President Joe Biden made one final attempt on Wednesday to turn “democracy” into a midterm election topic.
That feint hasn’t succeeded so far. The administration’s warnings about “mega-MAGA Republicans” and the danger they posed to the American people gained some resonance for a few weeks.
Then, as soon as the “threat to democracy” nonsense was rolled out, people understood that things like inflation, crime, the economy, and illegal immigration were still serious issues.
Biden tried again this week, telling the country that “democracy is on the ballot” and that we should only support the Democrats if we desired free and impartial elections in the future, using the attack on Paul Pelosi as a weak pretext for bringing out the leftovers.
I appeal to all Americans, regardless of party, to meet this moment of national and generational importance,” Biden said. “We must vote, knowing what’s at stake is not just the policy of the moment, but institutions that have held us together as we have sought a more perfect union are also at stake. We must vote knowing who we have been, what we’re at risk of becoming.”
We risk becoming a one-party state if we don’t vote for one party. That is good rhetoric. Tucker Carlson reminded his Fox News audience on Thursday night that it wasn’t only the clarity of the president’s argument. We should all be more concerned with what Joe Biden defines as “democracy,” though.
He pointed out that communist nations also consider themselves to be “democratic.” Just take a closer look at the name of what is perhaps the most oppressive country in the world: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea to the rest of us.
“In his very first speech as leader of North Korea in 1946, Kim Il Sung described the total destruction of any opposition to his rule, the killing of his political opponents as ‘democratic reforms,'” Carlson remarked. “Almost 80 years later, his grandson, Kim Jong Un, continues to run North Korea as a ‘democracy’.”
They weren’t the only communist nation to have this reasonable belief, either: “The Bolsheviks took power in Russia in 1917 by promising a lot more democracy,” Carlson continued. “The country they created, the Soviet Union, became the most oppressive police state in history. Yet it was, you should know, a democracy. That’s what they called it. East Germany was a democracy, too, so was North Vietnam, so is Ethiopia under Mengistu, so was Albania under the madman Enver Hoxha.”
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“In their version of democracy, all decisions are made by a shadowy oligarchy, usually fronted by a strongman,” Carlson said. “Elections still take place, but the point isn’t to find out what the population thinks or wants. The point is to lend an aura of legitimacy to the criminals already in charge.”
Biden is hardly Stalin, Hoxha or any of the Kims. However, even if the leader is sleepier, more confused and less repressive than a Soviet bloc ruler, the tactics are the same — if constrained in what they can accomplish by the American system of democracy, in which “you get to elect anyone you want because it’s your government.”
That’s why, Carlson says, we should all be concerned about rhetoric like “democracy is on the ballot.” CONTINUE READING…