Those of us who had the the stamina and the mental capacity to suffer through the Democrat debates came away with our own assessments of the candidates, their characters and what they represent. I had low expectations for this double dose of leftist progressive propaganda and utter madness. But even I found it rather underwhelming. Then was it nothing more than a waste of time? Not at all. Hopefully the American people who bothered to watch now realize just how radical and, in some cases, unprepared these people are.
The first debate included from left to right in positioning on the stage: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Tom Ryan, former Secretary of HUD Julian Castro, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Congressman Robert Francis O’Rourke, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Governor Jay Inslee, and former Congressman John Delaney.
The second debate again, from left to right: Author Marianne Williamson, former Governor John Hickenlooper, New York businessman Andrew Yang, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Michael Bennet, and Congressman Eric Stalwell.
The candidates’ positions on issues, which in most cases were similar, ranged from the absurd to the reckless and irrational. Of course most of the participants attacked, and big business and the top 1% of wage earners. Then they proposed using their money to finance their trillion dollar boondoggles and outlandish giveaways via higher taxes. When a moderator asked for a show of hands on free healthcare for illegal immigrants, all durifully raised their hands.
The candidates were questioned on a wide range of mainstay issues, and their responses reflected their extreme leftist progressive credentials: Free health care for all, including illegal immigrants; Medicare for all; Climate change; Race relations; Impeachment; Collective bargaining; Open Borders; Gun control; Free college tuition; LGBTQ rights; and increasing the corporate tax rate to 70%.
There was much pontificating and self-righteous indignation. And laughably, I thought, a good measure of pious self assurance that each of these Democrats held the moral high ground, especially when it involved President Trump. The fact that they all support and defend infanticide, in their warped minds, is not evidence of their moral corruption and inhumanity. The questioning on abortion by the NBC and MSNBC moderators was brief, and all candidates agreed on a woman’s "right to choose." There was no mention made of late term abortion, as I expected. Some of the highlights included:
Senator Gillibrand explained how President Trump is “hell-bent” on starting a war with Iran.
Congressman Stalwell, when asked what the first thing he would do as president responded, said he would “break up with Russia and make up with NATO”.
VP Biden stated “the gun manufacturers are the enemy”
Secretary Castro would open the borders to illegal immigrants. Then, in a flash of brilliance, Castro said that he believes not only in “reproductive freedom, but reproductive justice”, and would ensure reproductive rights for all women including transgender women. That might be difficult; a transgender woman is a biological male and lacks the proper equipment to become pregnant and give birth.
Governor Inslee believes “the greatest threat to the security of the United States is Donald Trump”.
Ex-Congressman O’Rourke was the only candidate on the stage to mention impeachment. He believes “We must begin impeachment now, so that we have the facts and the truth.” O’Rourke also started the night babbling in Spanish without explaining why.
Congresswoman Gabbard, who often brings her military service into the discussion, said “I’ve served with LGBTQ service members who would give their life for me, and I’d give my life for them”.
Moderator Jose Diaz-Balart, when asking a question on immigration stated that “President Obama deported 3 million Americans.”
Author Marianne Williamson was a welcome respite and a dose of fresh air, and took us on a New Age journey to the land of love and peace. She sent a message to Donald Trump. “Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me, please: You have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out. I’m going to harness love for political purposes and will meet you on that field, and sir, love will win”. Do you think Mr. Trump will call her?
I could fill up several pages with other remarks made by the candidates. A few were cogent and reasonable, but most were delusional. In the end, although they might not admit it, I believe most of the mainstream media felt the actual winner of both nights of the Democrat debates was President Trump.
As the debates ended I said to myself, "Something is missing." Then it occurred to me: a Conga Line. Imagine, if you will, all the candidates are given a command by one of the moderators to do a right face and take hold of the sides of the person in front of them, and then to the sounds of Conga music the whole lineup, moving to the beat, shuffles off the stage to the screams and applause of the assembled.