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Monday, November 07, 2016

Shame on Us

Tomorrow, we come to 'the end.'

But the question is: "The end of what?"

Have we come to 'the end' of a country that is deeply and bitterly divided over everything from healthcare to the economy, immigration to taxes, trade to jobs? Have we come to the end of turmoil and violence in the world, with specific emphasis on the Muslim Middle East? Have we come to the end of racial strife and police vilification? Have we come to the end of corruption in Washington, to a government that has been weaponized to work for the ruling party against those who oppose its policies and programs? Have we come to the end of a system in which a different set of rules and metrics applies to the elites? Have we come to the end of media bias?

The short answer—not a chance.

Over the past eight years, we have watched as the candidate of Hope and Change failed at virtually everything he did. Michael Goodwin comments:
So this is how Hope and Change ends. With the FBI in turmoil, with surging anti-police violence, with fears of voter fraud and foreign hacking, with a sluggish economy, with a terror warning and with two unpopular presidential candidates tearing at each other like wolves.

Heckuva job, Barack Obama!

The 44th president made history by being elected, but leaves behind a nation on the verge of a crack-up. He flatters himself by insisting his tenure has been a roaring success, but the public mood tells a different story.
It's also worth noting that that Hillary Clinton will likely be elected by exactly the same constituency—women and minorities—that elected Obama (twice).

There's an old adage: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

The past eight years have been a litany of domestic and foreign policy failure, a continuing stream of scandals and governmental corruption, an economy that has increased the gap between rich and poor, race relations that are evocative of the 1960s, and historically high levels of dependency on the federal government. The list is long, and I must admit, I've discussed it dozens of times in this blog. The bottom line:
  • the Democrats and their model of governance have failed to improve the lot of many, many Americans—the "most vulnerable" among us have not done very well under the blue model.
  • the Democrats and a feckless foreign policy based on "smart power" have created chaos and danger in many parts of the world, including the specter of war with countries that can do us and others great damage.
Worse, the Dems have walked in lockstep with Barack Obama (not a word of criticism or push back) as he squandered $800 billion in "stimulus" money, as he built a healthcare program that was guaranteed to fail from it inception; as he insisted on the "Iran Deal" that was so wrong at so many levels that "travesty" is far too kind a descriptor, as he allowed his own red lines to be crossed; as he weaponized the IRS (and other government agencies) against his political opponents; as he lied about Benghazi ... and on and on.

The Democrats own the failures of the past eight years—they should be punished at the ballot box, regardless of the attributes of their current candidate or her opponent. But when you consider the deficiencies that are inherent in Hillary Clinton—the dishonesty, corruption, and incompetence that are all part of her history, political punishment is even more appropriate.

I had to laugh this a CCN headline: "FBI Clears Hillary Clinton and will Not Indict." Have democrats sunk so low that they celebrate when their presidential candidate is "not indicted" for criminal wrong-doing?  The mere fact that she was under FBI criminal investigation should have led the Democrats themselves to disqualify her as a candidate. By the way, another FBI criminal investigation of her sham charity is underway. 

Yet, the abject failure of the GOP to field a viable candidate, coupled with the cunning and largely successful strategy of the Democrats to demonize the GOP candidate (he has helped them tremendously with this) in a desperate effort to mask their own governance and policy failures, makes it look like the Democratic party will be once again rewarded—not punished— for its failures.

With the probable election of the most dishonest and corrupt candidate in modern American history, it looks like the Democrats have fooled us—twice.

Shame on us.