Saturday, July 06, 2019

Has Poor Old Biden Passed The Torch Yet? Or Does He Still Think He's The Man For The Moment?


Friday, an always over-the-top macho braggart, Joe Biden, was still trying to get out from under the smack down he suffered at the hands of Kamala Harris for his racist record. That smack-down cost him between 5 and 10 polling points. Yesterday he declared that if Trump tried to intimidate him on the debate state I'd smack him in the mouth the way he claims to have always dealt with bullies in the Biden mythology.

Biden's RealClearPolitics average polling high point was on May 9 (41.4%). It has since continued to tick down into the twenties. He still leads the pack with 27.2% but polls released after his disastrous debate performance had a chance to sink in showed him slipping-- the YouGov poll down to 23 and both Quinnipiac and CNN polls down to 22.

Besides, who on God's green earth wants to see two feeble, snarling old guys going on 80 slapping each other on stage. They're both disgusting specimens to begin with. What worried me, is not Biden's disgusting and oft-repeated threat to get physical with Trump, but a tendency towards DC phony-civility that I am pretty sure will lead Biden to pardon Trump-- and his family-- on his-- God Forbid-- first day in the Oval Office. Trump doesn't deserve a pardon and Biden doesn't deserve to ever set foot into the Oval Office again. But if you think Biden wouldn't pardon Trump after the election, you have missed 45 years of Joe Biden's public career.

On Friday Rev. William Alberts, writing for CounterPunch noted that one of Biden's contentions is that "as president, he would be a bipartisan consensus-builder. He cited the 'civility' of the Senate in the past, when, as a young senator, he was able to work with avowed segregationists, Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, both Southern Democrats. 'We didn’t agree on much of anything,” Biden said, but, 'We got things done.' Unlike, 'Today, when you look at the other side and you’re the enemy.' He even lifted Eastland up morally, saying, 'He never called me boy, he always called me son.'" Yes, they got things done: one thing-- Biden's racist anti-integration legislation. How many times do you recall Trump saying, "there's not a racist bone in my body?" Were you convinced? Are you more convinced when a man who built a political career in Delaware on racism says the same thing?
Joe Biden’s recollection of such past Senate “civility” led Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is black, to issue a statement, saying that Biden was “wrong” to use such divisive segregationists as examples of how to create common ground. He added, “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys.’” Booker also said, “I’m disappointed that he hasn’t issued an immediate apology for the pain his words are dredging up for many Americans. He should.” Biden responded: “Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body.”

Evidently Joe Biden is confused about the racial make-up of his own body. Why would Sen. Eastland have called him ‘boy?’ Eastland obviously reserved that depreciating term for black men, whom he reportedly believed were “members of an ‘inferior race.’” Conversely, “Son” is the affectionate name for a member of one’s family-- in this case, Eastland’s white family.

Perhaps Joe Biden’s eight years as vice president to black president Barack Obama led him to think that a certain amount of blackness had rubbed off on his “body.” If so, it did not prevent him from invoking these two staunch segregationists as examples of how to create cooperation and “get things done”-- and “on the eve of Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery.”

While Joe Biden says, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” his “body” was apparently numb to Sen. Eastland’s blatant racism. In a New Republic article on “Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle,” Matt Ford writes that “Robert Caro’s Master of the Senate recounts how Eastland spoke to a crowd during the Montgomery bus boycott with the language of a would-be genocidaire:
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to abolish the Negro race, proper methods should be used. . . . Among these are guns, bows and arrows, slingshots and knives. . . . All whites are created equal with certain rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of dead niggers.”
Educator and author Jonathan Kozol writes in The Nation that Sen. Joe Biden not only “took a leading role” in opposing court-ordered busing to desegregate public schools; he “expressed thanks to [Sen.] Eastland for supporting anti-busing legislation that Biden introduced. ‘I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help . . . in attempting to bring my anti-busing legislation to a vote,’” Biden “wrote the Mississippi Democrat, a virulent opponent of civil rights who frequently referred to black people as ‘an inferior race.’”

Jonathan Kozol cites an ingrained reality that has benefited the bones in Joe Biden’s white “body.” “In a nation where residential segregation and unabated patterns of redlining have guaranteed the seemingly eternal sequestration of black and Hispanic children in poorly funded schools within their communities,” Kozol writes, “Biden’s many years of strident opposition to letting children ride the good old yellow bus represent a throwback to the age of Plessy v. Ferguson.” Joe Biden’s “body” inherited and flourished in an historic, white-controlled hierarchy of access to political, economic, legal and religious power.

Mr. Kozol concludes. “As the mainstream media repeatedly remind us, Biden is a likeable man in many ways. . . . But,” Kozol continues, “his likeability will not help Julia Walker’s grandkids and her great grandchildren and the children of her neighbors go to schools where they can get an equal shot at a first-rate education and where their young white classmates have a chance to get to know and value them and learn from them, as children do in ordinary ways when we take away the structures that divide them.”

Along with their shared anti-busing stance, Sen. Biden and Sen. Eastland, chairman of the powerful Judicial Committee, held similar beliefs about crime and punishment. Biden is reported to have “courted” Eastland, “who helped him land spots on the committee and subcommittees dealing with criminal justice and prisons, and became a close friend and legislative partner of another, Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. At Biden’s request, Eastland “put him in charge of overseeing prisons and sentencing.” Soon, “with Mr. Eastland’s support, he pushed for mandatory minimum sentences that would limit judges’ discretion in sentencing.”

Unlike other Democrats, Sen. Joe Biden was quoted as not being interested in dealing with the “ ‘root cause’ theory of crime,” such as “poverty and other social ills that breed criminal activity.” When violent crime was rising in 1989, he “lamented that the Republican president, George H.W. Bush, was not doing enough to put ‘violent thugs’ in prison. In 1993, he warned of ‘predators on our streets.’” Also, “in a 1994 Senate floor speech he likened himself to another Republican president: ‘Every time Richard Nixon, when he was running in 1972, would say, ‘Law and Order,’ the Democrats match or response was, ‘Law and order with justice’-- whatever that meant. And I would say, ‘Lock the S. O. B.s up.’” In 1993, Biden said, “It doesn’t matter whether or not they are victims of society . . . I don’t want to ask, ‘What made them do this?’ They must be taken off the street.”

For Sen. Biden, criminal justice was about adding police and building prisons, not addressing the systemic political, economic and legal discriminatory forces that keep doors of opportunity closed and suffocate aspirations. As reported, he and segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond “co-authored . . . a string of bills that effectively rewrote the nation’s criminal justice laws with an eye toward putting more criminals behind bars.” Those bills include “the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, establishing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses; the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which dictated harsher sentences for possession of crack than for powder cocaine; and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a vast catchall tough-on-crime bill.” With a number of Democratic presidential candidates “calling for ambitious criminal justice reform,” it is assumed that Biden “must answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts and his critics say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America’s black communities.”

What motivated Delaware’s Sen. Biden? “Harmon Carey, director of Wilmington’s Afro-American Historical Society, said, “Joe’s a decent fella, but he is doing what his white constituents wanted . . . The white people wanted to send people to prison. They wanted cops. And that’s what he did.”

Mr. Carey is believed to present a clue to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. Biden appears to be unveiling his own version of Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy, by appealing to the white nationalist element in President Trump’s base. Thus Biden is quoted as saying that “he will win Republican-leaning states in the South,” like “’Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, believe it or not’”-- and even “’Texas and Florida.’”

It is assumed that Joe Biden’s Southern strategy helps to explain him lauding the “civility” he was able to establish with Southern segregationists Senators Eastland and Talmadge. And his, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body” is shared by many white persons who chose not to be aware of their historic white-favored access to privilege and power in American society. Even President Trump often says to his base, “I am the least racist person that you have ever met.” If he is, so is his admiring base.

In a Delaware newspaper interview dug up by the Washington Post, Joe Biden expressed the denial of many white persons regarding their imbedded entitlement in society: “I do not buy the concept, popular in the 60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and . . . in order to even the score, we must now give the black man’-- no reference to black women-- ‘a head start or even hold the white man back . . . I don’t buy that.’” Spoken like a man who doesn’t have a racist bone in his body-- or in his country’s.

“No reference to black women.” Anita Hill would not be surprised. Here also the emphasis is on “hold[ing] the white man back,” not on helping black people catch up.

Many white persons reduce racism to interpersonal relationships with persons of color, convincing themselves that they are not racist because they have black friends and acquaintances. Perhaps Joe Biden didn’t believe he had a “racist bone” in his body because of his reported ability to “quickly position himself as a new type of white politician: always approachable, with meaningful relationships in black communities.” As Mr. Carey, Wilmington’s Afro-American Historical Society leader, testifies: Biden “often struck a careful balance, using personal relationships to maintain his good standing in Delaware’s black community, while carefully legislating in the more conservative interests of white voters and law enforcement.”

The issue of racism in America is not about people getting along better, but getting by better. It is not just about interpersonal relationships, but about undoing America’s institutionalized white-favored hierarchy of access and power and creating a level economic, political and legal playing field.

Joe Biden is not up to this challenge, as he is reported to want it both ways. On the campaign trail, “he implicitly suggested that bold actions on a range of issues could be achieved without anyone being ‘punished,’ including the wealthy.” He said, “I got in trouble with some of the people in my team, on the Democratic side, because I said, ‘You know what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people . . . I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who has money.” Then he did a shift: “At the same time, he warned, ‘when we have income inequality as large as we have in the United States today, it brews and ferments political discord and basic revolution.”

The issue is not about being “patriotic,” but about being in poverty. The wealthiest Americans have used their money to influence policies, including tax cuts, that have created “income inequality.” Biden is redefining the problem in favor of the “rich” in saying they should not be “punished.” This is the same presidential candidate who, years ago, said, I don’t buy . . . the concept . . . ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and . . . in order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back.” It is not about “hold[ing] the white man back,” but enabling people of color to catch up. The fact that Biden does not want to “punish” the rich reveals who butters his capitalistic bread-- and where his lucrative campaign funds come from.

“Rich people are just as patriotic as poor people.” They are probably more “patriotic’ than poor people, especially those whose wealth comes from their investment in the military/industrial/intelligence/complex. Their profits depend on America’s so-called “global war on terrorism” never ending. Regarding poor families, the only way most of their sons and daughters can hope to afford college is to join the military, which offers college education benefits-- providing they don’t sacrifice their bodies and lives on the altar of American imperialism.

Joe Biden’s patriotism should give voters pause. In a Progressive article titled “The Other Reason Biden Shouldn’t Run,” political and international relations scholar Stephen Zunes writes, “As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2002, Biden stated that Saddam Hussein had a sizeable arsenal of chemical weapons, as well as biological weapons . . . despite inspectors reporting that Iraq no longer appeared to have any weaponized chemical or biological agents.” Biden refused to hear testimony from “leading anti-war scholars familiar with Iraq and the Middle East . . . nor . . . call some of the dissenting officials in the Pentagon or State Department who were willing to challenge the alarmist claims.”

Prof. Zunes continues, “Even after the U.N. inspectors had been engaged in months of unfettered inspections in early 2003, Biden expressed no objections when Bush decided to invade anyway.” And when it became clear “that Iraq didn’t actually have these weapons, or weapons systems, Biden continued to falsely claim ‘everyone in the world thought he had them.’” And he “insisted that he still didn’t regret voting ‘to give the president the authority to use force in Iraq. I still believe my vote was just.’” Zunes ends: “Biden’s role in making possible the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the carnage and destabilization that resulted, is something for which he needs to be held accountable. It should be a central issue in the upcoming campaign.”

At that first debate on June 27, Joe Biden’s final words were, “God bless you all and may God protect our troops.” His last words sound imperialistic, not conciliatory. Too bad Biden did not say, “May God protect all human beings everywhere.” This is the inclusive world view political leaders need that will keep “our troops” home and safe, with their families where they belong.

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At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

more space wasted telling us all what we already know. unless biden wins, which is highly unlikely, he cannot hurt us any more.

Pelosi can, has and shall hurt us all more and more because she's in power. You should be writing about how that piece of shit has promoted despotism by way of her (and, consequently, her party's) cowardice.

During her times as house despot, she's created and enforced the memes that the veep and the president are above the law since she's thwarted impeachment for treason. she's created the meme that voting doesn't matter as she thwarted impeachment for the suppressive AG gonzalez. She's smothered all debate on MFA and GND in the crib.

And while she's by far the worst dog shit to ever stink up the halls of congress, she's not alone. Her entire democrap party has normalized all of it by never, ever speaking up nor doing jack shit... lest she deny them their fair share of her prodigious whoring.

biden is shit. but he's not relevant. if the dnc hands him the scepter, it just means trump wins a second term (in a very low turnout).
Pelosi is worse. and she's in power where she can make this shithole even worse every day she is there.

write about that which matters.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, bash the front runner. Let's get together and give Trump another term in the name of ideological purity.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger edmondo said...

Uncle Joe came out last night to support restoring the individual mandate and reinstating the tax penalty for not buying into the ACA insurance scam.

He MIGHT get all of a dozen votes in 2020 if the Dems are dumb enough to hand him the nomination, but I doubt it.

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see our brain dead Party troll is back at 7:08. How -besides willful ignorance- do you not see that a Biden nomination hands Trump a second term? He will cost the Party more votes than he will bring in. Progressives aren't going to sit through another 8 years of selling out to corporatism when it's so very clear that too many issues now exist that require attention. Since the Party isn't going to represent us, we'll go our own way and leave you dinosaurs to get hit by the asteroid.

Yes, it will be costly. Yes, it will hurt. But to back a do-nothing Party is the greater of two evils, for a do-nothing Party will never deliver anything but more of the same Republican rule just as it has for the past 40 years.

I hear Kos calling for you, The hive must have frozen again.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saith 7:08: "Let's get together and give Trump another term in the name of ideological purity."

That quote is directly from the DNC. They would much rather give trump the permanent dick-tatership than see Bernie or Elizabeth win.

THEIR ideological purity (corruption, fascism...) shall be preserved.


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