This is what the Democratic Party is about. Stop turning a blind eye to it and let the politicians know that if they want your vote this has got to stop!
As I write this, Joe Biden is in fifth place in New Hampshire. That is not good news for the Biden campaign nor the Democratic Party. No one expected the former Vice President to win Bernie Sander’s home state but a fifth-place finish? He is already having trouble raising cash. After this performance, Sleepy Joe might have difficulty raising dust. The media has already been writing Biden’s political epitaph, and they are just waiting for his doomed campaign to give up the ghost.
Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar are the flavors of the week coming out of New Hampshire. Of the two, Amy is by far the more palatable, but her staying power will depend on whether she can distinguish herself going forward as well as she did in the debate. Senator Klobuchar tentatively raised her hand to be the lone candidate to say that she did indeed have a problem with a Socialist heading the Democratic ticket. That gesture represented what many in her party are thinking but are too afraid of the far-left base to say. Her surge came right after the debate and that one small action was a big part of that, in my opinion.
The real winner last night, however, was not even on the ballot. He was not on the debate stage last week. Michael Bloomberg could not have had a better night. With no clear front-runner now the Democrats are looking at the very real possibility of a brokered convention. With moderates feeling disenfranchised and the far left feeling cheated once again by the DNC’s most significant problem might not be Donald Trump, but rather their voter turnout.
A friend recently posted on Facebook some arguments that are out there concerning the current situation. It was a quite reasoned and well thought out argument, one you used to be able to have before the discourse in this country devolved into that between entrenched warring factions rather than anything resembling civilized, intelligent discussion. So this is an attempt to respond in kind.
The first point she makes is that the stock market has zero to do with any President. That is only true in the sense that the Stock Market does not care who the President is. Wall Street donates heavily to both political parties, and there have been bull markets and bear markets in both Democratic and Republican Administrations. What the market does care about is the state of the economy and, as such, is an indicator of how that economy is doing. Indeed, it is not the only indicator, but it is a legitimate one. It is also a place where millions of Americans invest their hard-earned money through 401k’s, IRAs, and the like. So to say that the stock market has nothing to do with the lives of most Americans is not valid.
While conceding that the unemployment rate is low, my friend mentions that she knows several people who cannot pay their rent or mortgages on their salary. I have struggled with money my whole life and will likely continue to do so until they close the lid on the box. But my issues with money have much more to do with my own decisions and mistakes than with anything that was done to me. We also live in NYC where everything is more expensive, so even making what would be considered a good salary elsewhere is barely subsistence level here, especially with the cost of housing.
All that being said, sure people are taken advantage of, paid less than what they are worth, or what they need to live. But we do not live in a caste system here. If the economy is good and unemployment is low, but we are not able to pay our bills then maybe its time to try something else. I am not judging anyone but expecting wages to magically go up just because it would be fair, well it will be a long and disappointing wait. Having the government impose unrealistically high minimum wages on entry-level jobs inevitably causes unemployment. It does not matter what any job pays if that job does not exist.
Joe Biden is crashing. Bernie and Lizzie are unelectable. So who is there? No one else seems to be getting any traction, although there are still some clinging to the hope that they will catch fire somehow and win the hearts of the Democratic electorate. Super Tuesday is usually the day when a clear frontrunner starts to distance himself or herself from the pack. This year it will be more about IF there will be a clear frontrunner coming out of the current field.
The more the impeachment circus drags on, the more negative information has been coming out about Joe Biden and all the shady dealings he had concerning his family and the millions of dollars they have amassed during all these years of Joe’s public service. So much so that even the MSM has been forced to at least report on the allegations. If the DNC Politburo decides that they can no longer put their anointed candidate on the ballot, they may permit the networks to do their jobs.
If Biden falls, who is left? Bernie Sanders scares the Party Establishment so much they are already planting stories about how crazy this guy is. They even trotted out their heroin, Hillary Clinton, to take a pot shot at him and slink back into the woods. Their fear of Bernie is so intense that they have been trying desperately to divert any serious investigation into the Bidens when in saner times a candidate s damaged as Biden would have been quietly convinced to recuse himself under whatever pretense he chose.
The elephant in the room right now is Michael Bloomberg. His primary qualification is money. Not money he was able to raise from people who support him, but his own. He is little more than a monkey wrench in the Primary process right now because while he may see himself in as some leftist Donald Trump candidate, he does not have anywhere near the populist support has. His modest rise in the polls has little to do with anything he is bringing to the table but more to do with his uncontested ads running in states where the other candidates have not yet started campaigning in earnest.
All this could lead to what many Democrats fear most-a a brokered Convention. This summer’s gathering in Milwaulkee could be fun for those of us looking in. Stay tuned.
Folks, this is Wildwood, NJ. In January. This scene is deep in the heart of a reliably Blue State in January. Bi-partisan incompetence in the State House keeps the governorship see-sawing back and forth between the major parties, but it has been decades since NJ glowed red on presidential election night. These were not 100,000 diehard, redneck, good old boy, Texas Republicans. There had to be a lot of Democrats in that crowd. And that’s got to scare the powers that be in the Party to death.
No, me neither.
The Democrats in this country have lost their minds. I am sorry, but it is true. When the terrorist leader that is directly responsible for over 500 American deaths and thousands of American and Coalition forces has been taken off the battlefield, it should be a cause for celebration no matter who the President is who ordered it. It does not matter to most thinking people whether or not there was evidence of “imminent danger” from this vile human being. He has already shown himself to be a war criminal and capable of the cruelest atrocities. His death, unlike most, actually enriched the world rather than detracted from it.
This, in my opinion, is akin to taking out Himmler or Goering or (pick your Nazi) prior to WW II. By the time the statesmen running the world realized Hitler was an “imminent threat” he had already overrun half of Europe with his sights set on the rest. I am not FDR’s biggest fan but he was right about the threat to the world the Nazi’s posed and if he and Churchill had been able to act sooner to contain that threat millions need not have died. It would have been right then and it was right now to take out this piece of filth responsible for so much suffering by so many.
The Iranian regime is a rogue government and its only interest in engaging in the world community is to manipulate it to achieve its own ends. They have no interest in peaceful co-existence with their coreligionists, let alone Israel and the US. It is very telling that the usual voices so ready to condemn any strong actions by the US are conspicuously silent. If even those who do not wish us well and who are not our allies recognize that this cancer on humanity had to be excised, then why don’t Democrats.
There were a few days of “mourning” where students and others were forced onto the streets by the government to express “sorrow” over the death of this monster. The American Press ate it up, some particularly idiotic commentators comparing the this outpouring of feigned grief to that expressed in this country for Elvis or in Great Britain for Princess Dianna. Such utter nonsense would end the careers of these talking heads in any sane society, but as I have already stated these people have lost their minds.
In the middle of all this, the Iranian Military shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing every one on board. First they tried to cover it up, then attempted to blame it on their reaction to “American adventurism” in the region. The American press lapdogs dutifully ate it up, of course, but then something happened that changed the narrative.
Iranians flooded to the streets once again, this time without coercion. Instead of chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” they were calling for the heads of the leaders of their own government. Rather than trampling on and burning American and Israeli flags they were purposely avoiding walking on those flags painted on the street for that very purpose in 1979. Rather than weeping over the assassination of the “Great Hero” Gen. Qassem Soleimani, they were tearing down posters of him and burning them in the streets.
And as of this morning, still not a word of support for these demonstrators from the Democrats. These demonstrators are clearly heroes, risking their lives and the well being of their families to oppose this despotic regime. The silence from Democratic lawmakers and candidates for the Presidency is just stunning. Hopefully there will be a joint resolution in Congress voicing support for these brave souls and it would send a clear and unambiguous message to the mullahs if that resolution passed unanimously. I pray the Democrats and Republican can come together in a bipartisan declaration that above all, we stand with those who defend freedom.