Comparing two commencement addresses is definitely instructive.

Arthur Brooks offering the graduates of Providence College positive life advice:

You can get rich by telling people that they’ll be happy if they drive a certain car. You can get elected President of the United States by convincing people that their lives will make sense if they just get angry and hateful enough about politics.

And then there’s White House–occupant Joe Biden speaking at Morehouse College:

It’s natural to wonder Democracy you hear about actually works for you.  What is democracy if black men are being killed in the street? If the trail of broken promises still leave black communities behind?  What is democracy if you have to be ten times better than anyone else to get a fair shot? Most of all, what does it mean, as you’ve heard before, to be a black man who loves this country even if it doesn’t love him back in equal measure?

Brooks’s statement is crafted so both sides of the national divide can blame the other, but from my observations Democrats are more apt to insist Biden is a “good and decent man,” while the average for Republicans is more like “he’s not as bad as he’s made out to be.”  Biden is not a good or decent man.  He is and has always been a terrible demagog and liar.

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