There’s a slogan that was adapted in 2003 that goes something like “Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The debate in the “Silver State” was an event that I would think the five Democrat presidential contenders would prefer that it stay in Las Vegas and that perhaps hopefully will be forgotten by the 43 million Americans that happened to tune in and watch. Following the debate debacle, many in the media and punditry, even his detractors, resignedly admitted the winner was President Trump.
This was the most combative debate yet, a down and out slugfest, and Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City in his debut performance before the people, bore the brunt of the incoming slings and arrows of the others that night. But each of the contenders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobucher, and Elizabeth Warren spent their fair share of time criticizing each other as well, but mostly held their sharpest barbs for Bloomberg. The candidates, along with the NBC moderators, were relentless in their criticisms of Bloomberg and his billions, while casting accusations of his buying into the presidency, which he is.
Among the many labels attached to Mr. Bloomberg were “arrogant,” and a “sexist billionaire,” with an “abhorrent” past policy record. This specifically referred, among other of his infractions, to the “Stop, Question, and Frisk” policy of the New York Police Department, which was eventually deemed unconstitutional by a court. Bloomberg when deciding to make his run for the presidency appeared before an African-American audience and apologized for “Stop and Frisk,” which up till then he had defended and boasted of its crime-fighting effects.
Most of the time the former mayor seemed embattled and disassociated from the group; some reacted after the debate and described Bloomberg’s appearance with that of a “deer in the headlights,” an idiom that comes from a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming vehicle, and responding with a lack of movement, eyes wide open and in a trance-like state. Beneath the surface, however, I believe Mr. Bloomberg was seething with anger and venom for his co-debaters.
Each of the candidates expressed their hostility and vituperation toward Bloomberg, but perhaps the harshest and most condemning was Elizabeth Warren who, when asked a question by the NBC moderator, stated: “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls [women] fat broads and horse-faced lesbians, and no I’m talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.” She continued, “Look, I’ll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this: Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”
There were no major changes in policies among the usual suspects, or candidates, that night. Each favored free stuff for their hungry supporters, open borders, free college tuition, and unrestricted abortion. In the case of Bernie Sanders, he is yet when questioned unable to put a price tag on his monumental giveaways. But aside from everything else, the night belonged to Mike Bloomberg, and it was not his positive tour-de-force.
Most of us are familiar with the candidates; there have been a number of debates to assess each of their platforms and promises. And with the exception of Amy Klobucher, they’re extremists and mostly out of the mainstream, and I believe pose a danger to the safety and economic security of this nation. And yet for all their foibles and transgressions, it is Mike Bloomberg that has appeared on the scene over last month that has caused much uncertainty and hysteria among Democrats and their cohorts in the media.
There is a passage in Proverb that reads: “He is so full of himself that he is quite empty.”
Bloomberg has thus far spent in excess of $500 million on advertising to what most believe is an effort to buy the presidency. The things money can buy can be boundless, but they are finite and shall pass away. There are things however that money can’t buy, and that are lasting even beyond this life. In his quest for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Mike Bloomberg has revealed himself to be both morally and socially unqualified.
At a gathering in 2019, Mr. Bloomberg stated he would never compromise his principles, nor would he go on an apology tour as some candidates then had, yet he has in fact done just that. His past is littered with former employees accusing him of egregious and irresponsible behavior especially toward females, and of being inattentive to their needs. In one particular case that went before the court an employee approached Mr. Bloomberg and advised him that she was pregnant, his response was “Kill it,” and then added “great number 16”; that pertained to the number of females in his organization who were pregnant.
Mr. Bloomberg is a big city liberal elitist; he changes parties like a chameleon changes colors. He has insulted farmers and factory workers, describing their life’s work in simplistic terms. Although his success over the years is commendable, and as mayor he did a good job, I for one do not begrudge his success. But all of Mr. Bloomberg’s vast wealth and past achievements cannot buy what it is he lacks, those things that last and prove the true measure of the man: honor, integrity, character, and principle. He seeks the highest office in the land, and such power as even reaches beyond our borders, yet he has shown himself to be arrogant, a panderer, and a dishonorable self-serving hypocrite.