Monday, December 21, 2015

Op-ed: The 'Hillary Show'...So Not Worth Watching

The 'Hillary Show'...So Not Worth Watching
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots /

“This is not easy work, we did a lot to help...We’re always looking for ways about what more we can do.
 - Hillary Clinton lying on why the U.S. got involved in Libya

What a way to spend a Saturday night, but in doing what I do, unfortunately, I had to watch the third Democratic Debate...deliberately held on the weekend before Christmas when everybody is super busy and they knew no one would be watching this what amounts to a freak show. And so Star Wars, sadly, had to wait until next weekend...after all Hillary's temporary face-lift tapes were in place ready to sit in front of my television with computer by my side I did.

Held this time at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, stood center stage to debate...well not really debate per se as Hillary butt in every time the others were speaking and took over their time as the ABC moderators...World News Tonight anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz...had absolutely no control over the debate whatsoever.

No control as they showed outward bias in favor of Hillary who they asked 24 questions, Sanders who they asked 17 questions, and O'Malley not even close behind with his being asked but 11 questions; and O'Malley was the one when he tried to respond to any allegations by Hillary or Sanders was shut down by the so-called moderators who said, “We'll have plenty of time to get back to you later”...which of course they barely ever did. Now if I had been O'Malley standing up at that dais I would have walked off the stage with a few 'choice' words for those obviously Hillary hand-picked and approved moderators...but then again I have guts and fortitude and I know when something is just in-your-face not right, while we know most Democrats have no guts nor fortitude and could care less whether something is right or wrong as long as they get their face before the camera.

And so it was lights, camera, and don't forget to flash those pearly whites for the Democratic faithful in attendance.

And how did the debate begin...with an apology and some groveling by Bernie Sanders to her highness, Hillary, for his campaign aide who, after a bug in the firewall of the Democratic Party’s voter data software was discovered, allowed him to access her campaign’s private data. "Yes, I apologize," Sanders said adding that "Not only do I apologize, I want to apologize to my supporters. This is not the kind of campaign that we run.”

No...Bernie Sanders might not run that kind of campaign but Hillary, ungracious bitch that she is, even after being told that the campaign aide had been fired, responded with a smirk that “I very much appreciate that comment, Bernie. We should move on because I don't think the American people are all that interested in this.” So now Hillary decides what we, the American people, are and are not interested in...sigh.

Next up was a Foreign Policy/Gun Control mix that actually never stayed focused on either topic, and showed for the viewers that Hillary basically dismissed both her opponents and the moderators as non-relevant.

Leading off with the issue of gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino husband and wife islamic terrorist attack, the moderators stated that a recent poll had found that more Americans believe arming citizens is the best defense, and asked if the candidates agreed or disagreed.

And of course Hillary got to speak first and piped in with "In my opinion guns in and of themselves won’t make Americans safer...We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence...Arming more people to do what I think is not the appropriate response to terrorism,” adding that the first line of defense against radicalization is within the muslim community itself, but then did an immediate segway into an attack on current Republican front runner Donald Trump. Saying that, “I worry greatly the rhetoric coming from Republicans, especially Donald Trump, is sending the message that there’s this clash of civilization, that there’s a war against Islam...which only fans the flame for radicalization,” I hate to tell Hillary but we are at war with islam...all of islam...and its being anything but a civilization because civilized men do not commit the atrocities followers of But then again civilized women do not turn their back on the desperate pleas for help from a U.S. ambassador in trouble now do they.

And when a follow-up question was asked about Trump's calling for a ban on muslims entering the U.S...with the moderators of course not saying the all-important word 'temporary'...Hillary went full-force against Trump. Calling Trump a threat to the nation’s safety, saying that he was fast “becoming ISIS’ best recruiter” with all his anti-muslim rhetoric, Hillary of course never mentioned that ISIS was birthed by her and Obama's total failure of a winnable Middle East foreign policy strategy.

As for Sanders and O'Malley in general, both of whose time was cut short throughout the entire debate by Hillary's long-winded bloviations and outright ignoring of their presence on stage, coupled with the moderators doing what amounted to nothing to silence her, when asked about guns Sanders did at least get to say that it was the right of the people to buy guns, but quickly added that he wanted to strengthen gun control regulations including specifically who could and could not buy guns. And O'Malley then countered Sanders by saying that Sanders voted against the Brady Act...the 1994 act which made background checks a requirement for gun purchases from licensed dealers...and briefly chastised Hillary for changing her stance on the gun control issue with every election.

But as expected NO big revelations from either Sanders or O'Malley were made then nor were any made later on in the debate as Hillary's domineering and overbearing presence, aided by her in-the-pocket moderators, made it seem like this debate was nothing but the 'Hillary Show' and she intended to keep it that way. Not even a ripple was made when Sanders regurgitated his usual talking points about Hillary's record...including her oh so-cozy previous relationships with Wall Street executives and that the majority of her donations come from the finance world, and then threw in for good measure her years at the State Department.

And no matter that Sanders talked about breaking up big banks and increasing taxes on the rich...the rich like Hillary herself...and no matter that Sanders accused Hillary in her then-Senator from New York position, of voting in favor of the use of force in Iraq in 2012...he still did not gain traction against Hillary in the end. And his saying that Hillary was “too into regime change” and “too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be” when alluding to Syria's “terrible dictator” Bashar al-Assad, Sanders raised the ire of Hillary by saying that our main focus should be on getting rid of ISIS not on getting rid of al-Assad. And when Hillary shot back that Sanders voted to oust Libya's dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi, Sanders became so rattled that all he could do was capitulate and say that Hillary was “right,” that dealing with dictators was a “complicated issue.”

Wimping out I would say, and the last thing we need is another wimp...these seven years with Obama was quite enough...thank you very much.

And while right now Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary in the New Hampshire polls 48% to 46%...well within the margin of error...this man really has no chance of securing the Democratic nomination as he is little known outside the northeast along with the fact that he refused to promise not to raise taxes on the middle class, something Hillary did to mega applause from the audience.

As for Martin O'Malley, who also refused to pledge that he would not raise taxes on the middle class, suggesting instead that there was a “better way forward” than what his rivals offered...parroting the Obama-mantra 'forward'...and that neither socialism nor submitting to crony capitalism was the right way to go, that man spoke of climate change as being “the other great challenge we have” in man vs. the weather...making his chances of getting the nomination even less than that of Sanders. And why...first because he is a vocal proponent of accepting Syrian so-called 'refugees' into this country...even more so than the point that he spoke of last week his visiting a mosque and seeing veterans, Boy Scouts, and moms and dads gathered there supporting his and the muslims stance. And that does not sit well with the majority of American voters who are sick and tired of all the catering and pandering to muslims that has been ongoing during the Obama years.

And second, O'Malley attacking Donald Trump in the way he did saying that in addition to terrorism, a major danger is “unscrupulous leaders” who “try to turn us against each other,” and that we must maintain our values against terrorists and “fascist pleas of billionaires with big mouths,” did nothing but increase Trump's lead in the race, making the Democratic party hierarchy not happy at all, and that unhappiness will surely filter down into a lack of party support and much-needed campaign dollars.

And so as Hillary basically coasted her way through the entirety of the debate by forcing the focus away from the other candidates and onto her, she set the agenda to her choosing, which was to point out the differences between her and Donald Trump... especially concerning muslim refugees. And know that Hillary gained even more of the kumbaya-sorts support when she said “I don’t think a halt is necessary,” proposing instead increased vetting and screening...all while turning a blind eye to the fact that you cannot vet refugees from Syria...who keep no data bases on their citizens. And no data bases translates into no gathering of background information for us to work with. But in 'Democrat-land' what one does not know or simply will not admit to just translates into more party votes.

And so another presidential candidate's debate is one for the history books, and in the case of the Democratic candidates what was said, what was alluded to, what was lied about, and what was omitted, will surely be adjusted, tweaked, and outright doctored by the media to meet the Democratic tapes and temporary face-lifts not withstanding.

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