Politics in the nation’s capital these days is like a dirty prize fight.
In this corner, the Democrats. In this corner, the Republicans. Hitting below the belt, eye-gouging, rabbit punches, biting, scratching and hitting after the bell will all be allowed. There is no round limit, and the result – nobody wins.
I watched the last Democrat debate and learned four things:
1. They all despise President Trump.
2. Socialism is alive and well in the Democratic Party.
3. They all think the way to the White House is big government and out-promising the other candidates.
4. They’ve all got their claws out and don’t mind destroying anybody who stands in their way, fellow Democrats be damned.
If members of the same party are going to declare a no-holds-barred civil war in the primaries, what will the general election be like?
We all know how combative Trump is. It seems as if he relishes a good fight, and it would appear that this contest will be muddy and bloody with insult, hyperbole, innuendo and downright animus flying in all directions.
Whoever survives the primaries and faces Trump “mano a mano” best be prepared to hold their temper and have a lot more arrows in their quiver than just their rabid hatred of a president, who, if things continue the way they are going, will have the best economy and the lowest unemployment numbers in decades to offer up.
Whatever Democrat makes the cut and mounts the debate stage will have to defend the last Democratic president’s remarks that manufacturing jobs were gone forever and that America may as well get used to a reduced lifestyle as the new norm.
They have to explain why pointing out the abject failures in Elijah Cummings’ congressional district is racist.
When black and Hispanic unemployment are at an all-time low, it’s hard to prove that the president in power is a racist.
The hardest part of the Democratic pipe dreams to defend will be the Green New Deal. And if Trump does his fiscal homework, as I’m sure he will, and points out the cost and impossibly of this Alice in Wonderland monstrosity, it could be a sticky wicket indeed.
Now, I’m not saying that the Democratic candidate won’t come out swinging, and as we all know, the selection of the people asking the questions has a lot to do with a level playing field, but be that as it will, it’s going to be a long and exhausting night for somebody.
“Cookie” Ocasio-Cortez and the “Odd Squad” are the darlings of the American Media, and the bane of semi-sensible Democrats everywhere have done a lot to raise the temperature of politics in both parties. One has to wonder how long Nancy Pelosi can keep the pressure cap screwed down tight enough to prevent the impeachment crowd from storming the gates and seizing control of, if not the gavel, at least the agenda of the House of Representatives.
From what I gathered last night, there are as many health care plans as there are candidates, and they are all about as transparent as swamp water – pun intended.
There is a clandestine civil war going on in the Democratic Party, as the unabashed socialists and radical young guns, although few in number, loom large on all the major network and cable news outlets, and no radio talk show can make it through a broadcast cycle without reporting on their antics, which the Democratic leadership seems at a loss to deal with.
The Republican Party also has its share of rifts and rants, and even a few Never-Trumpers who would rather see their party fold than be led by a non-pedigreed renegade who refuses to join the old boy’s club and do things the way they’ve always been done in Washington.
It’s a volatile and combative seventeen months we are getting ready to go through between now and election time.
October surprises will be coming at us months early, and in record numbers, and, with a biased media, we will be forced to separate the grain from the chaff.
We will hear ridiculous accusations, raging and unreasonable anger and enough rumors to cause Lake Pontchartrain to overflow.
We will question the neutrality of some of our government agencies, doubt the honesty of our media, the sincerity – and perhaps even the sanity – of some of our candidates, and when it’s over, regardless of how it goes, there will be those who will say it was rigged by loyalists or interfered with by foreign powers.
Whichever side you’re on, tighten your cinch strap, make sure both feet are in the stirrups, pull up the keep on your stampede string and get ready for the ride of your life.
What do you think?
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God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.