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Joe Biden's Weird Sense of Chivalry
May 3, 2006
by Carey Roberts

Call it senator Joseph Biden's family secret. He grew up with a bully-sister. She didn't just boss people around - she beat people up. Her name was Valerie. She was Joe's younger sister.

How do we know this? Because Mr. Biden, with his usual unblemished candor, told us. It happened during the Senate hearings held on December 11, 1990 to probe the problem of violence against women. This was Biden's tell-all:

"In my house, being raised with a sister and three brothers, there was an absolute - it was a nuclear sanction, if under any circumstances, for any reason, no matter how justified, even self-defense - if you ever touched your sister, not figuratively, literally. My sister, who is my best friend, my campaign manager, my confidante, grew up with absolute impunity in our household."

And this was the good senator's bell-ringer: "And I have the bruises to prove it. I mean that sincerely. I am not exaggerating when I say that."

Most politicians who had experienced that type of childhood trauma would be pushing for a law to protect children from abusive female siblings. But Mr. Biden's reaction was different -- champion a law designed to protect women. Call it the Patty Hearst syndrome, in which an abused person comes to identify with his tormentor.

Why does this matter?

Because thanks to senator Biden's chivalry, taxpayers are now saddled with a billion-dollar-a-year boondoggle called the Violence Against Women Act, a law that looks the other way on female batterers and throws men in jail when they act in self-defense.

Twenty-some years ago, progressive-thinking men began to kow-tow to the feminist shibboleth that patriarchy was at the root of all of society's woes. This belief was voiced by the eminent physician Lewis Thomas, author of The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher, who floated this wacko proposal:

"Taking all in all, the history of human governments suggests to me that the men of the earth have had a long enough run at running things; their record of folly is now so detailed and documented as to make anyone fear the future in their hands. It is time for a change. Put the women in charge, I say. Let us go for a century without men voting, with women's suffrage as the only suffrage."

Of course, we now have the record of folly when feminists sink their talons into once-proud organizations like the World Health Organization, Amnesty International, and even the Girl Scouts.

Chivalry has now been transmogrified into a convoluted line of thinking that reasons, "Yes, we must treat women as equals, so let's enact another affirmative-action program." Or better yet, "We've never had a female president, so this time it's their turn."

This inflated sense of chivalry also runs rampant in the legal system, which operates by the unspoken code that women who come before the court always should be given a second chance.

You may remember Debra Lafave who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student. A few weeks ago Florida prosecutors announced their plan to drop the case. Miss Lafave is now negotiating a lucrative book deal.

Ladies used to express appreciation to men who extended acts of courtesy and respect. And fortunately most still do.

But feminists came along and did a double-cross. First they played on men's innate sense of chivalry to enact laws and policies that grant women unfair advantage. Then they turned around and claimed chivalry only put a happy-face on gender oppression.

Columnist Selwyn Duke reveals the formula: "preach equality, accept favoritism, win with stacked decks, pretend you had no advantage, then rub salt into the wound."

Another version of the ruse is to claim that men and women are equally chivalrous. Funny, I've never heard of a female soldier who charged into a fusillade with the blood-curdling cry, "Death before dishonor."

And some women will pretend that chivalry doesn't exist, but never hesitate to cash in on a free dinner from her latest heartthrob.

Back in Delaware, chivalry is alive and well. Valerie Biden Owens, now employed at a high-powered political consulting firm, continues as to serve as one of senator Biden's closest political confidantes.

This past November, young Joseph "Beau" Biden, III announced his plan to run for attorney general of Delaware. And guess who he picked as his campaign manager? Missy Owens, daughter of Valerie.

Joey junior is proud to operate at the behest of a woman's machinations. As he recently announced, "We Biden men know it's the Biden women who really run the show."

Like father, like son.

Carey Roberts has been published frequently in the Washington Times, Townhall.com, LewRockwell.com, ifeminists.net, Intellectual Conservative, and elsewhere. He is a staff reporter for the New Media Alliance.

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