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Joe Biden: A 'Good Guy' Without Principle or Backbone

June 13, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Joe Biden, the crazy uncle that many people try to hide in the
attic, so to speak, is a “good guy,” even if he
didn’t have enough backbone to defend his use of that phrase
to describe Vice President Mike Pence. When the left-wing mobs came
calling, Uncle Joe scurried for the exit.

Of course, the former senator already had run from his record in
the Anita Hill hearings, during which he apparently privately
acknowledged the inconsistencies of her story. Now, seeking the
Democratic presidential nomination in an era when truth and
consequences are of no account, he apologized for not arming the
anti-Clarence Thomas mob with pitchforks and torches.

His latest craven surrender is on abortion funding.

Uncle Joe’s principle strength is his longevity. He comes
from an era before the Democratic Party had turned into a left-wing
hothouse. The party always included a lot of big spenders, but on
culture and foreign policy many Democrats were to the right of many
Republicans. Across America’s heartland many Democrats
supported gun rights and opposed abortion.

In the short-term his
reversal on abortion might help insulate him from his opponents’
attacks. In the long-term it is likely to sap support from those
who no longer see anything that sets him apart from his younger,
brighter, tougher, and more vigorous opponents.

Indeed, the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public funding of
abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger and in
cases of rape and incest, was first passed in 1976 by a
Democratic House and Senate
. Democratic President Jimmy
Carter, elected in that year, defending the prohibition. Belief in
the eternal value of the human person was not limited to the
right.

In 1980 Democrats purported to be the party of diversity and
tolerance when they attacked the Reagan campaign for creating an
abortion “litmus test” for judicial nominees. To be
sure, most Dems backed the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, but
they said they would never, ever impose that belief on judicial
nominees.

By the late 1980s and 1990s fealty to the principle of unlimited
abortion was becoming a requirement for Democratic presidential
nominees — which was a problem because so many leading
Democrats had unclean hands, from the Left’s perspective. As
a result, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore, and Bill Clinton all tossed
aside measured records on the issue in their campaign for the top
political prize. Still, the latter felt the need to claim he wanted
the procedure to be “rare” as well as safe and legal.
Scores of congressional Democrats continued to vote pro-life.

However, over the years the two parties increasingly divided
along abortion. Ironically, as the …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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