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Joe Biden misunderstands the Constitution

Gwen Ifell asked in the Vice Presidential Debate:

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 it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?

Senator Biden’s full response:

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, andas 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.

1. It is Article II, not I.
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Biden claims credit for the Patriot Act

When I was chairman in ’94 I introduced a major antiterrorism bill–back then. I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing. And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill.  Joe Biden, October 2001 discussing the Patriot Act.

He got the year wrong, it was 1995, but he has claimed similar things at other times – that he should be given credit for the Patriot Act.  And he supported the “Real ID Act” which makes the Patriot Act look bland in terms of privacy violations.  Nationalized, electronic record, government controlled health care will make both Acts above look like sweet little bunnies in comparison.

Hyphenated Americanism

Hyphenated Americanism is not American. Everyone is, in theory, a hyphenated American of some sort. However, we are either Americans or not. From Chinese-Americans, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans.  Why is anyone an anything-American?  If they are American, the item before the hyphen is unneeded.

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

It is similar to the entire “black-white” garbage of the past.  Skin color is unimportant, people are American, if you need to identify the country or human.

Your children’s children will be living under communism

“Your children’s children will be living under communism.”  And “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” Nikita Khrushchev, 1959