Unethical Quote Of The Month: Joe Biden

“It’s estimated that 200 million people will die, probably by the time I finish this talk.”

—Joe Biden, Democratic candidate for President of the United States, speaking in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Yes, a man just stated on television that about 60%  of the United States’ population would die in seconds, and yet the vast majority of my Facebook friends are writing that civilization is doomed if he is not elected the leader of the United States.

As I think about it, this is only slightly less crazy than Joe’s statement. Maybe even a bit worse: after all, poor Biden is in the throes of progressive dementia. My friends are in the throes of progressive dementia. They want to have a sick man who is apparently unaware of what comes out of his own mouth leading the nation.

Biden has always said things that were careless, wrong or silly, because he’s just not very bright, and has never been. He had to repeat the third grade, you know. That’s just not a marker of future distinguished leadership. I remember my former classmates who had to repeat the early grades in elementary school, and they now are either in the custodian trade, unemployed, or teaching elementary school. Running for President was never in the cards for them, at least I used to think so. Yes, Joe’s career success is inspiring, in a way, kind of like Forrest Gump. But Forrest never ran for the White House. Not noticing that you have just falsely asserted that a national slaughter was underway is signature significance; a competent national leader simply doesn’t do that.

I was horrified a couple of years ago when I heard myself say “Aaron Burr” when I meant “Raymond Burr” in an ethics seminar. I was actually worried about it.

I know the Axis of Unethical Conduct is All Big Lies All The Time now, and Big Lie #9 is the one  they are pretty much putting down their whole pile ofchips on: the Times front page this morning continues to carry out the strategy. It’s despicable, but Joe’s statement is like the TV show episode about the not-quite-right kid who hangs out with some high school bullies and sets one of their victims on fire because he is incapable of seeing the distinction.

Biden’s a teleprompter puppet, and even that isn’t working. It is apparent and undeniable, as if it wasn’t before,

  • that the Democratic Party has abandoned all responsibility and integrity in their pursuit of power
  • that no corruption, distortion or manipulation of our democratic processes is so extreme or dangerous that the Democrats are not willing to resort to it to achieve that end
  • that Biden is either unaware of what is happening to him, or worse, is aware and is so irresponsible that he is willing to place his nation in peril anyway.
  • that the Democrat “base” was so unimpressed with the mentally competent options for President that they deliberately chose someone incompetent who seemed more benign, and then placed one of the rejected contenders in a position to become President after, they hope, sneaking in the back door.

I’m  scouring the thesaurus to find words that I haven’t had to overuse as this astounding strategy has unfolded. I’m sick of writing “unethical,” “unconscionable” and “despicable.” Let’s see…contemptible,  deplorable,  scummy, scurvy, wretched, abhorrent, abominable, condemnable, detestable, execrable, hateful, loathsome, odious, disgusting, reptilian, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, revulsive, 9discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, ignominious, shameful, base, ignoble, low, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile, blamable, censurable, reprehensible, reproachable, dastardly, unprincipled, unscrupulous.

And they all apply as well to those who not only are accepting this conduct, but willing to enable it to succeed.

 

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

  1. I am afraid. It’s going to be a (sorry) shitstorm, no matter who wins. The fact that a puppet president with incipient (or not so much) dementia may actually manage to get millions of votes is not all of it; nor is the domestic policies he (presumably, since you never know what he thinks, or if he knows what he’s saying) espouses; nor are the mail-in ballots all of it, though my USPS-delivered mail routinely comes through my mail slot addressed to other people in other states 3,000 miles away from my own address; my fear also includes the international relations impact of having an IQ80 (to be kind) elected President of the United States and become Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. What nation states antithetical to democracy will benefit from this? Who knows? It will be much worse than Obama going around the world apologizing for his own nation and its history: it will center upon whose advantage will be served with a weak, slow, President who will wait for his orders from the “progressives” who elected him, who put us in the position of having Biden be the Democratic candidate (I do not believe there are absolutely no sane, sound, intelligent, thinking Democrat leaders left, but I’ve been wrong on this before…). So thanks, Jack, for starting my week with more reason to dread election day and its aftermath.

    • It will not be a “shitstorm” if Trump. That is what Democrats want you to believe. It will be a circus; a highly coordinated act to make Trump look bad, at the expense of the nation at large.

      A shitstorm implies equal blame.

      • Took the words out of my mouth, Rich. Thank you. Correctamundo. It’s a standard Dem talking point, identical to the one that says the riots are Trump’s fault. Flip Wilson’s “Don’t make me do that, Devil.”

  2. I agree that they should not be putting him up as their candidate.

    But for his (apparently) obvious dementia, the fair reading would be a verbal slip where he meant 200 Thousand, as that marker was passed this weekend.

    -Jut

    • But Jut, any cognizant human would have heard that mistake and corrected it immediately. When you’re making a speech, you have to listen to what you’re saying so you can make sure you’re saying what you’re trying to say. They guy’s a politician. He’s supposed to be able to make speeches. What else does he have to do?

  3. Aaron Burr instead of Raymond Burr was a Freudian slip, just like my substituting Godfrey’s Law for Godwin’s Law. I don’t think 200 million people (more than the population of the UK, France, and Spain combined) have even died worldwide from COVID to date. 200,000 Americans have died to date, but that number weren’t going to die again this weekend while Biden was talking. Of course Biden’s a puppet, anyone can see that. The fact is that the Democratic candidates who could actually have been contenders (putting aside long shots like Mayor Pete and no shots like Bill DeBlasio) almost all had problems that made them unelectable, either being too far out there (Sanders) or too weak (Bloomberg, financial success does not a national leader make). Biden, like John Kerry in 2004, is the only one who even looked electable. Right now, poll-wise, he looks pretty good. If this were 1992 or 2004, we’d say we were headed for a Biden blowout. However, the polls proved unreliable last time out. The DNC knows he is just a puppet, but that works to their advantage. They can pull the strings while he is nominally in charge, or they can push him aside as incompetent and install far-left Harris by the back door. Either way, they win, and either way, they safeguard abortion, maybe even move a step closer to on-demand nationwide.

    If we do in fact get a Biden blowout, then I think it says as much about the people of this nation as it says about Trump. The last real statesman we had in the White House was probably Bush the elder, although he didn’t come up to the level of Reagan. After that, what did we get? A used-car salesman who spent his career chasing ass as much as he chased success, a well-meaning governor who had one success in the face of a terrible attack and overreached, an incompetent elected because of his color, and…Trump. Maybe the people of this country have had enough of presidents who try to do huge things and are ready for one who just sits there and tells them everything will be ok, the bluebirds are flying over the cliffs of Dover again.

    • I still think if Biden wins, he’ll be replaced in about a month by The Harridan. But I don’t think the Biden Harridan ticket will win. The Harridan polled around zero before dropping out. She received absolutely no votes in any primaries because she wasn’t in any primaries. And this is the running mate they picked? It’s almost as if they weren’t even trying. A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for President Harris and Keith Ellison as Attorney General and Willie Brown as the head of HUD and The Squad running State.

  4. I’m willing to allow that Joe misspoke. Which doesn’t excuse the news media for failing to correct him. If Trump had made the mistake, they would have been all over it for days and designated such a statement a lie.

    • A.M, Joe did not misspeak. He haltingly misread the teleprompter (that must have been right there on the camera he was speaking into), and didn’t even flinch for an instant. He just kept right on struggling mightily to read the script. If Joe was my dad, I wouldn’t put him in such a terrible position. This is cruelty. I really think Joe is going down hill really quickly. The Dems may have to do a Thomas Eagleton and pull him from the ticket in the next few weeks.

  5. I have the misfortune of residing in a battleground state (the misfortune is temporary), one in which a former presidential contender promised $100 trillion (or was that billion?; let me check my notes) to help someone become president. Someone who already is president is trying mightily to keep up with that. The end result is an almost endless onslaught of commercials, nearly all proclaiming that one candidate will destroy the country (which already has been destroyed numerous times over the past four years) while the other will save it (which likewise has been done repeatedly during that same time frame). Most of the blather has to do with things that primarily are the prerogative of Congress. There is little mention of things that are the prerogative of the Executive Branch.
    Which brings me to my main point — the importance of the debates. The President is charged with dealing with other nations, which inevitably means phone calls and face-to-face meetings. Unlike lawn signs, commercials, and staged appearances, the debates can provide at least a little insight into the ability of a candidate to react on the fly to strong differences of opinion, dissimulations, jumping from issue to issue, context, and so on. There was some of this in the primaries, but Trump was not subjected to that. He has faced harsh questioning in press conferences, but Biden mostly has not.
    I can and do tune out those annoying commercials, but the debates are substantially different, and they may well highlight any intellectual shortcomings of either candidate.

  6. The scary thing for me is that many people (mostly on the left) will believe Biden’s astonishing statement. And many of the others on the left will just choose to ignore it. Maybe Stephen King came up with this line.

  7. Let’s stipulate that Joe Biden was not a good student. Let’s also give him credit for making something of his life, despite the ridicule of people like you, for his stuttering and repeating a grade. Many accomplished people did not do well in school–I don’t have to tell you who they are. As a special education teacher, I can attest that academic performance is no indicator of intelligence, but if you want to call Joe stupid and addled, go ahead and do so. I think, however, you can remove “repeating a grade” from your list of cruel and unethical descriptions.

    • Yes, but Edison, Einstein—and my father—eventually demonstrated their intellect. Politics does not require cognitive skills, as many have proven over the centuries. It’s a great field for those who are likable and learn to make friends, and who learn the value of quid pro quos. There’s a reason why Joe stole a speech—he’s not capable of writing a good one.

      I don’t hold it against Joe that he’s not very bright, and constantly faking it. He’s an overachiever—good for him. I do hold it against him that he’s pretending to be qualified for a job that is now way, way beyond him, when it used to be only way beyond him.

    • Where was his stutter before now?

      After hearing his fumbling speech was a LIFELONG stuttering problem, I felt compassion for him and anger at people for making fun of him.

      A few weeks later I realized I never noticed it before now, though admittedly I hadn’t paid much attention. So, I took 30 minutes or so and went on a trip down memory lane on YouTube and looked up old speeches of Joe.

      From way back to his 20’s, and clips from every decade till now.

      Guess what? His lifelong stuttering issue wasn’t there. I mean ZERO. I have a family member who does really stutter and despite decades of hard work and treatments, he still stutters almost the same.

      I think what we’re witnessing is elder abuse, and it’s really sad. Poor man looks totally lost.

      And, unlike the replays of Trump’s town hall last week which can be found in its entirely…. all you can see are select edited clips of Joes.

      We’re being played.

  8. Jack, your command of movies and your regular movie references make me wonder why you or someone else has not brought up “Being There”, my favorite Peter Sellers flick. His character did not run for President but he was welcomed into D.C.’s elite circle simply by speaking gibberish. Maybe that’s what’s going on . . .

    • Nearly mentioned “Being There” in the lawn chair post. But Chance the Gardner was an idiot that everyone applied confirmation bias to so what was mental deficiency became seen as competence. I don’t think anyone is doing that with Joe. Who is he fooling?

      • I have been thinking about Biden a la Chauncey Gardner in “Being There” for about a week.

        I want to see a pro-Trump campaign ad that features a talking chair (reminiscent of the chair that Clint Eastwood spoke to). Actually, the chair ought to be the same one that Eastwood spoke to. The chair should introduce itself as “the safety net for the ass of someone who, once upon a time, had an opportunity to use.”

        The chair should ask questions to Joe Biden – or, make that, to a cardboard cutout of Joe Biden – because, hey, what difference would it make? As long as the questions that the chair asks are tougher than the debate questions that Chris Wallace will be asking Biden during the Biden-Trump debate, that chair might, just might, induce that cardboard to say something.

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