Barack Obama picked Joe Biden to be his running mate to balance the ticket.
Balance? What balance?
One is young, the other old. One is brown, the other white. Take away the obvious external differences and what you have underneath these two handsome exteriors are political clones.What is missing in Obama is still missing in Biden – real world experience! Between them they have less than a half dozen years of actual work under their belts, barely a teaspoon in the receipt of life.
Both earned law degrees, but went into politics when they, charitably, could be termed “junior” attorneys. Had they been pilots, they would not have been on the job long enough to have attained the rank of first officer, let alone captain.
Take politics out of their resumes and neither would be qualified to run a company, much less a state or a country.
Both were fast-tracked to Washington as a result of incredibly good timing, which explains why both men have lost touch with reality and have a grossly inflated sense of self-worth.
In 2005, Obama, after his ascension to the U.S. Senate, had the audacity to compare himself to Lincoln, while his political surrogates routinely invoke the names of JFK, Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King.
Biden is best known for his diatribes in committee hearings where he tends to drone on instead of asking questions of the people he has “invited” to testify.
Both men are great speech makers but get into trouble when they depart from their prepared remarks. Obama is often tongue-tied and has difficulty making a point or connecting rational thoughts. Biden sense of self-worth is so great that he has felt free to claim the work of others.
Yes, Biden has chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and he is the current chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. Both are powerful positions. However, they were not attained by merit but on the basis of seniority, so it’s no big deal! (Biden is the 6th longest serving senator in the current crop.) The U.S. Senate is the epitome of the old boy network or, more correctly, the old men network.
Biden is regarded as the Democrat’s leading foreign policy “expert,” which should show you how little the Dems know or understand what goes on beyond the water’s edge.
To dispel the myth that Biden is the fount of all foreign policy knowledge, I offer the words he delivered on December 26, 2006:
I want to make it clear that I totally oppose the surging of additional American troops into Baghdad . . . I think it is contrary to the overwhelming body of informed opinion . . . A surge of up to 30,000 American troops cannot have any positive effect.
If further evidence is needed, I offer his championing of the Law of the Sea treaty, which would give the U.N. control of 70 percent of the earth’s surface. Under LOST, before the U.S. Navy could maneuver on the high seas, it would have to run a gauntlet of U.N. panels and would be subject to rulings and discipline by U.N. tribunals and judges. Also, for the very first time, LOST would give the U.N. the power to tax.
Biden’s other claim to fame is the “borking” of the Supreme Court nomination one of the most brilliant constitutional law experts ever to sit on the bench. His crowing legislative achievement (Obama doesn’t have one) was the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, a legal boondoggle if ever there was one. Crime is a local problem, and federal programs that mandate “gender sensitivity training” for judges and extend federal civil rights protection for crimes “motivated by gender” only make matters worse.
To be sure, McCain’s work experience, outside politics and his honorable military service, is pretty thin. He worked for his father-in-law for four years. That was it! Let’s hope he comes up with someone who knows how to run a business and how government policies, more often than not, undermine the free market system.
Our founding fathers believed in a limited federal government. Our elected representatives were to come to Washington every now and then, handle a few items and go home to their real jobs. They simply couldn’t imagine that our representatives would live off the taxpayers and we would be dumb enough to allow them to keep those jobs for life.
The Constitution, sets basic qualifications for legislators such as age. We need to amend that to include real work experience. The idea that someone could come to Washington and govern without it should be unthinkable.
If Obama and Biden are elected, Heaven help us!