Over the past few years I’ve steadfastly avoided paying attention to anything that mentions Republicans and Democrats. As a result, my dark and cynical soul has felt the faint stirrings of mental health like blossoms budding on a cherry tree in springtime.
Allowing anything that Joe Biden does these days to enter my consciousness is like watching a snuff film in the making. He’s awful, but I do myself no favors getting upset by him. I don’t see the point of even thinking about him, much less complaining about him.
But since we all backslide on our arduous path to recovery, for some inexplicable reason, I decided to watch Joe Biden’s State of the Union address the other night.
Because I clearly hate myself, I tuned into PBS NewsHour before Biden’s speech. I was fortunate enough not to catch the entire hour, but what I saw was a segment about Frederick Douglass being beaten by malicious whites as a slave. Another story was about how Nazi “extremists” are trying to bring down the power grid, explained by the most Jewish-looking and Jewish-sounding Nazi-hunter I’ve ever seen. Then a Japanese poetess shared her incurably hurt feelings about how difficult it was to grow up around white people.
PBS’s idea of “news” consists of non-whites griping non-stop about their historical mistreatment at the hands of whites. All of it. Maybe I blinked, but I don’t recall them talking about anything else. None of it, except for the brief blurb about the “Nazis” trying to sabotage the power grid, was “news.” All the rest of it was a giant opaque chunk of anti-white agitprop. And I pay federal taxes to have this shit rubbed in my face.
According to PBS, the government’s official broadcasting arm, the current State of the Union requires that white people be shamed and guilt-tripped into extinction.
I fell asleep about 20 minutes into Biden’s speech and then forced myself to watch the whole thing the next morning because I clearly harbor a lot of unaddressed guilt and am always seeking ways to punish myself.
Throughout his 70-plus minutes of insensate yammering and hoarse ululations, Biden sounded hopelessly drunk or senile. He couldn’t get one sentence out of his thin, cracked lips without a mispronunciation or severe slurring. He is a corpse in a suit — the (barely) living embodiment of a nation on the brink of death.
Biden declared that January 6 represented democracy’s “greatest threat since the Civil War.” I’m starting to conclude that autocrats are the only ones who ever talk about the virtues of “democracy.” Biden even blamed the Paul Pelosi hammer attack on “the very same language that insurrectionists who stalked these halls chanted on January 6th.”
Biden boasted of “record low unemployment” under his watch — and just as Trump was wont to do, he singled out black and Hispanic workers for hitting the jackpot with the United States’ allegedly vibrant job market. But he left out the part where those who’ve given up looking for work are not counted as unemployed. He slalomed around the fact that most of these “new jobs” were nothing more than positions that opened up again after the government-mandated COVID lockdowns. He definitely didn’t mention that the US currently has one of the lowest labor participation rates in its history.
He blamed both Putin and “the pandemic” for the fact that inflation is galloping away from our control like a headless horseman. He failed to address the Federal Reserve’s reckless printing of worthless money and the federal government’s reckless spending of that worthless money, which are the direct causes of the recent inflationary explosion. He repeatedly used phrases such as “inflation is coming down” and “inflation has fallen,” which create the illusion that prices are coming down, when they may only be rising more slowly. And ever since walking into the local supermarket the other day and seeing that a dozen eggs fetches over $8, I doubt that inflation is easing in any capacity. That’s simply not how fiat currency works.
Biden slammed “Big Pharma” for its insulin pricing but didn’t say a word about vaccines. In fact, he encouraged Americans to “support new vaccines and treatments.”
He fingered COVID, rather than the anti-cop racial madness that followed George Floyd’s death, for “the spike in violent crime in 2020.”
He cited the recent Monterey Park mass murder and even noted that the shooter used a “semi-automatic pistol,” then launched into how we have to “ban assault weapons once and for all.” I don’t see the connection between semi-auto pistols and assault weapons. Then again, I’m not senile, nor do I have a nuclear arsenal at my beck and call.
Biden acknowledged that fentanyl was coming in through the Southern border but didn’t see fit to mention the millions of illegals he’s allowed to cross the border without so much as being frisked.
He conjured the saintly names of now-dead arrest-resisters Tyre Nichols and George Floyd. Biden said he never had to have “the talk” about police with his children like black parents do, but the fact that his son Hunter isn’t in prison right now has nothing to do with being white and everything to do with the fact that the Bidens enjoy presidential privilege. As a white ex-con, I understand privilege (and the lack thereof) far better than the Bidens do.
Biden lamented how the middle class has been “hollowed out” and how “good-paying manufacturing jobs moved overseas,” and how “once-thriving cities and towns became shadows of what they used to be.” He carefully left out the part that he was either a Senator, a Vice President, or a President while all this was happening.
He mentioned black people three times. I don’t mean he referenced specific black people, because he also did that repeatedly—I mean that he mentioned “black” as a hallowed and inviolable racial special-interest group three times. He mentioned “brown” and “Hispanic” people once each. White people were not mentioned. Not once. I suppose they were implied when he used the term “hate and extremism,” but that’s all the love that Biden gave us.
He even took an out-of-character Trumpian “Buy American” and “Made in America” stance. I suspect his handlers told him to give lip service to these concepts as a preemptive move against whatever Republican gets nominated for president in 2024.
He claimed, without a morsel of evidence, that since he took office, he singlehandedly reversed the perception that “China was increasing its power and America was falling in the world.”
He said “we’re taking on powerful interests,” but neglected to mention the Federal Reserve, BlackRock, or the Anti-Defamation League.
He honored his special guests “Maurice and Kandice, an Irishman and a daughter of immigrants from Panama [who] . . . met and fell in love in New York City and got married in the same chapel as Jill and I did.” Why even mention an interracial marriage unless your agenda is explicitly interracial?
He proclaimed, “We are a good people, the only nation in the world built on an idea.” And that’s the problem: Americans are no longer a people. They’re countless different peoples tethered together by the untested idea that this experiment will work, despite the lack of historical precedent of it ever working.
His entire speech was an exercise in futility and impotence. I would have preferred if he’d just walked out to the podium, said, “We’re fucked,” and then walked away. It would have been more honest.
Throughout the speech, he kept returning to the idea that Americans need to “finish the job.”
Sorry, but the job is already finished.
Abe Lincoln famously warned that a house divided against itself cannot stand. But modern America is far more complicated and unmanageable than a house: It’s a giant low-rent chain motel with 300 rooms divided against one another. It’s not a country anymore; it’s an extortion enterprise. The US is basically a corporate entity with taxing power over 330 million people trapped under the same massive surveillance system. It is more fractured in every imaginable cultural way than at any time in history.
As the PBS NewsHour amply demonstrated, modern America’s lifeblood is division. Why even bother calling it a “Union” anymore?
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