This has become an embarrassing habit for Joe Biden. Not only does he continue to let blunder after blunder come out of his mouth, but he is doing so at the expense of historical accuracy. The FDR television gaffe was bad enough and so erroneous that you would think Biden would refrain from referencing anything before his time. That wasn’t the case however as we got another democrat history lesson from Joe Biden at the vice presidential debate.
I would of thought that a vice presidential candidate that has been a Senator in Washington for 36 years would understand the constitution a little more clearly than he demonstrated that he did in the debate. Here’s how it played out at the debate:
IFILL: Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?
PALIN: Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we’ll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.
Palin’s response was not only historically accurate, but she was able to articulate how her on experience is relevant as it relates to this issue. Ifill then turned to Joe Biden for his response to what his interpretation of what the vice president’s role is. Biden got out his “lesson plan”, and blatantly and arrogantly began a left wing political rant against Dick Cheney which had no relevance, as well as no respect for our constitution.
BIDEN: Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.
And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there’s a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.
The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he’s part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.
There are two types of history being depicted. One is a revisionist history according to democrats and the other history carefully researched by historians or is in an original document, such as the constitution. Let’s take a look at what the constitution actually says:
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
(Section 2 of Article 1 of the constitution describes the House of Representatives and is irrelevant to this argument.)
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
There it is, right there in the constitution. Nothing that Dick Cheney made up. As a matter of fact, Vice Presidents in our countries early days were not very involved in the presidential cabinet meetings, and spent a majority of his time presiding over Senate debates. George Washington believed that the vice president should not play a role in his cabinet. The Vice President as the time, John Adams, did not agree with this, none the less he took his job as president of the Senate seriously, even though many of the Senators did not take him seriously. This is amazing that a nominee on a presidential ticket is unaware of what our constitution says.
Could you imagine what would have happened to Dick Cheney or George W. Bush if they had committed blunders of such magnitude one after the other? I guarantee you there would have been calls for his impeachment. It’s amazing how when a democrat misspeaks, it’s just assumed that it was a gaffe. When it’s a conservative who misspeaks on a given issue, it’s declared that he does not know what he is talking about and he or she is misinformed. I don’t even want to get into any the other inaccuracies that Joe Biden made in the vice presidential debate, specifically on the science of “global warming”. It’s not science if all scientists do not agree on the matter. But that’s for another time. I will however, continue to monitor the erroneousness statements of Joe Biden, illustrating his ignorance, and correcting his revisionist history.