Carl J. Asszony
During the Donald Trump’s presidency, he was bombarded with criticism from the day he announced his candidacy. He was barraged for dodging the draft and was accused of sexual assault — and more.
Whether you are a fan of Trump or not, it does seem fair to compare his character with President Joe Biden’s.
Many called Trump a draft dodger during the Vietnam War because he received four deferments from the military while in college and a 1-Y classification, which meant he couldn’t be drafted unless there was a national emergency. That’s all true. But, Biden also received four deferments while in college, and one while in law school. He, too, received the 1-Y classification.
Trump has been called a liar by his critics. If that name is applied to Trump then what do we consider Biden? In his 1988 run for the presidency, Biden was dogged by untrue boasts about his education. In an April 1987 campaign stop in a New Hampshire diner, Biden said he’d attended Syracuse Law School on a scholarship and that he had been an outstanding political science student at the University of Delaware, from which he claimed he graduated with three degrees. Biden later admitted those claims were inaccurate, clarifying that he had earned one degree from UD and that he had been in the bottom half of his law school class.
Then there is the matter of Biden’s plagiarism. First while in college. Plagiarism in academia is serious enough but when it is done in public, it is devastating. In a 1988 campaign Biden said, “my ancestors worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football.” Those lines were taken almost word for word from a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock, whose ancestors actually worked in a coal mine. Biden later admitted he made it all up. “Turns out I didn’t have anybody in the coal mines.” Thus, one can conclude Biden is used to telling a lie when it suits his purpose.
There have been a number of women who have accused Trump of alleged sexual assault. By the same token several women have come forth also accusing Biden of the same thing. But, it seems the main stream media has glossed over the Biden accusations and hammered Trump. The media also seemed to ignore Biden’s unseemly habit of smelling women’s hair, touching them inappropriately, or invading their personal space. Let us not pretend that Biden is a paragon of virtue as the press might have us believe. Nor that Trump is the devil incarnate.
Looking across the spectrum of the 46 presidents it would difficult to find any that did not have some kind of human frailty or flaw — some worse than others. Many of our most popular presidents have had sexual dalliances, lied to the public and performed acts detrimental to the country.
Some presidents’ behaviors have been so unsavory and vulgar they would leave even today’s liberal society embarrassed.
History, not the ingrained bias of TV or print media, will judge the success or failure of the Biden and Trump administration. In their book “Presidents,” authors Brian Lamb and Susan Swain point out that it takes time to really judge a president, “those ridiculed, rejected and even despised during their day may be viewed as heroes a few generations later. Or vice versa.”
If Americans would study their history they will find that presidents are not always as the media portrays them. Biden is no exception.
Carl J. Asszony, a long-time New Jersey veterans advocate, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org