Biden – A Living Legend?

The good folks of Brandywine Hundred last month voted not to name their new elementary school after Delaware’s long-serving and once senior-senator and now vice-president, Joseph R. Biden Jr; instead, opting for the more parochial Hanby Elementary School. Likewise, it’s unusual to name anything after a politician or local hero until, well,  they’ve passed. For example, former Senator William V. Roth Jr’s name was bestowed upon the new Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge, a few years after his passing. Mr. Roth was instrumental in securing federal and state funds for the Route 1 bridge and project. So too, did the good people of Delaware celebrate a great trailblazer and civil rights litagator with the naming of the City/County Building on French Street in Wilmington after the late Louis L. Redding (btw, he also has a middle school named after him in Middletown – Redding Middle School). Thus, we now have Mr. Amtrak himself conferred upon with the naming of the Wilmington Train Station in his honor. Call me old-fashioned, but I find it a bit puzzling when politicians have buildings, schools and other things named after them while they are still living.

15 thoughts on “Biden – A Living Legend?”

  1. Kings, emperors and dear leaders are among those who love to be sure their accomplishments are recognized while they are yet alive.

    Statemen are awarded honors and accolades encased in marble after they are gone.

    Both will eventually be forgotten, though the heritage of the latter will live on.

    Shelley says it best:

    by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  2. Biden should have a stone carved for him. Perhaps this inscription would do:
    “My name is Biden, politician of politicians:
    Hear my words, ye Powerful, and be bored to death!”

  3. I expect some would object to the naming of a train station. I’m trying to keep track of the objections on the blog here. Don’t like the President. Don’t like Markell. Don’t like Biden Coons Carper Carney. Don’t like Ross Castle Rollins. Don’t like all Democrats. Don’t like most Republicans. So not liking the train station name is par for course.

    This time the reasoning for not liking is the thin line between the living and dead. Dead names okay. Live names not so much. Then there’s the Altzheimer’s exception like when we renamed Washington Airport Ronald Reagan in 1998. Or the wonderful new Nimitz-class supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush. All these imperial dear leader’s names on these monumental structures. But the little train station? Joe Biden?

    I’m about the same age as Biden. I did okay in business, proud of other accomplishments I’ve had. But Biden? Here’s a guy who managed to get himself elected to the United States Senate then re-elected five times through thick and thin over thirty years, then goes on to be elected Vice President of the United States. He’s been everyplace in the world, knows all the leaders on Earth, been many many times in the war zones Bosnia Iraq Afghanistan. Knows all the generals. He’s been right and wrong on all the great issues of the day – but he’s been there. In the arena. At the heart of the action. Not bad for a seemingly average guy. Very cool. I envy him. I like the train station named after him.

    Here’s an appropriate poem:

    What color is envy?
    If you’re still alive, you feel it,
    When persons do not notice your worth,
    By someone who
    And their praise is given to another.
    Is it yellow?
    I think not.
    Yellow is too bright.

    What color is envy?
    If you’re living, you’re feeling it.
    When another is declared the champ
    By someone who shouldn’t be judging,
    And you did better, but lost.
    Is it orange?
    I think not.
    Orange is too warm.

    What color is envy?
    If you’ve worked, you’ve felt it.
    When you’re passed over for a promotion
    by someone not as creditable as you,
    And your value is ignored.
    Is it red?
    I think not.
    Red is too fiery.

    What color is envy?
    If you suffer injustice, you’ve felt it.
    When you want respect and are shunned
    by someone who’s prejudiced, you’re not,
    And there’s nothing you can do.
    Is it purple?
    I think not.
    Purple is too sacred.

    What color is envy?
    If you’ve been poor, you’ve felt it.
    when talent and work isn’t appreciated.
    Someone pays low wages, bills mount,
    and you work two or three jobs.
    Is it black?
    I think not.
    Black is too inclusive.

    What color is envy?
    If you suffer alone, you’ve felt it,
    when there’s no response to your overtures
    by a certain someone, no one cares but you,
    and it appears you’ve been forgotten.
    Is it green?
    I think so.
    Green is jealousy.

    by Patricia M Eichler

    That explains much of the petty resentment people feel about others of greater accomplishment, especially in the political realm. I like it we named the Ronald Reagan airport after Reagan while he was alive. We name lots of stuff after people who are alive in the USA. I see no emperors or kings in America. Just men and women of extraordinary accomplishment.

  4. Trump is in trouble if he tries to win Delaware. We don’t like people who get their names put on buildings while they are alive.

  5. I’m trying to keep track of the objections on the blog here. Don’t like the President. Don’t like Markell. Don’t like Biden Coons Carper Carney. Don’t like Ross Castle Rollins….

    ….don’t like idiots (Biden).

  6. But at least Trump paid for his name on the his own buildings himself. Big difference.

  7. Remember think123’s post here next time he tries to give Republicans advice on what Republicans should do. Think123’s post above sounds like a true blue Republican, who has our best interests at heart. Let us take off our hats for a moment and fondly remember Joe Biden:

    Biden’s great achievement: Acting like everybody’s frat buddy and living off the public dole for 30 years.

  8. It’s actually appropriate that the Wilmidelphia AMTRAK station is to be named for Biden. He sat in office for thirty-five years, and always voted to spend more-and-more taxpayer money on doomed-to-fail government programs, including our national railroad, which loses millions every year. But, that’s alright- the government, unlike real commercial enterprises, can cover the losses by raising taxes and printing currency.

    Now, let’s double-down on failure with ‘high-speed rail.’

  9. “But at least Trump paid for his name on the his own buildings himself.”

    With borrowed money that, after bankruptcy, didn’t have to be paid back. He’ll make a fine politician.

  10. Peter, my advice to my fellow Republicans is concentrate on telling voters how good our candidate is, not how bad Biden and the boys are. You’re “frat boy living off the dole” for Biden is part of the reason we lose. If you think insulting Democrats and all the other Biden voters helps the “cause” you’re wrong. Biden has done what no Republican in Delaware has ever done. Stayed in office for 30 years. We can learn from his stellar political career.

    Rick, Railways are meant to be taxpayer subsidized. Hence the name Public Transportation. You know, like highways and bridges, public transportation does not make a profit. Been that way all over the world forever.

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