is a co-opting of private enterprise, or at least the largest market players, into serving the needs and wishes of government while still nominally leaving the means of production in the hands of the private owners. And it is a very good descriptor of the woke capitalist enterprise the Left has been pushing on us for two decades.
How is ESG, for example, not fascism?
It’s interesting that Joe Biden would say that old-school corporatist Bush Republicans are swell folks but MAGA Republicans are fascists. Not particularly incisive, mind you, but interesting.
This projectionism goes back a long ways. The modern Left’s history is shot through with blatant hypocrisy and open bad faith. The difference is now that’s all they have. The old-school liberals at least honestly believed their ideas would produce good results. They were wrong about that, obviously, but they did think they were doing good. For the Left that has replaced them, it’s about power and power only, and so the casting of shadows is now every bit a sacrament that abortion and the coddling of criminals are.
And if you’re looking for proof, it’s only a matter of time before one of the brainless left-wing trolls in the comments brings up Donald Trump’s supposed crimes as a response to this.
Most of our readers probably haven’t heard about this, but the failed city of Jackson, Mississippi, which has been run by hard-left Democrats for more than 30 years, is in such advanced decline that its water system no longer produces potable drinking water or even safe bathwater.
It’s a similar situation to what happened in Flint, Michigan, another city where incompetent urban Democrats destroyed public infrastructure through abuse and neglect.
And just like in Flint, the culprits, museum-grade practitioners of the Weaponized Governmental Failure that pervades urban Democrat politics, have taken to blaming white Republicans in the suburbs for their problems.
CNN ran this ridiculous screed by Harvard fellow and ruling-class twit W. Ralph Eubanks:
Given the years of neglect to the infrastructure of the state capital – a city that should be the proud shining jewel of the Magnolia State – it is no surprise the state government of Mississippi has ignored the city’s problems with its water system to the point of an absolute failure of the system. Now, unlike the warm water that flowed from Jim Crow era “colored” water fountains, the people of Jackson have no drinkable water at all. It is almost as if Jackson is being told to drink from the “colored” water fountain all over again, except this time drinking the water might make you deathly ill.
The particulars of this moment in Jackson’s water crisis involve complexities at the municipal and state level, but this isn’t the first time – far from it – that this city’s residents are suffering like this. One could understandably ask, as a number of my fellow writers did of me while they were in Jackson: How could a state ignore the needs of the residents of its capital city and allow things to deteriorate to this point? The answer as I see it is simple: racism.
Jackson is a Black majority city and Mississippi is governed by a White Republican supermajority that refuses to invest in Jackson because of who lives there and who governs it. The message derived from the ways Mississippi’s politicians have refused to support the crumbling infrastructure of Jackson again and again over the years is not much different from the late Sen. James K. Vardaman referring to Mississippi’s Black citizens as “lazy, lying, lustful animal[s], which no amount of training can transform into a tolerable citizen.”
Got that? It isn’t willful incompetence and outright theft of the public infrastructure dollars that has broken the water system in Jackson, it’s RACISM.
That sure is convenient, no?
Friends there tell me it’s been five years since the water service in Jackson sent anyone an even remotely accurate bill, and nobody gets their water shut off for non-payment as a result. But this, per the esteemed ruling-class stooge Eubanks, is the fault of the “White Republican supermajority,” which won’t invest in Jackson because the city is more than 80 percent black.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba is the mayor of Jackson, “the most radical city in America.” He’s the son of somebody else named Chokwe Lumumba, who was also mayor. Both Lumumbas have been part of a casual movement that seeks to create an independent “Black nation” in the states of the Deep South.
What sort of independent nation can you build when it’s the responsibility of the racist crackers in Madison and Rankin counties who saw what time it was and got the hell out of Jackson to subsidize the busted, dysfunctional Lumumbite water system there?
It’s an old game by this point, and now we see how it’s won:
This morning, I spoke with Mayor Lumumba regarding the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.
I’ve declared a state of emergency and FEMA, EPA, and the Army Corps are coordinating with the state to get clean and safe water to families. pic.twitter.com/xV6bcZK2TU
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 31, 2022
Because the feds will always ride to the rescue after the Weaponized Governmental Failure crowd are done with their work. And before it’s over this will be Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ fault just like it was Rick Snyder’s fault when the urban Democrats who killed Flint’s water system were exposed.
Republicans need to get better at this game. Reeves and Mississippi’s Legislature need to seize control of Jackson’s water system before a single dime of state money is spent to fix it. Call a special session, pass a bill, and make it a state function which may or may not get privatized.
Emergency basis, by the way, and thus no MBE contracts. No special favors for anybody — competence, not complexion or connections, ought to rule the day.
… did you know that Biden just told Congress he was increasing the pay of federal workers by an average of 4.6 percent next year?
There is a fairly long-standing practice by which automatic federal pay raises are held up every year because of a “national emergency” — also known as the federal budget deficit. That emergency is apparently canceled.
It’s good to be a client of Team Biden. You get lots of bennies. The country goes to hell, but you get yours, so there’s that.
I’m a huge admirer of fellow The American Spectator contributor David Catron, and I can’t remember the last time he wrote something here that I didn’t devour. But yesterday he had me scratching my head.
Catron wrote a piece expressing dismay at the criticism thrown Mitch McConnell’s way in advance of the midterms:
The point here is not that McConnell is above criticism, but attacking Republicans just before an election should be left to Democrats and the corporate “news” media. Conservatives should be going after the real enemy. That would be an utterly corrupt Democratic Party led by Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, the people who are systematically destroying the country while characterizing Republicans as “violent extremists” and branding us as “semi-fascists.” McConnell can indeed be frustrating; these people are dangerous. Despite their Orwellian rhetoric, it is the Democrats who constitute the threat to democracy.
Oh, come on.
He gives us the old standard defense of Morphine Mitch, namely that he held up Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination until the 2016 election and that was a rare display of sand by a GOP pol.
Except that’s a minimum expectation we should have of a Republican Senate majority leader, not some great victory.
And the reason Morphine Mitch is coming under so much criticism is that he’s guilty of that which Catron attacks Kurt Schlichter and the Washington Times, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson for. I guess I’m thankful he doesn’t include me in his scolding, because I’ve been considerably harder on McConnell of late than any of the above.
McConnell is catching hell from the Right because he’s bashing Republican Senate candidates and standing in the way of the party offering a clear agenda that differs from the Democrats. And it’s obvious why he’s doing it: he wants to be majority leader without being accountable to such an agenda, and he also wants a caucus he can handle and not one in which he either loses the vote for majority leader or has such tenuous control that he’s captive to the MAGA/revivalist faction like Nancy Pelosi is to the Squad.
We’re beating McConnell up because he’s a drag on the GOP ticket this fall, is doing little to nothing to alleviate that problem, has trashed the party’s own candidates, and shows over and over again that he represents a bygone era the politics of which is insufficient to our current challenges.
These problems are more important than the typical “no circular firing squads” admonition. If Mitch McConnell was doing a good job as the party’s leader in the Senate, there would be no reason for Schlichter and me and the others to have at him.
That’s a cryptic reference that some of my fellow Louisianans will pick up on, but later this month The American Spectator publisher Melissa Mackenzie and I are going to be debuting an American Spectator podcast.
We’ve been kicking this idea around for quite a while, but both of us have been busy with other things and haven’t moved it along as quickly as we’ve wanted. But things have gotten serious of late, and it’s in motion.
So look for more details on that soon.