Hunter Biden is a mess. Drug addictions, sordid sex scandals, paternity lawsuits, and even more issues litter the landscape of his life in recent years. But since his father is former Vice-President Joe Biden, he is a mess who is rich and largely unscathed by accountability for his sins. That is what we do in America. The sons and (sometimes) the daughters of rich men get rewards and opportunities that they have not earned and do not deserve to have by any meritocratic measure. Far more often than many of us realize, plum positions and posts are not handed out on merit but are assigned based on political pedigree. But again, that is what we do in America. We do not invest in excellence, we invest in entrenchment.
That is why men get rich once they attain a high office and why they stay in those offices in perpetuity. Not so they can get richer for themselves (although they invariably do), but so that they have the power and access to make others rich. That tends to start with their own family and then ripples out to networks of relatives, friends and strategic allies. It is all perfectly legal even if it is perfectly corrupting. This is the reason why bona-fide outsiders are so reviled: The women of “The Squad” crashed the party and were never meant to be a part of this system that is even older than the nation itself.
So against that back-drop, if I am a foreign corporation that wants to do business with and in the United States, I am going to work within this system to create as many stakeholders as I can on both sides of the isle and at every level of the game. Anybody who can help my business grow through their contacts or help protect my business when it gets into a jam is of value to me. I can and I will hire whomever I please and pay them whatever we negotiate and I don’t give a damn what Joe BagaDonuts in Knee-Cap, New Jersey thinks about it. That’s the game.
Therefore, if the GOP really wants to have Hunter Biden appear as a witness, Democrats should agree to have him testify. And then they should formally request and publish a list of witnesses they want to call that includes every single worthless son of every single GOP hypocrite in Congress. These “witnesses” will know just as much about the “drug deal” that Trump, Guiliani and Mulvaney were cooking up as Hunter Biden will. Which is to say that they’ll know nothing but it will be theatrical and keep the chattering class chattering for quite some time. In that list, Democrats should detail that witness’s job, how much they make, their qualifications for the job, their point of contact to the job and the relationship between the congressman and that point of contact. But I would not limit it to jobs. I would also include any lucrative business engagements that have fallen into the lap of these most fortunate offspring. That would ensure that I can start my list with the famously incompetent and useless Trump children, Ivanka, Eric and Don, Jr.
That would be enlightening to the public and a good bit of fun. Few things would beat the sights and sounds of a bunch of cry-babies who were born on 3rd base stomping their feet and whining about how hard they worked to get where they are. Imagine a few thousand red-faced Bret Kavanaughs snarling and frothing in Congressional hearings for months on end.
But all of that would miss the point. The point is that Joe Biden has as much control over the activities of his 40 plus year old son as any other man in America- which is to say none. You don’t control 40 year old men unless they allow you to control them. And I am willing to bet that if Joe could control Hunter the first thing he would have told him was not to bed his dead brother’s widow less than a year after he passed away. Then I am guessing he would have used that control to tell him not to knock up some side-chick in Arkansas and bring a grandchild into the world that he and Jill can’t even enjoy. Pretty sure Joe would have prohibited Hunter from using cocaine and ruining his Navy record. Considering all of that, Joe was in no position to tell Hunter Biden to turn down $600K a year for taking a few long trans-Atlantic flights and be named “Biden” for some company he probably never heard of in a country he probably knew little about. The very suggestion that he did is foolish by the kindest description.
Does a man’s lack of control over his middle-aged son compromise his character, competence or fitness in any way? The very suggestion is ridiculous on its face. If a son is convicted of rape, do we charge the father with complicity. Is he accountable for his son’s lascivious nature and should that be a point of discussion when judging the father at all? Of course not. So why in the hell is the media even covering Hunter Biden at all? It is a non-issue and it is media malpractice. And worst of all it is helping Trump by doing his bidding. He doesn’t need a Biden conviction. Just like the evidence from the impeachment trial makes clear, all Trump really needs is the media to pick up the story and he will do the rest. Few men in America would hate being judged based on the character of their adult sons more than Trump men- both Fred and Donald. So this new spin in political discourse where the sins of the son are being used against the father has to be stomped out aggressively by any responsible media outlets that are left. If not, we will have “Hillary’s Emails Part II” playing all across America this November.