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Joe Biden Burned for Being Insufficiently Partisan

This is depressing.

I’m going to reiterate a point that I’ve had to make over and over again for the past couple of years, and it’s a lesson I had to learn for myself.

The 2016 election season caused me to really examine my own views, regarding the two political sides of the aisle, particularly, my partisan bias.

Recognizing the hypocrisy of both parties, as each strives to hold the keys to the kingdom can be a process. Some of those traditional, partisan beliefs can be hard to let go of, especially in this age of social media, meme-speak, and an abundance of fake news.

It’s tribalism, at its most raw. The prevailing attitude is “You’re either with us, or against us.”

That’s on both sides. There will be no dissent, nor will there be any fraternizing with the perceived “enemies,” lest you be seen as a pariah among your own tribal faction.

I’ll ask you this: If you consider yourself a conservative, do you have liberal friends? If you consider yourself a liberal, do you have conservative friends?

Why, or why not?

I can say that long before this point in our history, I’ve had a strong blend of liberal, conservative, and indifferent pals. I never let one’s politics define my view of anyone as friendship material.

With that in mind, let’s talk about Democratic presidential nominee, the former Vice President Joe Biden.

While I wholly disagree with the man’s politics, he seems like an affable guy.

Ok, maybe a little too touchy-feely, but not a monster.

Biden-as-presidential-candidate is feeling the heat of his past sins.

By “past sins,” I mean his willingness to admit the other side is not made up of bogeymen.

Apparently, a video from 2015 is causing Democrat voters to lash out in writhing, spitting, outrage.

What could he have said or done to warrant such a visceral reaction?

He called former VP Dick Cheney a “decent man.”

*GASP*

Mr. Biden’s comments came during a discussion with Walter Mondale, who was vice president under Jimmy Carter. Asked about receiving guidance from his predecessor, Mr. Biden told the crowd “I actually like Dick Cheney, for real. I get on with him. think he’s a decent man.”

Mr. Biden went on to describe how Mr. Cheney and his wife had welcomed them into the Vice Presidential residence and explained to the then-incoming VP how he’d chosen to operate under former president George W Bush. Mr. Biden acknowledged that “Cheney had a very different idea about how it [the vice presidency] functioned internally, but he was extremely helpful” to him regarding internal protocol.

So, to get the layout, here, VP Cheney was gracious and helpful to Biden, as he was entering his role as vice president, offering what he thought might be helpful tips about the position, based on his experience through several terms, and Biden was at least appreciative of the gesture.

Note to Democrats: This is not something to be outraged over. It’s decent, civil, normal behavior between reasonable people.

By contrast, when the Clintons transitioned out of the White House to make way for the incoming George W. Bush administration, they were greeted with theft of White House property (read: property belonging to the people of the United States), vandalism, and hateful pranks.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) found over $15,000 in damages, including drawers glued shut, computer keyboard keys stolen (those W’s we’ve heard about), and broken mirrors.

Then there were obscene messages left on phone voicemails, nasty notes and offensive images posted throughout the White House, and assorted acts of sheer hatefulness.

If you want to be outraged by something, be outraged by that.

Among the vitriol being spewed at Biden from the social media seether pit:

“Without any exaggeration, Dick Cheney is one of the most evil men to set foot in this world, a man behind whom a trail of war crimes follow, and Biden think he’s a ‘decent man,'” wrote Sana Saeed in a popular tweet quoting the video. “Is this your man, Democrats?”

Sana needs to switch to decaf.

Currently, there are over 20 Democratic candidates hoping to win the party nomination in 2020. That bests the 17-count debacle of the Republican primaries before the 2016 election that left us with Donald Trump.

They will have the option of delivering a message of spite, enmity, and division, or one of national unity and healing.

Whoever is left standing when the dust clears, as well as what message they chose as a foundation of their run will say a lot about the direction of the Democrat Party.

I don’t see me voting for any Democrat because the party is too entrenched in policies I find repugnant to my conservative worldview.

That being said, I recognize the need for civility and forbearance that is not based on political affiliation, but rather, our own humanity.

Will there be a time when we can return to that, or are we doomed by our partisan impulses?

I don’t really know, but I can hope. It all relies heavily on people putting aside their own biases and accepting people for their qualities, not their politics.

I have to believe it’s not too late for us.

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