I watched the ‘debate,’ if I can call it that. It seemed to me that it was more like an effort by FOX News to ‘shape’ public opinion about the candidates to fit the media’s preferred narrative of who they are and what they believe. But leaving that for another time, I was struck by the way the audience responded to some of the exchanges in this debate. Three times they cheered for a candidate who was advancing an immoral position. Folks, forget the candidates. If the people voting for them cannot recognize an immoral policy position when they hear it — or worse — if they actually cheer that immoral policy position, then it doesn’t matter who the candidates are: this nation is already lost. In this case, I was struck by something Trump, Christie and Huckabee said that — if the audience were a moral audience — should have gotten them booed off the stage.
First, there was this exchange between Trump and Chris Wallace:
When Trump says he was just ‘using the law to the best advantage of his company,’ what he really means is he was using the law to get out of paying debts he could have and should have otherwise paid back. In short: he used the law to steal from his lenders. But Trump didn’t stop there. He boasted that he was proud of what he did. In other words, Trump thinks he is qualified to be President because he will boldly proclaim that he is proud to be a thief!
Incidentally, this is one of the many reasons corporations should not be allowed as they are currently structured. If the people who owned them had to pay the penalties for the company, I seriously doubt Trump would have 4 bankruptcies. But people always eek to avoid taking responsibility for their actions, which is the primary reason we have the current corporate structure (not to mention legalized murder of unborn children and welfare — which is not the same as charity).
Next, we have this exchange between Christie and Paul:
What Christie is actually saying here is: “Never let a crisis go to waste!” His reasoning is that of every dictator and tyrant in history: ‘I have to do it for their own good.’ This is the exact opposite of the President’s primary duty: to protect our individual rights and liberties. What good is it to defend a nation if you trample on everything for which that nation is supposed to stand? No, Christie can protect this country without having to have blanket wire-taps on every American. He just wants to be given freedom to take short-cuts, and he thinks we should trust him with that power. The Germans gave that power to a little man with an ego much like Christie’s, and look how that turned out for them.
Finally, we have the exchange between Christie and Huckabee. In this case, Christie is correct: we are never going to resolve this nation’s financial crisis until we face the problem of our entitlement debt. Huckabee is wrong in his support for the ‘fair tax.’ I’ve listened to the men who designed it, and it is not designed to fund the current debt ratio — not at the proposed 17-18% rate, it isn’t. This means Huckabee would have to raise a national sales tax above 18%, and that is on top of all State and local taxes. This would shift the burden of Social Security from the backs of wage earners to the very people he claims to be supporting — the poor!
Christie quoted a figure of 71% of the national budget going to service the debt and pay for our entitlements. His suggestion of raising the retirement age makes perfect sense. When the Social Security Act was passed, very few people lived tot he age of 65. Today, most live past that age, which means the law cannot be sustained — especially in the face of a shrinking population of wage earners. besides, the law never promises anyone benefits. The way it was written, it was never intended to be a retirement fund, nor was it ever guaranteed. So Huckabee is also wrong to give people the idea that they are ‘owed’ a retirement. they are not. All Huckabee is doing is advancing one of the primary planks of socialism, and that is nothing more than an appeal to the greed of the voter to grant the politician legal authority to steal on behalf of the voter in return for their vote.. He might as well be running with Burnie Sanders if he is going to advocate such a policy.
But as disappointed as I was with these candidates, I was more so with the audience. I expect this from candidates: they are in the business of lying and deceiving — even Trump. But the audience should know better, yet they didn’t seem to or — if they did — they didn’t care. So, vote ‘D’ or ‘R,’ it won’t matter. If we can no longer see right from wrong, good from evil, then — sooner or later — we are going to elect someone who will have us cheering as they drag us into tyranny: