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The Mirage of Biden Unifying America

By Tim Graham | October 28, 2020 | 9:24am EDT
Former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech. (Photo credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech. (Photo credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

Of all the preposterous lines the Democrat-media complex could utter in the waning days of this election, the most preposterous is that a Biden victory could unify the country.

Think of Biden’s convention speech. “I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness,” he said. “United we can, and will, overcome this season of darkness in America.”

Liberals are the “light.” Trump and his voters are the “darkness.” Does that sound like a generous way to unite us?

Everyone knows Trump thrives on dividing people. But politics is a game of division, and Democrats thrive on accusing all Republicans – including those moderate and polite Bushes – of racism. Trump made the rhetoric harsher on immigration, and on police controversies, but the Democrats were dividers on race and class long before he came on the political scene.

The media suppress any image of Biden being a divider. In 2012, they rushed to de-emphasize he told black voters that the Republicans “want y’all in chains.” In this campaign, Biden suggested a black person who couldn’t decide whether or not to vote for him “ain’t black.”

But it’s not just Biden. The peddlers of “systemic racism” accusations suggest white Americans can never escape the charge of racism without a massive restructuring of America. Every white American with a conscience should organize seminars to recognize their own guilt for 400 years of oppression and make reparations, even if you’re 22 years old.  

The Democrats have pushed to defund the police and resisted the call to condemn the anarchy of looters and rioters. You can never rebut them with the fact that the leading violent killers of blacks are other blacks, not the police. 

But only one side is apparently “divisive,” or leading a “culture war.”         

The Democrats and their journalistic enablers have the bad intellectual habit of assuming that democracy is only truly functioning correctly when Democrats hold all the levers of power, and that national unity is best restored when they are dominating Washington. But did we have unity in 2009, with President Obama and a Democratic Congress?

No. But the “Resistance” then was scorned as raining on the glorious Obama parade. The media trashed Rush Limbaugh for saying he hoped Obama failed – at installing his leftist agenda. Tina Brown, then the queen of the rotting Newsweek empire, disparaged Limbaugh as “the bad fairy at Sleeping Beauty’s christening,” the man who symbolized “this big discord and toxic atmosphere in politics.”

If President Biden is inaugurated, resistance will again be “toxic,” and protesting the president will return to the category of “hate speech.”

At least in public, the media typically try to suppress the divisions within the Democrats, but it cannot be ignored. Biden insists he doesn’t look like a socialist, but he is surrounded by socialists who plot out loud about wanting to ban private health insurance, end fossil fuels, and punish airline travel and other climate-destroying activities.

Biden insists he’s a “devout Catholic,” but his radical base wants to make taxpayers fund abortions, and make churches bow to every LGBT demand, and oh, those white statues of Jesus are racist, and Shaun King insists they should be torn down.

National unity is not coming. A thriving democracy is often contentious. If either a Democrat or a Republican politician’s overriding goal was national unity, they would probably run badly afoul of their own most energetic supporters. The media shouldn’t flunk Political Science and imply that voting against Trump would end all divisiveness. That’s simply not true.

Tim Graham is the executive editor of NewsBusters and the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center.

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