Thursday, August 27, 2020

Democrats Wish Upon a Star - Don Feder

by Don Feder

Welcome to the Happy Land of pathetic progressive make-believe.

Last week, the Democrat Party had its national convention at the summit of the Big Rock Candy Mountain in the Happy Land of Make Believe – a place of magic and wonder where reality is shaped by whim and whatever you wish is true, just because you wish it. Joe Biden is now the Mayor. Kamala Harris provides hair-sniffing morale.

Democrats have been accused of lying. But to be guilty of that, you have to be able to distinguish between lies and the truth.

For the Democrat Party, reality is like the lyrics from “Pinocchio” -- ”anything your heart desires will come to you.” As Slow Joe once said, his party chooses truth (that which confirms its ideology) over facts (that which contradicts it).

Here are a few of the truths Democrats cling to:
  1. There is no rioting in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Denver, etc. just “peaceful protests” the President is trying to suppress with his “stormtroopers,” as Nancy Pelosi would have it.
Reality check: It’s lovely on the banks of denial this time of year. Portland, Oregon has had over 80 consecutive nights of rioting. On August 18, a man was pulled from a truck, beaten savagely, kicked in the head repeatedly, and left unconscious and bleeding. On 10 separate occasions, the Portland police declared a riot.
  1. Trump is responsible for COVID-19 deaths. In his convention speech, Barack Obama said the consequences of Donald Trump’s failure to “grow into the job of president” include “170,000 dead Americans.”
Reality check: The virus was developed by the Democrats’ friends in Communist China, who waited too long to tell us about it. When Trump banned travel from China early on in the pandemic, the Democrats called it racist. Trump moved heaven and earth to increase the production of everything from ventilators to surgical gloves – after years of neglect of our Emergency Medical Service Systems by guess-who.
  1. The Postal Service will do superb job of delivering ballots, if only Trump will fully fund it.
Reality check: USPS is such a model of efficiency that it lost $69 billion in the 11 years ending in 2019. In New York City’s June 23 primary, 84,000 mail-in ballots were disqualified. Mail-in ballots are the perfect vehicle for voter fraud. If the Democrats have their way, in November, there will be special pickups at graveyards and points of entry for illegal aliens.
  1. Obama presided over an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
Reality check: In December 2016, the unemployment rate was 4.7%. Without a substantial drop in the labor participation rate, it would have been 9%. Before the Coronavirus, Trump got it down to 3.5% During the Obama years, American prestige was at an all-time low, due to the Benghazi disaster (the administration’s refusal to lift a finger to save the lives of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya), among the more notable disasters.
  1. Democrats don’t want to defund the police. Democrats support the police.
Reality check: In Democrat-controlled cities, crime rates and police retirements have soared simultaneously. From June 29 to July 7, New York City police officers filing for retirement increased 411% over the same period in 2019. The city is cutting a billion from the NYPD budget, one-sixth of the total. Cops are so appreciative of Democrat support that, thus far, Trump’s reelection has been endorsed by New Jersey’s largest police union, the New York Police Benevolent Association (for the first time in 36 years), the International Union of Police Associations and the National Association of Police Organizations.
  1. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s deployment of a praetorian guard around her home is necessitated by threats she’s received and has nothing to do with the crime wave she can’t control.
Reality check: There have been as many as 140 officers assigned to guard the mayor’s home. Lightweight says it’s due to the “specific threats made every day to my person, wife (not a typo) and my home.” It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that in the first seven months of this year, there were 440 homicides and 2,240 shootings in Chicago, compared to 290 killings and 1,480 shootings in the same period in 2019.
  1. Higher taxes, growth-killing energy regulations and massive unfunded spending will lead to job growth and prosperity.
Reality check: If so, the 1970s should have been Fat City, instead of the era of stagflation and Jimmy Carter, whose sole accomplishment was paving the way for Ronald Reagan.
  1. Democrats aren’t socialists.
Reality check: The party’s rising stars, including AOC and the Squad, are avowed socialists. Bernie Sanders, arguably the most revered figure in the party, was a socialist before it was popular. In 2018, 57% of Democrats told Gallup they had a positive view of socialism, compared to only 47% who had a positive view of capitalism.
  1.  Trump wants to destroy democracy. He rules by executive order. He uses troops against (all together now) “peaceful protestors.” If he loses the election, he won’t leave office.
Reality check – Obama shielded up to 5 million illegal aliens from deportation by executive order (something he’d earlier said was unconstitutional). Trump used troops exactly once, to defend the Church of the Presidents after anarchists attacked it. He used agents to protect a federal courthouse in Portland that Antifa tried repeatedly to demolish. Members of the Obama administration used a document they knew to be false to get a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Their articles of impeachment were so ludicrous that not a single House Republican voted for them. Going on four years later, Democrats still refuse to acknowledge the outcome of the 2016 election. They believe fervently in democracy – when it’s convenient.

For the location of the 2024 Democratic National Convention, the finalists are Never-Never Land, Camelot, the Merry Old Land of Oz, and Joe’s Bargain Basement.

Don Feder


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