It comes as no surprise to Americans when a politician is implicated in telling lies. That in itself is troubling. It also may be the reason that polls of Americans continuously show favorability ratings of members of Congress hover close to single digits. Why would that fact not prompt Congress to ask questions to find out why this has happened and then take corrective steps to change it? So why don’t they? As a whole, they don’t care!
Why Don’t They Care?
That alone should shock politicians and cause them to act. But because they don’t care there’s no reason for them to act. One would think that their bosses would kick them out of office at the polling booth. But they don’t because they make the rules and operate as members of Congress in total disregard of how their actions impact Americans. They control their own pay, their benefits, their work schedules, vacations, etc. When an employee (and they are employees “of the People”) controls their own compensation and can vote themselves pay raises and benefits, why should they even care what their bosses think?
Don’t get me wrong, there are many who DO care. But it seems when members of Congress are invited to take a spot in leadership, their concern for their bosses diminishes greatly. They can then virtually ignore what they choose to ignore. Their bosses become the Congressional leadership above them and no one else.
We’re seeing this culture of dumbing-down the truth and ignoring responsibility as it plays out at the next level. Former Vice President Joe Biden who served a long time in the U.S. Senate and was in leadership then is now front-and-center in a scandal of presidential candidate proportions. He has simply been outed for his untruths. It’s not the first time. Mr. Biden has been a presidential candidate before. He previously left the campaign trail when he was caught in lies.
During the 1988 Presidential election, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden was accused of mimicking a speech that British Labour Party Neil Kinnock delivered just four months prior.
Kinnock’s speech included the following lines:
Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? [Pointing to his wife in the audience:] Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?
While Biden said:
I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? [Pointing to his wife in the audience:] Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?
The vice president was forced to withdraw from the presidential race after Maureen Dowd of the New York Times exposed his plagiarized speech. Allegations followed that Biden lifted parts of other speeches from Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, and JFK.
Many said then and say today, “What he did was not tell lies. He simply embellished the truth.” This is where many today in Washington are living regarding what they say and do. They have found ways to reconcile telling lies as being “their” Truth and not necessarily “the” Truth.
Let’s be transparent there: there is no such thing as “my” Truth and “your” Truth. Truth is absolute with no footnotes necessary for explanations.
The very latest in Washington is “Ukraine-Gate.” We’ve reported on it extensively. It’s worth mentioning today simply because the Democrats have chosen to use “Ukraine-Gate” as the final straw in the determination of whether or not it is appropriate and timely to impeach President Trump. “Ukraine-Gate” is simply another chapter in the Collusion Illusion created by Democrats. First, it was collusion with Russia. Now it’s collusion with Ukraine.
The fact that Ukraine is part of Democrats’ impeachment arsenal forced Joe Biden back into the discussion. So is his credibility and truthfulness — or lack of. Biden was Instrumental as a player in a major deal involving a Ukrainian oligarch, the former Ukraine President, and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son. And there’s a bunch of money involved. Implications are presidential candidate Biden forced Ukraine to discontinue an investigation of the Ukrainian company that Hunter Biden was involved with as a board member. This happened during the Obama Administration.
When the allegations of the V.P.’s wrongdoing appeared, he was questioned extensively by reporters about his involvement. Biden has insisted he is innocent. But, in Iowa campaigning recently, Biden was asked what part he took in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating corruption in the company Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. The former V.P. responded:
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden said. “Here’s what I know. Trump should be investigated.”
“You should be looking at Trump,” Biden told reporters in Des Moines shortly after arriving at the Polk County Steak Fry, an annual Democratic fundraiser. “He’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. And he’s using an abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to smear me … Ask the right questions.”
Where’s the beef with that? The problem is that yesterday, a picture was discovered that counters Joe Biden’s comments on the campaign trail while in Iowa:
In this 2014 photo, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, are seen golfing with Ukraine gas company executive, Devon Archer, in the Hamptons. At the time, Archer and Hunter served on the board of Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings. The photo emerged just a week after it was revealed that President Donald Trump prodded Ukraine’s president to help him investigate Biden.
Who can honestly claim that Joe Biden — a masterful communicator and negotiator for many years in Congress — would NOT in this setting discuss business dealings with Devon Archer, Burisma Holdings partner, and Hunter Biden while together for four or five hours for a friendly round of golf? President Trump has proven since the beginning of his presidency that playing golf for political purposes with political people is a great place to negotiate! In fact, Mr. Trump has been scorched in the media for playing too much golf.
Is that picture proof that Joe Biden lied on the campaign trail? Honestly, the only people that can possibly truthfully answer that question were the members of the foursome pictured together. That could prompt a really difficult conundrum that politicians use again and again to justify wrongdoing: “Yes, I was with them. But all we discussed was Tiger Wood’s come back for four hours.” No one can actually counter that factually but those four. But isn’t that the same as seeing a rattlesnake on the ground next to a friend that was bitten by a snake a few moments ago and when the friend says, “That rattlesnake just bit me!” your saying, “I don’t know about that. I didn’t see him bite you!”
Saying that is preposterous. And Joe Biden’s wailing away in the media about there being no wrongdoing on his part and for the press to go after Donald Trump is shocking. Why? Because Joe Biden is sharper than that! He’s a 30-year member of Congress. He knows how to manipulate the Press. And, he has every day in Congress and as Vice President has simply followed the Washington D.C. Democrat process of handling the dissemination of the press: put out en masse the positions of the Party on all applicable matters for them to distribute. Biden’s too smart to think that Americans are buying the golf thing for just golf. And Americans certainly are sharp enough to laugh at his statement that he has never spoken to Hunter about his overseas work ventures.
Let’s cut to the chase: What topic was most likely at this golf outing? The things that are beneficial to all. And if a board member of a Ukraine gas company which Biden saved from a corruption investigation is “What’s in it for me?” Don’t shake your head! It’s Washington D.C. — that’s normal.
What we say in Louisiana — as unsophisticated as we are down here — is “When it quacks and waddles it’s almost always a duck!” In this case, Mr. Biden, for reasonable people it is safe to say, ya’ll are waddling and quacking in that picture.
The only question: “Who bought lunch?”