“In the beginning there was faith—which is childish; trust—which is vain; and illusion—which is dangerous.” —Elie Wiesel
Putting Faith in the Wrong People
On October 13, 2015, the Democrat candidates for president had a debate. Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley hardly added much to the debate. With the exception of Jim Webb, the Democrats onstage demonstrated a hard-left socialist party. Bernie Sanders, who, by his own admission during the debate, honeymooned in Moscow, Russia, even referred to himself as a Democratic Socialist. And Hillary Clinton did not differ much from Sanders.
With regard to victim-disarmament, the four socialists onstage assailed the right of Americans to protect themselves the same way they might actually come under attack by criminal assailants. Clinton accused Sanders of not being tough enough on guns, saying it was time the “entire country stood up against the NRA.”
The National Rifle Association
The National Rifle Association (NRA), founded in 1871 is the oldest civil rights organization in America. The NRA supports the entire Bill of Rights, which is something all Americans should be doing. But we must not forget that Bernie Sanders, along with every other Democrat in the Senate, supported a repeal of First-Amendment rights with regard to political speech only a year ago, by supporting Tom Udall’s amendment to the Constitution that would have allowed the government to regulate speech.
Jim Webb on the Second Amendment
Only Webb appreciated Second Amendment, saying, “[W]e have to respect the tradition in this country of people who want to defend themselves and their family from violence. . . . There are people at high levels in this government who have bodyguards twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The average American does not have that, and deserves the right to be able to protect their family.”
And Webb is right. A well-armed populace can protect itself without having to wait for good guys with guns, while a bad guy with a gun enjoys the easy working conditions provided him by government-mandated “gun-free” zones that are only gun-free to the law-abiding.
On the subject of national security, Bernie Sanders said, “Well, I think Mr. Putin is going to regret what he is doing [in Syria]. . . . I think he’s already regretting what he did in Crimea and what he is doing in the Ukraine. I think he is really regretting the decline of his economy.” Sanders’ words are unoriginal, only echoing those of Obama.
Clinton addressed Benghazi, saying, “Our response, which I think was smart power at its best, is that the United States will not lead this. . . . President Obama made the right decision at the time. . . . But unless you believe the United States should not send diplomats [like Chris Stevens, the US ambassador who was slain in Benghazi on September 11, 2012] to any place that is dangerous . . . there is always the potential for danger and risk.”
The sanest voice, concerning national security, was Webb, who said, “This is not about Benghazi per se. To me it is the inevitability of something like Benghazi occurring. . . . We had no treaties at risk. We had no Americans at risk. There was no threat of attack or imminent attack. There is plenty of time for a president to come to the Congress and request authority to use military force in that situation. . . . It [was] not a wise thing to do.” And about Syria, Webb added, “. . . Russia is in Syria right now. There are three strategic failings that have allowed this to occur. The first was the invasion of Iraq, which destabilized . . . Iraq and empowered Iran. The second was the Arab Spring, which created huge [power] vacuums in Libya and in Syria that allowed terrorist movements. . . . And the third was the recent deal allowing Iran to move forward and eventually acquire a nuclear weapon, which sent bad signals, bad body language into the region about whether we are acquiescing in Iran becoming a stronger piece of the formula in that part of the world.”
When the topic of Hillary’s emails came up, Bernie Sanders proved himself the best man on Clinton’s team, exclaiming, “Let me say—let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!”
Only Black Lives Matter
When asked, “Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?” every candidate, save Webb, answered by proclaiming, “Black lives matter.” Webb, as the only adult present, said, “As a President of the United States, every life in this country matters.” Webb’s was the only answer that did not pander to race-baiters, taking the same courageous political position that has constantly gotten Republicans labeled as racists.
The Economy & Social Security
On the economy, Webb said, “There is a reality that I think we all need to recognize with respect to the power of the financial sector.” And Webb did not seem interested in overregulation. Sanders wanted to raise taxes on “Donald Trump and his billionaire friends.” Sanders also addressed college affordability, saying that he would “make public colleges and universities tuition-free.” And Clinton chimed in on the free-college theme, saying, “My plan would enable anyone to go to a public college or university tuition free. . . .” Then Clinton added that she also wanted to “enhance the benefits for the poorest recipients of Social Security.”
The Democrats also discussed the best way to entitle illegal aliens to receive healthcare services. But there was no discussion about how to stem the tide of people flowing into America, making it impossible to keep a budget. This failing renders the entire discussion moot. But the debate audience seemed unbothered.
Jim Webb’s position on data collection was the most responsible: “[A]fter a certain period of time, you need to destroy the personal information [of individuals] . . . if criminal justice proceedings have not been brought against them. We’ve got a vast data bank of information that is ripe for people with bad intentions to be able to use.” The Chinese are hacking into America’s data-bases daily, and this potentially puts every citizen at risk.
The California Paid-Leave Myth
Clinton lied when she said that “California has had a paid leave program for a number of years. . . . And it has not had the ill effects that the Republicans are always saying it will have.” Well, the Republicans are right—and even California’s socialist Democrats have agreed it is too expensive for businesses to bear the cost. In California, there is leave, but only under the federal law signed by Republican President George H. W. Bush. And it is unpaid.
Lying about Planned Parenthood’s Organ Harvesting
Hillary Clinton accused Republicans, illogically, of being for big government, because they oppose killing babies for purposes of organ-harvesting: “They don’t mind having big government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood. They’re fine with big government when it comes to that.” First of all, the Republicans are not targeting a woman’s right to choose an abortion. The issue is Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling of the body parts of babies—some of the babies being killed on delivery in order to do so. Clinton lied to the voters about why Republicans object, and, by doing so, she protects the criminals who are profiting by such unsavory practices.
Who Is Your Enemy?
Anderson Cooper closed the debate by asking debaters, “Which enemy are you most proud of?” Lincoln Chafee said “the coal lobby” was his enemy, while Governor O’Malley said the “National Rifle Association” was his. Clinton had five enemies: “the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians,” then she laughed and added, “probably the Republicans.” It is interesting how Hillary equates Iran with the Republicans—who actually tried to stop America’s Iranian enemies from getting nukes, over the Democrats’ insistence they get them by treaty. Sanders’ enemies were Wall Street and the pharmaceutical companies. Webb’s answer was the best one: “I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he’s not around right now to talk to.” The best thing about this answer was that Webb’s enemy was a real enemy—not a fellow American or an American company!
The Democrats have clearly become an organization of economic illiterates and social engineers who oppose freedom of choice for their fellow Americans. The exception to this was Jim Webb. It is too bad that the only adult in the debate stands no real chance of winning his party’s nomination.
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