Joe Biden is learning that these days, the “permanent record” kids used to be threatened with is all too real, and his past is being used against him - not by his opponents but by those in his own party who don’t want him to be the nominee. We’ve already seen the handsy clips, the Anita Hill quotes and the questionable Ukraine connections resurfacing. Now, it’s his support for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Say what?!
Back in 1975, Senator Biden voted to reinstate Lee’s US citizenship. To be fair, it wasn’t considered controversial then – the vote was unanimous (and I suspect some of the Senators in office at that time had probably known Lee personally.) But as we’ve all learned, complaining that you’re being held to a standard that didn’t even exist at the time is no excuse for the politically “woke.” Any variance from current, ever-changing PC dogma is reason enough to toss you on the scrap heap of history, alongside such monsters as Stephen Foster and Kate Smith.
But as hard as it is to keep on the right…sorry, “correct”…side of the always-moving PC borderline, here’s where it gets even more convoluted. In announcing his candidacy, Biden attacked Trump as a danger to America’s soul, pointing to the widely-misquoted comment about there being “fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville. Democrats keep trying to convince Americans that Trump was saying there were “fine people” among the neo-Nazis, whom he specifically denounced, making it clear that he was talking about both sides of the debate over whether to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee.
So, in effect, Biden was attacking Trump for defending Biden for voting to defend Robert E. Lee.
The larger questions are: how much longer are we going to let leftists comb through page of American history, demanding that things that don’t conform to their current standards be ripped out and burned, rather than taught in a more complete historical perspective?
And of course, how much longer are we going to continue banishing people from the public square because a long time ago, someone took a position that even Democrats once embraced but which is now considered to be “the wrong side of history”?
Wait, I forgot…are we talking here about Joe Biden or Robert E. Lee?