Latest Ruling Class Dump on our Troops

Latest Ruling Class Dump on our Troops October 30, 2012

Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the SEALs killed while trying to protect people in Benghazi after being abandoned to his death by our incompetent Administration, tells us that

at the ceremony for the return of Tyrone’s body, the Vice President approached his family and asked, ‘Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?

Now, those of us in the Normal American community may immediately recoil and ask ourselves, “What kind of callous idiot would say something like that to a grieving parent?” But then, of course, we have to remember that this was not a member of the Normal American community. This was a member of our Ruling Class. And not just any member. This was Joe Freakin’ Biden.

“But Mark,” you may say, “surely even Joe Biden couldn’t make that big of an ass of himself, could he? Why would he say such a thing?”

Well, Gentle Reader, it’s like this. Our Ruling Class doesn’t consist of people who actually take risks themselves. They send other people to go do that while taking the credit for being courageous. They are, as a general rule, cowards and/or draft dodgers or people who purchase comfy tours of duty far from danger. (Indeed, the last president to risk his neck in a war zone was Bush 41, shot down during WWII). While brave men sacrifice for others, our Ruling Class members get rich or stay in DC and fatten themselves while giving the orders that cause others to suffer so they can look tough. So increasingly, we are ruled by chickenhawks who, When their country called, found clever methods to stay out of harm’s way.

But at some level they still want to be taken for men even though they are narcissistic greedy cowards like Joe Biden. So what do you do when you are a narcissistic greedy coward whose policies and incompetence sent a brave man to his death and you are face to face with his father? You go all jock soldier on him, sidle up and try to talk burly man talk to him like you are in a locker room after the big game. You try to get him to welcome you as a fellow man because then you might not feel like the coward and moral failure you know in your heart that you are: the man who killed his son while you were at some wine and cheese soiree.

Only in this case, you are Joe Biden and you are so into yourself that you cannot gauge how grotesque you look and sound. So you wind up turning the stomach of the father whose son you and your boss incompetently killed as you try to turn even a memorial service into something that is, at bottom, all about you.

You selfish oaf.

These men should all be stripped of office and sent to clean toilets in Afghanistan till the war is over. That such brave men and their families should have to take orders from such venal and swinish narcissists turns my stomach. It would have been right and proper for that father to slap that man’s face and spit in it. But he had too much class for that. Way more class than Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, since my gorge rises in revulsion at this particularly repellent display of narcissism more than normal, I have an obligation to forgive Biden and I do. May God not hold this sin against him.

But I have no obligation to stay quiet. So I will repeat what I’ve been saying with renewed force: No decent person should cast a vote for this man or his boss.

A psalm I find helpful when confronted with the depth of our Ruling Class’ depravity and narcissism:

In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains*;
for lo, the wicked bend the bow,
they have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do”?
The LORD is in his holy temple,
the LORD’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men.
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates him that loves violence.
On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

For the LORD is righteous, he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

There is and always will be hope. But it is in Christ Jesus and his saints, not in the princes of this world.

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  • JoFro

    Senior Bush didnt just get shot down – he nearly got eaten by the Japanese – his comrades did get eaten. May explain why he made his goal to become President of the US of A and then vomit on the Japanese PM in Japan 😀

    And seriously, what is up with Mr Biden? Heck, isnt his son also in the military or has been in the military?

  • Will

    Somebody PLEASE tell me this is a hoax.
    And if it is, I will thank God that at least even he is not as bad as all THAT.

  • Andy

    to be honest, I don’t trust much of anything associated with Glen Beck. Biden is a buffoon and a walking gaffe machine, but I tend to doubt that he is so out of touch that he would say this to a grieving parent. If this was real I think that FoxNews or Drudge would have broadcast it from the rooftops – it isn’t even mentioned.

    • Mike Petrik

      I agree. But Beck notwithstanding, the father’s account sure did seem to ring true. I suggest you listen to it yourself. It does not sound fabricated at all. And I do think Fox reported it, but it is not an easy story for MSM to report and they did not push it. And rightly so given that it is not really newsworthy. It is just oddly boorish behavior we have come to expect from our proudly Catholic vice president.

      • Blog Goliard

        It’s not Beck we’re being asked to credit here, but Mr. Woods.

        I find him quite credible myself. (I also hope that he does not stay long in the limelight, lest he turn into a Sheehan-eque figure.)

        (Oh, and by the way, anyone else find it extraordinarily odd that Cindy Sheehan became nationally famous, while ABC/NBC/CBS/PBS/CNN/MSNBC/NPR/NYT/WaPo seem not to have heard of Charles Woods yet?)

        • Mark Shea

          Exactly. Forget the ritually impure transmitter of the information. Mr. Woods should never have had to endure this man’s narcissistic attempt to turn even his son’s funeral into an occasion of Biden making things all about himself.

    • Mark Shea

      The issue is not Beck. The issue is Woods’ testimony. I see no reason to doubt it.

      • Andy

        Lets take a look at what the mother said
        A different set of eyes –

        • Mark Shea

          Yes. It is unlikely that even a jerk as big as Biden would walk up to a woman and ask if her son had balls the size of cueballs. It’s the sort of thing that is said man to man. And this makes Charles Woods’ story false why?

          • Rob B.

            The story itself isn’t false, but the spin on the story is pandering to the GOP. In the end, we shouldn’t absolve Mr. Beck of any kind of political bias just because he is on “our side.”

            • Mark Shea

              I’m not the slightest bit interested in Beck. I’m interest in the story as Woods reported it. Stop making excuses for Biden.

    • Molly

      In regards to Andy’s comment that he doubts Biden would be so out of touch to say something of that nature to a grieving parent:

      Don’t know about Drudge but it was on Fox News. Sean Hannity interviewed the father, as well as Glenn Beck.

  • Rosemarie


    Nothing Biden says surprises me anymore. He’s made more lots more gaffs than Dan Quayle ever did. This is likely just another one. I’m not sure it even has anything to do with him being a ruling elite; he’s just being his own gaff-prone self.

    • Bill Guentner

      Yes, but he’s a hell of lot more intelligent than Quayle. And what is it with many here referring to the “ruling elite”? Is it because they are Democrat? How about the Republican ruling elite, the Plutocrats who own Congress and the country?

      • Mark Shea

        Clearly you are new to this blog.

  • Brian

    “These men should all be stripped of office and sent to clean toilets in Afghanistan till the war is over. ”

    Well, at least we now know your position on cruel and unusual punishment.

    (I have been to Afgahnistan: Among other things, it convinced me that our superiority in plumbing was a major reason for our victory in the Cold War.)

  • Mike Petrik

    Biden is an odd member of our so-called ruling elite. A completely mediocre academic history followed by a lifetime of gaffing his way to the top of our political elite. The man fancies himself to be an average Joe, and I suppose he has done a good job of avoiding excellence, but average Joes do not behave this way. He’s just weird.

    • Blog Goliard

      Once you’re within the charmed circle, you cannot fail. Not by being an idiot, nor by being a boor, nor by being a plagiarist, nor by failing to pay your taxes, nor by being catastrophically wrong on major issues year in and year out…

      There is no accountability for our ruling elite…and, as Charles Murray documented in his recent book, they are increasingly a distinct caste that has minimal contact with ordinary Americans.

      So in part, the problem is that we’ve got a rash of credentialed-but-not-educated narcissistic men without chests in the upper echelons of our society, and our education system and culture are increasingly well-tuned to keep churning out more like them. But in part, the problem is structural: it is dangerous to throw even well-grounded people into situations like this, where they enjoy all the power and perks and none of the accountability and responsibility. I’ve said more than once that if my life had taken a more charmed trajectory between the ages of 16 and 24, I can easily see how I would have turned out very much like Barack Obama.

      • Irenist

        Blog Goliard, we don’t always agree on everything, but oh man, oh man do I agree with everything you just wrote.

    • Mr Biden came up through Delaware politics. Fewer than a million people live in Delaware. So, it takes fewer votes to win an election for US Senator there than to win an election for Borough President of Queens. The Borough President of Queens ain’t no Cardinal Richelieu, believe me; local politics does not attract highly credentialed people, much less urbane, far-seeing statesmen. There’s no reason to expect the former Senator from Delaware to be any more sophisticated than any other small-time political hack.

      As for the grotesque remarks Mr Biden allegedly made to Mr Woods, those are explicable if we consider his long tenure in the Senate. For 36 years, Mr Biden routinely encountered military officers and others with real experience of the hard places of the world. All of them, on the occasions when they came to Mr Biden, wanted something from him, or knew that they might someday want something from him. And so of course they would laugh at his jokes, no matter how inappropriate; of course they would play along with his attempts at machismo, no matter how ill-conceived; of course they would let him play the little games by which he puts himself at the center of attention. It’s hard to imagine anything that could corrupt a person more rapidly and more thoroughly than to be ensconced in such a circle of flattery.

      The fact that Mr Biden spent years and years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee makes these problems much worse. As a member and later chairman of that panel, Mr Biden’s statements about international affairs were usually received with attention and respect, no matter how ill-informed they may have been. Even when he made statements that had disastrous consequences, Mr Biden paid no price. Mr Biden’s 2006 proposal that Iraq be partitioned into 3 regions triggered a minor civil war in that country which killed thousands. So far from being punished for that misstep, he was elected Vice President of the United States two and a half years afterward. Rewarded for speaking, insulated from any accountability for what he had said, of course Mr Biden came to regard himself as an oracle.

    • Bill Guentner

      Yes, weird to you, but one who knows more than most about Foreign Affairs including all the neo-cons of the Republicans who lied the country into invading Iraq and killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

  • Ted Seeber

    It is entirely possible he meant it as a complement.

    But even if so, I have to wonder about this man’s faith formation.

    • S. Murphy

      He obviously meant it as a compliment… His faith formation? I don’t know; maybe it was great, but he brain-dumped it all for the sake of the party; if so, he’s not alone. I reckon someone can be properly instructed about the sacraments and the magisterium, and Scripture and Tradition and all, without necessarily being persuaded to rise above being utterly crass, especially in a bar, locker room, squadbay, fighting hole, or other place where crassness might be expected to be part of the experience.

      • Ted Seeber

        Ok, logic formation then.

        Yes, it’s a common euphemism to relate courage to size of certain parts of a man’s anatomy, but it is completely stupid to do so when talking to that man’s parents.

        Besides, as usual, fewer words the better: “Was he always this brave?”

        • S. Murphy

          Okay, can I write you in for VP?

        • Bill Guentner

          Finally a proper comments on the V.P.

  • Joe

    From what he said to the mother it’s obvious that if he said it, that’s definitely questionable, it was meant as a complement to this heroic fallen CIA personnel’s father. The father said this on the farthest right-wing shows available. From a personal standpoint how someone could even take note of something Glenn Beck says is beyond me, especially a faithful Catholic after all the lies he spread about the Church during his show on Fox News.

    • Mark Shea

      The issue is not Beck. The issue is what the father reports. Amazing what lengths people will go to in order to rationalize their tribal loyalties. But it is, after all, just some stupid dead grunt and his dumb family vs. our Beneficent God King. Obviously we have to maintain our sense of priorities.


      • Rob B.

        I’m sorry, Mr. Shea, but I have to disagree. The source is very important on this story, as it sets the way that the story is interpreted by the audience. Certainly Biden’s comment (though massively inappropriate) could have been meant as a compliment, especially since US special forces types seem to be rather gritty in their private conversations. This is certainly how the left-wing media would interpret it. Or does the right-wing media always have truth as its goal (as opposed to that evil left-wing media)? Surely it would *never* color a story to fulfill its own political goals? Right?

        • Mark Shea

          The source of the story is Woods. That he happens to have talked about it with Beck is irrelevant. Stop playing the dumb game of pretending that facts become ritually impure when reported by the wrong tribal source. It’s stupid when the Right does it and it’s stupid now when the Left is doing it to downplay what narcissistic fool Biden is.

  • In the military, there’s a very useful system for evaluating performance. Tyrone Woods would have performed his duties subject to it (and he also died because of its underlying code of conduct). That the Vice President (in all his glorious sensitivity) and the President should be assessed under less stringent parameters is beyond me.
    In thinking about this, in honoring the memory of Mr. Woods and his comrades, I wrote a post: Judgment In November – Is President Obama Fit For Duty? It was an interesting exercise and one that I believe has merit. Mark, I think you would agree.

  • adele young

    There are *compliments* and *complements*. Whichever, I doubt that the alleged comment would
    fall into either category with a grieving parent. When Mr Biden met Mr Woods it was as his son’s
    casket was being carried off an airplane into a hangar where a formal bereavment service was being held. I would expect the Vice President of the United States to be able to correctly nuance the difference between this occasion…and that of a locker room fest. On the other hand, it is Joe Biden, the National Buffoon, disrespecting not only our fallen hero but his father as well. Shame on Joe.! He never does seem to be
    able to get it right. Do we want this man a heart-beat away from the Presidency another 4 years? Even
    another 7 days?

  • mrteachersir

    That the Vice President would say such a thing is entirely IN CHARACTER for him. He’s been notoriously callous and borderline vulgar with people on the campaign trail, particularly as he’s taken to flirting with women.

    Mr. Woods, however, is upset (and rightly so) because of the needless death his son had to endure. His son fought to defend the consulate for several hours, while CIA agents were told by their commanding officers to Stand Down. We had air support and Special Ops forces within 2 hours of Benghazi…both were told to Stand Down.

    So, we have the facts that Biden has been notorious loose with his speech and thatObama and Biden’s administration hasn’t been upfront with the American people about the deaths of 4 of our brave countrymen (3 of which went to the consulate against orders, because no help was on the way). The recounting is entirely plausible.

  • Mr. Patton
  • Mothman454

    If these two clowns get back into the Oval Office, it is only because America DESERVES them. May our Triune God turn Americas heart away from evil and back towards what is good.

  • EBS

    Biden is an idiot, belongs in a mental asylum. What an imbecile! I don’t see how any of the above comments can intellectually analyze this imbecile’s worth!!!
    If I was the father of that fallen soldier, I would have punched Biden right in the face, the low-life dog. Sometimes that’s the only way to teach someone like him to keep his stupid mouth SHUT (yes, I’ve had a bad day, and wouldn’t mind using the idiot Biden as a punching bag- it kills two birds with one stone).

  • taad

    Our Lady of Fatima intercede for us! I fear we will all be under communism as she warned us at Fatima, Akita, and Garanbandal. “When communism returns…” The Rosary will be our only source of strength.

  • what the?

    And which class EXACTLY is the “ruling class”? Yes, they are called capitalists; they do no work while they exploit human beings and all life on earth for profit. One does not have to be a marxist to understand that—try reading the Beatitudes for a little context. Communism is practiced in monasteries (Oh NO!); perhaps they should be liberated? Maybe a boss could come in and threaten them with unemployment, eviction, or other class-specific sanctions if they did not endeavor to enrich him daily… Wouldn’t that be a nice change?

    And why is featuring a link to this mess their homepage? NewAdvent as really gone downhill since the 90’s.

    And what is the deal with the author’s valorization of masculinity in relation to imperialist military adventure? Taking the argument at face value, somebody out there needs a REAL man… ? And for what purpose exactly?

    And what am I doing here… ? Oh, now I remember. I was going to NewAdvent’s Catholic Encyclopedia to look up something about rites and jurisdiction in Sicilia.