The story is told long ago about a crow that found a piece of cheese and just as it settled on a branch to enjoy it, a fox appeared.
The fox wanting the cheese for itself quickly thought of a strategy to get it. So, the fox flatters the crow, calling it beautiful and wondering whether its voice is as sweet to match.
Falling for the trick, the crow lets out a caw, the cheese fell from its beak and the sly old fox devoured the cheese and went on its merry way.
The take away from the forgoing is that one must be careful in listening to flatterers.
Republicans and political pundits alike have not only been singing the praises of Vice President Joe Biden’s work and acumen in political matters but also prodding him to enter the presidential race.
So far, Vice President Biden has failed to swallow the bait, but with the level of fawning and voice of approbation, one wonders whether or not he will continue to resist the call or yield to temptation.
The fact is some Republicans and political pundits will say or do anything to rid Hillary Clinton of being the torch bearer for the Democrats in the 2016 presidential election or for that matter ever set her foot in the White House as President of the U.S.
The cry of late for some people is “Anybody but Hillary,” primarily because for them she is not a man, while for others her past is one that is sullied by the recent emailgate — viewed by many as a fake scandal as well as the Benghazi attack which happened during her time as Secretary of State.
The attack under her watch occurred on September 11, 2012 when Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods, Glen Doherty as well as injuring many others.
The truth is all investigations thus far have shown that the former Secretary of State handled and acquitted herself very well despite Republican leaders attempt to have people think otherwise.
That said, if Joe Biden should accede to the call and stepped into the race to oust Hillary, it would not only be a political suicide for him, but also lend to a great degree of animosity and infighting in the Democratic Party.
The fact is though the 72-year-old Joe Biden may be liked by many Americans, jumping into the race at this late stage would not only be a miscalculation, but a misstep compounded by the fact he is still in the mourning period of his son’s death.
Moreover, any gaffe by Biden in the race is bound to become a political slogan for Republican leaders and a field day for the press.
Now, one is not saluting or calling for the coronation of Hillary Clinton. However, to attempt to take her out of the race via the route of Republican Party strategy of make up stories and fake scandals as well political media pundits’ gotcha tactics, one would have to conclude that it would be an injustice and an ignoble act against a woman who has given yeomen service to the American people.
So, Run Joe, if you must but please remember, the story of the fox and the crow.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Contributor
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