Fresh from denouncing Republicans as “semi-fascists” and “violent extremists,” President Joe Biden will host a White House “United We Stand” summit Thursday: Our president will assure Americans (or at least the media) that he is totally opposed to hate notwithstanding any sentences that recently scrolled across his teleprompter.
Hatred is simply another issue conscripted for a desperate Democratic “Get out the vote” drive.
For Team Biden, “hate” is a flag of political convenience. In announcing the summit, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stretched back a decade to list a “disturbing series of hate-fueled attacks, from Oak Creek [Wisconsin Sikh temple, 2012] to Pittsburgh [synagogue, 2018], from El Paso [Walmart shootings, 2019] to Poway [California synagogue, 2019], from Atlanta [massage parlors, 2021] to Buffalo [grocery store, 2022].”
Permitting politicians to showcase certain “hate crimes” implicitly entitles them to dismiss or downgrade other crimes as morally irrelevant. The flip side to “hate crime” is “Never mind” or “Move along, nothing to see here.” This switcheroo makes the suffering of the vast majority of crime victims and the recent sharp increase in homicide rates politically irrelevant.
Beginning the following year, the homicide rate soared 50% in Chicago. But the 799 people killed in Chicago last year (648 were black) will be ignored at Biden’s summit because none of them was labeled a hate-crime victim.
The event will be the latest episode of the Biden Salvation Show. According to the White House press secretary, Biden will talk about how “in the battle for the soul of our nation ‘we must all enlist in this great cause of America.’” Soul-saving prattle seeks to sway Americans to view Biden as Moses, waiting to lead his people out of the chains of hatred. Neither Biden nor any other prominent politician has the moral credibility to lecture us about either our souls or our values.
Democrats have sought to continually broaden the notion of hate crimes to vilify almost all the opposition to President Biden. Collective guilt is the key: Anyone who shares any opinions with people accused of hate crimes will be tacitly labeled an accomplice or at least an enabler.
Democrats are relying on a slippery-slope argument. First you doubt the president, then you buy an AR-15 and shoot up the nearest house of worship. When will Team Biden formally designate distrusting the government a “pre-hate crime”?
This is like firefighters going on an arson spree to get a budget boost.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who is also a Senate candidate, epitomized that mindset with his declaration Tuesday morning: “We have to kill and confront that [“extremist” Republican] movement.” “Kill all the extremists” is the natural conclusion of Biden’s demonology.
Every sane person already opposes mass murder and vicious attacks on innocent people, so there will be nothing to learn from the White House summit. But denouncing hatred is one of the best ways to spur hatred — especially if you identify the “haters” to include practically half the US population. Americans can condemn hatred without putting Biden or any other politician on a pedestal.
James Bovard is the author of 10 books and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors.