We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
While I feel bad for Joe and his touchy-feely problem being under attack (not really, I figure he's getting what he deserves for promoting and supporting bad ideas - these idiots all eat their own children and/or parents), he's finding that having a long, storied history is probably going to be harder to overcome than being a creepy uncle.
After all, he was a plagiarist. That cost him a run for the presidency years ago. But now, his racist colors are starting to come out. Yes, it seems Joe was a racist, and even looked to team up with other racists. To stop busing which would help integrate schools. Let's not forget this doozy:
Most Democrats are closet racists. Yeah, they say nice things, and 'feel' the right things. But their practical application of ideas is designed to create, support, and extend servitude of groups they can buy votes from. Which is a practical application of racism.
This guy's leading the polls? It's early. Joe is the gift that keeps on giving. Nothing was better than The Onion series on "Diamond Joe". All satire - but completely believable.
The worst thing he ever did, and, actually, this might be debatable, is that he accused the man who was involved in the crash killing his first wife and daughter of having a liquid lunch, after all tests showed that the man was sober and that his wife caused the accident. The gentleman truck driver was deceased when Biden claimed this during the 2008 elections and his children were furious. Unfortunately, our media being what it is, a tool for one party, no one ever heard of this except last calls near Philadelphia. He is an evil, pandering jerk who because of his outsized ego continues to damage the republic.
Uncle Joe forgot motels. (Well, we can forgive him because he's probably never stayed in one.) It seems like every motel I've ever stayed at is owned and operated by Indians (dot, not feather). Members of the Indian culture seem to have a talent for the hospitality industry and managing convenience stores. I don't think it's "racist" to observe that some cultures produce people with talents in some areas but not others. In America, people can succeed at whatever career they choose.
But I'm sure as hell not going to condemn him for fighting busing (though his involvement with racists is subject to criticism).
I'm wondering if you are a parent. What sensible parent would support busing their children miles away to a (quite possibly underperforming) school just to settle some bureaucratic quota. In the long run busing worked out terribly anyhow.
I'm not justifying segregation, kids should go to school with others from their neighborhood regardless of ethnicity. Dragging them somewhere else does no one any good.
I agree, Joe's comment isn't racist, it's simply an observation.
However, he's aligned himself with groups which will attack and undermine him, because that's what they do. Basically, my point is that Joe thinks he's being 'good and kind' when in reality he's simply oblivious to the dangerous groups he's courting in the name of "tolerance and equality".
I am a parent, and I took a bus to school every day. It's hard to say it was a 'different' community, but in a rural area, each town had its own personality, and this was 3 towns over. I could walk, when I got older, it was about an hour walk, so 2.5/3 miles. The only thing which was 'the same' about where I went to school and where I lived was that it was a Catholic school and 99% of the students were white and living in rural areas. What was unusual was that about 40% had grown up in NYC and moved there and were bent on recreating their 'city experience' out "in the sticks".
That said, I am opposed to forcing kids to go to schools just to fulfill a curious and obtuse political agenda. I don't think Joe is "racist" at all. Nor do I think his position on busing made him racist, though as you point out his curious choice of partners opens the door to questions.
I realize the busing he opposed is very different from what I experienced - that's not my point in making this post. As I stated, above, Joe aligns himself with questionable groups constantly. He's in trouble for engaging behaviors that women's groups are now angry about - but are really just weird and creepy old-school, touchy-feely BS. In addition, the "racist" stuff I added here will come back to haunt him (as will his plagiarism) simply because in the current leftist Cultural Revolution it's not enough to align with groups to gain their votes. You have to live the ideal, and attack those who do not.
He has name recognition, and the other day I read of a poll result that said voters didn't care about the creepy touching. Could be that all sins would be forgiven if he stood a chance of beating Trump. It could be a mirror image of the Right forgiving Trump's sins because he is their man.
OTOH, the dems have a long history of nominating a fresh face, they rarely go with a retread.
We'll see, but I believe it is too early to count Joe out.