Lewis Morris / May 13, 2020

Biden's Flip-Flops Might Explain Hiding His Files

Perhaps that's part of the reason he doesn't want people rifling through Senate records.

For many voters, the biggest attraction to Joe Biden as a presidential candidate is that he is not Donald Trump. Trump is a polarizing figure, due in large part to his inability to govern his own mouth. His Twitter feed and his public statements have created controversy and stirred political fights that could have been avoided. But Trump does have the country’s best interests at heart, which can’t be said of the other side.

Where does Joe Biden stand on the important issues facing the country in the 2020 election? After looking over a life in politics that includes 36 years in the U.S. Senate and eight years as vice president, it can be confidently said that Biden stands … everywhere.

Biden’s papers, which were donated years ago to his alma mater, the University of Delaware, would give a great indication of the decisions he made as an elected official and how he arrived at those decisions. It might even shed some light on how he would act as president. But despite promises to share those papers two years after Biden left public office, they remain locked away from public view. If Biden and the university had kept their word, we could have read these papers last year. It’s highly unlikely we will see anything before the election.

We think it’s specifically because Biden’s papers reveal so much that they’re being kept from the public. His explanation for keeping them secret is because revealing his vice presidential records of meetings with world figures like Vladimir Putin could be used against him during the campaign and disrupt his policies as president. How outlandish to suggest that anything having to do with Putin would play into a presidential race. Oh, wait…

Naturally, the mainstream media hasn’t bothered to push him to release his papers, even in the wake of Tara Reade’s allegations.

We don’t need Biden’s papers to understand the man, though. His career isn’t hard to follow, and when one looks at where Biden has stood on major issues, it will be plain to see that Joe Biden is little more than a political opportunist.

Biden has recently had to explain away his vote in support of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. This was a comprehensive bipartisan bill that played a major role in reducing crime in America, which has only started to uptick in recent years because of Democrats rolling back the laws. So, while Biden was proud of his support in 1994, in 2020 he calls it a mistake.

Biden also rejects his prior steadfast support for the Hyde Amendment to prevent government funding of abortions. Now he’s all about full funding for abortion on demand.

He’s also squishy on foreign policy. As the Number Two in the Obama administration, it’s fair to link Barack Obama’s myriad failures as a head of state with Biden. The administration’s buckling to Russia and its feckless engagement with the Middle East made a mess of the geopolitical stage that Trump now must clean up. But it’s interesting to note that on one of the few things that Obama did right — killing Osama bin Laden — Biden came down on the wrong side of the decision. On the eve of giving the order to get bin Laden in May 2011, Obama asked Biden one more time about his opinion on what to do. Biden told the president not to go through with the operation. Nevertheless, Obama gave the order to move the next morning.

More recently there’s Biden’s statement at the dawn of the #MeToo movement during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings that all female accusers should be presumed to be telling the truth. And let’s not forget that Biden was the trigger man for the attempt to bring down conservative Clarence Thomas when he was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991.

Biden is not a good candidate for president. His personal foibles notwithstanding, Biden’s career has been all about building an audience by telling people what they want to hear. If he stuck to his principles, that would be one thing, but Joe Biden doesn’t seem to have any principles.

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