In a recent interview with Newsweek magazine, our nation’s vice president made what many might consider the most ridiculous and factually questionable comment in a career of real doozies:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
— Vice President Joe Biden [emphasis added]
I’ve seen all sorts of indignant reactions to Joe’s statement in the conservative blogosphere. Some have remarked that Joe should explain to the family members of all the soldiers killed in Afghanistan how the radicals we’ve been fighting for 10 years aren’t our enemy per se. Others have simply laughed and pointed fingers at “Crazy Joe,” using this as yet another opportunity to joke about the intellectual bankruptcy of the American Left.
While I’m not going to make a “leave Britney alone” video, I’d just like to ask others on the Right to stop, take a deep breath, and remember exactly who and what Joe Biden is.
Remember, folks, this is the guy who recently gave a speech about a “three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S.” This is the guy who gave a wide-eyed commentary about FDR going on television when the stock market crashed and explaining the economic situation to the American people–even though FDR wasn’t president in 1929 and almost nobody had TV sets back then. This is the guy who couldn’t come up with the right “web site number” on live television. This is the man who referred to his own running mate as “Barack America” during the 2008 presidential campaign. He’s also the person who said, “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.” He has famously (and publicly) mourned living people and asked a wheelchair-bound state senator to “Stand up.”
It’s a sad truth, but Joe Biden is an “intellectually disabled” American. We used to call people like Biden “idiots” or “morons,” but now we just call them “special.” It’s impossible to know whether his condition is congenital or whether it happened because of some injury or perhaps a tumor or stroke later in life. It’s entirely possible that a lifetime of exposure to leftist philosophy has left our poor VP barely able to tie his own shoes. But honestly, that doesn’t mean we should take advantage of each and every one of his precious little gaffes in order to poke fun and make political hay.
If anyone is to blame, it’s probably Barack Obama. This is a man who is already noted for making fun of the disabled. Obama is also the person who chose this barely functional person as his vice president. He is, after all, using a person with provable mental retardation as a “human shield.”
Back when Obama was running for office, he made the calculated political decision to use the simpleton from Delaware as the only thing standing in the way of “Madame President Pelosi”–if anything unfortunate were to happen to him. Sure, the campaign used the wink-wink explanation of Biden’s “foreign policy credentials” as its public reason for picking as a running mate a man who is so intellectually inadequate that he has notably resorted to plagiarism and lying about his academic accomplishments in order to compete with the “big boys.” But everyone knew what was really going on.
While I’m a full advocate of heaping scorn and derision upon people who deserve it, Joe Biden isn’t one of these people. Instead, let’s pat him on the head with a hearty “Great job, Joe!”–like they do in the Special Olympics. Let’s give him a medal, like the kind they gave to Obama in Oslo, and rally behind our mentally retarded vice president instead of making fun of him in this way.
After all, he’s Joe Biden. He just can’t help it.