Midnight in America – Arkansas Online

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Ronald Reagan was a popular candidate and president for many reasons. One of those reasons had to be his sense of optimism. It was Morning Again in America, and he let everybody know it.

When a president named Barack Obama first came on the scene, he seemed a happy warrior too, even if some of the things he said didn’t make much sense. (We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for?) Say what you will about Bill Clinton, the man seemed happiest campaigning. George W. Bush had Compassionate Conservatism. His father went around the nation in 1988 pledging allegiance to the flag, and was damned proud to do it. There’s something that Americans appreciate about leaders who seem glad to be a part of the country, who see blue skies ahead, who tell us things will be fine if we’ll just come together as Americans, and look on the bright side.

Then you have the 2016 candidates for the Democratic nomination.

Have you ever watched a more depressing display than Thursday night’s debate in Milwaukee? Apparently nothing is going right in America. Everything is against you, Gentle Reader, and will always be so. If you can stand it, here are just a few of the comments made by the two Democrats who’d like to lead you. Try to guess which is Bernie Sanders and which is Hillary Clinton:

“And aligned with a corrupt campaign finance system is a rigged economy. And that’s an economy where ordinary Americans are working longer hours for low wages. They are worried to death about the future of their kids. And yet they are seeing almost all new income and all new wealth going to the top 1 percent.”

“I’m running for president to knock down all the barriers that are holding Americans back, and to rebuild the ladders of opportunity that will give every American a chance to advance, especially those who have been left out and left behind.”

“And then in addition to that, the American people are looking around and they see a broken criminal justice system.”

“I know a lot of Americans are angry about the economy. And for good cause. Americans haven’t had a raise in 15 years. There aren’t enough good paying jobs, especially for young people. And, yes, the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top.”

“They see kids getting arrested for marijuana, getting in prison, getting a criminal record, while they see executives on Wall Street who pay billions of dollars in settlements and get no prosecution at all.”

“I want to tackle those barriers that stand in the way of too many Americans right now. African Americans who face discrimination in the job market, education, housing and the criminal justice system.”

“I think we have to understand that in the last 30 years in this country, there has been a massive transfer of wealth going from the hands of working families into the top one-tenth of 1 percent whose percentage of wealth has doubled. In other words, the very rich are getting richer, almost everybody [else] is getting poorer.”

“[I’m] somebody who, yes, votes right, but much more than that, leads the efforts to protect the hard-fought gains that women have made that, make no mistake about it, are under tremendous attack, not just by the Republican presidential candidates but by a whole national effort to try to set back women’s rights.”

“Twenty-nine million people have no health insurance today in America. We pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. One out of five Americans can’t even afford the prescriptions their doctors are writing.”

And these are the candidates from the party that has controlled the White House the last seven-plus years. Goodness, why are these candidates so willing to loosen up border security and allow more immigration? Why would they want more people to come to such an oppressive country?

If the American people want to turn to a Reaganesque, or even an Obama-esque, leader this fall, somebody of good cheer who has confidence in the future of America and Americans, it won’t be one of these two.

Midnight again in America. What a campaign slogan.

Editorial on 02/15/2016

Midnight in America – Arkansas Online