Folks, let’s never forget that words have meanings.
It might seem like an obvious statement, but holy buckets, just imagine all the confusion we could sidestep in the world if we made it a point to be clear in our intent with every word we say.
That’s one thing so many folks appreciate about President Trump, to be honest. You might not necessarily agree with his delivery, and he’s no master wordsmith, but the dude says exactly what he means to say. Clearly, that goes a long way in the world.
His greatest contender for the presidency in 2020, however, doesn’t appear to have that same manner of speech, and it’s causing some confusion.
At the Poor People’s Campaign summit (yes, apparently there really is a bloc of American voters who identify primarily by their poverty and apparently have every intention of staying that way), Democratic frontrunner offered a rambling, confusing answer to a fairly simple question, and now we’re all a little concerned.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid, acting as moderator of the event, asked Biden: “How would you get past either a majority Republican Senate in which Mitch McConnell was determined to kill all of these ideas or even a Mitch McConnell in the minority who repeated the consistent filibustering when you were vice president and anything that came from the Obama-Biden administration Mitch McConnell considered dead on arrival?”
“Joy, I know you’re one of the ones who thinks it’s naive to think we have to work together,” Biden prefaced his answer. “The fact of the matter is if we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive.”
Okay, so far so good. That’s a great point, and it’s why our federal government has a three-branch system.
You try to persuade. Doesn’t mean you can do it all the time. If you start off with the notion there is nothing you can do, well then why don’t you go all go home then, man? Or let’s start a real, physical revolution if you are talking about it because we have to be able to change what we are doing within our system.
Wait, uhh, what now? “A real, physical revolution”? What in sam hill is that boy talkin’ about?
Now, if you’re a regular here at Political Cowboy, you might already be familiar with my coverage of Uncle Joe’s handsy antics. So, when the man comes along and starts talking about a “physical revolution,” well, I can’t help but think he means to invade the personal space of every conservative, sniff their hair, and grope them into submission over progressive policy.
Things over on Capitol Hill would get interesting real quick if that’s what Biden actually meant.
Alas, I’m about 98.7% certain Biden wasn’t referring to a bipartisan squeeze-fest with his odd comment.
As for his actual meaning, well, other commentators don’t seem to have a consensus, especially in light of Biden’s further comments that “You can shame people to do things the right way,” and “There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight.”
If you ask The Daily Wire, Biden was making a thinly-veiled call for physical violence against ideological opponents:
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared to suggest using violence against Republicans on Monday in response to a question about how he as president would deal with opposition to his agenda in the Senate from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says that the way he would deal with Senate Republicans who oppose his agenda is with a “brass knuckle fight,” later adds: “Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it” pic.twitter.com/GQPmDGxJpo
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
But, if you take a trip over to The Washington Examiner, the theory is that Biden was actually mocking Bernie Sanders for his rhetoric of “revolution” at a Washington, D.C., campaign event. The jab may also have referred to Bernie’s book, Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, that helped to make him a millionaire.
And, further, both Fox News and the lefties over at Mediaite seemed to pick up on Biden’s meaning, in spite of his verbal diarrhea, to be advocating for “a middle way between helplessness and overthrowing the system.”
Listen to Biden’s comments and let us know what you think he meant.
I’m still putting my money on “bipartisan squeeze-fest”.