WASHINGTON, August 21, 2012 – We had two rules in our 50’s era house growing up: No yelling, and do not call your sister a pig.
Back then, before f-bombs spilled out of the mouths of school children and Vice Presidents, calling my sibling, or anyone else, a pig meant severe punishment.
So here we are in 2012, and the Vice President of the United States is calling his political opponents “squealing pigs.”
Joe Biden has exhibited his true colors. And I wonder if anyone is really noticing.
The congenial senator from Delaware has fallen prey to Chicago-style politics. Gone is the loving husband and father who grieved openly for his wife and daughter, and who had us grieving with him. An elitist liberal attack dog has replaced him, a ferocious beast tugging at the leash to slash and burn any sense of decency that might be left in the election process.
He is stomping on that common denominator found in a fair contest, forcing it as low as it will go, and no one is protected from his guile. Behind that broad smile lies a raptor waiting to strike.
Biden’s ugly rhetoric has taken him from the nice to the nasty column with comments that not only insult, but harm.
He insulted Indian Americans, saying “You cannot go to a Seven-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” (C-SPAN, June, 2006 )
We all thought his adopting a “Southern Massa” accent and saying that Romney wants to put “y’All back in chains” was about as far down as he could stoop.
Speaking before a largely black audience in Danville, Va., Biden declared, “Look at what they [Republicans] value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
It just had to be.
Now he manages to denigrate and insult everyone — white, black, Hispanic, Asians, men and women, anyone who is critical to Obama administration policies — calling all those of us who oppose him “squealing pigs.”
That comment was made before a downtown Minneapolis gathering where Biden said, a “Democratic-led Congress had approved a law reining in the Wall Street excesses that contributed to the nation’s economic collapse four years ago.
“The Dodd-Frank law, which toughened financial-industry regulations after the 2008 meltdown, was approved despite strong objections from Republicans, including Romney.”
But that was not enough. The vice president continued: ‘‘Over the objections — where they sound like squealing pigs — over the objections of Romney and all of his allies, we passed some of the toughest Wall Street regulations in history.”
The Obama campaign has complained that every controversial comment, from “you didn’t build that” to “put y’all back in chains,” has been taken out of context, but the context here is clearly that Biden just called the presumptive Republican nominees for president and vice president, as well as myself and everyone else who stands as a conservative, “squealing pigs.”
I was raised to believe that the president and vice president were there, regardless of policy, to provide certain protections to the people of the United States. That once elected, the “I am a Democrat” or “I am a Republican” is replaced with “I am the President.”
I naively believed that the White House occupants would ultimately make the best decisions they could, even if I did not agree with them. As each president and vice president came and went over the last five plus decades, I saw history validate that belief.
My memories of presidents go back to the end of the Kennedy era, and I remember President Kennedy’s assassination and Vice President Johnson taking his place, the photos of Mrs. Kennedy in her blood stained pink suit, and the fears we all had in a world gone mad with Vietnam and Civil Rights violence and the subsequent assassinations of both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.
President Johnson inherited a tough White House, and while he has had his detractors, history has, in hindsight, treated him kindly. Even President Nixon, who was so hated during Watergate, is remembered with respect for his prowess at foreign affairs and diplomacy.
Gerald Ford was, even though the press would have had you believe otherwise, a smart man. Even a critical press recognized his decency; he was defeated by Jimmy Carter, whose legacy reflects the same fundamental sense of decency.
The presidents who followed them were treated with increasing levels of hostility, and all made mistakes, some grievous, but never did they descend to the level of calling their opponents “squealing pigs.” Do you remember Kennedy addressing the nation following the Bay of Pigs? He said:
“There’s an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan … What matters is only one fact, I am the responsible officer of the government.” (April 21, 1961 State Department press conference)
Today I have two fears for my country. One is that Barack Obama will be reelected, and the second is that he will be reelected and, God forbid, that Joe Biden would be in a position to step into the Oval Office.
While I will respect the office of the President and the Vice President for as long as I live, I cannot respect the men who occupy it at this time.
My mother taught us to never, ever call anyone a pig. I can only imagine what she would say if I called one of my sister’s a “squealing pig.”
I am sure that punishment would include a whole bunch of chores and being sent to my room grounded, usually with a schoolbook for company and an essay to write.
I wonder if we can send Joe Biden to his room, maybe with a copy of the Constitution. He needs to learn his place in government.
He does not speak for me, nor does he represent me. My momma taught me better. (This is not intended to disrespect pigs; personally I think they are pretty darn cute)
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