It is appalling how far left the Democrat Party has drifted in just the past 10-15 years. In recent years, it has become almost impossible to find "old-school" Democrats who are liberal on social issues but still patriotic and somewhat hawkish on defense and national security. Former Navy Secretary and U.S. Senator Jim Webb is one who is not far removed from the Scoop Jackson mold, but he's been marginalized of late. There are not many more like him.
As Democrat members of Congress and candidates have drifted further left, their knowledge of basic economics seems to have withered on the vine. (What else could explain preposterous proposals such as a $15 an hour minimum wage, or the convoluted distortions of Obamacare?) Even more concerning, thanks in large part to the leftward drift of K-12 education and academia, millions of lemmings have reached voting age utterly devoid of the ability to reason or engage in critical thinking. They buy the Democrats' snake oil, and have no second thoughts. As the Democrat Party continues to sign up unregistered voters and lower the bar for voting requirements, this only promises to worsen.
The Democrats' national convention has put on full display how severely this once great political party has lost its way. Where to begin...
For starters, "tone deaf" doesn't begin to describe the Democrats. Following several weeks of terrorist attacks and cold-blooded assassinations of police officers, the Democrats failed to mention terrorism in any of their first 61 convention speeches, and featured as speakers mothers of lawbreakers who died after altercations with police officers (while failing to invite widows of slain police officers to address their convention).
And in the case of two of the grieving "Mothers of the Movement" who spoke, the death of their loved one did not result from a police officer's action. Trayvon Martin was killed by a private security guard after Martin was pummeling George Zimmerman and Zimmerman shot Martin. The other deceased African American, Sandra Bland, hung herself in a Texas jail cell.
The Democrats also featured illegal immigrant speakers while our southwest border states are under siege from illegal immigration and our schools, social services, hospitals and law enforcement are overwhelmed. The rule of law means nothing to Democrats.
And on the sleaze front, the nihilistic Democrats featured the hideous train wreck Lena Dunham as a speaker. This despicable slattern pretty much sums up the Democrat Party's tendency to spit in the face of standards and morals. Predictably, she accused GOP nominee Donald Trump of being a hater and wanting to "make America hate again." Real deep thinker, that Lena.
Finally, President Perjury (er -- Bill Clinton) gave a typically long-winded speech endorsing his so-called wife for the Democrat presidential nomination. It is ironic that at the outset of his remarks, he spent a great deal of time describing how he met Hillary...the attraction, romance, etc. What an absolute joke. Their marriage has been an expedient sham for decades, and Clinton is one of the world's biggest philanderers. Hillary, supposedly a paragon of virtue and a role model for women everywhere, worked hard to trash the reputations of the "bimbos" who went public about affairs with Slick Willie, accused him of sexual harassment or even rape.
And the final irony -- undoubtedly lost on the Demon-cats -- is that Bill Clinton's administration enacted many of the laws and policies that today's hard-left Democrats despise: NAFTA, the Defense of Marriage Act, Don't Ask Don't Tell, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994. In my post, "The Clintons' Bitter Boomerang," I wrote about how the Clintons' past policies are coming back to haunt them in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Bill Clinton committed perjury, was impeached, and had his law license suspended. He has abused women atrociously. But the Democrats love him to death. Their admiration underscores how liberals and progressives base so much of their beliefs on feelings, idealism, emotion and imagery. Don't let the facts get in the way of that warm, glowing feeling.
This nation is in serious trouble if this bunch of charlatans retains control of the White House. Sadly, it just might happen. And as the expression goes, the most concerning thing is not just the con artists and liars in leadership; it's that tens of millions of people actually support and vote for them.