Who is Joe Biden?
The first and only vice presidential debate is tonight, October 11. In preparation, today I am going to tell you all that you need to know about Joe Biden. Paul Ryan was scrutinized (and praised!) yesterday.
Q: Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?
Biden: I think the liberty clause of the 14th Amendment offers a right to privacy. Now that’s one of the big debates that I have with my conservative scholar friends, that they say, you know, unless a right is enumerated–unless it’s actually uses the word “privacy” in the Constitution–then no such “constitutional right” exists. Well, I think people have an inherent right.
Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric , Oct 1, 2008
Joe Biden is known enough for his “gaffes” that there are full websites devoted just to his humorous quotes.
Which is why I started off this post with a not-so-funny quote (and I have to admit upfront, this was the most evil Biden quote I could find).
Biden saying that he believes that people have an “inherent right” to privacy is a dangerous notion. What if someone is a terrorist? Or an anarchist? Or a member of the tea party? Or a Ron Paul loving kook? (I know – they’re all the same thing, right?) Is their privacy protected as they scheme and plot to do evil?
Of course not. You have to realize that actions speak louder than words. To that end, I couldn’t find a single quote from Biden denouncing the NDAA, NSA warrantless wiretapping or CISPA, and that is all you really need to know about this “right to privacy” nonsense.
So far, so good.
So what is his stance on another supposedly “victimless” privacy issue: marijuana?
VP Joe Biden tells ABC, “There’s a difference between sending (someone) to jail for a few ounces and legalizing it. The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe it’s a gateway drug. I’ve spent a lot of my life as chairman of the Judiciary Committee dealing with this. I think it would be a mistake to legalize.”
This comment comes on the heels of Robertson’s statement: “I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing (is) costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons – they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.”
Source: CelebStoner.com Entertainment News , Dec 24, 2010
Actually “CelebStoner.com”, it is a good thing. I don’t even have to interpret this quote.
And regarding drugs, he practices what he preaches. Biden helped to create the position of drug czar and fought for tougher penalties for drug offenders, thereby keeping our children safe. He is helping pot junkies not kill themselves by keeping the prices high and putting people that want to harm themselves in jail.
So two for two, with one last issue to go…
Where Biden really shines is on national security, and specifically foreign policy.
Rumor has it that he has played a major role in crafting the successful foreign policy of the Obama administration (which Obama rightly continued and expanded upon the good start of the Bush administration).
Biden served as chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations between 2001 and 2003 and between 2007 and 2009. Due to this, he has more foreign policy knowledge than anyone else in the Obama inner circle. He has used his influence to push for more drones along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.
Drones keep us safe without putting our military in harm’s way. And as I’ve discussed before, Drones make for both good foreign policy and domestic policy as the majority of Americans approve of drone strikes.
As I see it, that’s three for three proving that Biden is not just some crazy VEEP cracking jokes left and right. He is a polished politician that really knows that America needs.
I look forward to hearing the debate tonight between these two amazing politicians.