By Dave Andrusko
Tip of the hat to LifeNews. While listening to former Vice President Joe Biden officially announce his 2020 candidacy for President, I missed all together this fascinating and very revealing omission.
Charlottesville, Virginia, is home to the author of one of the great documents in human history. We know it by heart: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
We’ve heard it so often, it’s almost a cliché. But it’s who we are.
What’s missing, besides an acknowledgement that is the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence?
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.
Should we be surprised? Of course not. His Road to Damascus in reverse experience has meant that he is a reliable pro-abortionist who can always be counted on to put down of those of us trying to protect unborn babies and their mothers.
But truncating something we all know by heart—the greatest explication of the universality of human rights ever written —is bold even by Biden’s standards. (Was he perhaps afraid if he quoted the entirety of the sentence, he’d be accused yet again of plagiarism? Naw.)
The New York Times’ Alexander Burns “annotated” Biden’s announcement video and concluded
Notably absent here: policy, biography, ideology. This is among the broadest and most oratorical announcement videos we’ve seen so far, totally bereft of the line graphs we saw in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s kickoff or the vivid personal biography in Senator Cory Booker’s. Unlike other candidates, Mr. Biden has the luxury of already being known to most voters. But it is by no means clear that this posture of being above the fray, preoccupied with great moral questions rather than white papers and political litmus tests, is sustainable in a very crowded Democratic race.
Well, maybe. My guess is that Biden felt it more important to character assassinate President Trump’s than produce a batch of flow charts. It very much a declaration of “I’ll start low and will not weary in the pursuit of the bottom of the bottom.”