America Was Born From Insurrection
The Declaration of Independence celebrates the right of insurrection against a tyrannical government
President Joe Biden tweeted out the above image from his campaign X account with the caption, “We will honor the sacred cause of democracy, not walk away from it.” Needless to say this is meaningless gibberish designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator who actually thinks that some guy in a cosplay Viking helmet being escorted into the Capitol by police represented a legitimate threat to the most powerful government to ever exist on Earth. Whether or not January 6, 2021 represented an actual insurrection against the United States government is highly debatable, I’d refer to it as a riot, personally, but it’s not a debate that I care about. I’m much more interested in the propaganda itself.
“Pro-America” can mean absolutely anything to anyone, and is, therefore, completely meaningless. What Biden means by “Pro-America” is clearly being in favor of the current ruling regime in America that he oversees, but that’s certainly not what I would mean by “pro-America” if I were to use the phrase. If I were to state that I was “Pro-America” I would mean that I am in favor of the ideals that I associate with America, such as individual liberty, rather than the government, regardless of who’s currently in power there.
When the British colonies declared their independence, and fought an insurrection against the British Crown to achieve it, they didn’t do so because they were “Anti-British,” but because they were in favor of a set of ideals that they believed were their right as British citizens and that their rights were being wrongly and unlawfully denied by the British government. The American Declaration of Independence states:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
This celebration of insurrection against government in the name of liberty is the bedrock of the United States of America. Insurrection against a tyrannical government is the most pro-America act one could conceive of, in my opinion, as it’s the very act that gave birth to America in the first place. President Biden’s tweet, then, is actually anti-American in the sentiment that it expresses; it is against the very principles that the nation he is currently the president of was founded on.
Now Biden is, of course, not referring to general principles, as a politician he has none beyond securing power for himself, but of the January 6th riots. He is trying to portray those riots as an insurrection against the duly-elected government of the United States as orchestrated by his chief political rival, Donald Trump. Again, I’m uninterested in debating the January 6th riots. I view them as the result of petty partisan grievances and too much alcohol, end of story. Regardless, it’s worth pointing out that he wants you to associate being Pro-America with being Pro-Biden and Pro-Democratic Party, rather than being pro-liberty or for even so much as having a single thought that he doesn’t approve of.