There were plenty of takeaways from last night’s Democratic presidential debate, but the biggest may be how much conservatives have to be grateful for. On a Las Vegas stage, Americans heard from five liberals bent on furthering the agenda that’s put our nation on the financial, moral, and international brink. They apologized that the President’s radicalism didn’t go far enough.
It was an eye-opening experience for most people, who heard, as National Review put it, “college educations should be free for everyone; all lives don’t matter, black lives do; Obama is simultaneously an enormously successful president in managing the economy, the middle class is collapsing… and that ObamaCare benefits should be extended to illegal immigrants.” In a world displaced and upended by Muslim extremists, the NRA was mentioned 14 times more than radical Islam (which wasn’t mentioned at all).
Out of step and woefully unconcerned about anything but the next big government program, voters heard from a man who could be President that the greatest national security threat facing America was climate change! Maybe so, if he was talking about the climate of hostility toward the West and religion — but certainly not the weather. Still, and I quote, Bernie stated, “The scientific community is telling us that if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we’re going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable. That is a major crisis.”
In a drastic departure from the GOP debates, social issues were almost nonexistent — with one major exception: Hillary Clinton’s stunning defense of Planned Parenthood. Emails were left out.
Sen. Jim Webb, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders spent most of the night trying to spend something else: taxpayer dollars.
What Americans want is someone they can trust. That may be hard to find. After seven years of Barack Obama, this country wants a President who won’t break the rules to advance an agenda or bypass the law to institute flawed policy. That shouldn’t be too much to ask — but last night, it certainly felt like it.
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