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The way a person thinks is expressed in their rhetoric, even through the words they choose. The Left would have you believe that's evidence of institutional racism--you're racist even though you don't know it by the words that you choose--but I think that's overblown. But if you pick apart the words, the phrasing, a person uses you can get at their underlying ideology; the things they actually believe.
Jonah Golberg at National Review Online did that to Joe Biden and his assertion that any government action that saves just one life is thus worth pursuing.
Most of the attention, understandably, is on Biden’s suggestion that the president will consider using executive orders to do things he couldn’t possibly accomplish legislatively. The imperial presidency is always troubling, but when it rubs up against the Bill of Rights it is especially so.
But what I find to be arguably the most disturbing — and definitely the most annoying — part of Biden’s remarks is this nonsense about if it saves only one life, the White House’s actions would be worth it.
Maybe it’s because I wrote a whole book on the way phrases like “if it saves only one life, it’s worth it” distort our politics, but whenever I hear such things the hairs on the back of my neck go up.
The notion that any government action is justified if it saves even a single life is malarkey, to borrow one of Mr. Biden’s favorite terms. Worse than that, it’s dangerous malarkey.
The entire piece is a fascinating expose on Mr. Biden's thinking by a reading of his words.