Ethics Dunce: President Joe Biden

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Great. Now the United States of America has had two Presidents in a row who couldn’t tell an ethics principle from beef stroganoff. This is obviously not a good thing, since our leaders inevitably bolster or short-cicuitour culture’s ethics alarms. In Joe Biden’s case, of course, this should come as no surprise, just as Trump’s ethics void couldn’t have surprised even the previous President’s most fervent supporters. Still, it would be hard to invent a more phosphorescent example of ethics ignorance than Joe’s comments on the harassment of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va)., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.) because they refuse to accede to the Democrats’ insane $3.5 trillion infrastructure-plus-socialism wish-list spending scheme, “Build Back Better,’

Last week, several protesters affiliated with the Center for Popular Democracy and other groups showed up in kayaks at the Potomac River dock in Washington, D.C., where Manchin keeps his houseboat. That was relatively mild compared to what Sinema endured over the weekend, when illegal immigration activists from Living United for Change in Arizona confronted Sinema in a building at Arizona State University, eventually following her into the bathroom.

Confronting elected officials at their homes or when they are engaging in the act of living their lives away from the job is unethical at best, intimidation and harassment at worst. But here’s Joe, our children’s role model:

“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody. The only people it doesn’t happen to are the people who have Secret Service standing around them. So, it’s part of the process.”

Biden was a stupid man before age began eating his brain cells, and might well have said something this idiotic when he was at the top of his game. Nonetheless, it is signature significance for an ethics dunce, as much as plagiarizing the speech of another politician during a Presidential campaign, another of Joe’s forays into the ethics swamp. Like that forever green fiasco, the statement about the treatment of Sinema and Manshin ticks off both the “Unethical” box and the “Dunce” box.

“It happens to everybody” is pure Rationalization #1, “Everybody does it,” which responsible parents are supposed to teach their kids is false reasoning by the time they are 12. (Joe obviously didn’t, since his son has profited using the principle that all children of powerful celebrities cash in via influence peddling.) This is a Biden creed, since he has used it repeatedly in his first 9 months: “Everybody lies about the Jan. 6 riot,” “Everybody lies about the exit from Afghanistan,” “Every powerful middle-aged man gropes women,” on and on, ad nauseum. But such harassment doesn’t happen to everybody, because only progressive activists do it, and they only do it to those who oppose the Great One Way, like Lenin’s mobs and Hitler’s thugs. It was another leader of the Democratic Party, Maxine Waters, who urged activists to harass Trump officials in public places. I don’t recall if Joe raised a wan objection at the time, but he obviously didn’t mean it if he did.

The second part of Biden’s comment is, I have reluctantly decided, more dunce-y than unethical, though it’s that too. Is assassination “part of the process,” since officials without security escorts risk a bloody demise? Any treatment an elected official endures when paid bodyguards aren’t around to stop it is “part of the process”? Thrown tomatoes? Thrown rocks? Bombs?

Biden campaigned on a “return to civility” promise, which like his return to normalcy pledge, his end of divisiveness oath and his ‘back to competence’ guarantee, now suggests that he didn’t know what the words meant, or that he was flat-out lying. “It is the duty of elected leaders to avoid fostering an environment in which honestly-held policy disagreements serve as the basis for vitriol — raising the temperature in political rhetoric and creating a permission structure for unacceptable behavior,” Senator Sinema wrote.

Why yes, Senator, that’s true, but your party and its leaders don’t believe that. What are you going to do about it?

12 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce: President Joe Biden

  1. So what can you expect from an administration that uses the DOJ to intimidate parents from speaking out at school board meetings when they oppose progressive indoctrination. Welcome to the idiocracy.

  2. I wish Kirsten Sinema would start dressing like a U.S. Senator rather than someone one their way to Cabo San Lucas. Is that too much to ask? Poor, lost Mormon girl.

    • Yes, she does overdo the sleeveless outfits. She should learn from Kristin Noem: just show off the arms occasionally.

  3. Joe did not raise any objection to Maxine Waters’ call for harassment of trump administration officials. In fact, during one of the debates, he said he was not in office at the time, so there was nothing he could have done in any case to stop that or to do anything about the real insurrection that took place summer 2020. The fact is that, although they claim to be the party of peaceful activism, the Democratic party is as much about bullying and intimidation as anything else.

    Frankly, I think the concept of peaceful protest and non-violent activism is a shibboleth. What we’ve seen since probably the days of George W. Bush at least, if not going back farther, has ben, putting it bluntly, abuse of the First Amendment. The first amendment protects the right to assemble peaceably and petition the government for a redress of grievances. When did you see anything like that since the crossing of the bridge at Selma? It’s never about petitioning for anything anymore. It’s not even about the government anymore. It’s about harassing, bullying, or intimidating individuals into doing what the left wants, and increasingly it is about destruction.

    You see, the left wants it both ways. They want to be the brave underdogs speaking truth to power, and they want to be the power. With being the power comes a certain level of responsibility, but they don’t want to acknowledge that. With being in office comes a responsibility to be the government for everyone, not just the people who agree with you. The left is an interested in that responsibility.

    Biden won’t admit it, but he’s quite happy to have mobs of activists on his side, who he can essentially use as a militia. If that doesn’t work, he can deploy the people who are supposed to be enforcing the laws and keeping everyone else safe against the people they are supposed to be keeping safe. Then he can just lie about it and say that it isn’t what it is. In the meantime, the ordinary people are screwed, but that’s okay, because, as is becoming increasingly evident, the left doesn’t care about ordinary people except as far as they can use them as pawns. As far as the left is concerned ordinary people who don’t agree with them need to be put in their place, told to sit down, shut up, vote yes, run the machines, do the paperwork, and just generally obey their betters. After all, that’s what the left is. If they weren’t leftists, they wouldn’t be better than everyone else.

    I swear, if and when things flip in 2022 and 2024, we on the right need to start making our own lists, just like the left started talking about making as the last election approached, threatening what they would do to anyone from what would be the outgoing administration. Then we need to execute on those lists. It might no longer be such a great thing to be a leftist if it’s going to land you in jail or worse. If that makes me, as our not so dear departed Chris used to say, an advocate of secret police and death squads, I say b*******, this is the logical consequence to having roving mobs of thugs and bullies. You want to act like the Spanish communists, don’t be surprised when you get a Franco. You want to act like Allende, don’t be surprised when you get a Pinochet.

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