|Written by Chris Floyd|
|Thursday, 28 August 2008|
| I’ve been away for seven days, without access to email or the internet, in a country where I couldn’t speak the language, in a place with no newspapers in English anywhere to be found. It was a blissful detoxification from the media echo chamber — and from the even more deadly poisons of politics and power that the chamber so confusingly and cacophonously presents.
Only once, briefly, did I find myself in a room where CNN was blaring on a tiny television set. As it happened, it was the exact moment when Joe Biden was being anointed as Barack Obama’s running mate. It was a live feed: Biden was at the podium, giving a strangely stilted speech in a fake Southern accent. (Perhaps he was trying to channel Bill Clinton — or maybe Sam Nunn.) Although wearing a tie, he was coatless, with shirtsleeves rolled up, in that classic pose of political hackery: a man ready to “go to work for the American people.” (Obama, looking on rather distractedly from the side, was dressed in the same way).
I’ll admit that I was somewhat surprised that Biden was the pick. Even before my exit from the echo chamber, I had been studiously ignoring the fevered speculations and fine-toothed combing that attended every burp and belch from the Obama camp leading up to the great announcement. It was obvious that Obama would continue his Dukakis-come-lately strategy and pick some safe, white pair of man-hands covered in Beltway hoar. And I had noted that he had dispatched Biden to Georgia during the late unpleasantness there. (To do what exactly was unclear, unless it was to assure Mikhail Saakashvili that the flow of arms from America’s war-profiteers would keep flowing under an Obama administration, despite Misha’s bone-headed brutality in launching a sneak attack on South Ossetia.) But still, in the few nano-seconds that I thought about it, I assumed that Obama was just using Biden to build up some foreign policy cred with the media-think tank crowd — the only people stupid enough to believe that Joe Biden is some kind of foreign policy expert.
Yet there he was, Old Joe Biden, hawing and barking behind the rostrum, just one step away from being one heartbeat away from being the President of the United States. The only thing I could think to say was what my daddy always used to say when confronted with a confounding event: “If that don’t beat a hen layin’ in a wool basket.” I had many other, better things to be getting on with at that moment, so I let Biden’s outpouring of clichés — clunkers so worn down with over-use that they hardly qualified as actual communication — slide away without much notice…until he began to tell about his own background. Then my gorge began to rise.
Biden talked of a roughhewn upbringing among honest, hard-pressed working folk. Yes, this prince of the Senate — 36 years of feeding at the public trough, of being wined and dined and coddled and bankrolled by some of the most powerful interests in the land — dared hold himself out as a champion of the common people. This would be the same Joe Biden who spent year after year relentlessly pushing the creation of what I once called “the nuclear bomb of class warfare”: the Bankruptcy Bill, which put a stranglehold on millions of Americans — the weakest, the poorest, the sickest, the unlucky, the ripped-off, the young couples just starting out, the old people trying to hang on. Biden poured filth on them, he joined his campaign paymasters — the hoggish credit-card conglomerates — and his ideological soul-mates on the Republican side to drop this bomb on the hard-pressed working folk he was now claiming to roll up his shirt sleeves and go to work for. He was turned back many times (I first wrote about the bill back in 2002), but at last he locked arms with George W. Bush — his partner in “financial services industry” grease — got the bill passed in 2005.
Arianna Huffington described Biden’s bomb succinctly at the time, in a post quoted this week by Jackson Williams:
So what does the bill do? It makes it harder for average people to file for bankruptcy protection; it makes it easier for landlords to evict a bankrupt tenant; it endangers child-support payments by giving a wider array of creditors a shot at post-bankruptcy income; it allows millionaires to shield an unlimited amount of equity in homes and asset-protection trusts; it makes it more difficult for small businesses to reorganize while opening new loopholes for the Enrons of the world; it allows creditors to provide misleading information; and it does nothing to rein in lending abuses….
It turns out the average annual income of Americans who file bankruptcy is less than $30K, not the loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires gigging the system that we all heard about when this bill was debated. Also, the vast majority of people who file bankruptcy don’t do so to strategically hang on to their mansion on the hill, but because of medical bills, a job layoff, or both. Real people, real lives.
In most cases, the existing laws do wipe away some debts, particularly unsecured debt. But it leaves many others on the books, while destroying the debtor’s credit rating for years to come, closing the door on dreams of buying a car or house, or engaging in any of the innumerable transactions that now require ID and surety in the form of — what else? — a credit card. It’s no “easy out;” it’s a hard step, a desperate measure, fraught with lingering doubts, agonizing decisions, and irrevocable consequences no matter what you choose–much like abortion, in fact.
Nothing demonstrates the reality of Barack Obama’s candidacy than his pick of Joe Biden as his running mate:
Joe Biden eagerly voted for the liberty-stripping Patriot Act; indeed, he claims to be its guiding inspiration.
Joe Biden is eager to prosecute the Terror War, which has already laid waste to three countries (yes, three; just because Obama, Biden, Bush and McCain never mention Somalia doesn’t mean that ravaged, unlucky land is not part and parcel of their beloved WOT) and killed more than a million innocent people. Let that last fact sink in for a minute. Let that blood wash over your hands as you sit back with a cold brewski to watch the political conventions and debate fine points of presentation and handicap the “horse race.” Mountains of the dead, vast pits of the dead, row upon row of the dead, just like the film clips you’ve seen of the Holocaust, all in the name of the berserker rage — and the cooly calculated profits and power-games — of the ‘War on Terror’ that both Biden and Obama want to wage in a “better” way than Bush has done.
(And now the UN informs us of 90 more innocents blasted to pieces in Afghanistan — where Obama, like McCain, has promised to expand the Terror War, with 10,000 or more extra troops, and more bombs, more missiles, more attacks into the nuclear powder keg of Pakistan.)
And, as noted above, Joe Biden stood shoulder to shoulder with class warlords like Bush and Cheney to punish and ravage and drive down working people and the poor, on behalf of the rich and powerful.
Sometimes after I write critically of Obama and the Democrats, people ask me: “Well, what are we supposed to do? He’s not perfect, they’re not perfect, but don’t you think McCain would be worse?”
As it happens, I do think McCain would be “worse” — but only marginally so, for reasons I’ve laid out before. But what does that matter? These are the wrong questions for a nation swimming, sinking, drowning in the innocent blood shed by its bipartisan war machine. These are the wrong questions for a nation whose politics have become — literally, with no metaphor or exaggeration — insane, mired in violence, delusion and self-destruction. Whatever happens, whoever wins, there will be more war, more needless death, more mass murder in the name of America. Whoever wins, there will be more state-assisted assaults on working people and the poor. There will be more coddling of the rich, more servicing of the powerful, more injustice, more inequality.
The country is broke — the bipartisan elite have looted it. The infrastructure is rotting; communities are dying; the quality of life is deteriorating for millions of people; the socioeconomic system, based on cheap gas and the consumption of a vastly disproportionate amount of the world’s resources, is unsustainable — but the bipartisan elite won’t fix these problems. They won’t even address them. They are too busy expanding the frontiers of empire, pushing for new adventures in Pakistan, in Georgia, in Iran, pushing for more war, more bases, more missile sites, more troops. Yes, McCain might push a little bit harder and a little bit faster, or in different directions — but the self-destructive, mass-murdering push will go on. Listen to what Obama is actually saying, listen to what Biden is actually saying, look at their records, look at their coterie of advisors. There is nothing but blood and suffering as far as the eye can see.
And the choice of Joe Biden as a running mate only confirms this grim fate, which, it is now clear, we must bear out even to the edge of doom — if not beyond.
*NOTE: For much more on the Biden pick, and in a deeper, richer vein, see Arthur Silber’s remarkable series here.
Joe Biden is literally a Socialist nightmare hell bent
on United Nations Global Government.
If you go ** HERE ** and search his legislation from just the past 2 years
you can see how determined he is to implement the UN plan for the massive redistribution
of our wealth called on by The Millenium Develpment Goals..
for the International cause and the Global common good.
Just an example of his work many years ago..I have yet to
find a copy of, as it's 16 yrs old, but it was a well know publication at the time.
(As hokie as this sounds..yes..it was the actual title of his article as as was published back in 1992.)
"How I Learned To Love The New World Order" - by Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
The Wall Street Journal (April 1992)
..and below is a write up on his speech given at The University Of Delaware
during United Nations Week..that I had saved awhile back clearly
explaining what exactly his (UN) goals WERE ..and what direction he's been taking
ever since to accomplish those goals. It is quite obvious where his priorities
lie, and to whom. NOT the United States of America that's for sure.
As you read his agenda for The United States to totally reform other country's
BY FORCE, for the purpose to, and I quote ..
"buttress stable democracy in the former Soviet empire"
and "champion the cause of democracy in China."
"foster the conditions and institutions necessary for a
free economy and a free body politic"
..try and remember that this is a person who, along with OBAMA has NO
INTENTION whatsoever to secure our borders..and will be aggressively
working to reward millions of Criminal illegal aliens an AMNESTY, with
even more fringe benefits. Its a done deal. The commitments and promises have been
made. AS WELL AS.. encouraging the arrival of millions more..waving
them on through after they totally do away with what borders we had
left..leaving citizens even more defenseless against the countless
terror attacks and violent crime they commit against Americans and
Yes..think real hard about that as you read over the PRIORITY ONE PLAN
FUNDED BY YOU to ensure the safety and well being of EVERYONE ELSE IN
THE WORLD.. while you are nothing more than a SITTING DUCK FOR VIOLENT
CRIMINALS, pouring over the border , who HATE YOU and HATE THIS
COUNTRY, that will rape and kill you and your children without a second
thought. I KNOW THIS AS FACT.
Well Obama worshippers here is your much anticipated change..
"On the Threshold of the New World Order"
UpDate - Vol. 12, No. 9, Page 1
October 29, 1992
Sen. Biden returns to campus during United Nations week
U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), a member of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee since 1972, said last Thursday he did not
understand the importance of collective security for the nations of
the world until he graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965.
In a speech celebrating United Nations Week, Biden said professor
emeritus Leroy Bennett * and other political science professors who
taught him were wise to espouse the value of the United Nations as a
valuable peacekeeping tool.
International organizations :
principles and issues by A. LeRoy Bennett
Plain talk about United Nation goals
(Michigan. State University of Agriculture and Applied Science,
East Lansing. Bureau of Social and Political
Research. Citizenship education series)
by A. LeRoy Bennett ( - 1954)
Meeting with world leaders, Biden said he has "on more than one
occasion, been brought back in my mind to classes I took with Dr.
Bennett," a man Biden called "well ahead of his time."
In his speech in Clayton Hall,
"On the Threshold of the New World
Order: A Rebirth for the United Nations,"
Biden said the ...
"World's leaders must adopt a new understanding of security."
"Collective security today must encompass not only the security of nations," he
said, "but also mankind's security in a global environment that has
proven vulnerable to debilitating changes wrought by man's own
"Thus, in setting an American agenda for a New World Order, we
must begin with a profound alteration in traditional thought," he
Speaking to about 150 faculty and students, Biden said the United
States should "buttress stable democracy in the former Soviet empire"
and "champion the cause of democracy in China."
Biden criticized President George Bush's Soviet policies, saying
the "administration, if not absent, has been little more than an
The senator said the United States should deliver more
"educational and professional" assistance to the countries of the
former Soviet Union. The goal, he said, must be to "foster the
conditions and institutions necessary for a free economy and a free
body politic to thrive."
Very little money would be needed from the American government to
make great strides toward assisting in the privatization of the former
Soviet Union, Biden said.
This is an outright LIE that I anticipate will be repeatedly
force-fed to American's until they actually believe it.
Is the huge amount of money that will be needed to fund
these operations .. just going to happen to fall from the sky?!!
Together with other nations, the United States could help
stabilize the currencies now used in the independent Soviet countries,
he said. Other efforts could be aimed at establishing legal codes for
business practice, taxation and property ownership, he said.
THIS IS A COMPLETE TAKEOVER AT ALL LEVELS.
Biden said the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War
also give the United States an opportunity to slash the number of
nuclear weapons now available. He said the START treaty ratified by
the Senate early in October limits Russia and the United States to
possessing no more than 9,000 nuclear warheads each, but said "more
dramatic progress" could be made to reduce the nuclear threat.
"We should seek a steady, mutual draw-down to a ceiling of no
more than 500 warheads (per side)," he said.
Representatives of the United Nations should be used to monitor
the dismantling of the weapons, he said. "We should cut the Gordian
knot of difficult dismantlement by acting immediately to sequester all
warheads to be eliminated," he suggested.
Biden also advocated a global ban on the production of
weapons-grade missile material and a comprehensive test ban treaty for
all countries with nuclear capabilities. He said the United States and
other countries should commit military forces to exclusive use by the
United Nations' Security Council, which would enforce nuclear
DOUBLESPEAK..and more DOUBLESPEAK.
Since the United States is a permanent member of the council,
with the power to veto multinational military action, Biden said there
is no risk of having Americans troops drawn into conflicts the
government does not wish to join..
Biden stressed that, if nuclear containment efforts fail, the
United States "must be able to use force to stop rogue nations like
North Korea" from collecting additional weapons of mass destruction.
The "New World Order" also should include a new role for NATO, he
"NATO should abandon its anachronistic posture-the defense of
allied territory against direct attack-to make a great leap forward
and adopt peace-keeping outside NATO territory as a formal alliance
mission," he said.
Biden also attacked Bush's handling of human rights' violations
in China, as well as his environmental record.
"The president has opposed every congressional effort to impose
serious sanctions or even link trade to more reasonable Chinese
policies on human rights and the sale of dangerously destabilizing
arms," he said.
"No one can expect that trade sanctions against Beijing would
yield a sudden transformation of that regime. But American foreign
policy should leave no doubt-and the Bush administration has left much
doubt- that the United States stands squarely on the side of China's
brave and aspiring democrats-to whom power will ultimately flow."
Of President Bush's refusal to sign treaties at the United
Nations' Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Biden said,
"Our blunder was both tactical and strategic."
"For the United States, it should become a paramount priority to
promote American environmental technologies and services around the
world," he said.
"We do not, despite what the president or anyone else
may say, have to choose between jobs and the environment."
In a question-and-answer period following the speech, one
audience member drew applause for suggesting that Biden would make a
good secretary of state if Bill Clinton wins the presidential
election. Biden said he was flattered but did not think he would
receive such an appointment.
– Stephen Steenkamer –
Source: USA Forever
Joe Biden Coined The Term “Drug Czar”, Wrote Laws Banning Drug Paraphenilia
It turns out that Obama’s new running mate is one of the leading crusaders in the war on drugs. Which isn’t something that’s likely to sit well with Obama’s base of young, college-aged supporters.
Earlier this week, in an interview with the Washington Post, Tommy Chong was asked what the average citizen can do to further the cause of decriminalization. “Check out the people you’re voting for,” Chong replied. “For instance, Joseph Biden comes off as a liberal Democrat, but he’s the one who authored the bill that put me in jail. He wrote the law against shipping drug paraphernalia through the mail – which could be anything from a pipe to a clip or cigarette papers.”
Barack Obama’s V.P. selection Sen. Joe Biden also spnsored the Rave Act, which targets music events where drug use is allegedly prevalent.
About medical marijauna, Biden has said: “We have not devoted nearly enough science or time to deal with the pain management and chronic pain management that exists. There’s got to be a better answer than marijuana.”
Biden coined the term “drug czar” and has championed the Office for National Drug Control Policy.
If there’s anything in this country that needs the vaguely-invoked “change” Obama is always on about it’s the war on drugs (it costs us a hell of a lot more than Iraq does annually). America suffers from one of the highest per-capita incarceration rates in the world (yes, we’re worse than China) and a majority of those incarcerations are tied to drug arrests. We spend billions upon billions on fighting the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs, and to what end? Drug use, particularly marijuana use, isn’t declining.
Meanwhile, politicians like Biden keep upping the ante in the “war on drugs.” They come up with harsher punishments to inflate our already too-large prison populations, and new ways to invade our privacy and curtail our freedoms for the sake of making even more arrests.
Given that, is this really the guy Barack “Hope & Change” Obama wants on his ticket?
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Biden is an assh*ole. Oviously Obama choosing this pri*k shows a tremendous lack of confidence.
Joe Biden’s Complete Voting Record
Added: August 22, 2008
August 23, 2008
Biden: “I Am a Zionist”
Posted by Lew Rockwell at August 23, 2008 11:58 AM
Obama’s VP pick gives his views on Shalom TV about Israel and the US as allies, why he is a Zionist, leniency for Jonathan Pollard, and why Israel had nothing to do with the US war on Iraq.