“When a wise man argues with a foolish man, the fool only gets angry or laughs, and there is no peace and quiet.”—Proverbs 29:9
“If the Catholic Church agreed with you, why do they keep suing you?”—-Paul Ryan to Joe Biden
“Who would have thought that the adult in tonight’s debate was 27 years younger than his competitor?”—Karl Rove
Patriots who simply read the debate transcript might think that Obama’s hapless gaffe-prone Vice President managed to hold his own. It was much better than his master, who was trounced by Romney on both style and substance.
But those actually watching might have had a different view. They saw Biden demeaning his important office by his ridiculous condescension, Cheshire cat grin, outrageous pantomime, and laughing like a hyena. It was unclear as to what was so funny about an ambassador being butchered, Iran getting nukes, record debt, high unemployment throughout his term, and greed for still more of our tax money. The pundits of different political persuasions were not impressed either. Biden also rudely interrupted Ryan 82 times. By contrast, Ryan was respectful, substantive, and reasonable. As Karl Rove said, “Who would have thought that the adult in tonight’s debate was 27 years younger than his competitor?”
Biden was greatly aided by the biased moderator Martha Raddatz. Unbelievably, Obama is a personal friend of Raddatz, , and he attended her 1991 wedding. She interrupted Ryan 34 times, many times after only a few words in response, and sometimes even acted as Ryan’s opponent. She was probably thinking, “Uh oh, Ryan’s about to blow Hyena Joe out of the water while he’s busy cackling; better change the subject.” If you read the transcript, you will notice many places where Ryan’s speech is deemed “inaudible”—that’s where he was interrupted by the tag team.
Polls are inconclusive, with a CNN poll giving the lead to Ryan 48-44%. It’s certainly possible that in a few days, people will forget any good points Biden might have made, and focus on his manner. Remember Al Gore, whose exaggerated sighing in his debate with G.W. Bush offended many voters, as polls a few days later showed? If Biden lost support by his disrespectful manner, that’s his own fault.
However, it’s important to look at the actual things said as well as how they were said.
Libya and wars
Raddatz was off to a good start:
“I would like to begin with Libya. On a rather somber note, one month ago tonight, on the anniversary of 9/11, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi. The State Department has now made clear, there were no protesters there. It was a pre-planned assault by heavily armed men. Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure, Vice President Biden?”
Biden: “What is was, it was a tragedy, Martha. It— Chris Stevens was one of our best. We lost three other brave Americans.”
No, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was a “tragedy.” This attack was an atrocity and a so-far unpunished attack against American soil. The Obama administration has preferred to apologize for a silly film. Ryan told the truth:
“When you take a look at what has happened just in the last few weeks, they sent the U.N. ambassador out to say that this was because of a protest and a YouTube video. It took the president two weeks to acknowledge that this was a terrorist attack. He went to the U.N. and in his speech at the U.N. he said six times—he talked about the YouTube video.
“Look, if we’re hit by terrorists we’re going to call it for what it is, a terrorist attack. Our ambassador in Paris has a Marine detachment guarding him. Shouldn’t we have a Marine detachment guarding our ambassador in Benghazi, a place where we knew that there was an Al Qaida cell with arms?”
Indeed, having our embassies almost defenseless in known trouble spots was a disgrace. Even the moderator said, “And they wanted more security there.” Biden lied through his bleached teeth in response:
“Well, we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again.”
But the murdered ambassador Chris Stevens specifically asked that his Security Support Team, comprising 16 special ops soldiers, should stay beyond August. The head of this team, Lt. Col. Andy Wood, likewise wanted his men to stay. But the State Department pulled this team and other elite soldiers—34 in all—from the embassy. Wood commented that he felt “like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff.” But this pullout was in keeping with this administration’s Dhimmitudinous appeasement of Islamofascism and refusal to recognize the terrorist threats.
“And by the way, at the time, we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view.”
So Biden threw the intelligence committee under the bus. But apparently President Bush believing intelligence reports about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction—just as most Democrats believed—has become “Bush lied, people died”?
Then Biden complained about Republicans “voting to put two wars on a credit card” then claiming, “I voted against them. I said, no, we can’t afford that.” But Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001, and voted to go to war against Iraq. Like their debate coach John Kerry, Biden was for these wars before he was against them.
Taxes and spending
“Look, if you taxed every person and successful business making over $250,000 at 100 percent, it would only run the government for 98 days. If everybody who paid income taxes last year, including successful small businesses, doubled their income taxes this year, we’d still have a $300 billion deficit. You see? There aren’t enough rich people and small businesses to tax to pay for all their spending. …
“The average tax rate on businesses in the industrialized world is 25 percent, and the president wants the top effective tax rate on successful small businesses to go above 40 percent.
“Two-thirds of our jobs come from small businesses. This one tax would actually tax about 53 percent of small-business income. It’s expected to cost us 710,000 jobs. And you know what? It doesn’t even pay for 10 percent of their proposed deficit spending increases.”
But even after all those specifics, the Biden/Raddatz tag team resorted to the “no specifics” mantra.
Both of the debaters profess to be Catholic, so one would think that they would be pro-life. Indeed, Ryan affirmed his pro-life view, not just because of his faith, but because of science. After observing an ultrasound of his unborn baby at only seven weeks gestation and seeing the heartbeat, he affirmed, “I believe that life begins at conception.”
Then Biden replied, “Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the Congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that—women they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor.”
Here would have been a great chance for Ryan to blow this hypocrisy out of the water and shake the blinders off the eyes of many Dem-voting Catholics. That is, if it really is a human life from conception, then how is it just between the woman and her doctor? It’s like many Democrats of 160 years ago, fighting the new anti-slavery party called the Republicans, on the lines of: “Yes, I personally believe that slaves are real people with rights, but I won’t impose my view on slave-owners obeying the law.” But the Romney/Ryan ticket allows abortion for rape or incest, which is likewise hypocritical since the life in the womb is innocent of that crime.
Biden really is imposing his pro-abort view, not only on the unborn, but also on the church and tax payers. As Desiree Belsom of Laurens County (SC) Tea Party quipped, “Apparently Biden believes that abortion should be between a woman, her doctor, and all of the American taxpayers.”
Ryan nailed him with, “If the Catholic Church agreed with you, why do they keep suing you?” Biden again prevaricated, but the Becket Fund demolished his mendacity and proved Ryan right in the article: Biden’s remarks debunked as Catholic institutions and 13 states file amicus briefs opposing HHS mandate before DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ryan’s victory was not as devastating as Romney’s. But on the actual issues, Biden’s absurd cackling, grinning, and lying was a desperate attempt to paper over the grave problems of Democrat policies. Let’s make sure to vote for Romney/ Ryan and Republicans, and get the last laugh on Biden.