Thursday, March 24, 2016

March, 2016, Part 1, Politicians Say The Darndest Things: Inane Quotes From the Clintons, Obama, and Others

Ever so often we run a series of posts under the theme,“Politicians say the darndest things.” It is a parody of an old television show, “House Party,” where host Art Linkletter would ask simple questions of young kids and wait for their often funny responses. This segment of his show was called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” 

Unfortunately when kids say silly or dumb things, it is funny. When politicians say silly or dumb things, there are usually serious ramifications across the land that often involve stupid laws, wasteful spending, self delusion of a politician’s intelligence or abilities, or a continued lack of faith that today’s politicians are smart enough to get anything right.

1) Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren recently got into let’s call political opponents names rather than deal with real issues: “Let’s be honest – Donald Trump is a loser.” Yep, rather than deal with problems, issues and resolution of those issues, let’s just further divide Americans by calling someone a loser. 

This is a loser that has been incredibly successful in the business world, so much so that he is a billionaire a number of times over. I would love to see where the bar is for Warren to call someone a winner if billionaire Trump is a loser.

But maybe Warren is the actual loser. A while ago she put out the following statement (keep in mind when reading this statement that Ms. Warren is likely worth over $10 million): “Today my brother lives on his Social Security. That’s about $1,100 a month. $13,200 a year. I’m telling you my brother’s story not because it’s unusual, but because it’s like the story of so many other people. I can almost guarantee that you know someone – a family member, friend, or neighbor – who counts on Social Security checks to get by.” 

She is worth millions of dollars and laments the reality that her brother is getting by only on monthly Social Security checks that get him $1,100. If she was not a loser she would send him a check once in awhile out of her millions of dollars of wealth. That is what a winner does, something that she obviously does not know what the definition is. A loser let’s her brother live on $13,200 when she could easily and without pain lend him a little financial help.

2)  Speaking about being out of touch, consider a recent Hillary Clinton statement: “I think we’ve done a really good job securing the border. I think that those who say we haven’t are not paying attention to what was done the last 15 years under President (George W.) Bush and President (Barack) Obama.” 

Really? Did she not see the chaotic scenes at the Mexican border last summer when thousands and thousands of kids and adults were trying to get through the border defenses? Is she unaware of the many, many “rape trees” along the southern border that arise when smugglers rape female illegal immigrants and hang their under garments on trees? Is she ignorant of the reality that Mexican drug cartels are flooding this country with cheap heroin and smuggling it through the border? Is also unaware that the cartels are using unmanned drones to transport their illegal drugs into the country? 

How unaware can one be? Which raises the perennial question: do politicians even know they are lying when they issue inane comments like this or do they really think that we are that stupid and that lazy that we would not check out these types of sweeping statements? 

To prove we may never get an answer to the question, consider her follow up comment: “Immigration from Mexico has dropped considerably. It’s just not happening anymore.” It’s just not happening? In what reality are Mexican and other south and central Americans NOT trying to sneak into the country? Unbelievable.

3) But sometimes politicians’ comments can be very enjoyable when one politician throws another politician under the proverbial bus. Consider the words of Bill Clinton from the past week: “But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics with no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her.” 

It’s nice that Bill is defending and hyping his wife’s campaign but calling the Obama’s Presidency an “awful legacy” is pretty funny. Seems like a politician will call anyone any name if it is self-serving. But in reality calling someone’s effort an awful legacy also does not contribute to mature and respectful dialog on the issues in this country even if it is theoretically a political ally. No honor among thieves...or politicians.

4) I am pretty sure that a trained psychologist would tell you that a narcissist will not know when he is lying which may explain the following recent comment from the President in a recent interview with NPR: “I will tell you as president, if you’re interested just because you like the title or you like the trappings or you like the power, or the fame, or the celebrity, that side of it wears off pretty quick.” This from a President who:
  • Has used Air Force One to travel across the country for several rounds of golf on the west coast.
  • Has used Air Force One to transport the First Family dog to their vacation location.
  • Has used Air Force One to spend the past seven holiday seasons in Hawaii.
  • Has spent over $70 million of taxpayer money just on transportation costs for his family’s vacations.
  • Has allowed his family to take vacations on the taxpayers’ dime to exotic locations around the world.
  • He has appeared on numerous television shows (e.g. The View, Oprah, and others) that have nothing to do with news or the business of governing the country.
  • He filmed a television commercial for a comedian’s, George Lopez, TV show.
  • He has appeared on ESPN every March to show the country how smart he was with his March Madness college basketball tournament picks.
  • He has been quoted saying that he is seldom the fifth or sixth smartest person in any room he is in, i.e. he is brilliant in whatever crowd he finds himself in.
If anyone wanted to be President for the trappings, power, fame, and celebrity, this President is the poster boy for such self indulgence.

5) As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was in charge of foreign affairs when the Obama administration illegally and un-Constitutionally got involved in the Libyan civil war. That ill fated intrusion has resulted in a broken country overrun with different terror groups including ISIS. It has become a breeding ground for launching terror attacks into other parts of northern Africa. Thousands have died as a result of the civil war and resulting chaos including four brave Americans at the U.S. Benghazi consulate.

In any rational person’s mind, America’s intrusion into the Libyan mess has been a disaster. Unless that person is Hillary Clinton: “Is Libya perfect? It isn’t. But did they have two elections that were fair where they voted for moderates? Yes they did. Changing from a dictator that has hollowed out your country to something resembling a functioning state and even hopefully more of a democratic one doesn’t happen overnight.”

Isn’t perfect? Again, what reality does she live in? Libya has ceased to be a functioning country and she says her interference in that country’s internal affairs was not perfect? Well, yeah.

But then she completely steps over the line into another world when she claims that the United States “didn’t lose a single person” in Libya. Huh? What about the four brave Americans who died at the Benghazi consulate in Libya: Ambassador Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs. If not for her and Obama’s illegal meddling in that country’s politics and the refusal to provide enough security for that consulate, both in the months leading up to the attack and the night of the attack, those four Americans would not have died. For her to state that the country did not lose a single person from the Libya fiasco is a disgrace to the memory and families of those four who had died.

Delusional or pathological liars? Whatever the cause, these are the same people that control great parts of our lives and their quotes prove that they are so out of touch with reality that we all should be scared, very scared. More inane quotes tomorrow.

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