by: Brent Smith
Everyone is either mortified or yukking it up over Lunchbox Joe Biden’s latest “supposed” gaffe.
He was at a Super Tuesday, or as Joe refers to it as Super Thursday, campaign event in Texas when he took to reciting the Declaration of Independence.
As we all know, The Declaration of Independence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Joe, answering some question, took it upon himself to recite this passage. “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” the former vice president said.
So far so good – right?
He then added: that “All men and women created by — you know, you know, the thing.”
This created a firestorm of criticism. Joe is losing it. This is the last straw, etc., etc.
There were two schools of thought. One was that Biden is old and senile and just forgot, and the other that he was trying to be politically correct and avoid mentioning “all men” and then of course God, the “Creator.”
But I don’t think that’s it at all. I think Joe is so intelligent that he just assumed we all knew it too.
And sure, he occasionally misspeaks, but, I mean, who doesn’t – right?
Either way it’s not a big deal. Allow me to cite other great leaders who have made the same assumptions.
On June 12, 1987, Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate and addressed a crowd in what was then Berlin on the West German side of the Soviet Berlin Wall.
Reagan’s words rang out for the world to hear and to see:
“Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe. . . . Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar. . . . As long as this gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind. . . .
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this … you know … the thing!”
It was just prior to the American Revolution:
To avoid interference from Lieutenant-Governor Dunmore and his Royal Marines, the Second Virginia Convention met March 20, 1775 inland at Richmond – in what is now called St. John’s Church – instead of the Capitol in Williamsburg.
Delegate Patrick Henry presented resolutions to raise a militia, and to put Virginia in a posture of defense. Henry’s opponents urged caution and patience until the crown replied to Congress’ latest petition for reconciliation.
On 23 March, 1775, Patrick Henry presented a proposal to organize a volunteer company of cavalry or infantry in every Virginia County. By custom, Henry addressed himself to the Convention’s president, Peyton Randolph of Williamsburg. Henry’s words were not transcribed, but no one who heard them forgot their eloquence, or Henry’s closing words: “Give me liberty, or … you know … the thing!”
In 1933, during his first inaugural address, Franklin Roosevelt took to the microphone to belay the fears of the American People regarding the Great Depression.
He effectively declared war on the Great Depression. To put the citizens’ minds further at ease and steel their resolve, he proclaimed the famous statement:
“The only thing we have to fear, is … you know … the thing!”
In fact, history is replete with examples, too numerous to spell out here.
So in closing, I’ll leave you with but one more, which defined the nation and a president.
In his 14-minute 1961 inaugural speech, which addressed the United States’ role in the Cold War, newly elected president John Fitzgerald Kennedy told Americans to ”ask not what your country can do for you – ask what … you know … the thing!”
Bravo Mr. President!
And Bravo to you Middle Class Joe!