The ‘soul of America’ isn’t racist, as Biden now claims, but what about his own soul?

The ‘soul of America’ isn’t racist, as Biden now claims, but what about his own soul?
Joe Biden and Robert Byrd (Image: LU Staff via AP)

“President Joe Biden is already starting to push people too far with his constant refrains about how racist this country is,” writes Quin Hillyer at the Washington Examiner.

He was at again during his remarks Tuesday evening when he played the “systemic racism” card for perhaps the thousandth time since his inaugural speech promising “unity.”

But his continuous hammering away at what he calls the putrid “soul of America” also seems to run contrary to his own espoused views. These views were the substance of a CNN article published in March of 2019, a time when the Democrats understood the former vice president was an aging relic and wished him gone from the primary race.

central role in shaping and shepherding the tough-on-crime bill will likely face scrutiny in a Democratic primary should he run for president in 2020. His 1993 comments, which were in line with the broad political consensus to tackling crime at the time, are at odds with a new bipartisan coalition of activists and lawmakers.”

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That scrutiny of course never came, even though Biden’s words about “predators on our streets” remain preserved for posterity. In his 1993 proposal for what he called the “Biden crime bill,” he said, “They are beyond the pale, many of those people, beyond the pale. And it’s a sad commentary on society. We have no choice but to take them out of society.”

In the video of his entire remarks, which follows, Biden dolefully describes a “cadre of young people, tens of thousands of them, born out of wedlock, without parents, without supervision, without any structure, without any conscience developing because they literally … because they literally have not been socialized, they literally have not had an opportunity. We should focus on them now” because “if we don’t, they will, or a portion of them, will become the predators 15 years from now.”

The consensus is we must take back the streets. It doesn’t matter whether or not the person that is accosting your son or daughter or my son or daughter, my wife, your husband, my mother, your parents, it doesn’t matter whether or not they were deprived as a youth. It doesn’t matter whether or not they had no background that enabled them to become socialized into the fabric of society. It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re the victims of society. The end result is they’re about to knock my mother on the head with a lead pipe, shoot my sister, beat up my wife, take on my sons.

Biden was not the only Democrat at the time to speak of  “superpredators [with] no conscience and no empathy [who need to be brought] to heel”, as Hillary Clinton put it. But Biden was the only member of his party to eulogize KKK member and staunch segregationist Robert Byrd at his funeral.

Defenders of the now-president will argue that people can “evolve” on the issues, to borrow the term coined to characterize Barack Obama’s about-face on same-sex marriage when it was deemed politically expedient to do so.

But unlike Obama, who was a relatively young man at the time of his conversion, Biden is an older man — in many ways older than his years. To accept that he has undergone an epiphany that has moved him, even as his mind is failing, along the spectrum from a lifelong moderate to, as he now proudly boasts, “the most progressive president in history,” requires a Herculean suspension of disbelief.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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