Honest question: just how much is Trump paying the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination? One is hard-pressed to come up with any other suggestion as to why these guys are handing him the 2020 election on a silver platter.
It seems every time one of these contenders opens his mouth, they just dig themselves further in the grave. While it is good fun to watch the two dozen presidential hopefuls stumbling over themselves, each one trying to prove he is more to the lunar left than the others, the scary thing is this: it is just possible that one of them might actually make it into the Oval Office – at least one day.
And the moonbattery keeps pouring out of their mouths at an alarming rate. Sure, all their hyper-leftism is the best thing going for Trump’s re-election prospects. Their proposals are not just nutty: many of them are downright dangerous, and if one day one of these Dems does take over the White House, we are all toast.
But let me offer seven of their greatest hyperspace proposals, in no particular order.
Reparations – to homosexuals
The idea of reparations for Blacks because of past wrongs regarding slavery is a common theme among the Democrat contenders. And I have written elsewhere why this proposal is certainly a dumb and unworkable idea:
But it gets even nuttier with some of them now saying we must do the same with homosexuals. I kid you not. Consider just one shocker of a headline: “Elizabeth Warren Wants to Give $57M in Taxpayer Money as Reparations to LGBT Couples”. The story begins this way:
Last week, Democrats wanted the federal government to pay reparations for slavery. Now, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to spend taxpayer money to give tax refund reparations to same-sex couples who had to file as individuals before their marriages were recognized by the federal government. Warren has introduced a bill named S.1940, known as the Refund Equality Act, which would force the federal government to pay refunds to homosexual couples that they would have allegedly received before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.
I suppose once we bankrupt the nation fulfilling that moonbeam payout, we can keep going. How about reparations for all those who have had an abortion but some pesky pro-lifer made them feel bad about destroying the fruit of their womb? And, of course, bank robbers feel bad because of all the social stigma attached to their lifestyle choices. What about their payment? The list is endless.
Healthcare for illegal immigrants
Free healthcare for all is a routine demand being made by most of the Democrats seeking to displace President Trump. This is bad enough, but some of them are so inclusive that they want all of the nation’s 22 million illegal immigrants to get it as well.
Around half of the candidates at a recent debate put up their hands when asked about whether they support this. Wow. Sounds like a plan. After all, Bernie Sanders has already told us that Americans would be happy to pay more taxes. So let’s do it and make America even more inclusive! And more broke.
Trans abortion rights
That abortion rights is very high on the list of Democrat demands is perfectly obvious, with every single one of the current crop of contenders fully pushing for it. But things get even more bizarre with folks now talking about abortion rights for all – and that includes men!
Consider what Texan politician Julián Castro said in a debate when asked about abortion funding. He said this: “I believe in reproductive justice, and what that means is just because a woman — or, let’s not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female — is poor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise the right to choose.”
Hey, who am I to judge? If we insist that taxpayers now fund abortions for men, I guess we just need to move with the times. You can’t stop progress after all. And while we are at it, let’s force taxpayers to subsidise having tampons in male toilets. Oh, sorry, that is already happening in many places in the US.
Free education for all
There is a very long list of demands for free stuff from the leftists and socialists. The Democrats, of course, excel at this. A very quick overview of most recent American elections tells us this: a whole lot of people will always vote for Santa Claus. Whoever offers the most free stuff will often get the most votes. That effectively explains how Obama beat Romney in 2012.
So it comes as no surprise that many of the contenders are calling for free college education. This can take different forms, including proposals to cancel all student debt. Thus we have folks like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand calling for tuition-free or debt-free college education.
But as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) rightly said, the moves to cancel student debt is immoral: “When you say #cancelstudentdebt, you’re saying a minority of people who had the advantage of obtaining a degree should have their debt paid off by hardworking taxpayers, 2/3 of whom don’t have degrees themselves, or already paid their own student debt off. This is immoral.”
Lower the Voting Age
Overwhelmingly Democrats favour lowering the voting age, at least to 16 – for starters. As just one example, Beto O’Rourke from Texas certainly wants it lowered. But he is the same guy who acknowledged that he was just a stupid teen when he wrote a vile “murder fantasy” about running over children with a car.
As Mike Huckabee has rightly stated, “Beto’s excuse for writing sick stories about killing children: he was just a dumb 16-year-old who didn’t know any better. But hey, let’s lower the voting age to 16!” Or as one meme making the rounds says: “Let’s lower the voting age to newborns – that way Democrats won’t kill them.”
In fact, a case might even be made for raising the voting age, not lowering it. A radical proposal, yes, but no less radical than the calls being made to lower it. But for more on this, see how one writer seeks to make the case.
If Democrats do not want to outright abolish the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, they at least want to severely restrict it and curb funding for it. This important government body, along with the United States Border Patrol, is at the front lines of protecting American borders and keeping illegals – including criminals, drug runners and sex traffickers – from waltzing across the borders.
As to those seeking to abolish ICE we have Democrats like Miramar, Florida mayor Wayne Messam and NY mayor Bill De Blasio actually seeking this. As to those in favour of the diminution of its powers and authority, almost all the other candidates are calling for this.
Most Americans, of course, realise what madness these proposals really are. They want their country to be protected and safe, just like they want their own homes protected and safe. As Trump rightly proclaimed, if “you get rid of ICE, you’re going to have a country that you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house”.
Give felons the vote
Yes, voting rights for prisoners. You can’t make this stuff up folks. When Kamala Harris was asked about this very matter – even including people on death row and inmates like the Boston Bomber – she said with a straight face, “I think we should have this conversation.”
Not to be outdone, Bernie Sanders put it this way: “I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy – yes even for terrible people”. And Beto O’Rourke said that he believes America needs to “rethink” granting the right to vote to those in prison.
As I say, the list is really endless. So many more things can be mentioned, be it the push to get rid of the electoral college, the Green New Deal, socialism on demand, New Age guru Marianne Williamson talking about ‘dark psychic forces’ and so on. This is a party of fruit loops, and the further left they all go, the more re-electable Trump becomes.
The moral and mental meltdown of the Democrats is almost complete. But hey, it’s early days. I am sure we will see even more cases of zany, off-the-planet proposals being made in the days ahead. So get out the popcorn and easy chairs – and enjoy.
Bill Muehlenberg is a Melbourne cultural commentator.
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