Doing so is per se irresponsible and incompetent.
Before someone tries to play “whataboutTrump” with me, I would remind him, her or it that in 2016 I wrote that the Republicans had an obligation to refuse to nominate Donald Trump, having failed their obligation not to let him run in the primaries. I was right then, despite the fact that nominating Trump ended up well for the party, and so far, on balance, for the country, especially when one considers what the Democrats have become. I’m also right about Biden now. If the Democrats expect to catch lightning in a shot glass like the GOP, they are taking a really reckless gamble.
Let’s look at what old Joe said just over the last few days…
During a December 29 campaign even in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Biden completed an attendees question “If we don’t stop using fossil fuels…” with “We’re all dead!”
Now, what is that? Deliberate hyperbole? Outrageous fear-mongering? Complete ignorance? Nobody has suggested that “we’re all dead” even under the most extreme projections of climate change doom. My guess is that Joe knows nothing about climate change, and that he’s just pandering to the substantial climate change nut-case component of the increasingly hysterical Democratic base. But he could be so stupid that he really believes this.
In addition to the undeniable fact that this is exactly the kind of statement that the mainstream media pillories Donald Trump for even when it’s clear s clear can be that he’s exaggerating, Biden’s over-the-top rhetoric feeds the rising Democratic drift toward totalitarianism. If we’re all going to die, then a dictatorship can be justified as a last resort.
- Before a crowd in Derry, Vermont today, Biden talked about how President Obama put him in charge of analyzing future jobs and transitioning current workers to them. (I doubt it.) He told the crowd that after eliminating the jobs or workers in the coal industry, the displaced workers could transition to coding. “Anybody who can go down 3000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well…”Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”
Is Joe aware that “learn to code” was the theme of social media harassment of journalists who were laid off in the January 2019 workforce cuts by Yahoo! and Buzzfeed? The line is an insult.
Do you think Joe knows this? Do you think he keeps up with social media chatter, or popular culture? Do you think he even has a solid concept of what coding is? Does he really think the set of skills necessary to mine coal are the same as the skills one needs to program computers?
Could his comments on this subject be any more clueless?
- This one’s just funny: in New Hampshire, three hecklers stood up in the crowd to harass Biden. One said, “We don’t need another old white man running for President.” “All right. I agree, man. I agree,” replied Joe.
I’m pretty sure a large percentage of likely Democratic voters agree, some intensely. I’m willing to accept that Joe’s assent was the equivalent of “Yeah, right.” The problem is that given the way Joe’s brain seems to be working, I’m not sure.
- More tough, unconstitutional, crowd-pleasing, pandering totalitarianism: In order to curb the rate of pollution, Biden said in Petersborough, fuel executives must be held “liable for what they have done, particularly in those cases where there are underserved neighborhoods.”
“And when they don’t deliver, put them in jail.”
See, in the U.S., you can’t just put anyone in jail. First, there has to be a criminal law. Then someone has to violate it, with criminal intent. Then there needs to be sufficient evidence of the violation to convince a jury to convict the defendant. Democrats recently keep talking about “putting in jail” those who disagree with them. Several Democrats have argued that climate change deniers should be jailed. The lack of concern for due process is troubling. Donald Trump says things that are legally ignorant with some regularity, but he’s not a lawyer. Joe Biden is a lawyer, and he says things that are legally ignorant with equal frequency.
And this was just one weekend.