President Biden kept using the word “unity” in his remarks at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. But as usual, by unity, the left means unity behind its own agenda. Which Biden stated and takes for granted that it is correct.
First, some class warfare:
The soul of America is animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts — which we’ve seen of late — and our better angels. Between “Me first” and “We the People.” Between greed and generosity, cruelty and kindness, captivity and freedom.
Democracy is more than a form of government. It’s a way of being; it’s a way of seeing the world. Democracy means the rule of the people — the rule of the people. Not the rule of monarchs, not the rule of the moneyed, not the rule of the mighty — literally, the rule of the people. The lives of billions, from antiquity to our own hour, have been shaped by the battle between aspirations of the many and the greed of the few.
The greed of the few must be checked and wealth redistributed. These “greedy few” are known by others as “risk takers” and “job creators.” But their companies, they didn’t build that, as Barack Obama said.
At a couple of points during his speech, Biden inveighed against voting regulation bills mostly designed to curb excesses that occurred during the pandemic and enact reasonable requirements to ensure that the vote is sound.
Many Americans, whether Democrats and the press like it or not, continue to think that Biden was illegitimately elected. Remember, when Democrats believed Hillary Clinton was the true president and expressed that view, it was all held to be very reasonable.
Folks, you all know it: Democracy thrives when the infrastructure of democracy is strong; when people have the right to vote freely and fairly and conveniently; when a free and independent press pursues the truth, founded on facts, not propaganda; when the rule of law applies equally and fairly to every citizen, regardless of where they come from or what they look like.
Also included above, with the call for the “rule of law” to apply equally to all, appears to be a reference to the suggestion that the police are racist.
And then there is the effort to apply critical race theory and diversity training to the military:
Americans of all backgrounds, races, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations, have long spilled their blood to defend our democracy. The diversity of our country and our arm — and of our armed services is and always has been an incredible strength.
Maybe for one day, the left could step away from its agenda. But not not only has Biden failed to do this, he couched it in terms of uniting the country.