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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Eyes Everywhere

Very disappointing to see Keith drink the Fox News/Breitbart Kool Aid. I expected better.


playgeetar

Very disappointed to see you play the Fox News/Bretbart card. I expected better.


r0y

I didn’t expect any better. Not anymore. Time to start recognizing lunacy for what it is.


adustum

Gurnee, pure hypocrisy.


Nuclearlogic

Thank you Mr. T. Keith Gurnee:

Apparently Facts are getting in the way of honest dialog. You may have hit a nerve , Keith . JFK would not be accepted into the Dixiecrat party of today. LBJ was going to be replaced by Adlai Stevenson II for the VP re-election ticket. But JFK unfortunately went to LBJ’s home Dallas to be taken out. Had he lived , USA would be a far different country. (Without LBJ)

Our Current president is also NOT part of the Washington Club.

THAT …..is his Major Appeal ! But also why DC w/ media is fighting him at every turn. AKA: A house impeachment vote Dec 18 , Senate acquittal Feb. 6, 2020) when the CCP was releasing CO-19 flights to the world (Trump’s January 31 decision to ban foreign nationals who had been in China within the previous 14 days from entering the United States. There is that ….


Something 99% of American voters do not understand. Congress doesn’t actually write legislation. Modern legislation is sub-contracted to a segment of operations in DC known as K-Street. That’s where the lobbyists reside. In modern politics not a single member of the House of Representatives or Senator writes a law, or puts pen to paper to write out a legislative construct. This simply doesn’t happen.

Over the past several decades a system of constructing legislation has taken over Washington DC that more resembles a business operation than a legislative body.

Finally Mr. President 45…….is in a Club of his own. And the Spy’s don’t like it .

Mr Keith Gurnee … Thanks you for your Free Thinking & Speaking :

And Thank all Fallen Veteran’s ( Fathers, Mothers, Brothers ,Sisters, Daughters & Sons for the continued ability to speak it. Semper fi


Smith

Keith, since when is honesty a prerequisite for the Presidency? They showed you what happens to honest presidents with JFK.


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.”


is…….often……guilty………of…….acting.


No truer words ever spoken @ Trump.


Alas, Biden is hardly better IMO.


Debating the validity of two old white elitist douchebags is comical.


Vote third or fourth party and keep your dignity.


commonsenseguy

It’s very easy to grow tired of all of these opinion pieces. Remember, opinions are like assholes everyone has one including you and I. The hit pieces by both Keith Gurnee and Stew Jenkins reflect the polarizing, hate and division of this once great nation regarding the once honorable job of representation of others to promote the good for all as a nation. Both parties have failed us all miserably now for decades. You can’t argue that fact. Listen, you have to be honest here. Joe Biden has nothing new to offer to change were we have been or where we’re heading. Please realize those of you that support him, that he is, and has been a big part of the problem we now have before us. He has been there for what, close to 50 years? He is as corrupt as anyone back their in D.C. It doesn’t matter who you chose from each side of the isle. We have lost control of our nation. And each and every one of us are responsible. Again remembering what I said about opinions, I think President Obama was one of the most divisive presidents we haver ever had. And Biden was right there with him. He just used a less blatant and more secretive approach with the support and protection of a loving left-leaning media. That’s a fact. Things will not change until we get back as a nation, of holding them all accountable. We also need to hold those people to good morals, values, integrity, character, honesty and truth to lead this nation at all levels of government. I’m sick and tired of the division. I’m sick and tired of no representation. We are destroying this nation ourselves. Corruption reigns at all levels. That needs to stop. That change needs to start with each and every one of us. I’m up for the challenge to start that now. Are you?


derasmus

Nice speech common sense guy, I am in agreement…really.

So when are you running for office?


Laughlines

Very well said.


Kidholm

Keith, your very written piece had the added benefit of amusing me by triggering the liberals.


r0y

I really do not think they are “liberals” in any sense of the word. Radicals off the deep end, maybe. Lunatics? For sure. Definitely in a fallen state.


TKG

Not surprised at the negative responses to this piece nor the negative responses to those responses. To quote Voltaire “If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.”


derasmus

Nice article Keith. Good points,