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Joe Biden’s Slow-Motion Implosion

Posted on | September 5, 2019 | No Comments

 

Viewers of Wednesday’s climate-change “town hall” on CNN witnessed former Vice President Joe Biden suffer a hemorrhage in his left eye:

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have a blood vessel burst in his left eye while participating in CNN’s town hall on climate change.
A broken blood vessel in the eye, also known as a subconjuctival hemorrhage, can be caused by several things, including high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, blood thinners, or even excessive straining.
Biden, 76, has long been plagued by health issues. In 1988, he suffered an aneurysm that burst and required him to undergo emergency surgery. The then-senator was so close to death that a Catholic priest began preparing to administer the sacrament of last rites.
Months later, surgeons clipped a second aneurysm before it burst. Biden then took a seven-month leave from the Senate following the surgery. Describing the operation, he once said, “They literally had to take the top of my head off.”

Why is Biden enduring this public humiliation? To maintain the pretense that Democrats are still a party that cares about working-class voters, and that “moderate” liberalism is still viable, despite every evidence that the party has been completely taken over by the radical fringe Left.

Consider the latest New York Times exposé:

Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing increased scrutiny over his record on busing and racial issues, and this week old comments resurfaced in which he said, in 1977, that non-“orderly” racial integration policies would cause his children to “grow up in a racial jungle.”
The quote was originally discovered by University of Southern California Law School professor and scholar Daria Roithmayr and first reported by The New York Times, which published a lengthy story on Biden’s record on busing and school de-segregation on Monday morning.
In the quote, which appears to come from a congressional hearing related to anti-busing legislation, Biden emphasized wanting to “insure we do have orderly integration of society,” adding he was “not just talking about education but all of society.”
He then said: “Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point. We have got to make some move on this.”

Anyone old enough to remember the 1970s understands that, in opposing court-ordered school busing, Biden was taking a mainstream position supported by a solid majority of voters in both parties. In fact, many black parents opposed busing not only because of the inconvenience — having their children removed from neighborhood schools to be bused across town to majority-white schools — but also because of the insulting implication that black children couldn’t succeed academically without being in close proximity to white children. And everybody, black and white alike, could see that these busing plans, imposed on communities by federal judges, were creating racial conflict where none had previously existed. Growing up in Douglas County, Georgia, where schools were peacefully desegregated before I entered first grade in 1965, I was astonished to watch TV news coverage of the violent protests over busing up North in the 1970s. I clearly remember seeing school buses on fire in Pontiac, Michigan, and when busing was ordered in Bostongood God! Who could have imagined that Yankees in Massachusetts, who had spent the past 20 years lecturing Southerners about the evils of Jim Crow bigotry, were capable of such flagrant racial hatred?

The history of that era is being re-written by journalists too young to remember what actually happened and why, and I guarantee you that in all the coverage of Biden’s opposition to busing, no one in the media will point out the elitism and hypocrisy involved. One of the ugly little facts of the Boston busing drama, ignored by most media coverage but notorious among the protesters in South Boston, was the federal judge responsible for this nightmare lived in suburban Wellesley. In other words, while Irish Catholic working-class parents in South Boston were being forced to subject their children to this social-engineering scheme, the children of the judge who ordered it would be exempt from the consequences of his federal decree. This little fact was a microcosm of the whole controversy: Wealthy white liberals, who could afford to live in lily-white suburban enclaves or else send their kids to private schools, were using the children of poor whites as guinea pigs in these “desegregation” experiments.

Joe Biden actually deserves praise for his opposition to forced busing, and the fact that he’s being dragged through the mud by the New York Times tells you a lot about where the Democrats are heading.

Democrats will not nominate Biden in 2020. He currently leads the polls among Democrat primary voters (about 30% in the Real Clear Politics average) because of his name-recognition factor, but the 70% of primary voters who support other candidates will eventually coalesce behind one of his “progressive” rivals, and once Biden loses the aura of being the “inevitable” nominee, his support will collapse. It’s also entirely possible that Biden’s health problems will end his campaign long before the Iowa caucus next February. He is manifestly too old for the job, and unable to endure the ordeal of a presidential campaign. And the Democrats are never again going to nominate a white male candidate for president.



 

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