In what has become a common occurrence Vice President Joe Biden has found himself in hot water. Biden recently gave a speech in which he declared murder, rape and other crimes would shoot through the roof if Republicans fail to back the American Jobs Act. Biden was asked later by a reporter point blank, “if the Republicans don’t pass this bill, then rape will continue to rise?” He responded with, “murder will continue to rise; rape will continue to rise; all crime will continue to rise!”
Not only was the claim offensive, it also was incorrect. The Washington Post awarded him four Pinocchio’s for his audacious claims. Factcheck.org also debunked his statement, probably giving it more credence than it really warranted.
But the real story isn’t the error prone Biden and his offhand remarks. The fact of the matter is the left happily uses this type of talk to the detriment of our country.
Joe Biden has referred to Republicans and Tea Party activists as “terrorists.” Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) made the same comparison while proclaiming Republicans were “blowing up the economy.”
Choice words, eh?
In July Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) claimed that conservatives like Michele Bachmann want women “to get back in the kitchen and to take her shows off and get pregnant.”
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has accused Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) of pursuing legislation that would “literally be a death trap for seniors,” and warned seniors “will not survive.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) once pondered that he didn’t know “how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
In August, Representative Andre Carson (D-IN) said Republicans and the Tea Party want to see him “hanging from a tree.”
A few weeks ago House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi launched a scathing attack of her own against Republicans, claiming that supporters of the Protect Life Act would “be voting to say that women can die on the floor.” The Act was simply meant to cut off federal funding for abortion or abortion coverage, making an executive order signed by President Obama permanent.
Speaking of the President, his record isn’t so hot either. On the campaign trail in 2008 he belittled his opposition by remarking, “it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
There is something seriously wrong when the leaders of the Democratic Party find this type of rhetoric acceptable. It’s especially hypocritical since Barack Obama promised to be a “post-partisan” president, leading the country away from vitriolic politics. Those claims ring pretty hollow now.
If the left wants to unite the country, then why do they spend so much time dividing us?