Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Senator Biden is uniquely suited to serve as Barack Obama’s partner

This last Sunday night I attended an event where Robert Kennedy, Jr. told the story of how his father, Robert Kennedy Senior, took his then teenaged son overseas to several foreign nations three years after RFK’s brother, President John F. Kennedy, had been martyred. He explained how awe inspiring it was to see how the people of these nations were desperate for leadership from our American politicians, and he included his memory of giant crowds of Muslims, as well as people of other different faiths and cultures, lining their cities streets just to get a glimpse of his father while enthusiastically waving small American Flags.

For much of our Nation’s 232 years we have been the leaders of inspiration and opportunity for the rest of the world, but that hasn’t been the case for the last seven years, and that is just one of the many great reasons as too why Barack Obama has made a wise decision when he chose Delaware Senator Joe Biden to be his running mate.

Joe Biden is a rare breed. An expert in foreign policy whose international stature will help Barack Obama’s plans to restore the United States’ standing and reputation in the world. Biden has been to Iraq eight times, to the Middle East every year since 2002, and he led the first Senate delegation to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.

Biden’s foreign policy expertise, grasp of the issues and common-sense approach will help our country deal with the 21st century threats and challenges we are facing in the world today.

As the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne said, "Few Democrats know more about foreign policy, and few would so relish the fight against McCain on international affairs. Few are better placed to argue that withdrawal from Iraq will strengthen rather than weaken the United States.

Biden’s leadership has also been widely hailed for helping bring stability and peace to the Balkans, and he was the first member of Congress to go on a fact-finding mission to the Republic of Georgia at the invitation of Georgia ’s President Saakashvili.

Senator Biden’s foreign policy experience isn’t the only reason he will help Barack Obama’s candidacy. He hasn’t allowed the cynicism that permeates Washington to limit his drive and energy to fight.

Biden wrote and passed the ground-breaking Violence Against Women Act. He fought for passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, cracked down on deadbeat dads, and is a dedicated family man who rides a train home every night to be with his family.

Senator Biden is uniquely suited to serve as Barack Obama’s partner in the urgent mission to bring about the change America needs to put our country back on track, and I grateful that Barack Obama values Senator Biden’s track record of bringing people together, to get things done.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Senator Joe Biden proudly proclaims that he was regularly and severely beaten by his older sister as a child and as an adolescent. This same sister raised his two sons after his wife and daughter were killed in an auto accident.

Biden has often claimed that the Violence against Women Act is the greatest achievement of his career. He also claims that a woman cannot be a perpetrator of domestic violence, despite the fact that hundreds of studies show that women commit acts of domestic violence as often or more often than men. Many studies also show that lesbian women physically attack their intimate partners at higher rates than heterosexual men.

As a result of Biden's Violence against Women Act, the federal government pays states to create laws effectively requiring that innocent men be removed from their homes and families without even an allegation of violence, with no legitimate standards of evidence, when a woman makes a claim that she is afraid.

Elaine Epstein, president of the Massachusetts Bar Association (1999), has said "the facts have become irrelevant... restraining orders are granted to virtually all who apply. Regarding divorce cases, she states "allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage". According to Epstein, who is also a former president of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, restraining orders are doled out "like candy" and "in virtually all cases, no notice, meaningful hearing, or impartial weighing of evidence is to be had." Cathy Young reports on the Elaine Epstein quote and the broader issue at here:

Joe Biden was knocked down by his sister, and got back up, over and over again. Now this former stutterer thinks it's time to use his feminist sisters to knock down American fathers and husbands... by the millions.

This report from RADAR (Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting) provides much insight into the situation brought about, in large part, by Joe Biden.

State restraining order laws are starting to fall because they're unconstitutional. The federal law behind them, written by Joe Biden, is likely to fall as well, not because it isn’t popular, but because it is clearly unconstitutional.

There is a rapidly growing activist community dedicated to addressing this issue. One of the focal points of this community is the Glenn Sacks blog, .