The character chasm between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan

By Tom Quiner

Joe Biden: “Today I plan to jettison another principle.”

This is a first: two Catholics are on the ticket.

The difference between the men is stark. Both claim to be practicing Catholics. The similarity ends there.

Paul Ryan is a serious man. His views are consistent. He strives hard to align his Catholic faith with public policy.

The same cannot be said of Joseph Biden.

Mr. Biden is an embarrassment to serious Catholics. When asked if he accepts his Church’s position that life begins at conception, he said:

“I am prepared to accept my church’s view. I think it’s a tough one. I have to accept that on faith.”

In other words, he acknowledges that a human being has been created at the instant of conception. And yet he allows them to be killed at the whim of another human being who has power over the preborn, because he opposes anti-Life legislation.

Mr. Biden used to espouse pro life positions. But in the name of political expediency, he caved. He allows murder, for that is what it must be under his own definition that human life begins at the instant of conception.

Mr. Biden goes further. He now advocates for public funding of human abortion. In other words, he desires to impose on practicing Catholics who believe abortion kills a human life, an expansion of abortion using their dollars.

Congressman Paul Ryan: Honoring Catholic principles today AND tomorrow.

He wants us to violate our (and supposedly, his) religious principles on the altar of liberal politics.

He did the same on the issue of marriage.

In the last election cycle, he said:

“No, Barack Obama nor I support redefining, from a civil side, what constitutes marriage. We do not support that. That is basically a decision to be able to be left to the faiths and people who practice their faiths to determine what you call it.”

He caved. Now he’s “comfortable” with same-sex marriage:

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

Paul Ryan has been unwavering in his support of Life and traditional Christian Marriage. Even more, he has advanced a courageous budget that will undo the fiscal damage imposed on America by Team Obama & Biden.

Where Paul Ryan shows guts, Joe Biden offers up gall.

Where Paul Ryan sticks to Catholic principle, Joe Biden caves.

Paul Ryan believes in the American Dream which by definition includes Life.

Joe Biden believes in only one thing: winning the next election, even if it means jettisoning core principles.


  1. james mary evans on August 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Reblogged this on The Orate Fratres and commented:
    It’s been announced that the VP debate will be on October 11, in Danville, KY. Ryan has previously stated in other interviews that he can’t imagine how it’s possible to separate the life of faith from that of public life and service. Of course, Biden supports positions and a political party that are nowadays diametrically opposed and at enmity with the faith as revealed by God.

    • quinersdiner on August 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks for the reblog. Come again.

  2. Jeff Clothier on August 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Fortunately, these are not the United Vatican States, and Mr. Biden is Vice President of the entire nation. Ryan’s statements to the effect that he believes Vatican hegemony extends to us all is does not show strength of character, but an unwillingness to do his own thinking.

    Mr. Biden has served his country in wartime and as a public servant. If this were the 18th Century, authoritarians (a much more apt title than “conservative”) such as Mr. Quiner like to hearken back to, Mr. Biden would be entitled to challenge Mr. Quiner to a duel for publicly impugning his character.

    My suspicion is that Mr. Quiner would lose.

    • quinersdiner on August 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      The authoritarians these days are found on the left. They insist on imposing their value system on the rest of us. The HHS Mandate is a perfect example. I disagree with your assessment. Nonetheless, as a conservative, I believe in your free speech rights as enshrined in the First Amendment, so thanks for sharing your views. Please come again.

  3. Jonathan Neiderbach on August 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Who the heck are you to sit and evaluate the validity of another person’s commitment or adherence to their religion. What’s next, an evaluation of how well Mitt Romney follows Mormon dogma?

    I’d urge you to stick to policy but understand religious attacks are easier when you have to defend fantasy budget proposals (note Reagan Budget Director Stockman’s evaluation of Ryan’s budget proposal “Mr. Ryan’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices” and recent articles noting that Romney’s budget proposal would require a 40% cut in all non-Medicare, non-Social Security, non-Defense spending within three years.)

    • quinersdiner on August 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I certainly don’t know anything about Mormon dogma. I do know something about Catholic dogma as a man who tries to seriously practice his Catholic faith. The Catholic Church has made it clear that human life begins at conception. Joe Biden has made it clear that he doesn’t care, by accepting human abortion as a fundamental American right. My Church sits in judgement of Mr. Biden on this issue. What separates us from animals is our ability to make moral judgements, to be able to discern what is right from wrong. If we believe that killing innocent human life is intrinsically evil, as does the Church, and we don’t condemn it, and if we don’t try to change it, then we have sacrificed the essence of our humanity.

  4. Mark on August 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    All one need do is have Mr. Biden describe how he practices and adheres to the Catholic Church’s teaching and he stumbles and fumbles to try to explain away the contradictions between his actions and the teachings of the Catholic Church to which Mr. Biden apparently claims to be a part.

  5. Shawn Pavlik on September 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    As a Christian (Baptist, not Catholic), I myself have found it difficult to reconcile a pro-abortion or a pro-gay marriage stance with a Christian world view. In fact, I left the Methodist Church over the issue of life. I was preparing a opinion piece over abortion for my college newspaper, and went to my pastor for scriptural references, only to be told that the Methodist Church takes a pro-choice stand on abortion, and that he himself had once taken a girl to get an abortion so her parents would not find out. My response was “How can you call yourself a man of God?” and I promptly began looking for another church. If you are willing to compromise on the most basic issues of life, what are you NOT willing to compromise on?