Last week, Vice President Joe Biden added a fresh gaffe to the myriad in his collection. To be fair, it isn't necessarily a gaffe. As thoroughly and comprehensively wrong as he is in this latest blunder, he genuinely believes it. So maybe it doesn't quite qualify as a gaffe. Rather, it's a true believer's thoroughly incomprehensible genuine thought. Either way, it's astounding. Said the Veep:
Every single great idea that has marked the 21st Century, the 20th Century and the 19th Century has required government vision and government incentive.
Ryan Young at OpenMarket.org willingly takes Biden's statist assertion on behalf of Adam Smith. He pulls this quote from the Great Scot's Theory of Moral Sentiments (read it online):
The man of system . . . is often so enamored with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. ... He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board.
Young and Alex Schibuola further dissect Mr. Biden at The Daily Caller. Mr. Biden, President Obama and the entire crew they have in place are true men and women of the system, believing their great plans in the hands of people who know better than the average Joe is the only path to progress.
Great philosophies are timeless, true throughout the ages. Smith's words perfectly describe today's control freakish, government-first, micromanaging, "system" liberals. Could he have been any more prescient in using the term "great society"?
The Great Scot: Adam Smith knew Joe Biden and his type long ago.
Note: It's hard to keep up with the plethora of Biden gaffes, mistakes, misspeaks. But some people try: See YouTube here and here for video documentation of the Veep's hit list.