You can tell that we live in revolutionary times because almost every measure proposed and every speech or article proposing them are marked by an almost frantic moral urgency. But now that we've marked the first anniversary of the Biden administration taking office, the official rhetoric appears to have reached new levels of hysteria.
But, as having been directed against then-President Donald Trump and not President Joe Biden, they didn’t count as existential threats.
It was really Trump himself who was supposed to be the existential threat, which is why those supporters who once breached the Capitol on behalf of his claim that the election had been stolen by supporters of his rival, the apparently victorious Joe Biden, can now be treated as ongoing existential threats themselves.
Note well. Soaring murder rates aren't his priority, nor are the latest smash-and-grab raids on retailers in big cities—where, not coincidentally, left-wing prosecutors are disinclined to prosecute anyone for them. Nor are thousands of illegal aliens pouring over our largely undefended southern border every day.
No, all of these things, together with the usual everyday criminality that's the ostensible business of the Justice Department, must take a back seat to the pursuit, arrest, and prosecution of the Trump supporters who came in a disorderly rabble to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, alleging that the election had been stolen.
It was apparent that it was this allegation of election-tampering that made the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breachers so much greater a threat to democracy than the Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters of 2020.
And how, besides siccing the Justice Department on those rioters who alleged that the election had been stolen, did he propose to fight this battle? You’ll never guess. It was by doing anything necessary, including trashing members of his own party as well as the opposition, to approve a measure that was making its way through Congress that would have made it easier to steal elections!
The logic, such as it is, behind his advocacy for this legislation appears to go something like this: Since it's axiomatic, at least in the Democrats' book, that the 2020 election wasn't stolen, in spite of a pandemic-inspired relaxation of voting restrictions around the country that made it the most recent election in U.S. history likely to have been stolen, it follows that no election can ever be stolen.
Therefore, all restrictions on voting can be relaxed in order to create the widest possible franchise, especially among those minorities most likely to vote Democratic.
This is what he—and most of his party and the media—amusingly refer to as “voting rights.”
As he spoke, at least two Democratic senators—enough to defeat the measure along with solid Republican opposition—appeared to be harboring a few doubts about this logic.
So the president then went on to compare them to George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis. If his object had been to persuade the wavering senators over to his side, he was certainly going a very odd way about it—which is why I have my doubts as to whether that was his object. On the contrary, his willingness to lash out like this against his more-reluctant allies powerfully suggests that he knows the battle for “voting rights” is lost, so he has nothing to lose by comparing these senators to those approved super-villains of U.S. history.
He might also have something to gain.
His own approval ratings have again sunk to new lows recently—in one poll as low as 33 percent. Public approval of Harris is even lower. As the president sees support for his administration drifting away, even among Democrats, his last, desperate throw of the dice might well be to remind the doubters of the unique evil of his hated archenemy.
For if Trump and the Trumpites are acknowledged to constitute an evil unparalleled in U.S. history except for that of the enemies who have made war on us, aren't those who disapprove of the dear leader, such as those who refuse to obey him and vote for his favored legislation, in effect joining with the enemies of their country?
It might seem a dubious proposition to most of us, but it worked for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.