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Thursday, April 29, 2021

After four years of an American president whose overt hostility toward democracy tested the nation's foundations, and against a backdrop in which authoritarian powers seek to undermine the appeal of self-governance around the globe, [Joe] Biden repeatedly used his address to defend our system of government -- and urging members of Congress to help him prove democracy's merits. Biden doesn't just want to champion the needs of the middle class, he also feels the need to champion democracy itself.

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"The question of whether our democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent, as old as our republic, still vital today? Can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us - created equal in the image of God - have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect and possibility? Can our democracy deliver on the most pressing needs of our people? Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that have pulled us apart? America's adversaries, the autocrats of the world, are betting we can't. And I promise you, they're betting we can't. They believe we are too full of anger and division and rage. They look at the images of the mob that assaulted this Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy. But they are wrong. You know it, I know it. But we have to prove them wrong. We have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works, and we can deliver for our people.

The comment I hear most of all from [world leaders]? They say: 'We see America's back, but for how long?' But for how long? My fellow Americans, we have to show not just that we're back, but that we're back to stay, and that we aren't going to go alone."

Joe Biden took out his version of Excalibur and verbally cleaved today's Trumpian-white supremacist-authoritarian-illiberal Republicans from the traditionalist, patriotic, small-D conservatives in ways that haven't yet - in my estimation - sunk in to the general zeitgeist.

Joe mentioned democracy 17 different times last night and this was no mistake. Donald Trump has turned his faction of the party into one that actively and loudly opposes democracy unless its results leaves them and those they favor in charge. Otherwise, they have no use for democracy and falsely claim that its results are illegitimate if they fail to win. Such a schizoid paradigm cannot last and will eventually break the GOP into pieces. And Joe not only sees this, he's using it to his political advantage and hopefully to the advantage of most of the American people who stand to benefit when his policies are enacted.

In my opinion, the today's GOP is like a snake whose mouth is devouring its tail, unaware that it's killing itself. Every program is geared toward helping American workers and families with the challenges they face everyday - child care, adult daycare, early childhood education (which dovetails with daycare), etc. - offering them tangible support that will make a difference in their quality of life. Yet, the Republicans call these programs "Democrats' wish list" or other derogatory and dismissive terms. Really? So what ideas do Republicans have to help Americans in all these areas? Crickets. Across the board, when these plans are enacted and start providing real benefits from bottom to top, Democrats stand to receive 100% of the credit while Republicans will likely still complain about "socialism" and cultural issues.

Biden is going big in a way we haven't seen since Reagan. Republicans are not just going smaller, they're betting that doing nothing but opposing popular and needed programs by saying no is their way back into power. I think it's their ticket to eventual oblivion.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-29 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Biden Defends Democracy, Discredits Authoritarianism...by imposing authoritarianism.

#2 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2021-04-29 03:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us - created equal in the image of God - have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect and possibility"

All of us?
Conservatives aren't going to be on board with that.
Transgenders don't deserve lives of dignity, just to pick on one group.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-29 03:10 PM | Reply

The science says that there are 2 sexes. Male and female. Nobody really cares if boys want to run around in dresses and act like girls. But it doesn't make them female.

#4 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2021-04-29 04:01 PM | Reply

Nobody really cares if boys want to run around in dresses and act like girls. But it doesn't make them female.

Is that what your dad told you when you caught him in a dress?

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-04-29 04:03 PM | Reply

Biden Defends Democracy, Discredits Authoritarianism...by imposing authoritarianism.

Biden isn't "imposing" anything. Looks like someone needs a dictionary. Biden is asking Congress to pass the very legislation he said he would when he was running for the presidency for which he received 81,268,924 votes - an all time record in the US. Almost 70% of Americans agree with Biden's proposals as of a Monmouth poll released yesterday. He has welcomed those who disagree or want to offer counterproposals to do so, he didn't demagogue or demean contrarians.

So if you think Biden is an authoritarian you are quite daft. Biden's proposals offer Americans a greater chance to enhance their personal liberty by lessening many burdens, obstacles and impediments, none of which personally serve Joe Biden one whit.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-29 05:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

As I've always said, don't discredit authoritarianism until you've really given it a chance. Or is that just the evening JD kicking in?

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-04-29 11:13 PM | Reply

Prolly the booze kicking in, you winebibbering, arrogant, know-nothing. :)

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-04-29 11:27 PM | Reply

Derp but we're a constitutional republic not a democracy duuhhhhhh.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-29 11:54 PM | Reply

Without authoritarianism humanity would never have the world changing brilliance of Attilla the Hun, Ghengis Khan, Josef Stalin, Jim Carrey or so many other luminaries of the past 2000 years. All Righty Then. I say, Go For It!

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-04-30 12:06 AM | Reply

The science says that there are 2 sexes. Male and female. Nobody really cares if boys want to run around in dresses and act like girls. But it doesn't make them female.

#4 | Posted by bogey1355

Suddenly you care about science? Where were you when your cult leader was killing half a million people with covid lies?

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-30 11:58 AM | Reply

"The science says that there are 2 sexes."

What does science say about genders?

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-30 12:00 PM | Reply

Trump was closing the border to China and getting supplies realigned while China Joe and the Kamaltoe Ho were screaming it was no big deal and that it was racist to take it that seriously.

#13 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2021-04-30 02:03 PM | Reply

Trump was closing the border to China and getting supplies realigned while China Joe and the Kamaltoe Ho were screaming it was no big deal and that it was racist to take it that seriously.

#13 | Posted by bogey1355

Getting supplies realigned? You mean ordering his buddies who owned fake snake oil hydroxycholoroquine to make more of it? Or do you mean making zero plans for vaccine distribution and spending all his time selling election fraud lies instead?

And closing the border did nothing. As the experts said it wouldn't. But what does your cult care about what experts say?

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-30 02:17 PM | Reply

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You'll get tossed for typing that reference to the VP. just sayin....

Because by god...we got standards around here about how we talk about women.

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2021-04-30 02:20 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2021-04-30 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

You are truly a loathsome POS, but I would expect nothing less from a MAGAt. Tens of thousands of Chinese nationals still got into the US after Dotard "closed" the border, they simply routed through EU countries. As experts have said, his "strong action" was a lot of smoke and mirrors, the virus was already here, and instead of leading, Combover Quisling (BTW for you dummies in red hats, quisling is another word for traitor, I've been calling him that for more than four years, and it's always been true) proved his complete incompetence by assisting over HALF A MILLION Americans to die.

#16 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-30 04:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Trump was closing the border to China"

No he wasn't.
He stopped direct flights from China, that's it.
It was about as effective as his impotent Wall.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-30 04:45 PM | Reply

"Joe and the Kamaltoe Ho were screaming it was no big deal"

That was Trump.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-30 04:46 PM | Reply

"it was racist to take it that seriously."

Trump never took it seriously, until he got it.

Then he stood in front of the White House, proudly breathing at us.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-30 04:47 PM | Reply

he science says that there are 2 sexes. Male and female. Nobody really cares if boys want to run around in dresses and act like girls. But it doesn't make them female.

#4 | Posted by bogey1355

Suddenly you care about science? [. . . ]

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-30 11:58 AM | Reply

He doesn't care about the science, because he's demonstrated he doesn't even understand the science. Intersex is a thing in humans. There are humans born with sexual characteristics of both sexes. Which category do they fall in? If you answer "look at the genetics", you would still have a problem, as there are people with female sexual characteristics with a Y chromosome as well as people with male sexual characteristics with no Y chromosome. There are also those who are XXY or XYY, or have a set of XX and a set of XY. Where do they fit in your two sexes?

When I brought this up before, Boaz attempted to dismiss it as some minuscule percentage of people, but the truth is, we have no idea how common it is. I suspect there are large numbers of cases of each of these phenomenon which are missed simply because it isn't looked for or isn't immediately obvious.

Related, chimerism is also a thing in humans, where a person has two, distinct genetic make-ups in different parts of the body. We also have no idea how common this is because it isn't tested for. Some of the above intersex individuals are probably a result of chimerism. It is known that it is not that rare to have blood chimerism, where someone may have two different blood types at the same time.

Life can rarely be cleanly divided into categories. There are always strange in-between states. Then again, some people struggle with nuance and uncertainty, and thus ignore the real science that tells them there are many shades of grey.

#20 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2021-04-30 08:20 PM | Reply

#29 ---- it, man; it's like trying to teach your dog long division.

#21 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-01 02:10 AM | Reply

You are truly a loathsome POS, but I would expect nothing less from a MAGAt. Tens of thousands of Chinese nationals still got into the US after Dotard "closed" the border, they simply routed through EU countries. As experts have said, his "strong action" was a lot of smoke and mirrors, the virus was already here, and instead of leading, Combover Quisling (BTW for you dummies in red hats, quisling is another word for traitor, I've been calling him that for more than four years, and it's always been true) proved his complete incompetence by assisting over HALF A MILLION Americans to die.

#16 | POSTED BY _GUNSLINGER_ AT 2021-04-30 04:20 PM | REPLY |

Can't wait to see how Biden closes our borders to Brazilians and East Indians. cuz RONA.

#22 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-05-01 09:54 PM | Reply

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