Unethical Quote Of The Month: Joe Biden

“We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed, they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has.”

—-Joe Biden at a virtual town meeting yesterday, giving a novel version of American history.

Where to begin? I suppose it’s obligatory to point out, again, that the now routine assertion that President Trump is a racist is based on distortions, innuendo and outright lies. The Democratic Party/”resistance”/mainstream media axis doesn’t even bother to try to support the claim any more, because, I explained here, this is a  a Big Lie strategy, pure Hitler/Goebbels, from the same source, ironically, of the Big Lie (it’s #3 on the list) that the President is like Hitler. Joe’s Big Lie yesterday is #4. It probably should be #1, since it was formulated from the moment Trump, in announcing his candidacy, said, very clearly, that a lot of illegal immigrants from Mexico were dangerous criminals. That is undeniably true, but it was reported, and has come to be believed, that he said all Mexicans were dangerous criminals.

I’m not going to rehash why Big Lie #4 is  a lie; in you haven’t figured it out, please go to the link. However, it is amazing what happens when you ask anyone, even the most articulate and intelligent Trump basher, how they conclude Trump is a racist. They just can’t do it without resorting to misrepresentations and distortions, then bubble over with rage when you point them out.

Joe Biden, as we all know, isn’t articulate or intelligent, and never has been. Now, sadly, he is existing in the twilight world of some kind of mental deterioration. As an aside, I wonder how the news media and those who would vote against President Trump if whoever was running against him “shot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue” are going to rationalize Joe’s increasingly garbled pronouncements. “Be fair. That’s just Joe being Joe. You know, he’s senile!”? “OK, he’s lost it, but at least he’s not a racist”? Incidentally, Joe’s statement describing Barack Obama as “clean” back when Biden had all of his marbles, which were never abundant to begin with, was a more reliable marker of racism than anything Donald Trump has said in public in his long career.

But back to Biden’s quote above…Trump isn’t a racist, but many, many of his predecessors were, easily a majority. How could Biden say that no racist had ever been elected President when his voting base is roaming the country tearing down, or trying to, statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Jackson for exactly that reason? I went through the list, which, unlike Joe, I can do by memory. Every President at least through Richard Nixon was a racist by current standards. Every one.

Does Joe really think the slave-holding Presidents weren’t racist? (Does Joe really think?) How about John Tyler, who joined the Confederate cabinet? Woodrow Wilson just got cancelled at Princeton, because he encouraged Jim Crow and espoused white supremacy. Assuming he said something this ridiculous in an interview and the journalists asked, “Wait, are you saying that Andrew Jackson was not a racist?,” what  would be Joe’s answer? “Who’s Andrew Jackson?” ? “You’re nothing but a dog-faced pony-soldier!”?

Its quite a remarkable unethical quote, maybe the ultimate unethical quote. What he says about Trump being a racist is unfair and false, and what he says about other Presidents is untrue.

But let’s be fair. That’s just Joe being Joe! You know…. he’s senile!

 

 

27 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month: Joe Biden

  1. That the Democrats and their allies in the news media and the entertainment industry would let such a comment go is, frankly, to be expected. The standards they hold their opponents to are standards they themselves could never meet. Biden can say something ridiculous like this and it’ll be brushed off; should Trump say the same thing, even if he misspoke, he would be called a liar for days.

  2. Too little time and space to go into a full historical review here but…The closest to “non-racist” may have been JQ Adams, who was very strongly against slavery. Alas, by modern standards he would probably be considered “racist” because he did nothing against slavery while in the cabinet or when he was President. From my now-fading memory of law school studies, JQ’s famous arguments in winning the Amistad case before the Supreme Court, so over-fictionalization in the movie Amistad, were based more on laws related to seizure of ships and laws in GB and Spain that outlawed slavery (although Spanish law still permitted slavery at the time of the ship’s seizure) than in any arguments about the equality and rights of men. Two of his great friends in legislature were Calhoun and Clay, another strike against him. However, he did fight staunchly against slavery and for the rights of all men after he left the Presidency. (Including Amistad). JQ believed the fault was in the Constitution which accepted slavery through the compromise for counting population for purposes of representation. His dad, John, is frequently cited as a staunch abolitionist, and probably was. He did, however, hire enslaved people to work in the White House — and paid their owners for the labor. So, another staunch abolitionist and champion of the rights of all people who would be a racist by today’s standards. Then there’s Kennedy (whoops, facts abound to support calling him “racist” including his reluctance to actively intervene in the South and his refusal to invite Sammy Jr to the inauguration) and Johnson and the Covil Rights Act (wait, among other concerning facts, he used some pretty strongly racist language in trying to convince key Southern Senators not to block passage). I started out to argue against your premise that all Presidents, at least through Nixon, would be considered “racist” by standards being promoted today. Convinced myself otherwise. In 8th grade (almost 6 decades ago) I had a great math teacher. Mrs Martin would just stand quietly and let me argue against some math principle she was teaching. Why? She eventually told me she always let me argue because she knew I would convince myself and others that the principle she elucidated was correct. Guess my debate skills haven’t progressed much.

    • I think almost all presidents did or said something that would be considered objectionable today. Honestly, I think the only president that the left admires now is Obama, because he was black (primarily) and about as far left as any president to date (secondarily). They looked the other way on a lot of what Clinton did because he was strong on abortion, but they don’t really admire him. They say Jimmy Carter had the most successful career after the presidency and remark on what a wonderfully moral guy he is, but they can’t really admire him, because there’s no way around him being a fail as president. They applaud LBJ for the Civil Rights Act, but can’t look the other way on the openly racist things he said and the fact that he got us deep into the war in Vietnam that JFK was trying to get us out of. JFK, well, he’s a Kennedy, but there’s no way around his frat boy behavior with women. Truman wins points for desegregating the armed forces, but his dropping of the bomb and not so great handling of labor issues loses him points. FDR was a racist, so was Wilson. Cleveland was heavy-handed with labor and did nothing to desegregate the country. Andrew Johnson was a racist and should have been thrown out of office. James Buchanan was a failure. Franklin Pierce was a drunk. James K. Polk waged a racist war on Mexico. Martin van Buren was a failure. Andrew Jackson was a genocidal psychopath. Everyone else is not a Democrat and is by nature a bad guy.

      However, Trump is the top racist. No one can point to anything openly racist he said or did, but just not being Barack Obama is enough. Unfortunately they couldn’t find a POC for the top of the ticket, but no problem, they’ll just put one in the No.2 spot and push Biden out after a month or two.

      • And that’s why the current attack on the Presidency itself is underway. Under the auspices of the 1619 Project, America has always and only been driven by racism and its various manifestations which means that the entire country from its founding on is nothing but rot. Though some of the Presidents might have made decisions beneficial to the left in this country, the m.o. of the Democratic party now is the Ends Justify the Means. When they can’t paint the 19th Century Democrats as 21st century Republicans, they just cherry-pick virtues and suppress the remainder of the Presidents’ legacies.

        • By rights, we need to have a new Constitutional Convention, throw out the old Constitution, and start from the bottom up again, with full BIPOC and women participation. Among the changes:

          1. The capital will be admitted as a state, as the Commonwealth of Douglass.
          2. Puerto Rico will be admitted as a state.
          3. The presidency will be a direct popular vote.
          4. The Senate will be changed to be of proportional representation, like the House.
          5. The filibuster will be abolished.
          6. The Senate’s power to advise and consent will be limited to 60 days, and if no vote on an appointee is held in that time, the appointee will be considered confirmed.
          7. At least one-third of every state’s representation in Congress will be reserved for women, and another third for BIPOC candidates.
          8. Federal Judges will be likewise divided 1/3, 1/3 and 1/3, including the Supreme Court.
          9. Every state’s legislature and court system must mirror the Federal system in makeup
          10. The death penalty shall be abolished.
          11. Abortion shall be enshrined as an absolute right.
          12. Private health care will be abolished and single-payer health care established.
          13. The private possession of firearms or other deadly weapons will be prohibited. Law enforcement shall not be permitted to carry or possess weapons when off duty, nor shall members of the military be allowed to carry weapons except in the field or if they are necessary to the discharge of their duties.
          14. A wealth tax and confiscatory estate taxes will be established.
          15. Charter schools and homeschooling will be abolished. Private education must follow the government curriculum.
          16. Freedom of speech will be narrowed to exclude hate speech.
          17. Freedom of religion will be narrowed to freedom of worship.
          18. Anyone remaining in this country for more than a year will be presumed eligible for citizenship.
          19. All public entities must match expenditures on policing with community investment, dollar for dollar.
          20. No person shall display any symbol associated with the Confederacy, nor any symbol considered a hate symbol.
          21. The Federal Columbus Day holiday is hereby abolished and replaced with Juneteenth. All states must do likewise.
          22. No publicly visible art that is divisive or offensive is permitted. Any existing such art will be confiscated and destroyed so it cannot be put back up later or displayed at another location. The building of monuments that involves religious symbols or inscriptions is prohibited. The building of monuments to specific individuals is officially discouraged.
          23. Gerrymandering of any kind is prohibited.
          24. The Department of Homeland Security is hereby disestablished. Its constituent agencies will return to their original departments, with the exception of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which will be abolished altogether.
          25. The National Security Act of 1947 and subsequent amendments are hereby repealed. The Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Central Intelligence Agency are hereby dissolved.
          26. The United States Space Force is hereby abolished.
          27. Corporate political donations are prohibited.
          28. The president’s power to issue pardons shall be abolished.
          29. The president’s power to deploy American forces shall be limited to 30 days without the consent of both houses of Congress.
          30. A fund shall be established for reparations to BIPOC individuals impacted by slavery and other invidious practices.

  3. What a great essay. Michel de Montaigne worthy. Absolutely, devastatingly on point but ultimately light-hearted and amusing. Why is the left so brutally and unrelentingly humorless? My guess: low wattage and low horse power.

    • Although M deM could be a little Yogi-Berra-ish, at least in translation: “ My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.” And most of the things he said, he probably never said.

      • If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

        I think Yogi must have studied at Casey Stengel’s knee. My all time favorite baseballism (other than, “When you’re a ballplayer, there ain’t much to bein’ a ballplayer — Rogers Hornsby) remains Casey’s, “I managed good. They played bad.” (Which came to mind, sort of in reverse, while reading Jack’s Gabe Kapler post.)

        • There was a great moment in the Senate hearings about baseball ( in the Fifties) when Stengel testified, and in answer to a question from Estes Kefaufer (I think it was him) launched into ten minutes of Stengel-style Authentic Frontier Gibberish. The Senators had no idea what he was saying, and gave up, thanking Casey and calling the next witness, Mickey Mantle. Then they asked him the same question.

          Mantle said, “My views on this topic are substantially the same as Mr. Stengel’s”

          Perfect!

  4. “We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed, they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has.” Joe Biden.

    This damn near what you could call 21 century political “genius”. Joe Biden didn’t think this one up, he was fed this by someone.

    The accusation is made and as soon as any unsuspecting Trump supporter says that Biden’s statement is wrong they will immediately be hammered by the left that will take the denial as confirmation that Trump is a racist; after all, if Trump wasn’t the “first” racist elected that confirms that he is among the list of racist Presidents and if you support President Trump then you too are a racist. I’ve been saying this for well over 10 years; the only way the Democrats, progressives and social justice warriors can win in the 21st century political arena is to demonize their opposition as evil that way the political left can win by default.

    Every time Biden is in the view of the public and cameras he should be asked this question; “You directly accused Trump of being a racist, prove your accusation.”

  5. It’s hard…. Because Biden is obviously falling apart in real time. At some point, the proper thing to do would be for someone that loves Joe to give him a hug, pat him on the back, and let him loose in a backyard with his grandkids…. But that isn’t going to happen. Meanwhile, while Joe always had a problem thinking off the cuff, or writing his own speeches, now the man can’t convincingly read off a teleprompter, and when he goes off script it’s disastrous. At some point it feels like elder abuse, and I resent being put in that situation. And I absolutely am put in that situation, because Democrats are devoting a huge amount of social capital into the idea that Joe is lucid, and not a prop from the set of Weekend at Bernie’s

  6. “However, it is amazing what happens when you ask anyone, even the most articulate and intelligent Trump basher, how they conclude Trump is a racist. They just can’t do it without resorting to misrepresentations and distortions, then bubble over with rage when you point them out.”

    They also merely resort to variations on the theme “of course you don’t see it because you’re racist also”

  7. Is Lyndon Johnson so obvious that he is not mentioned to disprove Biden’s statement. That Biden is the same Biden who “served proudly” in the Senate with Robert Byrd, AKA “sheets” Byrd.

  8. I’m not going to rehash why Big Lie #4 is a lie; in you haven’t figured it out, please go to the link. However, it is amazing what happens when you ask anyone, even the most articulate and intelligent Trump basher, how they conclude Trump is a racist. They just can’t do it without resorting to misrepresentations and distortions, then bubble over with rage when you point them out.

    Hmm, let me see. What other thing can I think of that’s like this…

    Oh, yeah… Religion! Yes, if you keep pressing a religious person with facts they can’t explain away, they get angry or they appeal to higher authority — very much like what you are describing here.

    That tells us something important about the Left — they consider their opinions unassailable regardless of factual support. They are certain, to the point of religious faith, that another argument simply unknown to them at the moment blows away any fact-based assault on their assertions.

    You can’t argue with people like that. It’s an exercise in head-banging-against-a-post. Whenever someone is so sure they are right, regardless of the subject, that they don’t even need to win the facts, that tells you that we are talking about faith, not reason.

    “Be fair. That’s just Joe being Joe. You know, he’s senile!”?

    Nah, they’d rather fight than admit that.

    “OK, he’s lost it, but at least he’s not a racist”?

    The last part yes, the first part never. They won’t admit that there is anything wrong, because they think they don’t have to even if it’s an established fact. Faith, you see. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

    How could Biden say that no racist had ever been elected President when his voting base is roaming the country tearing down, or trying to, statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Jackson for exactly that reason?

    Jack, Jack. That’s not racist, it’s all-American protest. Get with the program, man!

    Does Joe really think the slave-holding Presidents weren’t racist?

    Heh. Joe has forgotten about them, they were so 150 years ago. And you know only presidents people can remember matter, right? Says so right here in my copy of Rules for Radicals — Rule 2, I think it is.

    Its quite a remarkable unethical quote, maybe the ultimate unethical quote. What he says about Trump being a racist is unfair and false, and what he says about other Presidents is untrue.

    In reality, it’s exactly what the Left wants to hear, whether it’s true, ethical, or insane. The Left believes Trump is so racist that other racist are insignificant; not because it’s true, but because they want it to be true. And they want it to be said over, and over, and over — and it will be.

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