Never one to let a good bogeyman go to waste, President Joe Biden is yet again ready to commemorate the events of January 6 in what appears to be becoming an annual tradition. As the House continues its efforts to find a new speaker, the commander-in-chief is expected to decry the villains and laud the heroes in an address that is likely to be far from unifying.
Having already compared the events of January 6 to Pearl Harbor, 9/11, and pretty much every other major disaster that has befallen the United States, the president is under obligation to his party to excoriate those involved – most specifically, those involved in the Trump administration. To do less would mark senior Democrats as guilty of extreme hyperbole.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre delivered an overview of Biden’s proposed theme. She said:
“One detail I do want to provide now, as we close in on Friday, in that — an important focus of his remarks will be on recognizing Americans who showed courage and patriotism, who put themselves in danger on behalf of others and on behalf of our democracy. And because, like the president said just last year, as we — as he made — he also marked the anniversary, as I just stated. They — on January 6th were — are — you know, are one of the darkest days. And sometimes — one of the darkest days, I should say — can lead to light and hope. And on January 6th, there were continued — countless examples of Americans who showed up and showed those best values of who we are.”
It is a notable juxtaposition that differences will be highlighted between those who support the Democrat-led narrative and those who do not. Indeed, this event has the earmark of a justification for the January 6 Committee’s efforts over the last year and to bolster the credibility of a report that landed flat with the public at large.
Despite hiring a Hollywood producer to stage manage the hearings and prime-time coverage by the nation’s media, the final report was essentially a tree falling in a vacated forest. The four criminal referrals made by the Democrat-led committee disappeared from the front pages of the venerable legacy papers within 48 hours as the nation realized the recommendations were a fig leaf for the lack of a smoking gun.
An Annual January 6 Rehash?
When Joe Biden made his address this time last year, he used more than a third of his speaking time to lambaste the actions and attitude of former President Donald Trump and his supporters. It was a prelude to the character assassination delivered in late August when the 46th president declared: “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy … it’s like semi-fascism.”
As Liberty Nation Senior Political Analyst Tim Donner wrote at the time:
“Hillary only managed to officially condemn 50% of the 64 million people who would vote for Trump in 2016. Biden, on the other hand, beat her for the blue ribbon by slandering the full 74 million people who pulled the lever for Trump in 2020 as roughly comparable to those responsible for the death of millions of people – and against whom we fought a world war.”
And Biden is in danger of doing it all over again.
The results of the November midterms showed the president that angry rhetoric and recrimination hurt neither himself nor his party. It energizes the Big Box media in its quest to vilify conservatives and earns plaudits for the man making the denouncement. Like an unruly child being rewarded for belligerent behavior, Biden can rail with few consequences, secure in the knowledge that “dangerous language” only applies to one side of the aisle.
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