How the Left has Forfeited the Democrats’ Right to Political Power

Politics of Division

“Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it.” ―Sen Lindsey Graham. This fiery rant from a normally mild-mannered senator crystallized for many on the right their thoughts on the Democrats’ unbridled lust for political power at seemingly any expense.

It used to be “which party has the better ideas”, now it’s “which party deserves political power”. That’s the question we must ask ourselves this November. Do we reward the Party that represents the Leftist ideology, one that is obsessed with race, sexual orientation, and power, or the one that represents people who believe in limited government power, and are not obsessed with dividing Americans into grievance groups? Do we give power to those who make outlandish claims of being stripped of their rights, while exercising those same, exact rights? Should people who don’t believe in the fundamental legal tenant that everyone is innocent until proven guilty control the courts? Should a party aligned with people who chant “What do we want? Dead cops! And when do we want them? Now!” be in charge of the nation’s law enforcement apparatus?

Capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than any other system in the history of the world. Socialism and communism have killed over 100 million people in the last hundred years and have destroyed the economies of many a nation. Socialists should not be given more economic power.

The U.S. Military has been a force for good for over two hundred years, freeing oppressed people in every corner of the globe. People who would diminish its might should not be given more power.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” People obsessed with the color of people’s skin and not the content of their character should not be given political power.

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington Groups like Antifa are for taking away free speech hoping to accomplish just this.  They are modern-day fascists. Those who support them either actively or passively by their silence should not be given power. The mob should not be given power.

The United States is an exceptional nation. Though imperfect, it has overcome its original sin of slavery to become a beacon of freedom for oppressed people around the world.  Its people have achieved some of the greatest military, humanitarian, and technological achievements in the history of the world. It is still the only nation to have sent humans to the moon. From building the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, and rebuilding Europe after WWII, Americans have literally changed the world. Americans are some of the most generous people in the world, contributing more to charity than any other country. People who don’t believe in American exceptionalism should not be given more political power.

It used to be that both the major parties, Republicans and Democrats both wanted to do what is best for America within the framework of the Constitution and guided by the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. They only varied on how best to accomplish this and how fast a pace we should take in changing things. In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that the Democrat party lead by a small but exceedingly vocal minority of leftists has abandoned those common values and replaced them with ones foreign to our shores, and diametrically opposed to those of our Founding Fathers. They have contempt for the basic tenets of our democratic republic namely, free speech, free trade, nonviolent protests, and the rule of law. Some of the party leaders give tacit approval of mob violence to change policy, while others have explicitly called for incivility. That party, having strayed so far from the moral, economic, and legal principals that make up the norms of a Judaeo-Christian, capitalist, libertarian nation has forfeited its authority under those principals to govern.

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Lindsey Graham Kicks Off Presidential Campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) SC is the latest to annouce a Presidential bid.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) SC is the latest to announce a Presidential bid.

On Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R) SC officially announced he is a candidate for President. Senator Graham served in both houses of Congress and in the U.S. Airforce, where he recently retired after 33 years, most of it in the Reserves having reached the rank of Colonel.  His announcement speech focused mainly on foreign policy, which he believes will a critical issue in the 2016 campaign.  He has the most experience in that field, even more he points out, than Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic nominee. “I have more experience with our national security than any other candidate in this race…This includes you Hillary,” he said at one point.

Continuing on with his foreign policy theme, he mentioned several problematic areas of the world where he maintains the Obama/Clinton foreign policy has failed or faltered, citing Iran, Russia, China and the Middle East of examples of particular concern.  He has been an outspoken critic on the Obama administration’s cool treatment of Israel.  “To our friends in Israel:  I will never abandon you,” he stated in his speech.

Only briefly did he talk about domestic policy, having received criticism from conservatives in his own party regarding those matters.  He hinted that he might be open to raising taxes on the very rich in order to shore up Medicare, he also suggested he might raise the retirement age.  He spoke of America’s need for energy independence.  He has in the past supported the XL pipeline and expanding off-shore drilling.

His considerable strength at foreign affairs may not be enough to make up for what the conservative wing of the GOP considers his chief weakness:  Domestic policy, especially in the areas of immigration and taxes.  Most would consider him a moderate Republican, not conservative enough to win significant Tea Party support in a race with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio already in it.  He will struggle to keep up with the fund-raising of Jeb Bush, his prime competition among the so-called “establishment” Republicans.  He will need an early victory in his home state of South Carolina in the primaries in order to keep his campaign afloat for very long.  To a governor as nominee he might be a tempting choice of running mate, with his foreign affairs credentials.  Thus, President of the Senate then is a much more likely outcome for him than President of the United States at this juncture.