Recently, the Supreme Court handed down a major 6-3 decision in favor of Arizona Republicans who want to ban the practice of ballot harvesting. By extension, the decision upheld the general right of states to create and enforce their own election security rules.

Political Rhetoric Is a Tool of Power

In his statement, Biden accused the Court of doing “severe damage to two of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that took years of struggle and strife to secure.”

He then pointed to Republicans blocking a vote on H.R. 1 and blatantly lied that that bill “would have protected the right to vote from action by Republican legislators in states across the country.”

Biden goes on to subtly suggest that because voting rights, as he understands them, have not been “expanded,” the legitimacy of American democracy is in question.

All of this is coming from a group that has been absolutely unable to stop talking about the Capitol riot of January 6, weaving tall tales about supposed “threats to democracy” that took place on that day.

It’s all coming from a group that told us repeatedly that anyone with the temerity to question the sacredness and inviolability of American elections is an “insurrectionist.”

When you change election rules at the last moment and make it incredibly easy to commit election fraud by allowing unlimited mail-in voting, removing ID checks, getting rid of chain-of-custody requirements, and so on, you are “protecting democracy” and allowing people to “have their voices be heard.”

But when you introduce some basic provisions to make it harder to steal an election, you are “threatening democracy.”

Do you see how that works?

What all of this shows is that all political rhetoric is inherently insincere. It is not designed to convey cognitive content, nor is it even meant to communicate sincere beliefs. It is purely a glossy covering for the battle over power that is going on beneath the surface.

If the Democrats need to say one thing at one moment to advance their ambitions for power, they will say it. If they need to say the precise opposite thing the very next moment, they will say that, too.