He was raised in the same city I was, which is about the size of your pinky. He graduated from the Catholic school right behind the McDonald's we went to. Our "city", and believe me when I tell you that I use that term loosely, is economically and racially diverse in a way that I have rarely seen in any other city I've been to that wasn't a major metropolis. I grew up so far below the poverty level we couldn't see it, and right across the street from me were ESTATES. It's an interesting place to be from, if for no other reason than that you cannot be a racist, or a classist, or an elitist in any way unless you never ever leave your house. You are forced to deal with people from every walk of life, forced to interact with them on the most basic, human levels, and you can't go grocery shopping with someone every single week and not eventually grow to understand them a little.
Needless to say, I have a thing for Joe Biden. Even if I didn't absolutely respect him for his politics, we're from the same tiny little town. We stick together, yo.
A lot of people are disappointed in Obama's choice to nominate Joe as his VP. They say he's old, tainted, too liberal, too prone to sticking his foot in his mouth, too jaded, too something. Since it's Democrat Week in the USA, and since I am going to fly into Ground Zero in two days, I want to just take a break from the poop talk for a second to tell you why I love Joe Biden, why he speaks to me, why HE is the reason I will vote Democrat in this coming up election.
The Violence Against Women Act. He WROTE it. He is a voice, a loud voice, a champion in the war against domestic violence, against gender based crimes. Domestic violence is a major problem in our country, I believe, due not only to a general unwillingness to prosecute it, but also because it is so hard for women to overcome. It messes with your head. It's that sort of violence that goes beyond a bruise and into the psyche of women, and does irreparable damage. I believe in fighting it, for fighting for women and mothers and families, for providing real, honest help to those families struggling with it. So does Joe. And not just in that "I'm going to say I do" way.
Abortion. Hi, big sensitive topic that I don't like talking about on my blog. I'll say this; I agree, 100%, with Joe Biden's track record of voting on abortion related issues. He's a Catholic, I'm an atheist. His beliefs, which he makes no secret about, so far have in no way influenced his votes. He is a man of faith, and I respect that, but I am really afraid of someone rubbing their religion all over my constitution, whatever that religion may be. When I see a Catholic man, a powerful politician, vote for stem cell research, against notifying parents about abortions, for spending A LOT of money on not abstinence education but responsible sex education, against anything really that is going to touch Roe V Wade, well, I respect and appreciate that. Also, he, just like me, is all about banning partial birth abortions. Which sounds contradictory, but I swear it's not. Another day, another time.
He is against banning same sex marriages. He'll let you burn a flag if that's what you've got to do. His wife was a teacher for 30 years. He gets it that public education matters. He's written legislation to make sending your kids to college a little easier.
Joe Biden brings tempered experience to an Obama White House. He has been doing this longer than Barack has been driving a car. He speaks his mind, he's not one to sugar coat, he has a god damn sense of humour already, and he means what he says. Yeah, maybe he voted for the war, but SO DID YOU. (not all of you, but most of you, admit it) Maybe he's way more into drug enforcement than I think he should be, but whatever. I don't do drugs, never have, never will. I kind of don't care. Prosecute it if you must. Maybe I just won't ever see eye to eye with him on everything, but I don't see eye to eye with my husband on everything either, and I let him see me naked.
There is a lot of chatter about how Obama messed up by tapping Biden for the VP spot, how it deters from his message of Change, and that we Dems will be disenchanted by that. Realistically, I think (or maybe I just hope) that the vast majority of us, even those who are totally gun-ho for fresh blood and a new outlook in the White House, will appreciate that though there are quite a few slates that need to be wiped clean in our government, there are some that just need to be looked at with mature eyes, with understanding and reasonable and experienced eyes, and maybe just smoothed a little bit. And that maybe excited, young, fresh eyes sometimes overlook things that someone a bit older, a bit wiser, someone who's looked for those things before will catch.
Right now, my country is heading towards the ICU. My hope is that JObama will keep a good many things in our nation's post-operative care from slipping through the cracks. Because, man oh lordy, if we don't get it right this time, I don't know if our little country is going to make it out whole. And my country is a great place, with a long life ahead of it.
Copied and pasted from the comments, Miko564 adds this, which I wanted to, but couldn't find the words. Thanks, yo.
I wasn't a fan of Biden's either, until I heard the story about his family. He was elected to office, then his wife AND daughter were killed in a car accident. (That would be where I would have curled up in the fetal position and stayed there for a year.) He wants to abdicate the office to stay at home with his surviving sons. His supporters talked him into staying in the Senate, but he wants to care for his sons.... So, he decides to stay in DE and COMMUTES TO DC BY TRAIN EVERYDAY FOR 30+ YEARS!!! He raises his kids AND serves his country in the Senate.
I am an independent, and have voted Rep as many times as Dem, but if that ain't family values I don't know what is. Let Rush, and his like, talk about values, while becoming drug addicts, or trying to cheat on their wives in Airport bathrooms (cause they can't admit they're gay) and let REAL men do whatever needs to be done to take care of their own.