Hope and Change

Last nights Democrat debate was déjà vu all over again. Every issue and position last night was discussed in the same manner, with the same rhetoric as it was 8 years ago, ie; “we need to invest in infrastructure”, “we need to invest in clean energy”, “we need to make the rich pay their fair share”, “millionaires and billionaires are ruining this country”, “republican war on women”, republican obstructionism”, “mass incarceration”, “leading from behind” etc, etc. And then of course we heard the usual populist giveaway ideas; free college tuition, expanded Medicare, and expanded family leave, along with the now obligatory deference to the BLM movement. A couple of my favorite moments was when Hillary said that she walked over to Wall Street and told the investment bankers to “knock it off”, and then when she stated that she didn’t take a position on Keystone, until she did take a position on Keystone. Those are two fine examples of leadership aren’t they?

The Democrats are again running on Hope and Change, and are seemingly prepared to say whatever they have to, too curry favor with whatever audience they are in front of. Not once did we hear specific policy ideas on any pressing issues. Instead we heard nothing more than populist platitudes and empty political rhetoric. Hint to the political class: if you have been working for over 30 years on all of these unresolved problems, it is time to step aside and let someone else give it a try. But of course all Democrats, and most current Republicans, have no interest in resolving problems, preferring instead to keep the wheel barrels of K street cash rolling in, and too keep average Americans at each others throats over divisive issues.

20 thoughts on “Hope and Change

  1. M. Noonan October 15, 2015 / 1:33 am

    There wasn’t much point to the show – and it wasn’t a debate, as all of them are in 99% agreement. Contrast to the GOP’s vigorous debates.

    Hillary is the nominee – Sanders, etc, aren’t even in it to win it…O’Malley, at best, is hoping for a cabinet spot, as I suspect Chaffee is. Sanders just wants to pull the party a bit more to the left. Webb is, well, heck, I don’t know what Webb is up to. Hillary will not be derailed by her corruption and there isn’t an Obama out there to deny her the Democrat crown. Now, as to whether or not she can win? Not at all sure about that.

    • Cluster October 15, 2015 / 7:51 am

      All anyone ever needs to know about the Old White Socialist Party is this from current front runner Hillary:

      I know we can afford it, because we’re going to make the wealthy pay for it. That is the way to get it done.”

      This statement defines the Democratic Party and is all that is needed to be said to excite the legions of infantile progressives.

      • M. Noonan October 15, 2015 / 8:43 pm

        They get rather dumber by the day – but it is also what they are being told, now isn’t it? We just had Columbus Day and that means, per the left since about 1989, we had a few days of people saying that Columbus was the most horrible person, ever. I note that he also gets worse with each passing year – now he’s up to deliberately murdering children. Next year I’m sure it’ll be cannibalism. But what caught my eye on Twitter was a Muslim guy claiming that Columbus’ journey was to commit genocide against the Native-Muslim population which had been peacefully coexisting in the Americas since the 9th century. Now, if this guy is a college professor, who is going to argue against? If you do, you’re racist – and the kiddies in school will just swallow it whole because the only thing they’ve ever heard of Columbus is that he’s a rat bastard.

  2. Retired Spook October 15, 2015 / 7:44 am

    The only question left is whether Bill will be allowed to date while she’s in prison.

    • Cluster October 15, 2015 / 8:17 am

      I think we all know that there will be no conjugal visits

      • Amazona October 15, 2015 / 10:07 am

        Not if Bill has anything to say about it……….

  3. Retired Spook October 15, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Here are the questions Hillary should have been asked in the debate. And the fact that this was printed in the Washington Post, a normally Democrat friendly newspaper, speaks volumes about how Hillary is perceived by many on the Democrat side of the aisle.

  4. Retired Spook October 15, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Matt Walsh’s recap of the Democrat debate and commentary on Democrats in general is one of the best I’ve ever read. Walsh is one of my favorite political writers with a style of somewhere between Amazona and Victor Davis Hanson. Here’s a taste, but the whole thing is worth a read.

    Instead, the candidates were told to name the biggest national security threat we face, and two of the candidates said climate change. These, I remind you, are adults running for president of the United States who believe our greatest enemy is the weather. Islamic State is overseas torturing and decapitating women and children but, according to Bernie Sanders, the real problem is that temperatures get a little balmy in the summertime. God help us.

    This moment of sheer dementia was eclipsed only by a question posed later on in the debate. The candidates were asked whether “black lives matter or all lives matter,” and those who answered agreed that only black lives matter. The question alone shows you how far the Democrat Party and the culture as a whole has fallen in just the last few years. During Obama’s first run, you would have been flabbergasted by such an inquiry. Do black lives or all lives matter? What? Huh? Really? Talk about a false dichotomy.

    Now you barely bat an eye at the full frontal stupidity of the question or the insanity of the answer. You aren’t in the least bit surprised that Democrat politicians cannot simply affirm the value of all human life without upsetting a significant portion of their base. When “do all lives matters?” becomes a difficult gotcha question in politics, you know things have gone severely off the rails.

    • HAmazona October 15, 2015 / 7:53 pm

      Wow—- being compared to Matt Walsh and VDH is pretty amazing—-thank you. But I am not worthy, having never come up with anything as pithy as “full frontal stupidity”.

      • Amazona October 15, 2015 / 7:55 pm

        Which reminds me of the time I was responding to a troll who regularly tries to infiltrate the blog, who had referred to one of his comments as “pithy” and I said he had misspelled the word. He couldn’t figure out what I meant. Oh, those humor-deficient Lefties……

      • Retired Spook October 15, 2015 / 7:56 pm

        You and I think so much alike it’s scary. That was my favorite line in the whole piece.

    • M. Noonan October 15, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      They can’t diverge from the Party Line – the left has always been like that. It is racist to say anything other than Black Lives Matter and, so, no one on the left will say it.

  5. Amazona October 16, 2015 / 9:34 am

    After reading that the state of Maine has reduced the number of food stamp recipients after implementing a work program for able-bodied people, was curious about the governance of the state, so I did a little reading about its current governor. What I read on the state web page about him renewed my faith in the American Dream. What a contrast to the victimhood whining we constantly hear!

    “Paul LePage has spent most of his life tackling one challenge after another, the kinds of challenges that defeat most people.

    The oldest son of eighteen children in an impoverished, dysfunctional family, Governor LePage left home at the age of eleven to escape domestic violence and lived on the streets of Lewiston for two years, making a meager living shining shoes.

    At age thirteen, two families jointly “adopted” Governor LePage. Eddy and Pauline Collins kept him busy washing dishes at the Theriault’s Cafe. Bruce and Joan Myrick kept him busy hauling boxes. Bruce was a Pepsi-Cola truck driver. Later the Governor worked at the Antoine Rubber Company and at a meat packing company.

    While attending Husson, he supported himself as a short order cook and bartender, while making time to be the editor of the college newspaper.

    Getting into Husson presented a challenge in itself. Governor LePage was brought up speaking French. With the help of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe’s first husband, Peter, he was able to take an admissions exam in French to demonstrate his strong comprehension abilities and earn admittance.

    In college, Governor LePage excelled academically and graduated with a BS in Business Administration in Finance/Accounting. He then went on to earn an advanced college degree – an MBA from the University of Maine.”

    “Dysfunctional family”
    “Domestic violence”
    On his own from the age of ELEVEN!
    Blue collar jobs
    Put himself through college
    English as his second language
    Two college degrees, including an MBA

    And he is moving Maine out of the Dependence Class mentality of so much of the country. Maybe this is the kind of governor we ought to be looking at to lead the nation.

    • Cluster October 16, 2015 / 11:12 am

      What a great story. I think the most harm liberalism causes is the destruction of the individual spirit and drive. Dependence on anything diminishes the human soul.

      • Amazona October 16, 2015 / 12:02 pm

        BTW, Maine’s Leftists are after LePage big-time, right now focusing on the fact that he interceded in a charter school decision to hire a man who has come out against charter schools. They are throwing major Lefty hissy fits (sorry for the redundancy) and while it is POSSIBLE that LePage was a little heavy-handed,he did what he thought was right, and is consistent.

      • Cluster October 16, 2015 / 6:16 pm

        …he did what he thought was right

        We hear Obama say quite often that “it is the right thing to do” regardless of the fact that the majority of Americans disagree with him so I will go with LePage on this one. Oh and don’t you love it when he says “it’s who we are”? I prefer not to be included in that “we”.

      • Amazona October 16, 2015 / 7:02 pm

        I know, and it’s a slippery slope. But every now and then when someone acts on principle, in spite of blowback, you have to admire it. In this case LePage thought it was a dangerous idea to put an anti-charter-school person in charge of a charter school, and said that if this man was appointed the school would lose state funding. There is a tendency to sit back and let bad things happen and I think it is good to have a voice, a loud voice that says “This is simply not acceptable”. This is not the same as simply making laws because the president thinks the laws are good ideas.

    • Amazona October 16, 2015 / 11:55 am

      As for “change”, I think we’ve had quite enough of Leftist-style change, thank you very much.


      “The Mayor of Atlanta fired the city’s highly regarded fire chief because, more than a year before his firing, he wrote a book for his Baptist Church.

      In the book, the Fire Chief quoted the Bible on homosexuality. The book circulated City Hall for a year with no complaints until it landed in the hands of several different gay rights activists who demanded the Fire Chief be fired.

      One of those gay activists is on Atlanta’s City Council. That city councilman gave this amazing quote to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

      I respect each individual’s right to have their own thoughts, beliefs and opinions, but when you’re a city employee, and those thoughts, beliefs and opinions are different from the city’s, you have to check them at the door.” “

      Wow. What a fascinating peek into the totalitarian mind of today’s ruling elite! This person (who quite obviously did not check HIS “thoughts, beliefs and opinions” at the door) is stating that the State can dictate what people can think or believe, and that failure to comply with the State’s position will be punished.

      Just look at what he said: “…if those thoughts, beliefs and opinions are different from the city’s you have to check them at the door.”

      He apparently believes that (1) the State (here, a city, but still the government) has, as an entity, its own opinions, thoughts and beliefs, that (2) the thoughts, beliefs and opinions of the entity can and should override those of the individual, and (3) the State can and should use its power to enforce its own set of opinions, thoughts and beliefs on others, and/or punish those who do not concur. Including, quite obviously, RELIGIOUS thoughts, beliefs and opinions.

      I don’t think you can get a much better definition of totalitarian tyranny than that.

      Here we should pose the same question we often pose to Leftist tyrants, and ask if they would take the same position if things were reversed. Let’s say that “the city” were to be governed by people whose thoughts, beliefs and opinions are antithetical to those of this activist—would he then agree that he has to check his own at the door? It seems to me that this whole “gay activist” thing is based on the premise that no one should have to “check his thoughts, beliefs and opinions” at any door, and I find it interesting to see that the real belief of people like this is that tyranny and intimidation and forced silence are only bad if directed at THEM but are OK if they are imposing them on someone else.

    • M. Noonan October 16, 2015 / 11:51 pm

      He is doing good things – and as you note, the left is going bonkers about it. He’s a walking, talking refutation of the entire liberal agenda.

      • Cluster October 17, 2015 / 8:32 am

        Reality is a walking, talking refutation of the entire liberal agenda.

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