The ‘Big Guy’ and the Big House

Does Joe Biden still believe a quarter is worth a nickel? That is to say, is his treatment for addiction nothing more than pain without medication? Is his answer more a proscription than a prescription, where the cost of mixing cocaine with sodium bicarbonate is liberty for none and death (through an overdose of sodium thiopental) for some, or does his change of heart mean he opposes mandatory sentences that harden the souls of the sick and stop the hearts of the wicked?

To ask these questions is to question whether Joe Biden would send his son, Hunter, to prison for smoking crack. Unless, of course, Joe Biden not only renounces his two-hour floor speech concerning the Violent Crime Control Act of 1991 but also intends (as president) to pardon every nonviolent drug offender convicted under the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986

We should question what Joe Biden says because his record is a story of rhetorical theft and cheap rhetoric. The record skips from the coal capital of America to the coal mines of Britain, with a segue through the U.S. Capitol and the Jayhawker State. The record presses Neil Kinnock’s speeches inside the Irish lace of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address and Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign speech at the University of Kansas.

The record loses its rhythm when Biden speaks in his own voice. The voice is an insult to justice and a betrayal of first principles. The voice demeans judges and downgrades the First State, Delaware, from a headline to a footnote in the history of self-government.

The voice abridges the Constitution by remaking the federal judiciary into a compounding pharmacy for politicians and prosecutors. The voice orders judges to judge not, so they may turn their mallets and sound blocks into mortars and pestles; so they may measure what they dispense; so they may dispose of due process of law altogether. 

The voice abhors judicial discretion, except when judges rule like Democrats instead of democrats.

What, then, would a President Biden swear to preserve, protect, and defend? What good are his words of penance, when his legacy is a network of penitentiaries and a long record of bad legislation?

To entrust this man with the presidency is to amplify his voice by rebranding his record. That the voice on the record and in the Congressional Record belongs to the past, that the difference between then and now is a matter of age, that the voice, today, does not sound better with age—these facts are undeniable. 

If the voice is sincere, it will remain silent. 

But the voice is not sincere, which is why it speaks with ignorance of the past and indifference toward those with no future. 

The voice speaks for the ascent of Joe Biden and absolution for Hunter Biden. The voice speaks for the advancement of the Biden family, regardless of what other families say.

The voice speaks for itself.

About Bill Asher

Bill Asher is a writer and retired executive. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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