The Most Ridiculous Thing Joe Biden Ever Said
Joe Biden has said a lot of absurd things over the years.
The recent VP debate was a glorious showcasing of this miraculous man. I guess it should’ve probably been a fairly good indicator to Americans 4 years ago that selecting Joe Biden as a running mate portrayed the caliber of Obama’s decision making ability…. some wishful thinkers thought Americans might see it this time around too….
Anyway, the question came, asking both candidates how their Catholic faith informed their position on abortion. Joe Biden said something to the effect of accepting the Church’s teaching on abortion (that life begins at conception) but that he didn’t want to impose his beliefs on others. He accepted the Church’s teachings that life begins at the point of conception but thinks that it would go beyond his duty to “impose” his beliefs on others. I think this bizarre and utterly absurd idea came about with Kennedy and Catholics have thought that it is a perfectly fine thing to say ever since. The only problem is that the statement is totally idiotic. Here’s two reasons why.
1. If the Church’s statement is correct that life begins at conception, then a human being exists from the point of conception. This has been the Church’s teaching for thousands of years and Joe Biden accepts it. If this point is true then abortion amounts to the taking, that is the ending, of an innocent life. So, Joe Biden accepts that life beings at conception but he thinks that these lives can be violated, that is ended, anyway. We hear this sad kind of talk from supposed Catholics a lot. “Oh, I’m personally opposed to abortion but I wouldn’t want to impose my beliefs on others,” or “I’m against abortion but I wouldn’t want to see laws against it.” My response is, “why are you personally opposed to abortion?” Is it because abortion is the taking of an innocent life? If the answer is “yes” to that, as Joe Biden’s answer would presumably be yes since he accepts the Church’s teachings, then that begs the question of when exactly innocent life can be taken, that is ended. When is that appropriate? The answer is, of course, it is never acceptable, it is never appropriate.
The other issue here is that people don’t use this kind of logic for any other moral issue. “Oh, I’m personally against crime, but I wouldn’t want to see laws against it.” For any other issue of right and wrong, such a statement would be easily seen as laughable. But when you put abortion in the sentence, poorly educated Catholics think it’s wise.
2. Vice President Biden’s comments are especially odd because not 2 minutes after saying how he didn’t want to impose his beliefs on others, he talked about how his Catholic faith informs his opinion and decisions when it comes to things like caring for the poor… I guess when it comes to certain Catholic teachings, he’s willing to enforce his beliefs on others, but just not when it comes to abortion. In fact, he and other progressives impose their personal beliefs on others for all sorts of things. They say people shouldn’t be allowed to eat what they like because it causes obesity. People should only be able to drive one kind of car or use one kind of light bulb because other choices are bad for the earth. Progressive Democrats impose beliefs on others all the time. They think that big government is a great thing and the essential functions of big government are telling people how to live and what to do. This is one of the major arguments for liberty that I was trying to point out before the election. So, it’s funny to hear progressives say that they would never want to impose their beliefs on others (how noble of them!) when they use the long arm of big government to do exactly that, reaching even into the most private and detailed parts of our lives.
Unfortunately, this kind of thinking will be in the White House for the next 4 years. But we should eradicate this deeply flawed logic from our houses starting immediately.