"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, October 26, 2012

Biden and Mourdock - Compare and Contrast

Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana, has been excoriated for stating what are garden-variety beliefs of many Christians and Catholics, that abortion is always wrong, even in cases of rape and incest, because the unborn child is always innocent human life that must be protected.   Yet somehow his statement of this position is deemed so far outside the pale of acceptable political speech -- somehow being viewed as an assault on women or an approval of rape -- that he is forced to apologize.

Meanwhile, there's Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States:

The father of one of the Navy SEALs who was killed in the Libya consulate attack has criticised the White House reaction to his son's death - especially a bizarre and obscene comment Joe Biden made to him.

Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, said he thought Barack Obama had 'no remorse' over the attack and felt Hillary Clinton was 'not telling the truth'.

And he revealed that at the ceremony for the return of Tyrone's body, the Vice President approached his family and asked, 'Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?'

Maybe it's just me, but that seems disqualifying.

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