While on vacation, I have had the opportunity to review the democratic debate numerous times and reflect on what was said.
Who is the enemy? The Left, which has a tendency to define itself as “smart” and
“progressive” by caricaturing everyone else as stupid, greedy,
mean-spirited and, of course, bigoted. We see that here often. The left is extremely vulnerable to
the old temptation of trying to become a saint through the sins of
others. They defined themselves as
enemies of Big Coal, the NRA, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical
companies, Wall Street, billionaires, and Republicans. Democrats now believe in a big government utopia and no
longer make much pretense of caring about economic growth or national
security and define themselves by their opposition to fellow
What is the left's credible strategy for dealing with the Islamic State as most of the debates foreign policy discussion was centered around
anti-interventionism. Seems that opposition to the Iraq War still dominates and distorts their whole outlook and the reality of the world today.
What is the left's concept of national security?? Certainly isn't about keeping people out of the country that shouldn't be here. Certainly doesn't seem to be about our allies and promises. Instead it seems to be about climate change. A strange twisted reality as Putin steps up his world efforts, China builds islands in the S China sea. N. Korea touts a new treaty with the USA to end hostilities. What hostilities???
I have heard mention from the candidates about the suffering of the
middle class, the irony being that these Democrats are making a
pretty compelling case for the failure of their own incumbent president.
But all of the talk is about how they’re going to help people by
redistributing wealth or providing free stuff. None of it is about how
we’re going to return to strong economic growth so that people can have
jobs and make money. Not sure how the redistribution will fix the broken economy. Not a word about all the middle class jobs transferred to China and abroad in exchange for cheap junk.
Some of the things I heard:
Bernie Sanders is promising a “revolution,”
Martin O’Malley is promising
a total conversion to “green energy,”
Lincoln Chafee is promising world
Hillary Clinton is waving her hand and assuring us that the
rich will pay for everything.
Democratic candidates talked about the new programs they
would create — free college was the big one. Nobody balked, nobody said it wasn’t realistic, nobody
talked about ratcheting back government or expecting less. Asked about
it directly, Hillary Clinton contemptuously dismissed warnings about big
government: “we should not be paralyzed by the Republicans and their
constant refrain, ‘big government this, big government that’… I know we
can afford it, because we’re going to make the wealthy pay for it.”