Ken Blackwell

This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison, a senior fellow at Family Researh Council.

They let Joe Biden out without a leash again. He went to China this month and pronounced the Communist giant’s one child policy “repugnant.” That was, of course, after he told a Chinese audience at Chengdu University that “your policy has been one which I fully understand—I’m not second-guessing—of one child per family.” Repugnant? Understandable? Which is it? Well, you need to have Joe Biden’s forty years of skilled diplomacy to be able to tell which.

Joe Biden has been underrated for too long. We don’t realize what an unusual talent we have just a heartbeat away from the presidency. The White House is trying to rectify that. They feature important contributions by Joe Biden on their website.

Here’s one that caught our attention: Joe Biden was being hailed for his contributions to the fight against domestic violence against women. Well, we’re certainly all against that. But Biden did more than we did. He authored a bill—The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)—to show how much he is against it: The White House web site explains:

Written and championed by then-Senator Biden, VAWA focused on improving the criminal justice response to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

Now, that law, VAWA, was all about domestic violence against women. As opposed to violence against women in foreign nations. Like China, for example.

China Scholar Steven Mosher knows something about China and about violence against women there. In the late 1970s, Steven Mosher was the first U.S. doctoral student permitted to study and write about life in rural China . Fluent in Chinese, Mosher lived among the peasants and wrote about their life with beauty, sympathy, and humor. Once, while visiting a humble Chinese café—a greasy chopstick if not a greasy spoon—the owner spied him sitting with the agricultural workers and construction gang members waiting for their noon meal. “You go upstairs,” the Chinese lady proprietor yelled at the obviously Western visitor, Mosher. “This place not fit for pigs. You eat upstairs.” Steven noted that the Chinese peasants sitting around the downstairs tables all laughed good naturedly and agreed with the owner.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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