WASHINGTON, December 11, 2015 – Hillary Clinton is desperate to remain relevant as the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump draws vast crowds, commanding the lion’s share of media attention. Clinton slipped out of character during a recent appearance in Iowa.
The Associated Press account is instructive:
“When an Iowa man broke into her riff with a question about how the country could confront a new wave of hate and fear, her response sounded less like that of a commander in chief than of a soothing self-help guru. ‘We’ve got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness,’ she told a crowd of several hundred.”
The Iowa questioner is worried by the understandable anger and anxiety generated by the horrific ISIS attacks in Europe and America (that must be the “fear”).
He likewise finds it disturbing that his wakeful and cognizant countrymen are warming to Trump’s call for an end to Washington’s open-border policies (that must be the “hate”).
All this while ISIS minions behead prisoners when they don’t burn them alive, crucifies children, sells women into sex slavery, slaughters concertgoers and targets Californians for death, who six months prior threw a baby shower for a then pregnant jihadist.
“Plant love and kindness”?
It’s no wonder Hillary only draws crowds of “several hundred” delusional souls.
Last December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, Trump held a rally aboard the old aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown. Commissioned in 1943, the ship was the replacement for her noble namesake sunk on June 7, 1942 by the Imperial Japanese Navy at the WWII battle of Midway.
2,000 Trump supporters managed to make it aboard the Yorktown. Another 1,000 were forced to stay ashore.
Jon Ward, a senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, disparagingly described the average Trump supporter as “white, middle or working class, resentful of immigration… left behind culturally and economically.”
Last Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released a study that said,
“Middle-income Americans have fallen further behind financially in the new century. In 2014, the median income of these households was 4% less than in 2000. Moreover, because of the housing market crisis and the Great Recession of 2007-09, their median wealth (assets minus debts) fell by 28% from 2001 to 2013.”
An L.A. Times headline stated it less coldly: “Middle-class families, pillar of the American dream, are no longer in the majority, study finds.”
“For Hispanics, the overall loss in income status reflects the rising share of lower-earning immigrants in the adult population, from 29% in 1970 to 49% in 2015,” said the study.
In essence, Pew says Washington’s bipartisan, open-border policies depress the wages of working Americans, white and black, hitting Hispanic workers more harshly.
Last February, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush told the U.S. National Automobile Dealers Association that the Republican message to voters in 2016 must be one of “hope.”
“I mean, an optimistic message grounded in the greatness of our country… an optimistic message, not a reactionary message,” said Bush.
An “optimistic message” to an evaporating American middle class, coupled with one that seeks to “Plant love and kindness” in response to ISIS-inspired terror, are out of touch with the realities of our turbulent times.
America, like the U.S.S. Yorktown at the battle of Midway, is sinking. And meaningless, empty-headed happy talk won’t plug the leaks.