Democratic Debate

Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics by chamblee54 on April 15, 2016








After the Georgia primary, PG is trying to ignore the presidential circus. He no longer has a vote. The contestants are beyond ugly. Thursday night, however, was the car wreck that you cannot look at, and cannot look away from. With the aid of a transcript, we can focus on the gory details.

@joshuafoust I dunno. I think Bernie Sanders would come off better if he smiled more and wasn’t so shrill. And didn’t seem to ruthless and ambitious.@chamblee54 BS comes across as a 66.6% jerk of course, this is compared to HRC , DJT, REC, who are off the scale

The Candidates interrupted, and shouted down, each other. They saw questions as cues for a planned speech, rather than an attempt to elicit information. And then, sometimes they gave an answer that just made no sense at all.

“(Moderator Wolf) BLITZER: But Senator, experts say that no matter the means to bring back these jobs to the United States, prices of goods for consumers in the United States would go up, which would disproportionately impact the poor and middle class. So how do you bring back these jobs to the United States without affecting the cost of goods to America’s middle class and poor? (Bernie) SANDERS: Well, for a start, we’re going to raise the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour.”

The jobs have left the country. The primary reason they have left is the lower cost of labor abroad. The BS answer to lower wages in Bangladesh is to raise the American minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The debate was a lesson in rhetoric. You repeat the talking points that are helpful to your cause. You ignore the talking points of the other side. You give a reason for your actions that may be true, but which does not address the overall issues. “SANDERS: Now, I voted against this gun liability law because I was concerned that in rural areas all over this country, if a gun shop owner sells a weapon legally to somebody, and that person then goes out and kills somebody, I don’t believe it is appropriate that that gun shop owner who just sold a legal weapon to be held accountable and be sued.” Apparently the concept of liability insurance hasn’t spread to Vermont.

HRC and BS are democrats, so they think that racism is the worst boogeyman that ever ravaged the planet. They were obligated to discuss the dreaded r word. “(Hillary) CLINTON … especially I want — I want white people — I want white people to recognize that there is systemic racism. It’s also in employment, it’s in housing, but it is in the criminal justice system, as well. (Errol) LOUIS: Senator Sanders, earlier this week at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, you called out President Clinton for defending Secretary Clinton’s use of the term super-predator back in the ’90s when she supported the crime bill. Why did you call him out? SANDERS: Because it was a racist term, and everybody knew it was a racist term.” (To her credit, Mrs. Clinton recognized the “systemic” nature of racism, rather than focusing on who said what forbidden word.)

Whatever decency points HRC earned in that exchange were squandered a few minutes later. Her remarks on the slaughter in Gaza might have… probably were … written for her by AIPAC. “They do not invite the rockets raining down on their towns and villages. They do not believe that there should be a constant incitement by Hamas aided and abetted by Iran against Israel. … So, I don’t know how you run a country when you are under constant threat, terrorist tact, rockets coming at you. You have a right to defend yourself. … just let me finish. The rights and the autonomy that they deserve. And, let me say this, if Yasser Arafat had agreed with my husband at Camp David in the Late 1990s to the offer then Prime Minister Barat put on the table, we would have had a Palestinian state for 15 years.”

HRC did not use the term “illegal settlement” in her tirade. A few minutes later, she did not use the word “abortion,” when discussing a woman’s choice to murder her baby. BS agreed on that issue, and even worked in a gratuitious mention of LGBT issues. Is this something to be proud of? Pictures by “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









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  1. Akki said, on April 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    really nice

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