Joe Biden’s problem with the truth

May 25, 2020

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE

I usually like what Stewart Jenkins writes, but his recent piece about Trump as “The Denier in Chief” was over-the-top pointed. While President Donald Trump is often guilty of acting nonpresidential and exaggerating his accomplishments, he’s gotten a lot of things done, including his timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The question is: would Stew’s candidate–Joe “Gaffeman” Biden–do any better? It’s hard to believe how Biden has gotten to where he is today. Despite a sputtering campaign, his exaggerating his record, his penchant for plagiarism, his mental misfires, and his propensity for a constant stream of gaffes– the latest a televised response to a black correspondent wherein Biden spat out “if you don’t support me you ain’t black! ”– Joe somehow finds himself not only as the de facto nominee of the Democratic Party but even holding a comfortable lead over President Trump in national polls.

Having been a Democrat most of my life, today’s Democratic Party is unrecognizable from that which attracted me to it during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. As a No Party Preference voter today, the Democratic Party left me during the Clinton years. Still, when Joe Biden announced his candidacy for president back in 2019, I had hoped that if any Democrat were to be elected to the presidency, please let it be Joe Biden.

Biden seemed the only choice among legitimate contenders that centrist Democrats, Independents, and disaffected Republicans could get behind. As the most experienced candidate, it looked like it was Joe’s race to lose. But after reflecting upon his past and during this past year, he not only doesn’t appear to be up to the task, but it looks like Biden’s having a real problem with the truth. Indeed, this may be Biden’s Achilles’ Heel that too few understand and that could prove to be his undoing.

For example, in April 2019, Biden appeared on “The View” TV show, looked into the eyes of its viewers, and said “We didn’t have one single whisper of a scandal under the Obama administration,” a statement that he repeated two months later. That statement, in and of itself, was an absolute falsehood. Here are but a few of the scandals that occurred during his term as VP under the Obama administration:

1.  The “Fast and Furious” firearms operation/gunrunning sting of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder that flopped in 2010, allowing 1,400 guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, two of which were used to murder a U.S. border agent, only to be followed by a cover-up and stonewalling by the Obama administration.

2.  The Obama/Biden administration’s failure to act on its proclaimed “Syrian Red Line” of 2012 when Syria used chemical weapons to kill its own people. That failure directly led to the genesis of ISIS and its murderous activities in beheading Americans and the taking of thousands of innocent civilian lives.

3.  The terrorist swap scandal of 2012 when the administration traded five known Islamic terrorists detained in Guantanamo for the deserter Beau Bergdahl, whose desertion led to the deaths of six American soldiers who searched for him.

4.  Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s Benghazi scandal that resulted in the deaths of four Americans in 2012 followed by another coverup in 2013.

5.  The IRS targeting scandal when the IRS was weaponized to harass political groups in 2013, followed by another cover-up.

6.  The NSA mass surveillance scandal discovered in 2013 by the leaks of Edwards Snowden.

7.  The Russian/Ukrainian invasion scandal of 2014 that the Obama/Biden administration tolerated by sending blankets to the Ukrainians while refusing to send them what they needed to help them resist the Russian invasion and their seizure of Crimea.

8.  The Biden Ukrainian scandal that funneled millions of dollars to Joe’s son Hunter from foreign governments in Ukraine and China while Joe Biden himself openly and successfully urged the Ukraine to fire a high-level official investigating the Biden’s connections.

9.  The Iran nuclear deal of 2015 which sent millions of U.S. dollars to Iran, which were used to export terrorism by bankrolling Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen while continuing its quest for nuclear weapons.

10. In what could be the biggest scandal of them all, the Obama/Biden administration’s FISA abuse scandal of 2016 that weaponized the FBI, the intelligence agencies, and the Justice Department to set up a takedown of an often unpopular but duly elected president. The other shoe has yet to drop on this one.

Then came the Democrat’s Impeachment disaster earlier this year that Biden openly supported. Showcasing the shamefully poor performances of Adam Schiff, Jerome Nadler, Nancy Pelosi, and Fritz Schumer who put on the weakest of cases, the impeachment trial ended up little more than a popcorn fart. And now comes the revelation that Sen. Biden groped a legislative aide in 1993 who once lived right here in Morro Bay.

“Not a trace” of scandals Joe? This bundle of snafus under Biden’s watch have featured a veritable legacy of scandals. Joe would do better to own up them and apologize for them rather than conveniently forgetting them or sweeping them under the rug.

Today, Biden is still considered as having the best chance to beat Donald Trump. Will democratic and independent voters be willing to overlook the scandals of such a flawed candidate out of their abject hatred of Donald Trump? With Bernie Sanders out of the race, will the Dems lose the enthusiasm of the Progressives who just might stay home instead of voting come election day?

Only time will tell.


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Francesca Bolognini

“Timely response”. Oh, that’s rich! I always wonder what rock someone must be living under when they say something like this. I know where all the people who will vote this down are likely to be.. Say Hi to mom for me!


CDW

I believe Joe Biden is a rapist.


No matter your politics, Democrats are wrong for promoting Joe Biden for public office, and Tara Reade has credibly related how he treated her when he thought he could get away with it. Is this who Democrats want to represent their party?


It was Democrats who promoted the idea that you have to believe the accuser, but where are they now that one of their own is accused? Where are the liberal Democrats who tried to defeat Brett Kavanaugh, but who now so willingly ignore the sexual predator practices of the Democrat Joe Biden?


Where is the advocacy of so-called brave female Democrats like Heidi Harmon and Dawn Addis now that the accused is a liberal Democrat? Suddenly these so-called ‘brave’ women are cowards in the fight to elevate the status of women, and one has to suspect that the position of Harmon and Addis was ALWAYS about partisan politics and never about women’s rights, oh, the hypocrisy cannot go unnoticed.


The Democrat Party is a mess, and the sexual scandals at the national, state, and local level show that they DO NOT respect women, they only use women as a campaign election tool, and they do not deserve to win in November.


Any Democrat who does not publicly denounce Joe Biden is complicate in his rape schemes.


Heidi? Dawn?


slowave7

“While President Donald Trump is often guilty of acting nonpresidential and exaggerating his accomplishments, he’s gotten a lot of things done, including his timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic…….”


often…….guilty……..of……….acting.

interesting choice of words.


SLOGROWN

Good opinion piece Mr. Gurnee. Once again.


Please excuse the ‘tolerant’ replies of others here.


Happy Memorial day sir.


Cathy S.

Not sure what you have been ingesting, but if you think our government had a “timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic” it must be mind altering. Your list of issues during Obama’s administration are a fraction of broken laws, hiding of evidence, refusals to release documents, blocking of testimony etc., under just 3 years of trump. You have every right to be a trumper, but don’t pretend not to be. You also blame a vice president for things he had no control over. No one can support Sanders and then switch to trump and have any credibility. I’m sure you feel better, but hopefully people who want the truth will investigate these allegations and find the truth, then compare them to the hundreds if not thousands of worse actual abuses of power being committed on a daily basis by the current administration. You also make many disputed statements and present them as facts, such as the one ALLEGATION that he groped a woman, who has changed her story so many times it is hard to follow. It wasn’t until she decided she prefers Putin and Russia to the US and democracy, that her story became more than “he put his hand on my shoulder and his finger touched my neck” “that it was always in front of people” “I did not like Joe Biden’s hand on me not for the reasons you think, it is because I am the alpha in the room too.” and “this is not a story about sexual misconduct”, to an allegation of sexual assault. Somehow you forgot about the multiple worse allegations against trump and his proud admission of assaulting women, as well as bribing many to hush up.


r0y

Proof that those who remain on the “left” are, in fact, lunatics.


Give them ten (10!) examples of scandals in “their guy’s” administration, and they scream about whatever the media has packaged for them with regards to the current administration.


This whole reply reminds me of The Invisible Woman meme.


slocorruptionhater

“including his timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic”…this is an unbelievable statement. You might want to do a little research regarding Trump’s actions in light of the information and dire warnings he was given at the outset of the pandemic. Trump’s response to the pandemic has been a calamity.


kevin rise

And please stop apreading lies with conspiracy theories JFK style when the current administration has half its employees In federal prison or fired for whistle blowing.


kevin rise

Kieth, go do something useful during the pandemic like volunteer. Clean up a creek or beach, help some homeless like the rest of us, stop with your opinion pieces spreading one sided feeling based statements. And Biden may be a 1%, but he isn’t as morally corrupt as that serial rapist Trump.


ShootTheMessenger

Most of your allegations are centered around the Obama administration. The office of vice president has little to no power but yet you equate by association to Obama your ill formed point.

I would hope to see a counter point to this very viewpoint which in itself twists the truth.

And the balls that Mr.Gurnee has to write this when close to 20,000 lies has been documented by his dear leader!

And I am ashamed of CCN for constantly giving this man access to use this forum as his own personal bully pulpit.


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