Oops Again in Middle Class War

Veep makes bizarre link between Organized Labor and Rape
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, compared Republicans in Congress to people who excuse rapists by blaming their victims.

The vice president, known for speaking his mind and at times putting his foot in his mouth, said that Republicans who want to cut spending while at the same time cutting taxes for the wealthy are similar to rape apologists.

In setting up his comparison, the vice president explained to the audience that before the Violence Against Women Act that he championed was passed into law, “there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim,” according to a press pool account of the event.

“When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner,” Biden said.

“We’ve gotten by that,” he said. “But it’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It’s bizarre. It’s bizarre.”
(from thehill.com)

H. Rap Brown, Ruby, Willie Brown

On this day: March 20
With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the U.S., under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC (1948)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono are married (1969)

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, the former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after a gun battle that leaves a Georgia sheriff's deputy dead (2000)

b: Ruby Muhammad (1907), B. F. Skinner (1904), John Ehrlichman (1925), Willie Brown (1934); d: Lev Yashin (1990)

Community Organizing for the New Progressive Era
Related Posts with Thumbnails