Joe Biden, the first part-time comedian elected to the U.S. vice-presidency, is at it again. Having manufactured a phony biography, insulted President Barack Obama and rewritten the teaching of his Roman Catholic Church on abortion, he has now rewritten the history of the United States. Guess who’s included out.
Speaking at the Naval Observatory to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, Biden took Hispandering to new lows: he told the group of Hispanics that they a greater claim to the North American continent than anyone else. [Biden to Latinos: You were here first, Politico, By Julie Mason, September 30, 2011]
Biden’s remarks are just the latest in his long line of gaffes that embarrass thinking people—except this one was an explicit racial abasement before “Hispanics” who believe they “were here” before the pale faces.
Said Biden: “You were all here before us.” “Us,” presumably, means Americans of European ancestry. Biden then talked about his Irish roots. “We come from a similar circumstance. It’s about family, it’s about faith and it’s about basic things”, he reportedly said incomprehensibly. The he blundered on:
“The contributions being made to this country by Hispanic Americans is well over 400 years old. We are acting like somehow it is brand new, but you know that America is much richer and more vibrant because of these contributions.”
Biden has repeatedly proven that he doesn’t know much history, and the latest Politically Correct nonsense suggests that his command of facts has not improved.
Let me put it simply: No, “Hispanics” Weren’t “Here Before Us”.
Clearly, Biden was not referring to the hardy Spanish explorers and conquistadors who landed here in the 16th-century — Hernán Cortés, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, Hernando de Soto, Juan Ponce De León and Alvar Nuñez Cabeza De Vaca. They were not “Hispanics” in the sense we use the word today.
Those men were full-blooded Spaniards, often the scions of royalty or nobility, or perhaps a Spanish hidalgo.
The “Hispanics” to whom Biden appealed, stoking their revanchist fantasies that the southwest United States once belonged to the Aztecs, are not typically Spaniards, but persons of mixed ancestry, who may have descended from the Spanish explorers and soldiers who mixed with the native Mesoamericans.
The only people “here”—that is to say in the continental U.S.—before de Soto discovered the Mississippi in 1541, before Cortés landed in Mexico in 1519 and stopped centuries of satanic human sacrifice and cannibalism, before de León established the first European settlement on the continental United States at St. Augustine, Fla., in 1513,, were the pureblooded Indians of North America. These tough tribesmen ranged across the continental United States. But that isn’t the crowd to which Biden is appealing.
Aztlán, the .Aztec “homeland” that today’s Reconquista warriors claim was the southwestern United States is, of course, a myth, rather like Atlantis. And Biden’s claim that “you all were here before us” plays specifically to their revanchist goal of seizing that part of our country via illegal immigration and demographic growth.
Beyond his failures as an historian, Biden has peddled falsehoods about the nature of his own church’s teaching on abortion, claiming that it has always been a matter of debate among theologians. And he is nothing if not a relentless and remorseless gaffer—even if his malapropisms are Kinsley Gaffes.
For example, on Jan. 31, 2007, he attempted to compliment then-candidate Barack Obama:
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.”
In some sense, Biden may have been right about that, Obama being a non-threatening black who knows how to put whites at ease, mostly through his highly developed abilities at mimicry. But it was nonetheless a classic Kinsley Gaffe.
A second Kinsley Gaffe occurred on June 17, 2006: “trying to bond with an Indian-American supporter,” as Time magazine put it, Biden unbosomed this one: “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.”
Then we had the non-Kinsley gaffe, which really amounted to academic theft and lying, about his law-school record.
On Aug, 23, 1987, Biden plagiarized a speech by British Labor leader Neil Kinnock, who had given a speech to a party conference in May. Said Kinnock:
“Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because our predecessors were thick? Does anybody really think that they didn't get what we had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand.”
“Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go a university? Why is it that my wife... is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? ...Is it because they didn't work hard? My ancestors who worked in the coal mines of northeast Pennsylvania and would come after 12 hours and play football for four hours? It's because they didn't have a platform on which to stand.”
That was “much ado about nothing,” Biden said—although he also confessed to plagiarizing a law review article for a class a Syracuse law school, and he manufactured a small detail about his law school career, claiming he graduated in the top half of his class. (False—he ended nearly last, 76th out of 85 students.)
Michele Bachmann couldn’t get away with this.
But now the vice president has essentially admitted what most Leftists and Democrats obviously believe: that whites contributed nothing to this country beyond killing the natives and importing slaves, and that it really belongs to an uncultured race descended from cannibalistic savages who passed through 9,000 or more years ago.
Mr. Biden might want to remember what that type of thinking means for “us”—given that he has children and grandchildren.
If the Reconquistas ever “take their country back,” we can only hope that the heads won’t start rolling down the pyramids again.
A.W. Morgan [Email him] is fully recovered from prolonged contact with the Beltway Right. He now lives in America.