President Biden’s angry and disturbing midterm elections speech in which he warned that the country was at a dangerous “inflection point,” and that extremist groups like “MAGA Republicans” were threatening to destroy democracy, was probably the worst speech of his presidency.
It was certainly his most divisive speech – in which, as Senator Josh Hawley commented, “He declared war on half the country.”
Although the use of the word “MAGA” before “Republican” was meant to distance “dangerous” Republicans from those “who are just like Democrats,” Biden’s linguistic shape-shifting subliminally suggested that somehow all Republicans are dangerous, and because of this they should not be voted into office.
Then came Biden’s coup de grace: “They do not respect the Constitution.”
The speech was an ugly partisan diatribe, a one-man presidential “insurrection.” Its aftershocks came in the form of increased hostility from heretofore “tolerant” Democrats to Republican candidates running for office.
Suddenly you were hearing asinine phrases like, “You’d better vote Democrat because the future of democracy depends on it.”
The craziness hit me on a personal level one day when I was riding in a car with the husband of a good friend. I watched in disbelief as he slammed on the breaks when he spotted a Dr. Mehmet Oz campaign sign on someone’s front lawn and screamed, “I hate Oz! I hate Republicans! Save democracy!”
Politics has caused many people to lose their minds, but as my friend was screaming (while I said nothing) I thought how he should know better – because he’s old enough to be fully aware of the time when there were real radicals in the country who really, really threatened democracy.
We’re talking about the violent radicals who took part in the 1960s Revolution that Never Was, people like Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, and Abbie Hoffman — serious radicals who mapped out plans to overthrow the U.S. Government; who stashed guns for the “big overthrow”; and who blew up buildings and even the U.S. Capitol to kickstart a second American Revolution.
Radicals like Susan Rosenberg, who in the late 70s to mid-80s was active in the far left revolutionary group “MI9CO,” an all-female terrorist group that openly advocated the overthrow of the U.S. Government through armed struggle and violence.
Rosenberg’s group lent its support to the Black Liberation Army in frequent armored truck robberies and random bombings of government buildings, including the 1983 bombing of the Capitol building.
That bombing occurred on the second floor of the Capitol’s north wing.
In an article comparing January 6 with the 1983 leftist Capitol bombing, Politifact goes to great lengths to show that the leftwing terrorism at the Capitol was the result of a few deranged individuals, whereas Jan. 6 “Involved 2,000 people, many of whom overturned barricades, etc. etc.” Politifact even quotes Jane Campbell, President and CEO of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, who stated, “January 6 was perpetuated by thousands of people who sought to overturn the results of a free and fair election.”
The implication here is that thousands of protesters also stormed the Capitol and participated in the ensuing mayhem which resulted in five deaths. (The latest tally of those arrested in the January 6 melee stands at over 900, although many arrests were for simple trespassing.) Thousands more law-abiding protesters remained in the streets and did not go into the Capitol building, ostensibly because the rules of legitimate protest do not include breaking and entering.
It’s obvious, I think, that what laid the groundwork for the January 6 lawbreakers were the George Floyd riots in 2020, when cities across the nation burned thanks to “do nothing” Democrat mayors and governors who viewed the unrest and violence as “legitimate protest.”
The George Floyd riots set a new standard for what is acceptable in the protest world. If blowing up ATM machines or burning down businesses will end racism, then so be it. Burn them down because it all works towards a greater good. The George Floyd rioters set the stage for what would occur on January 6. The Floyd rioters, by default almost, “schooled” some on the right who came to see “burn and conquer” as the new protest normal.
January 6 can be viewed as a delayed reaction to the 2020 left-wing riots, a karmic payback in the “All’s fair in love and war department.”
As for Rosenberg, she was an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Liberation Army convicted of killing a State Trooper on the New Jersey turnpike in 1973. Shakur’s record of felonies and misdeeds is too long to include here, but the fact remains that Rosenberg’s rescue was so successful that Shakur still remains at large today with a $2 million reward promised for her capture.
When Rosenberg was finally captured in 1984, she was in possession of a stash of explosives and firearms. Sentenced to 58 years imprisonment, she spent only 16 years in jail, thanks to a pardon by outgoing President Clinton.
And like all good violent political radicals who have time to think about their prison experiences, Rosenberg wrote a book, An American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country. After prison she went on to teach literature at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, a school that The New York Post featured in the headline, “John Jay College think tank is ground zero for woke DAs.”
With the passage of time, Rosenberg morphed into a white-haired elder still as radical as her younger self. A college was willing to take her papers – her prison writings and notebooks, carving out a place in history for this most artful of bomb throwers. One can find Rosenberg’s papers at Smith College, stored and archived, as if she numbered among the great philosophers.
This should come as no surprise, given the woke state of most colleges and universities today.
Luca Falciola’s article, “The Radical Left after 1968: From Ideological Craze to Reconfiguration of Politics,” focuses on what became of many leftwing radicals of yore:
“Some of the onetime overheated activists ceased to be worried about the Vietnam War, some others were simply disaffected by a promethean revolution that appeared out of reach, and yet others were burned out by their failed attempts to trigger armed struggle. However, recent international scholarship on the radical left has done much to correct this interpretation by showing that the 1970s and the 1980s did not represent decades of absolute de-politicization and pure hedonism…”
Even Polifact, as hard as it tried to deliver the message that right-wing political violence is the crowning glory of domestic terrorism, couldn’t ignore the fact that for most of the previous century and part of the 21st, it was left-wing domestic terrorism that ruled the land.
President Biden might want to take history refresher courses on domestic terrorism.