Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden attracted quite a bit of well-deserved criticism for declaring that Antifa was an “idea” during the first presidential debate.
Well, this “idea” has caused millions of dollars of damage around the nation this summer alone, targeting small business, federal buildings, and officers trying to keep the peace.
This “idea” carries out planned and orchestrated, tactical assaults on law enforcement for the sake of gaining media attention and playing the victim.
This “idea” is calling for our entire system to be destroyed and overturned and for lawlessness to reign in its place.
Well, Joe Biden recently said that America, the country in which he has served as a public servant for nearly half a century and is now vying for its highest office, was also an “idea.”
One that we’ve failed to “live up to,” by the way.
Biden made this declaration during a Wednesday interview on the podcast “Unlocking Us with Brené Brown” during a discussion about slavery.
“America was an idea, an idea. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,'” Biden said, quoting the Declaration of Independence. “We’ve never lived up to it, but we’ve never walked away from it before. And I just think we have to be more honest. Let our kids know, as we raise them, what actually did happen. Acknowledge our mistakes so we don’t repeat them.”
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 22, 2020
Not really sure what America he’s living in where he thinks kids aren’t being taught that slavery was bad and shouldn’t be repeated, but this “idea” he thinks we’ve failed to live up to is the very same idea that set the slaves free.
This “idea” eventually got it right with the 13th, 14th and 19th Amendments to the constitution that freed slaves and gave women the right to vote. It desegregated schools against the wishes of Biden and his segregationist colleagues in the Senate who Joe said he worked well with and got along with. This “idea” passed civil rights legislation and the Voting Rights Act with Congressional Democrats standing in opposition to these basic rights. Maybe Biden meant that his Party hasn’t lived up to the “idea” even to this day by opposing policies like school choice that gives parents of black and Hispanic kids a lifeline out of failing urban K-12 public schools.This “idea” elected Barack Obama President, with the help of a lot of white votes by the way.
This “idea” has spread democracy, liberty, and modern infrastructure around the world.
This “idea” created the world’s oldest Constitution and one that inspired countless others in nations who all look to this “idea” as a shining city on a hill to live up to. The American people continually strive to form that more perfect union mentioned in the Preamble of the Constitution. It is the goal. It’s not a finish line. It will always be a work in progress.
And Antifa, their pals from the Marxist Black Lives Matter and all the far-left progressives who have created the sort of myth of oppression that could only be woven in the midst of unprecedented peace and prosperity are directly set against dismantling the philosophical underpinnings of our nation.
Ideas can lead to both violence and destruction and to liberty and peace, but the products of the respective ideas that Joe has been discussing have been a destructive force against freedom and liberty.
If Antifa is an idea, it’s a terrible one. If America is an idea, it’s a noble one. One that we need to strive to live up to, but one that has been wholly successful, unlike the ideas that Joe and the socialists promote despite them never having led to anything other than tyranny and mass casualties.