Critique of President Biden’s “Clear and Present Danger” speech of 9 2 2022 in Philadelphia

Jesse Porter
6 min readSep 4, 2022


At the end of the tenth paragraph of his speech in Philadelphia on September 2, 2022, President stated, “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.” In doing so, Biden did two things.

First, he made reference to an abandoned (1969) U. S. Supreme Court test announced by Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in his findings in the case of Schenck v. United States, 1919.

That case was about Charles Schenck, the general secretary of a Socialist party, and Elizabeth Baery, who sought the protection of the First Amendment against the charge of treason for attempting to influence persons from enlisting to fight the First World War. Holms justified the conviction, using the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to wave the First Amendment plea. He said, in part, “Words which, ordinarily and in many places, would be within the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment may become subject to prohibition when of such a nature and used in such circumstances a to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils which Congress has a right to prevent. The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.”

Or, Biden could have been referring to Tom Clancy’s novel, “Clear and Present Danger”, which was made into a movie of the same title, about a fictional CIA operation conducting a covert war against a drug cartel based in Colombia.

In either case, Biden made the accusation with no supporting evidence, in my mind opening him to a charge of slander of the highest order. It was an obvious continuation of the democrats’ Jan 6 fruitless investigation of Trump. He was blatantly doing precisely what he has accusing Trump and “MAGA” republicans doing, demonizing the opposition.

He preached over and over that Trump and the MAGA republicans were denying the results of the 2021election, repeating the unfounded claims that the election represented a clear victory with no fraud and that Trump wouldn’t recognize it. The fraud was obvious and widespread as seen in D’Souza’s documentary, “2000 Mules”.

Please note, no one initiated such charges or congressional investigation of Hillary’s similar claims in 2016.

Biden charged his nemesises of divisiveness, but throughout his speech sought to divide, going so far as saying, “And here, in my view, is what is true: they will not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election, and they’re working right now as I speak in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.”

Biden even said, “And now, America must choose to move forward or to move backwards, to build a future or obsess about the past, to be a nation of hope and unity and optimism or a nation of fear, division and of darkness.”

Who is divisive now?

Further, Biden said, “And this is a nation that rejects violence as a political tool.” He might be correct in saying that, but he and the democrats use violence regularly as a political tool. Today’s democrats are dominated by the factions that riot, burn and plunder, most often their own neighborhoods, at the drop of a hat. I challenge you to find any rioting at a Trump or MAGA rally. They are always peaceful except for Antifa troublemakers. Even then, violence is always one-sided. The so-called insurrection of Jan. 6 was not by MAGA celebraters, but professional agitators, mainly white-supremacists and Antifa.

The term, MAGA, appears thirteen times in Biden’s speech, always as a pejorative. In spite of its meaning, Making America Great Again, Biden uses the same meaning, “Throughout our history, America has often made the greatest progress coming out of some of our darkest moments like you’re hearing in that bullhorn. I believe we can and must do that again, and we are,” and, “I believe we can build a better America.” How is that not a call to make America great again?

Biden said, “I made a bet on you, the American people, and that bet is paying off, proving that from darkness, the darkness of Charlottesville, of Covid, of gun violence, of insurrection, we can see the light. Light is now visible.” Let’s try to unravel that statement.

First, the event in Charlottesville was clash between the alt-right group, Unite the Right, more akin to the Ku Klux Klan than to MAGA, and Antifa, an ultra-violent, mostly black organization of professional agitators. City of Charlottesville, VA were fully aware that both groups were going to be there, but didn’t plan a response and basically let the violence develop, arguably intending it to get out of control for political purposes aligned to democratic party objectives. Biden including it in the speech to smear MAGA and Trump. The major media turned it into a pro democrat, anti-republican event. It was nothing of the kind.

Second, including Covid should have been seen as nonsense. The Covid Pandemic is very much a democrat instigated event used to solidify government control. It was responsible for halting the progress Trump policies were having and most likely why he lost the election.

Third, throwing in gun violence and insurrection was just baiting pro-democrats and republicans to stoke the divisiveness of the speech. Gun violence, a stupid idea, has long been a key factor for Socialists in the democrat party, for whom disarmament of the public is key to excessive government control. And insurrection is what the democrats have been accusing Trump of in their congressional investigation, which is more of a witch trial than an investigation.

Saying that now we can see the light is an outright lie. The whole speech was a smoke screen designed to hide the true motives of Biden and the democrats, which are to finish America as a Republic and turn it into a mobocracy, the natural progression of a pure democracy. Stirring up mobs is what politicians are good at.

The whole purpose of the Constitution was to inhibit the worst elements of a democracy. Lincoln, Wilson, both Roosevelts, Truman, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama and Biden have all done their worst to make America a democracy instead of a Republic, a government by mob rule instead of one of laws. Trump had more in common with those enemies of America than most republicans think. America has been closer to greatness than has any other political entity in history, and is still capable of greatness, but only by way of studying the Constitution to understand what it means to govern ourselves by its wisdom and restoring ourselves.

Biden said, “MAGA Republicans look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair. They spread fear and lies. Lies told for profit and power,” another boldfaced lie. The fear and lies pour hourly from the democrat party and their mouthpieces in the media. The Covid narrative is full of lies told for profit and power. This is coming out daily as doctors, nurses and hospital staff make “discovery” after discovery related to the shortcomings in the treatment of Covid and the procedures to contain the spread of the disease. And more and more people are coming to question the excesses in the fight against terror.

Our government has become a surveillance state, with state eyes and ears everywhere, recording every conversation, copying ever electronic conversation and watching every move we make, including where we go. That is the doing of both political parties. They have adopted all of the worst of J. Edgar Hoover’s abuses of public trust. I am not speaking as a Trump supporter or as a MAGA republican but as an observer of what is happening to America. I have never voted for Trump and never intend to. Nor am I anywhere near the optimist about America becoming great again. In fact, I am pessimistic that Americans are capable of governing themselves, if they ever were.

No, Biden and the democrats campaign and govern on lies as do the republicans. And the people have become ignorant of the founding principles cast their votes on whichever candidate they believe will benefit them financially and emotionally. If they could vote on what their income will be and how hard they would have to exert themselves, no one would be working after the next election. They would vote that way in spite of the fact that nothing worth having comes without a price.



Jesse Porter

A life-long reader and thinker. I have read approximately 10,000 books and have a personal library of about 4,000. Assoc degree in theology, BA in English, MBA.