It amazes me how many individuals defend an undefendable position just because of political party affiliation or hoping a favorite individual wins a political contest. Joe Biden is such an individual. Although Biden has yet to officially announce his intention to run for the Democrat presidential nomination, many party loyalists are dreaming of a Biden ticket and pundits are just waiting for the official announcement. But because Biden is leading the Democrat Party presidential hopefuls there are people coming out of the woodwork, either on their own or through opposition research to expose Joe Biden.
The latest Joe Biden scandal – he has a history of them – is inappropriately touching women. To be clear, Biden has not been accused of sexual violations, but rather of just being too friendly to women. In one case, a woman alleges that Joe Biden put his hands on her shoulders and “smelled” her hair.
Some have argued that Biden meant nothing by it.
Biden himself has said he did not intend to be disrespectful, but he now understands that it may have made the individual uncomfortable even though he meant nothing by it.
Here’s the problem with Biden’s defense. No man has the right to touch a woman without her consent. That includes holding her hand, rubbing her shoulders or getting too close to her. This is also true for men, as well. Touching another individual without permission is wrong.
Some of Joe Biden’s defenders have argued that Biden is from another generation and now understands that times have changed.
If anything, older generations kept greater distances among themselves, especially in the United States as culturally, America has moved away from puritan sensibilities to more openness with sexuality. In other words, men kept their distance from women because of cultural/religious values. For those that argue that the 1960’s discarded American sexual values and allowed men to impose themselves on women forget the inconvenient reality that women have been demanding their ability to say no since then. Their message is clear and unequivocal.
To defend Joe Biden’s disrespect of women, or to look away means that women do not deserve to be respected. To defend Biden for political expediency only makes matters worse.
Joe Biden has a history of controversy. When a man disrespects one woman, he likely has disrespected several others.
The last time the Democrat Party looked the other way on the failure of their leadership – Hillary Clinton – the country ended up with Donald Trump.
Joe Biden needs to do the right thing and forget running for president. Likewise, his supporters need to think of the county and look to other contenders for their support.