Most people seem to think Hillary Clinton won the first Democrat debate, and she did put forth a good showing, even if the atmosphere and comments from her opponents were decidedly soft and friendly. The other debaters did not challenge the top-rated candidate.
fans of Bernie Sanders disagree, believing the Vermont senator was the
best of the five. Sanders is the only candidate who admits to being a
socialist, a “democratic socialist” to be precise, although he found
little opposition to his socialist views from the rest of the group,
illustrating that the entire Democrat field shares his affection for
Reviewing the comments during the debate it was
confirmed – if, indeed, there was ever any question – that the Democrat
Party is the party of exchanging free stuff for votes, their largess
made possible by those of us who pay taxes. There was so little
disagreement among the debaters that some observers think that the other
four candidates have realized that Clinton will be the nominee, and
they seemed to be campaigning not for the nomination, but for a position
in the Clinton2 administration.
The “party of diversity” is far
less diverse than the Republicans, who have 1 woman, 1 black man, 2
candidates of Cuban descent, 1 of Asian descent, some older candidates
and some young candidates. The Democrats, the party of people who are
around 70 years old, have 1 older white woman and 2 older white men, and
two middle-aged white guys.
Based on questions, comments and
crowd response, Democrats do not object to Clinton putting national
security at risk by shunning the government email communications system
employees are expected to use in favor of her own private system for
official government communications. In order to defend the former
Secretary of State one must ignore that her decision to do so was
“inconsistent with long-established policies and practices under the
Federal Records Act and NARA regulations governing all federal
agencies,” according to congressional testimony of Jason R. Baron, a
former director of litigation at the National Archives. To the
Democrats, it is merely a distraction from the business of getting
Clinton the nomination.
Reports say that “journalists” in the
pressroom exploded in applause and laughter when Sanders said the
American people are sick and tired of hearing about the “damned emails!”
It was confirmed that the Democrat candidates and audience
members believe the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi assault are
not important. It’s old news; just another distraction. Apparently
those of us who think Benghazi is important, or ISIS, or the economy,
the national debt, or the millions of potential workers driven out of
the workforce by the lousy job market created by the slowest recovery in
80 years are clearly on the wrong track. Climate change, gun control
and giving away free stuff are clearly at the top of their agenda. They
seem not to understand that nothing is free.
They all think
pretty much alike, and believe that any diversion from the “party line”
is wrong, whereas the Republican candidates have divergent views about
important issues. Their diversity causes a great deal of consternation
and disagreement among GOP supporters and conservatives, but reflects
the sense of our Founding Fathers that robust debate of contrary ideas
is a foundational principal of good government.
points with the statement that the United States “should not be the
country that has … more wealth and income inequality than any other
country.” Factcheck.org found, however, that the U.S. ranks 42nd in
income inequality, according to the World Bank, and placed 16th out of
46 nations in the share of wealth held by the richest one percent of the
nation’s citizens. Sanders’ vision of a socialist utopia cannot stand
up against the glare of facts.
Clinton gave an interesting answer
to the question, “Which enemy that you’ve made during your political
career are you most proud of?” In addition to the NRA, the drug
companies, the health insurance companies, and the Iranians, she said
that the Republicans were her proudest enemy. Interesting that she
compares insurance companies, drug companies, the NRA and Republicans to
Jim Webb, by contrast – the former Marine Corps
First Lieutenant and Navy Secretary – said he was most proud of having
dispatched “the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me”
during the Viet Nam War. While killing that enemy soldier, Webb saved a
fellow Marine, and won the Navy Cross. Clearly, his answer wasn’t as
appropriate as Clinton’s.
She told viewers that what separates
her from being a third term of the Obama presidency is that she is a
woman, and mentioned being a woman as a good reason to elect her more
than once during the debate. Remembering what happened after the manic
drive to elect the first African-American president, we should be very
wary of electing someone president because that person is a woman.
is especially true of one who thinks she deserves to be elected, and
cites her gender as the only reason she won’t be a continuation of the
disastrous Obama presidency.