Today’s paragraphs come to us from Daniel J. Flynn, writing for American Spectator (spectator.org).
Discussing the overall tenor of last night’s debate, Mr. Flynn’s just-published commentary sums things up this way:
The villains in the Democratic Party story of America do not remain hundreds of years beyond our reach. Cops, gun owners, factory farmers, employees of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, Wall Street speculators, the oil industry, Republicans, and so many others who, together, constitute the majority of the nation: our Houston Dems do not look to them as fellow countrymen but as impediments, evil impediments in some cases, to realizing their ideological vision. And if that message did not come across in English, several candidates speaking Spanish not comprehended by most viewers nevertheless did not get lost in translation.
That ideological vision includes a doubly unconstitutional confiscation of weapons through executive fiat endorsed by Sen. Kamala Harris and O’Rourke (“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47”), abolition of private health insurance in a bill sponsored by Sens. Sanders and Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden’s insistence that “nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime,” reparations for slavery supported by O’Rourke, a wealth tax proposed by Warren, Sen. Cory Booker’s call to “create an office in the White House to deal with the problem of white supremacy and hate crimes,” Harris demanding that government “de-incarcerate women and children” (even ones who murder?), Andrew Yang wanting to “give every American 100 democracy dollars that you only give to candidates and causes you like,” and the entire stage endorsing open borders, if in muted terms during this debate, and amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Is this the America you believe in? The America you want to live in? If so, this crew must put chills up and down your spine.
On the other hand, if the chills up and down your spine are because you see this as a hate-filled. freedom-restricting, envious, covetous vision, which celebrates/rewards the wrong people and identifies the country’s most successful, productive, revenue-producing, job-producing people as an enemy force, it’s more than likely that Mr. Trump – even if you have major problems with him – is your more desirable alternative.
Daniel J. Flynn wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for so effectively encapsulating what we learned from last night’s debate.