In the prelude to next Tuesday's elections, Joe Biden is proving once again to be a remarkable gaffe machine. And yet, his most boneheaded statements are not merely errors in speech -- any Joe who's undergone hair-plug treatment can make those. No, his most grievous gaffes are when they reflect the errors in his knowledge and political philosophy.
Yesterday's line at a fundraiser in Manhattan is an example.
Speaking at a bar at the luxurious Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, Biden took his devotion to centralized Nanny State government to new heights of irrationality, using it to rewrite more than two centuries of world history.
“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” said Mr. Biden. The Vice-President, in one childishly ignorant stroke, disses the achievements of hundreds of thousands of inventors, entrepreneurs, philosophers, artists, explorers, architects, writers, humanitarians, scientists and more.
But again, it's a statement that shocks rational hearers not because of it's simple foolishness but because it reveals Mr. Biden's weird worldview: in the beginning was government and nothing was created save by government. Government is our mother, our ethos and our goal.
And, for true believers like Joe Biden, government will not only write humanity's future. It's powerful enough to rewrite our past.