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Joe Biden: A Dangerous Presidency

Updated on March 30, 2020
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Leland is a student of history, religion, politics, and current events. He wishes to respectfully engage readers on those focus points.

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

“Dangerous”

It is common fodder for writers to use frightening language to influence people. Pundits constantly revile political opposition by using hyperbolic descriptors not unlike the one I’m using now, “dangerous.” I believe the word is tossed around too frequently, even carelessly, so it is with some reserve that I use it to head this article. I assure the reader that the words that follow are applied judiciously and accurately in that my effort to present Joe Biden as dangerous will be done using his own words, in context, rather than my particular political leaning.

A Not So Subtle Threat

New Hampshire. February 9, 2020

While stumping in New Hampshire Mr. Biden made the following comment:

"Those who say 'the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots' -- a great line, but, guess what: The fact is, if you’re going to take on the government you need an F-15 with Hellfire Missiles. There is no way an AK-47 is going to take care of you."

I would like to examine Mr. Biden’s statement line by line.

A Great Line: Line 1

1. “Those who say ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots’ it’s a great line but guess what…”

The “Great Line”

The “great line” was coined by Thomas Jefferson and I think it is a line worthy of further consideration. The Founders differed greatly on many issues. One issue happened to be the propriety of retaining a standing Army. Jefferson believed in militia’s, not professional armed forces. The way militia’s, in general, worked was to have able bodied men in every town and in every state across the country ready to assemble for regional armed strife should it arise. Should the need rise to the level of national/international conflict, militia’s would assemble and travel to destinations determined by the upper echelons of government. The idea of not maintaining a standing army might seem antiquated to us in the 21st century, after all, if attacked we need to be able to respond with immediacy and with an effective, well trained armed force. There are certainly arguments on both sides of that issue, for example on the other hand, if we did have militia’s instead of standing armies we would still be able to rapidly assemble due to our access to high speed travel, remote warfare, etc. But why was Jefferson against maintaining a standing army in the first place? Jefferson, an avid student of history, understood that the presence of a standing army represented a threat to the freedom of the people. Rome had for centuries dreaded the endless litany of battles and massacres that were brought on by competing generals vying for power. It happened with Caesar, Pompeii, Marc Anthony, Augustus, just part of a long list of bloodshed, a list, Jefferson thought, would be much shorter had it not been for the presence of professional, standing armies.

But the Founders need not look to the pages of antiquity alone to observe tyranny and abuse heaped upon a defenseless citizenry. They could see it in their own day so much so that The Declaration of Independence features a grievance leveled directly at the practice of maintaining a standing army.

He (King George III) has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.”- one of the 27 grievances contained in the Declaration of Independence.

— Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence

This particular grievance was addressed again some 14 years later when it was included in the 3rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

— 3rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Examples of Countries Turning the Military Against Their Own People

These Jeffersonian quotations reveal a general understanding and consensus among the Founders regarding the threat posed by a standing army inasmuch that they had to, as a group, agree to adding the 3rd amendment to the Constitution. They had studied the presence and effects of standing armies, their potential for supporting despotism and persecuting the citizenry, and they had seen it in their own day under the heavy hand of King George lll. In other words this belief was not theoretical, it was factual, historical as well as concurrent. We might be tempted to say, “But that was so long ago. It could never happen in this day and age.” Recall that famous quote- “What we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat.” My parents have personal recollection of Nazi Germany turning its police and military forces against its own people. China did the same during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. “Red Dragon Rising: Communist China’s Military Threat To America” by Edward Timperlake and William C. Tripplett ll chronicles China’s violent suppression of student protests. Ideologically trained troops were transferred from Northern China to Tiananmen, troops that would have no sentimental connection to the students they were ordered to kill. Thousands died by machine gun fire, others disappeared never to be heard from again. Could this happen in America? No one really knows. The point is, Jefferson and the Founders wanted more of a citizen soldier apparatus in place, local and regional protectors that felt a sense of communal relation and neighborly affection to other citizens. Such an arrangement would make suppression and harassment very unlikely.

The Abuses Listed Below Would Not Have Been Enforceable Without A Standing Army

Grievances excerpted from the Declaration of Independence
Grievances excerpted from the Declaration of Independence

Contrasting Approaches

I petition the reader to bear with me as I cite a few relevant excerpts from President Lincoln’s first inaugural address. I believe the contrast between Mr. Biden and President Lincoln will provide a demonstration how to and how not to address dissenting countrymen.

“Resolved, that the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgement exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depend; and we denounce the lawless invasion of armed force of the soil of any State or territory, no matter what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.

I now reiterate these sentiments, and in doing so I only press upon the public attention the most conclusive evidence of which the case is susceptible that the property, peace, and security of no section are to be in any wise endangered by the now incoming administration. I add, too, that all the protection which, consistently with the Constitution and the laws, can be given will be cheerfully given to all the States when lawfully demanded, for whatever cause- as cheerfully to one section as to another.”

Paragraphs 6 and 7 of President Lincoln’s First Inaugural address

Founders Concerns Summary

The concerns of the Founders can be summed up this way: They believed the continual presence of a professional military force controlled by a centralized government would be an ideal set up for a military dictatorship. In the spirit of compromise, something at which the Founders excelled, our nation’s leader holds a civilian rather than military designation. The so-called “Commander in Chief” is a civilian title, held by a civilian, who has some control of our military forces. The checks and balances put in place by the Founders ensured the best defense against a despotic ruler functioning in the capacity of a national war lord. This is why it takes Congress and the POTUS working together to declare war, hence war powers do not reside in totality with any sole person or body.

Mr. Biden’s casual citing of the Jefferson quote is disconcerting, in part, because of the glib way in which he cites it. Jefferson’s statement about the “tree of liberty being watered with the blood of patriots” was not intended to be pithy, catchy or a “great line” as Biden says; It was intended rather, to be a warning to any would be suppressive or tyrannical government as well as an exhortation to an armed citizenry. It is a reminder that the power of the nation rests ultimately with the people, not the government. It is this point that Mr. Biden seems to miss. Failure to apprehend this crucial piece of American culture and history would make a Biden presidency a dangerous one.

A Veiled Threat: Line 2

If you’re going to take on the government you’ll need an F-15 with Hell-fire missiles.

Appeal vs. Agression

I draw your attention to the tone of these excerpts. It is one of conciliation, protection, and peace. President Lincoln understood the volatility of the situation. Seven heavily armed states had just seceded from the Union, four more would follow in coming months, and the country stood upon the precipice of civil war. Lincoln didn’t want it. He wanted peace, and so while his address would include all Americans he would also direct a fair amount of it specifically to those that opposed his presidency to the point of leaving the Union. He appealed to them in the spirit of peace, filial affection, and reconciliation. He was careful to avoid any language that could be interpreted as threatening to those states which had chosen to secede.

The flippancy with which Joe Biden speaks when it comes to this issue, the idea of an armed electorate taking back a rogue government, he doesn’t realize how thin the ice is. The concept of patriotism, loyalty to the nation and fellow citizens rather than to the government, is one that is dear to many Americans; Americans ready and willing to fight back should they be assailed by a tyrannical government.

Section 2 of Mr. Biden’s statement, “if you’re going to take on the government you’re going to need an F-15 with hellfire missiles…” carries an obvious threat. The question of whether or not he meant it literally misses the point- When the government, or its officers, start talking to the American people about armed conflict between the American people and the government, eye brows raise. Such language is not only inflammatory, but a good reminder of why Americans have the right to bear arms guaranteed in the 2nd amendment. To gun owners Mr. Biden’s statement is nothing less than a taunt. It is also a testament to the senator’s lack of knowledge, or suppression of it, regarding the Russian/Afghan war that raged for 10 years. Russian forces, while obviously larger and better equipped, were unable to subdue this small, tenacious, assemblage of guerilla tactical combatants. Mighty Russian forces were defeated with little more than small arms. It should be recalled from our own history that the shot heard “around the world,” the shot that started the Revolutionary War, was fired because 700 British troops had come to disarm militia’s around Lexington and Concord. These militia’s had stockpiled cannons that served no other purpose but to kill the king’s soldiers. In their time they were considered “weapons of mass destruction” and they were possessed by minutemen; able bodied men from the countryside, not so different than the hunters and farmers here in my own state of Michigan. 77 Militiamen defeated those 700 British troops and started a war, one that would result in the continued understanding that for a people to be truly free, they must retain the right to bear arms against any hostile force, foreign or domestic.

Accusation

Also troubling from this section is the accusation Mr. Biden’s statement carries:

“If YOU’RE going to take on the government.”

The average gun owner is certainly not conspiring to “take on” the government. The premise has always been that the gun owner owns a gun that he may DEFEND himself and his property from an aggressive government. I add this; it is the aggressor, always the aggressor, that taunts.

Your Guns Won’t Protect You From the Government: Line 3

“There is no way an AK-47 is going to take care of you."

The Preferable Approach of Lincoln

How different Mr. Biden’s language is toward political/ideological rivals than was President Lincoln’s. Consider these closing lines from Lincoln’s first inaugural address:

“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors.”


It was a promise he kept. The government did not attack the South. It was the South that fired the first shots upon Ft. Sumter that hailed the beginning of the Civil War.

Differentiating between the two approaches, Lincoln’s and Biden’s, we see repeatedly Lincoln’s words reflecting a desire for peace, a desire to avoid conflict. In Mr. Biden’s we see, repeatedly, threats and taunting. President Lincoln Concluded his address with a final plea to those who wanted war:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”


Mr. Biden is making the same error Hillary Clinton made in her 2016 bid for the presidency when she called Trump supporters “deplorables.”

The American people cannot be won over by insults and threats. I do not recall an instance in our nation’s history when a candidate for the presidency threatened to unleash the might of the American armed forces against the American people as candidate Biden has done.

Americans, if you are listening, if you are reading, take this message to heart: There are forces at work in our great nation working to radically change our country for the worse.

Earlier we mentioned the old adage, “What we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat.” As Joe Biden might say, It’s a good line. Consider it’s more ominous counterpart: “What we learn from history is that we do not learn from history.” May we do the former and in so doing rebut the latter.

“To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” Praemonitus



What we learn from history, is that we do not learn from history.

Dr. J. Rufus Fears: The Guns of Lexington

The Value of a 30 minute lecture by historian Dr. J. Rufus Fears, cannot be overstated.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Leland Johnson

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    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      7 weeks ago from Midland MI

      Hi T: china certainly appears to pose the biggest threat, not just to US interests and safety, but the world’s. I hope there is a global consensus one this mess is over that China should experience global ostracization. Thanks for reading and posting.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      8 weeks ago from Midland MI

      MG- I appreciate you taking the time to check out my article. The corona virus certainly is a curve ball. We’ve never experienced this level of strange disruption. Sure we’ve had more than our fair share of controversy with each and every presidency, but this is different. There is so much information flying around about prevention, true numbers, inflated numbers, under reported and unknown numbers of infected and dying. I’m reminded of a Denzel Washington quote: “if you don’t read the papers you are uninformed, if you do read them you are misinformed.” Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      This article certainly made me think. Coming to Joe Biden I don't think he is the answer to Donald Trump. He's just desperate to win the presidency and that's why he keeps on making these outlandish statements. He would have been defeated straight away but the coronavirus has given him breathing space and this is the Achilles heel of Donald Trump. Let's wait and see.

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Actually Ken...….NewYork City & the vast of Downstate NY......is Liberal and I believe they think Cuomo is just fine. Upstate vs. downstate in most regards (not just politics) might as well be 2 different countries.

      Even a lot of my area is or WAS, pretty much Democratic, but seems to be going in the opposite direction in the past few years.

      and YES, of course, Ken.....I was trying to say I just LOVE Cuomo.....( I think I'm going to be sick!)

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      8 weeks ago from Midland MI

      The last minute insertion of Bloomberg didn’t work. They have to be desperate. If Trump loses it will have to be the virus that beats him because I can’t see Biden doing it. However If the Democrats have taught us anything from the last election it’s never say never like they did with Trump. We don’t have a crystal ball but I’m believing the Donald will pull it out.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      8 weeks ago from Midland MI

      I just saw an interview where he said Cuomo has said he definitely will not run for president- the thing is, I just can’t see Biden even being able to have a debate, he just looks feeble. There’s even been talk of accusing his team of elder abuse. He doesn’t really seem to be able to function on any level coherency.

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Leland...Ok......you want serious? It's rather difficult to be "serious" about Uncle Joe Gaffe...but let's just say, it seems to me he is going to be the Dumb's ….I mean, Dem's choice. We should be hoping so. There wasn't a single rational choice in the bunch......so let it be Joe.

      He is a literal embarrassment to the party, the country and himself but since when did the liberals care about being the brunt of jokes, idiocy & shame? They actually thrive on all that negativity.

      Last election it was Hillary, Ms Corruption herself & this time, Uncle Joe Looney tunes.

      Bottom line, Leland, is, under the circumstances & atmosphere, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

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      Ken Burgess 

      8 weeks ago from Florida

      Paula, so what you are saying is that you like him then?

      I wonder how many outside of NY are enamored with Cuomo due to the MSM's efforts to focus on him?

      There are a great many people in NY that probably are in total disbelief that he could made so popular.

    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      OK......seriously, Leland, my friend......If my mind could "think" like a Dem, I wouldn't have been able to READ your question in the first place!!

      Cuomo???? When was HE considered? I must have slept through that!

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      8 weeks ago from Midland MI

      Haha- kind of, what I meant was do you think it’s a possibility or do you think Biden will be the Dem choice?

    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      CUOMO????!!!!!!! You're asking a conservative from NEW YORK what she thinks of ANDREW CUOMO????????? 1 - 2- 3 -4 - -5------HEART RATE UP......STEAM COMING FROM MY EARS......BRISTLING.....BREATHING SLOWLY...…………

      I cannot print what I think. I'd be tied, gagged & locked up.....not to mention probably make the top ten on the F.B.I. list!!

      Does that answer your question, Leland?? Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      8 weeks ago from Midland MI

      Hi Paula! Glad to hear from you :) yes, staying safe and still working- considered “essential.” Some are saying now that the DNC might cast Biden aside and insert Cuomo (making this article somewhat irrelevant). What do you think?

    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      2 months ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Poor ole Uncle Joe.....I hear they tried taping his mouth & binding his hands but he started rubbing noses. No way to stop the creep!

      Hi Leland! I've missed you. Then again, right now we're all simply missing "Humans!!" LOL Be safe. Stay well!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 months ago from now on

      What I find disturbing is how badly the Democrats want to destroy Trump’s presidency and after impeachment now a virus from China? who has it’s tentacles wrapped around our legislators like Biden and Feinstein (her husband does business with China for many years) and who knows who else in our government who benefits from helping China.

      China wants Trump gone as badly as the Democrats because of his trade war with China and bringing them to task on many things where they are hurting America.

      This article sheds light on how the Democrat leaders all favor China by declaring our greatest geopolitical threat now to be Russia when China in reality has become by far the most menacing threat to American interests!

      https://amac.us/democrats-deny-true-threat-of-chin...

      I don’t doubt for a second that Democrats in our gov’t (like Feinstein on committees that would know) informed China of how unprepared the US was for a pandemic. They don’t just want to take down Trump but America and don’t care who gets killed in the process.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      2 months ago from Midland MI

      I hear you Kyler. I saw one particularly disturbing pic of him grasping a child around the face from behind, covering the kid’s mouth and saying something in his ear. Very disconcerting.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 months ago from Corona, CA

      I'm surprised this guy is even allowed in public, what with all his uninvited smelling and touching caught on video. I can't imagine how he acts outside of the spotlight, terrifying to even think about it.

      They must really vet the civilians they allow around him, because if I caught him touching my kid... I would be enjoying three square meals per day in a cell somewhere.

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