We remember how Vice President Dan Quayle was raked over the coals by mainstream media types who delighted in going on incessantly about each and every verbal gaffe he made. Actually, Quayle was an attractive young man who spoke well and was quite accomplished in life, serving, of course, as senator from Indiana before joining the first Bush-Quayle campaign.
But, he is forever stigmatized as the guy who couldn’t spell potato. For that and other insignificant verbal stumbles, he was assaulted in the press and through entertainment shows day after day.
The same thing was done earlier to Gerald Ford, who was Richard Nixon’s vice president, then president when Nixon resigned. The mainstream news and entertainment venues made fun of Ford at every opportunity–like when he tripped exiting an airplane and was caught by a Secret Service agent or someone. Another time, he hit a golf ball off the tee and it went awry and hit someone among the onlookers.
Chevy Chase of Saturday Night Live launched his comedy career mimicking Ford and his supposed clumsiness during those years. In actuality, Ford was, in his younger years, a superb athlete, starring at the University of Michigan in football.
With Barack Obama’s V.P., we had a vice president who made gaffes that made Quayle look like Shakespeare and Ford look like Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Russian ballet star. But, the media hounds, because Joseph Biden is of the same untouchable political ideology as they, said nothing more than, “Well…that’s just Joe…” It’s much like they saw him as an eccentric, old uncle who amused them, but nothing about which to get political.
During his time in office, Mr. Biden weighed in on the nation of Israel, and his advice to Jews and their place in the world was…well…classic Old Joe… The following news item at the time tells the story.
Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering of prominent American Jewish officials last fall that they should look to Israel – and not the United States – as the ultimate guarantor of their community’s long-term safety.
The surprising remarks, which were made during a Rosh Hashana celebration attended by government officials and members of Congress, were reported by Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in a recent article about the future of European Jewry.
“I had the great pleasure of knowing every prime minister since Golda Meir, when I was a young man in the Senate, and I’ll never forget talking to her in her office with her assistant – a guy named Rabin – about the Six-Day War,” he said. “The end of the meeting, we get up and walk out, the doors are open, and … the press is taking photos … She looked straight ahead and said, ‘Senator, don’t look so sad … Don’t worry. We Jews have a secret weapon.’ ”
Then Biden recalled asking Meir what the secret weapon was.
“I thought she was going to tell me something about a nuclear program,” Biden said. “She looked straight ahead and she said, ‘We have no place else to go. We have no place else to go.’ ”
“Folks, there is no place else to go, and you understand that in your bones. You understand in your bones that no matter how hospitable, no matter how consequential, no matter how engaged, no matter how deeply involved you are in the United States … there’s only one guarantee. There is really only one absolute guarantee, and that’s the state of Israel. And so I just want to assure you, for all the talk, and I know sometimes [President Barack Obama] gets beat up a little bit, but I guarantee you: he shares the exact same commitment to the security of Israel.” (“Biden Told US Jews that Israel – Not America – Guaranteed Their Security,” Jerusalem Post, By JPOST.COM STAFF, March 30, 2015)
If a politician–or anyone else of notoriety from another ideological mindset–had said something about, for example, African-Americans and their ties to the continent of Africa, hinting that they should just go back there, I’ll just leave it to the imagination what would happen to that person.
But, it was Joe Biden who said it, talking about the pariah state, Israel, so there’s nothing to see, here.
Biden knew Barack Obama’s feelings about Israel. The president’s attitude was made transparently clear to all of us, as his administration’s hash tag at the time had it. He obviously was determined to completely change American policy toward the Jewish state. Biden was being disingenuous in part of his remarks when he advised those Jews at the gathering on Rosh Hashana that they should think about going to Israel–one supposes, in order to avoid some sort of coming trouble. His disingenuousness, however, did not include his advice that Jews think about leaving.
We remember the late journalist, Helen Thomas, who, in a moment of senility, said the Jews should “get the h*** back to the nations they came from.” This is a mindset that today pervades media and many within the deep state that bedevil the Donald J. Trump Administration. They, unlike old Joe and Ms. Thomas, just haven’t come to the point they can no longer govern verbalization of their dislike for Israel.
Actually, the advice to think on going to Israel to those of the House of Israel is prophetic in its import. There is coming a time when hatred for the Jews of the world will be greater than any previous time in history. Read Jeremiah 30: 7, for example.
Jesus, Himself, said it would be a time worse than any that has ever been, or would be again. He was speaking primarily of the time of Tribulation as it would be for Israel. Read Matthew 24: 21.
We see that hatred building today across America and the world.
Advice Old Joe Biden gave totally misses the mark, as any well-grounded Bible prophecy student will understand. Israel–as all of mankind–should not put our reliance for safety in security provided by the nations of the world. God is our only place of safety and refuge.
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).