Davy Crockett was said to have accidentally grinned the bark off a tree while trying to untree a coon.
I couldn’t say if Vice President Biden accomplished that much with the same trick Thursday night, although he apparently wore some bark off the TV audience.
I did notice, though, that there was one point in the debate during which he stopped grinning, and stopped laughing, too. That was when he was forced to wield a clumsy hammer in a hopeless attempt to pound the square peg of his depraved pro-abortion convictions into the round hole of the Catholic faith. He never came close, just made an awful racket, as have too many of his fellow Catholic co-partisans before him, like Pelosi, Kerry, Kennedy, Sebelius, Granholm, Cuomo, and on and on.
Biden offered two nonsensical arguments for how he was “practicing” his Catholic faith by championing the butchery of the unborn: that the Catholic faith “has particularly informed my social doctrine,” and that he “refuses” to impose on others the personal judgment he accepts from the Church about when life begins.
Biden said Thursday that “Catholic social doctrine talks about care of those who — who can't take care of themselves, people who need help.” He’s right, it does. Which is why the Church champions the unborn. When it comes to those who can’t take care of themselves, even the poorest, most ignorant, and most overwhelmed of mothers – who is at least visible and may have any number of advocates fighting her corner -- is a virtual One-Percenter in comparison to the unborn child against whom the fortune wheel of “choice” has just pointed the wrong way. And as for people who need help -- with politicians like Obama, Biden, and Pelosi leading half the Catholics in America around by their noses -- boy, do the unborn need help.
Argument two is Biden’s high-minded refusal to “impose” his personal, private religious opinion -- which is never to be allowed outside the tightly-locked receptacle that is his conscience, oh so humbly submitted all these years to the judgment of his Mother Church – to which he meekly submits (of course he does! on Sundays in his secret, secret soul where it won’t bother anyone else!), and accepts on blind faith as “what we call de fide doctrine” (which of course it’s no such thing, Joe, it’s just the straight-up biology you learned at Archmere Academy) – accepts the pious religious legend that the human cycle of life commences at conception – his principled refusal to “impose” this bit of religious mumbo-jumbo on his fellow human beings might be among his noblest acts as a holder of high political office and “a practicing Catholic my whole life.”
Never mind that the protection of the unborn has been the single most unchanging and non-negotiable tenet of Catholic social doctrine in the past half-century. Biden proudly refuses to “impose” that on all those “equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews” whose own personal, private “religious traditions” might have other colorful multi-culti myths about human babies – maybe even that the stork brings them or that they can have their heads crushed with forceps at 26 weeks without feeling any pain. And really never mind that Biden and Pelosi and Sebelius and the rest never refused for a blessed second any opportunity to impose any other bit of what they misunderstand to be “Catholic social doctrine” on the rest of us – homosexual marriage, the welfare state, degraded national security, health insurance by imperial command -- and most pointedly imposed this past year on those same “equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews” the HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs.
Biden replied to Ryan’s complaint that the contraception mandate was a direct assault on religious freedom by declaring:
No religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy — any hospital — none has to either refer contraception. None has to pay for contraception. None has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops promptly responded to Biden’s claim thusly: “This is not a fact.” (“Catholic Bishops Challenge Biden on Birth Control Rule”).
In a statement issued Friday, the USCCB asserted, “This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’ That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,’ or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.”
For those of us who’ve known no other Church leadership in America except the one too politic by half in their exquisite care to continue to deserve the endearment, “the Democratic party at prayer,” this blunt and direct contradiction of Obama’s vice president is near shocking.
The thing of it is, I don’t think Biden was lying when he said it. I think he really doesn’t know. He doesn’t care enough to know. Talking points are enough for him, and he’s too partisan to be bothered with the idea that anything the critics of his team have to say could possibly be worth listening to.
How persuasive must it make you if you can declaim falsehoods and factual nonsense with the heartfelt conviction that every word you were uttering was the God’s honest truth?
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Joe Biden.