Washington Post Writes Incredible Fluff Piece Claiming Biden Held ‘Socratic Dialogues’ With Scholars


The Washington Post proves that actual journalism and political commentary are lifeless. The newest instance of their shameless pandering to the political elite is illustrated in an article by Michael Scherer, Ashley Parker, and Tyler Pager on the “secret” conferences on the White Home between members of academia and the President.

I put the phrase secret in quotes as a result of it seems that individuals are all too desperate to gush over the alleged particulars of the occasions to the proper journalists, as long as they continue to be considerably nameless. However, in fact, we wouldn’t need to betray the belief of the White Home, now would we?

For these of you who hadn’t learn the article, I learn it for you, so that you’re welcome – as a result of it’s fairly wealthy. I’ll go forward and break it down for you, however be sure to placed on some work boots as a result of we’ll be trudging by way of fairly a little bit of a bull, as an previous boss of mine used to say.

Setting The Scene

The journalists at The Washington Submit are specialists at waxing poetic and definitely dial it up for this piece. As Ashley Parker tweeted in regards to the article:

“Final Thursday, as lightning crackled outdoors, Biden convened a gaggle of historians for a personal Socratic dialogue.”

You’re not having a stroke. Don’t try to regulate your tv. That’s an actual factor that an actual “reporter” tried to cross off on the American folks.

You possibly can nearly hear the crash and see the flash of lightning as she transports you to what appears like one other time, a time of civilized debate between mental giants. And then you definately bear in mind she’s referring to President Biden.

On this specific stormy night, he met with political and presidential historians in what is supposed to make you consider is an try to zoom out to a extra stratospheric view of present occasions to make knowledgeable governing selections that can positively impression generations to come back. In my view, it seems like political theater to me. 

He’s met with different specialists since his tenure as lead Govt of our nation. As the article mentions, these conferences are an effort to “…use outdoors specialists, in non-public White Home conferences, to assist him work by way of his strategy to a number of crises…”

The article offers an instance of when former President Invoice Clinton got here to the White Home to advise on numerous points. One such piece of recommendation highlighted sharp policy contracts between Republicans and the Biden administration.

The piece then proceeds to focus on how the Biden administration was forward of the sport; “Because it occurred, the White Home was already planning an identical distinction,…” in what seems to be an effort to indicate the political acumen of the Biden administration.

At this level, we see this text’s basic purpose: to focus on President Biden’s political prowess.

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Are You Not Impressed?

The authors of this article do fairly a job portray the President and his administration as deep thinkers. As they are saying, individuals of a few of these “secret” conferences opine that:

“Biden, at these tabletop periods, typically spends hours asking questions and testing assumptions.”

I don’t know should you’d name asking folks repeatedly who they’re and why they’re there as testing assumptions. However, all kidding apart, it’s laborious to consider President Biden has the stamina to spend hours in a deeply mental dialog – these alleged “Socratic dialogues.”

Nonetheless, they double down on this phantasm. Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia beneath President Obama and a participant in a few of these tabletops, stated:

“I labored on the White Home for 3 years earlier than going to Moscow, and relatively I feel they try this in a way more strategic manner than we used to do within the Obama Administration. It feels that they’re extra engaged.”

Engaged with who precisely? As a result of certainly, he isn’t referring to the American folks at massive. 

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So What Did The Historians Say?

The long run appears to be like grim in accordance with these historians as they relate the present instances to the previous. “Sources” say that the historic specialists on this final assembly claimed the current second in historical past is among the many most harmful to democracy seen in trendy historical past.

Take into consideration that for a second. Allegedly democracy is extra at risk now than it was once we have been attacked in New York Metropolis, extra so than throughout the Chilly Battle and the Bay of Pigs. 

These historians compared the President’s second in time as Chief Govt to that of President Abraham Lincoln and President Franklin Roosevelt heading into the 1940 election. Man, that’s fairly spectacular to have your time as President in comparison with two of essentially the most traditionally iconic Presidents of our time subsequent to good ole’ George.

However to really feel the graveness of those warnings, you must read how this information was poetically delivered.

“The dialog throughout a ferocious lighting storm on Aug. 4 unfolded as a form of Socratic dialogue between the Command in Chief and a choose group of students, who painted the present second as among the many most perilous in trendy historical past for democratic governance, in accordance with a number of folks conversant in the discussions who spoke on the situation of anonymity to explain a personal assembly.”

Do you odor that? As a result of it’s getting a bit thick in right here, isn’t it?

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The place Have All The Philosophers Gone?

I as soon as toyed round with turning into a thinker after I was youthful. However sadly, the pay isn’t so nice, and the profession path is unclear, so I opted to put on the uniform as an alternative. 

However I’ve at all times beloved finding out philosophy. Possibly it’s the poetic nature of the sector or that I feel it’s one of the crucial mentally difficult fields to dive into subsequent to scientific endeavors. Sadly, I can inform you that Biden and his cohort fall far wanting Socrates.

Socratic dialogue encourages a gaggle to query and attain a consensus in answering a common query. However to take part in Socratic dialogue, you need to additionally ascribe to a different Socratic technique: Socratic ignorance.

To train Socratic ignorance is to concentrate on your individual lack of information. After watching failed policy and technique repeatedly, I feel we are able to all agree that the Biden Administration is way from Socratic ignorance.

In January, the President stated that one of many priorities of his second 12 months was to get extra enter from academia, editorial writers, and suppose tanks to:

“Looking for extra enter, extra info, extra constructive criticism about what I ought to and shouldn’t be doing.”

I might argue he could be higher served talking with on a regular basis Individuals; you realize, the remainder of us who really feel the impacts of his selections. In fact, Socrates would’ve suggested the identical.

Socrates spent most of his time talking to on a regular basis residents to assist them develop into their greatest residents. When he would spend time with the highly effective Athenians, he spent most of it scrutinizing their beliefs and serving to them see their contradictions. 

President Biden isn’t any Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle. Regardless of how laborious The Washington Submit tries to make you consider it.

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