As we come down to the wire and the general election is less than two weeks away, I look at it’s being over with a mixture of gratitude and trepidation. Gratitude that the endless political ads will have ended – and trepidation as to the outcome.
That we have two flawed candidates (my apologies to Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein who are essentially irrelevant), from whom we must choose is rather distasteful. But at least one of those, Donald J. Trump won his nomination fairly and squarely in a field as crowded as the Kentucky Derby and despite an entrenched Republican establishment that actively opposed him. They lost that battle and are working hard to lose the war because they refuse to recognize a truism uttered by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago, “The people has spoke.”
From a quick read of some of the revelations being supplied by Wikileaks, it’s becoming clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton had some underhanded (and perhaps illegal assistance) in getting where she has gotten. Nevertheless, she is on the ballot and we Americans have a choice to make. The decision is effectively a binary one – and I have thrown my support and my vote to Trump for one simple reason which the late humorist, Will Rogers so eloquently expressed:
“I am less concerned about what government can do for me than I am concerned about what government can do to me.”
There are two things we can say about Trump and Clinton with some degree of certainty. The first is that they are both human (although extreme partisans in either camp might dispute the validity of that statement as it pertains to the opposing candidate). The second is that they have, during their lifetimes, both switched party affiliations.
Trump claims that in order to do business in his home base of New York City, it was essential that he both register as a Democrat and contribute to various Democratic candidates in order to “grease the wheels” of commerce. While I don’t know if that was true in NYC, I do know that was a certainty in Chicago where I spent most of my adult life. Attempting to do business with the City of Chicago as a self-identifying Republican was about as fruitful as a man who had lost both his arms in an accident attempting to engage in a little self-abuse.
Clinton arrived at Wellesley College armed with a copy of Sen. Barry Goldwater’s book, “The Conscience of a Conservative” and four years later had shed this tome in favor of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”. With her newly enlightened mindset, naturally Clinton turned her political allegiance away from her Republican foundation and joined the ranks of the militant Democrats – the purported champions of the “little people”. But is that characterization in fact consistent with the real history of Democrats?
Dinesh D’Souza took on this subject in his excellent documentary, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”. The movie is available on-line and I heartily recommend watching it by anyone who has an interest in American politics. But below you will find my marginally edited recap – together with some additional material that I believe is relevant and important.
In 1838, Democrat president Andrew Jackson implemented his plan to remove the indigenous pre-Columbian Cherokee people from the ancestral lands they occupied east of the Mississippi River, relocating them to what is now the state of Oklahoma. The Cherokees called this “The Trail of Tears”. Of the estimated 15,000 men, women and children who began that march, it is estimated that 4,000 perished en route. Jackson was no friend of “diversity”.
The year was 1861. In South Carolina, Democrats fired the first shots on the Union garrison at Ft. Sumter beginning the Civil War. The reason for the salvo and the primary motivation for the Confederate onslaught that took more American lives than any other war in which this nation has been engaged since it’s inception was the preservation of the institution of slavery.
It was the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln who wrote and spoke the words of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves from their bondage. It was Democrat John Wilkes Booth, the active agent of a covert conspiracy who fired the fatal shot, killing the president.
In the Reconstruction Era, Democrats founded the Ku Klux Klan to intimidate the newly freed slaves and discourage them from exercising their newly forged freedom. The tactics that were employed included whippings and lynchings. Although this original hate group soon died out, it saw two later reincarnations -revived in both cases by people who identified as Democrats.
In 1878, U. S. Senator Aaron A. Sargent introduced a bill that was destined, forty-two years later, to become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution – granting the right to vote to women. Not one single Democrat in the Senate voted for this legislation and it had to be re-introduced two more times before it met the requirements to be voted out of the Congress and given to the states for ratification.
The year was 1942 and Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the War Department’s Executive Order 9066 which authorized and resulted in the internment of more than 110, 000 Japanese-Americans who were legal residents in the United States. Of these, more than 20,000 were U. S. citizens. This complete violation of the Constitutional rights of these individuals was upheld by a majority Democrat dominated Supreme Court.
A significant number of the ads which are being aired in Nevada and, I presume, in most other states, portray Trump as a person who is “unstable” and should “never be trusted with the codes that could launch our nuclear weapons”. Personally, as a child of the cold war, I remember my many nightmares in which, despite our air raid drills at school and the yellow and black signs on our public buildings indicating that they were “bomb shelters,” none of these made me feel secure. That humanity has both developed and continues to stockpile a sufficient quantity of these weapons effectively to destroy all life on our planet still causes me to shudder. But what is the actual history of the deployment of nuclear weapons?
The year was 1945 and Germany and Italy had been defeated by the Allies. The war against the Japanese Empire continued. Despite the advice of his military advisors, including Dwight D. Eisenhower who would succeed him in the Oval Office and who advocated for a naval blockade of the Japanese islands, Democrat President Harry S. Truman gave the order to drop atomic weapons on Hiroshima and two days later on Nagasaki. Although there are no exact statistics of the number of people who were liquidated immediately when the bombs fell or who subsequently perished from radiation poisoning, the estimates are that at least 600,000 people died, making these the most devastating two days in human history.
In its historic decision in 1957, the Supreme Court struck down school segergation, a policy that was typical of the discriminatory anti-black laws which Democrats had championed in the South. In Arkansas, a state in which Hillary Clinton should later become First Lady, the scene was set for confrontation as Democrat Governor Orval Faubus intended to resist the Supreme Court’s ruling.
At Little Rock Central High School, formerly an all white school, nine black students had enrolled for the new school year. When they arrived at school they were greeted by angry crowds. President Eisenhower summoned Faubus to the White House to demand that he call in the National Guard to ensure the safety of these students. Faubus declined to do so, ultimately causing President Eisenhower to call in the 101st Airborne to ensure the students’ safety and to control those who protested the integration of our public schools.
Republican President George W. Bush has been widely excoriated for engaging in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in which more than 7,000 American service people have died. Part of that criticism comes from the fact that among the dead enemy were additional people, euphemistically called “collateral damage” who were civilians including women and children. That is tragic – but we should be used to this sort of tragedy as it happens every time violent conflict occurs.
But in contrast, our fourth bloodiest conflict, exceeded in death count only by the Civil War, WWII and WWI, the war in Vietnam, vigorously pursued by Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson, makes these recent sorties look like a nice day at a church picnic.
We lost 58,209 servicemen in Vietnam with an additional 1,643 MIA and presumed dead. Perhaps the turning point in the mindset of Americans who originally supported this war, came about not only as the numbers of soldier deaths mounted but as the media began reporting on the way in which the war was being pursued, specifically that we were using napalm as a tool to “flush out” the Viet Cong.
Napalm is a gelatinous compound that burns through almost anything in which it comes in contact – including human flesh. This iconic Time Magazine photo of a naked nine year old girl and her friends who had napalm dumped on their village in 1972 might have been the most gripping of any picture taken in Vietnam or perhaps any war.
And there you have it … a somewhat concise history of nearly two hundred years of how Democrats have addressed the questions of race and women and bringing about peace through diplomacy. It hardly squares with the propaganda about “inclusion” which is one of the central themes of their talking points. Is there an explanation?
At the beginning of D’Souza’s movie, he speaks with a fellow prisoner in his jail. (D’Souza was convicted and sentenced for improperly making a ten thousand dollar political contribution to a friend’s campaign). In light of the information coming out from Wikileaks about monies being moved around to support a failed Democratic candidate for the Virginia Senate – amounting to close to three quarters of a million dollars – whose husband is the number two person in the FBI and had oversight responsibility into the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email illegalities, D’Souza’s offense seems rather like small potatoes.
His fellow inmate was a con artist. And as though it had been lifted directly from Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” if the truth about his con were uncovered and the facts revealed that his con was a sham, D’Souza asked, “How do you deal with that revelation?” His answer was, “Lie, lie, and keep on lying. Never admit to or give up the con.”
Hillary Clinton has lied and lied and lied and has never given up her con. And that’s precisely why I cast my vote for Donald J. Trump.