Vice President Joe Biden is a staunch warrior against drugs, even bragging about his “tough on crime” stances during a time when even Republicans are looking to get rid of harsh policies like mandatory minimum sentencing.
Biden has sponsored more damaging drug war legislation than any Democrat in Congress. Hate the way federal prosecutors use RICO laws to take aim at drug offenders? Thank Biden. How about the abomination that is federal asset forfeiture laws? Thank Biden. Think federal prosecutors have too much power in drug cases? Thank Biden. Think the title of a “Drug Czar” is sanctimonious and silly? Thank Biden, who helped create the position (and still considers it an accomplishment worth boasting about)…
Apparently, not much has changed for Biden since then. In February, Biden said he has still not changed his mind about marijuana and boasted to TIME, “I am not only the guy who did the crime bill and the drug czar, but I’m also the guy who spent years when I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of [the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] trying to change drug policy relative to cocaine, for example, crack and powder.”
Biden is talking about his role in helping to create federal mandatory minimum laws that have put non-violent criminals in jail often longer than murderers and rapists, and that have also targeted minorities unfairly. Seeing the damage these laws have caused, today strong majorities of Americans want to end these harsh penalties. Biden would later introduce legislation that would equalize the penalties for crack and powder cocaine.
But it doesn’t look like Hunter Biden will have to worry about any of that.
Reason’s Jesse Walker makes an important point, noting the hypocrisy: “While I’m sure it’s no fun to be booted from the Navy, I’m glad the younger Biden hasn’t had to suffer any formal penalty greater than that.”
“It’s a shame his father’s laws have wrecked the lives of so many people who did no more than he did,” Walker added.