Earlier this week, the Libertarian Party issued an email criticizing Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. Among the reasons given for Biden being a bad choice were his opposition to English as a national language, his support for equal treatment under the law for gun manufacturers (a view former LP presidential candidate Ron Paul shares), and his opposition to energy socialism in ANWR. Now Dave Brownlow, Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Oregon, has chimed in against Biden, but on a far different set of issues.
“It seems almost inconceivable that a candidate who is running on an anti-war platform would choose as his running mate one of the 77 Senators who voted to drag us into the war in Iraq â€“ a vote that launched what may be the greatest foreign policy blunder in our nationâ€™s history,” says Brownlow of Biden. “Senator Joe Bidenâ€™s complicity in the conspiracy to wage a war of aggression against Iraq, as well as his votes to continue funding the occupation, should disqualify from holding any elected office, let alone as Vice President.”
The Libertarian Party, which is supposedly anti-war, failed to criticize Biden’s foreign policy since his views and/or voting history are largely shared by the LP’s presidential ticket.
But Brownlow slams Biden for more than just his pro-war views, saying he is “anti-gun, anti-life, and anti-liberty.”
“When Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, the federal budget stood at $230 billion,” Brownlow says. “Today the budget is almost fifteen times higher at $3.2 trillion â€“ with over 80% that spending being unconstitutional. During that same time, our federal debt has soared from $427 billion to over $10 trillion â€“ a nearly 25-fold increase! The record shows that for 35-years Senator Biden has shown little regard for the Constitution he swore an oath to defend.
“Joe Bidenâ€™s long tenure in the U.S. Senate is proof that job experience does not translate into wisdom. For Obama to choose him as his running mate turns all the rhetoric of â€˜hopeâ€™ and â€˜changeâ€™ into nothing more than a meaningless bumper sticker slogan.”
Brownlow closes his press release by saying the presidential candidate who offers the American people “true change” is the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin.