By Richard McDonough
If [destruction should] ever reach us … we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a Nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.
–Abraham Lincoln, “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” (The Lyceum Address)
Bill O’Reilly has reached a conclusion that has probably occurred to many people recently, namely that although Joe Biden always represented himself as a moderate regular guy with blue-collar sensibilities from Scranton, he “fooled a lot of folks, including me.” For, O’Reilly observes, Biden has recently been full of praise for extremists, saying that he agrees with everything Rep. Maxine Waters says, which includes, after the George Floyd killing, justifying violence and praising “one of the biggest haters on television,” Joy Behar.
Although I certainly understand O’Reilly’s reasoning, I must disagree. My view is that the situation is far worse than he envisages. O’Reilly’s mistake is that he is attempting to understand Joe Biden as if he is a normal person pretty much like the rest of us. The reasoning goes like this: If an ordinary person like the rest of us were to do a sudden political about-face like Biden has done, it would probably be because he had been fooling people all along and is finally showing his true face.
This is, however, a mistake. One must never forget that most politicians are not like ordinary people. Most of us are such that if we told a big public lie, for example, that we had finished in the top half our law school class when we had actually finished in bottom 11% of the class, or that we had been arrested protesting for civil rights with Nelson Mandela when we had not, or that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for the past decade when we knew he paid taxes, or that one’s political opponent had colluded with Russia in order to steal the 2016 presidential election when we knew that is false, or say under oath that the southern border is secure when everybody knows it is not, we would, once we had been exposed, be ashamed and have difficulty showing our faces in public for a long time. Similarly, most of us would feel deeply ashamed if we enacted policies that led to 800+ deaths at the southern border … and so on.
In fact, many politicians feel no shame whatsoever when they are exposed for telling big lies or perpetrating destructive hoaxes or enacting deadly policies. The immediate reaction of most politicians when their enormous lies, hoaxes, and body-counts are exposed is to start plotting how to get away with it. That is, most politicians are concerned with securing their own wealth and power, in Joe’s case, being “the Big Guy,” truth never even being in the mix.
My diagnosis of Joe Biden’s sudden lurch to the far left is that Joe pretty much never believed in much at all. He said what he said and did what he did to secure his grip on power. For most of his career, that meant representing himself as a moderate, good old likeable “lunch pail” Joe. Thus, when President Obama needed an alleged moderate grinning white male vice president to reassure the voters about himself, Biden was more than willing to be the useful prop. However, when, as a consequence of the Democrat determination to get rid of their mortal threat, Donald Trump, “by any means necessary,” power brokers in the Democrat party offered Biden a deal — that they would grant his lifelong dream and install him in the presidency by representing him as good old moderate Joe but only on condition that he agree to implement their entire far-left agenda if elected. Biden did not hesitate to agree. He did not think about the country. He thought about his favourite subject matter: Himself. Similarly, when he thought about choosing a running mate, he did not think about the country. He thought about himself and picked a VP candidate based, not on actual ability but upon his agreements with the far-left power-brokers of his Party.
That is, it is not that Biden was actually far-left all along but that he was, like very many politicians, hollow all along. He was whatever kept him in wealth and power, a professional “shape-shifter.” When, therefore, he was offered the opportunity to be installed in the presidency, he immediately agreed to let the Party powerbrokers pour their irresponsible far-left positions into his lucrative practiced nihilism.
I do believe there are politicians on both sides of the aisle who are not completely hollow. My own view, which does not necessarily imply agreement with all their views, but only appreciation for their authenticity, is that Ronald Reagan, Joe Lieberman and Dennis Kucinich were all pretty real. They actually tell one what they really think. Others might pick different examples, but that is not important here.
It is also important to point out that this does not mean that some politicians do not start out as ordinary people who would be ashamed to tell such transparent lies but, after living in D.C, for many years surrounded by sycophants, being told how great they are, learning that unlike the average decent guy down the street they can pretty much get away with anything, get as many women, or men, as they want, grab as many millions of dollars as they want, etc., many people cave to the constant temptations. Indeed, many actual honorable ordinary Americans might well, if they were thrust into the D.C. swamp for long enough, succumb as well.
It cannot be overemphasized how dangerous such hollow people are when they get into positions of power.
If ever there was a case for term limits, this is undoubtedly a case study. Imagine this dolt would have been forced out of politics in the mid 80’s. The same may be said of any one of the dozens who have remained in political office for more than their adult life.
The Founders never envisioned career politicians. They were of the belief that citizens would serve brief periods in public service and then return to their normal lives.
Lifetime political office breeds corruption and dis incentive to serve constituents.
Never liked O’Reilly, a classic, useless, fence-straddler. ALL “Democrats” and RINOs are hollow men and void of character. But, actually, they are worse than being hollow. They are full of nation-killing poison. As Christ said of the Pharisees, their spiritual father is Satan himself, whose philosophy is liberalism. Liberalism is the ideology of the damned, and the insane. Liberalism, probably defined, is any idea, action, notion, behavior, or government policy that clashes with God’s pure Word, the King James Bible, and best understood and comprehended through the lens of Calvinist Protestant Christian theology (such as the Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Belgic Confession, and the Heidelberg Catechism.) I repeat: Liberalism is the ideology of the damned, and the insane.