ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on August 17, 2012

Did it mean because it came from the vice-president?

Vice-president Joe Biden's "put y'all back in chains," statement has taken center stage on the 2012 presidential election campaign trail. It (statement) has taken on its own personality, and that meant that important issues were being shoved aside for all kinds of people to comment, agree or condemn the statement; and for what, no one could tell for sure.

He, Biden, has been pitted against the first African American governor of Virginia, Gov. Douglas Wilder, with headlines like, "...America's first black governor lambastes Joe Biden," or "WH blows off first black governor's rebuke of Joe Biden," appearing everywhere in the media. Did the media have that amount of free time to spare on inconsequential things?

President Barack Obama has defended his vice-president's comment; but he was coming from the basic and actual meaning, and the point of view of that comment by saying, “you, consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off if we repeal these [Wall Street reform] laws as the other side is suggesting.” (Obama, Washington Times, 8/17/12).

He knew that race was not intended in the "chains" comment; and besides, it was made off the cuff, and therefore the attack on Biden was a waste of precious time.

The president was right, because issues upon issues were waiting to have attention, with a high unemployment rate of 8.3% forcefully kneeling on all the efforts that he and the Democrats were making to put millions of Americans back to work.

Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan were making accusations of the Obama administration "raiding" Medicare to provide funds for the president's Affordable Care Act, which they have dubbed "Obamacare".

Raiding? That should be a stronger term to attract media attention than "put y'all back in chains," which was for most part a joke by the vice-president to emphasize a point apropos to his subject matter, the "unleash of Wall Street," on the American public, in terms of having no constraints on the many dishonest dealings that went on there.

It all boiled down to the fact that measures, strict enough to control the financial sector for the economy to function properly, have to be in place at all times. That was the specific theme and objective of Biden.

However, the main plan of the Republican pair would be to remove those regulations and thus leave "the free market" unprotected, and so, for big banks and corporations to do as they wished to the detriment of the economy.

That should be the perspective Biden's attackers should have, instead of swallowing his statement "line, hook and sinker", and making unnecessary remarks on it (statement). The fact was that Biden's statement did not have a ting of racial connotation in it.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has said that he made "absolutely nothing" of Biden's comments.

"I would never have even paid much attention to it but for the fact that campaigns nowadays are waiting for any kind of little nugget to try to create an atmosphere of more and more discord," Chairman Cleaver had said. (Washington Times, 8/17/12).

That was a far better approach to take in dealing with a trivial matter that brought nothing good to the political discourse. Americans were fed up with divisiveness; and instead, they wanted common sense to prevail in the political arena, to unite than to divide them.

Biden's gaffe should be treated as such; a gaffe, and nothing more.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)