LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2016 — Over the long Memorial Day weekend, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump all campaigned in delegate-rich California. Our current president was in Japan.
The events also showed the behavioral mindset of their various supporters.
Donald Trump held a large rally in San Diego with some 25,000 in attendance. One thousand violent leftist protesters came to disrupt the event, leading to 35 arrests. Missing from the news headlines were that of the more than 25,000 people who showed up to support Trump, there were no arrests.
The number of protesters was treated as the more significant number.
The protesters are defined by whom they oppose, not by whom they support. They choose to disrupt Trump rallies rather than promote the alternatives. Disruption and violence trump any urge they might have to contribute something positive to the political discussion.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held his own rally in Los Angeles. The City of Angels is larger and far more liberal than San Diego. Sanders has been known to draw large crowds, but not this time.
With many of his supporters dispatched to San Diego to attack police officers, Sanders mustered only 1,500 people at his own rally.
Also not in attendance at the Sanders rally were protesters. Trump supporters are too busy supporting Trump to protest Sanders or Clinton. It seems the one thing Trump supporters and leftist agitators have in common is their urge to attend Trump rallies.
The angry left attend Trump events; conservatives, who respect freedom of speech, see no reason to disrupt leftists spouting nonsense.
Sanders supporters are a walking contradiction. While Sanders was preaching socialism, vendors were practicing capitalism in his name. Desperate attempts to hawk “Feel the Bern” T-shirts collided with attendees who wanted the merchandise for free.
As often happens at leftist rallies, verbal violence accompanied physical violence. Keeping it classy, some T-shirts were laced with profanity. “Bernie F*cking Sanders” and “F*ck Trump” T-shirts were popular with the Sanders crowd.
Among the 1,500 attendees at the Sanders rally were a group of young children led by two schoolteachers. Both teachers said that taking children to a Bernie Sanders rally was an appropriate field trip. They had no comment about the profane T-shirts that left the children giggling.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton only wishes that she could draw 1,500 people to her events. A pair of events in Oakland in very small settings allowed her to wax every way but poetic. She repeatedly states her preference for smaller events to allow her to communicate more intimately with voters. That is spin. Her crowds are small because she is an uninspiring bore.
It is reported that she shows up late, mouths platitudes, and leaves young voters liking her less than when they arrived.
Clinton dislikes campaigning, and it shows. She would rather sit at a table and discuss policy, particularly healthcare policy. She is a wonk who wants to govern, but all her 50-point plans for anything and everything will be moot unless she learns how to connect with ordinary people.
Hillary is a self-styled brainiac, but that is no match for Trump and Sanders speaking from the heart.
While Trump is hot, Bernie is warm and Clinton is cold.
Obama traveled to Hiroshima to offer an apology that he insisted was not an apology. He wrapped it in his typical professorial lecture on the evils of aggression.
Left out of his remarks was the truth: The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. They started the conflict with the United States. President Harry S. Truman, a Democrat, made the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was when Democrats were not held hostage by anti-war activists. They took defending America sincerely. Truman’s decision led to Japan’s immediate surrender, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.
While President Ronald Reagan used his final months in office to help defeat the former Soviet Union, Obama is on a global surrender tour. If conservatives are smart, they will refuse to take the bait. Leftists get angry and resort to violence.
Conservatives need to treat Obama as irrelevant and completely ignore him. His meaningless gestures do not lead to any policies. His life has been reduced to selfie-taking photo-ops. His never-ending symbolism loses its effectiveness when the people realize there is no substance behind them.
Obama will be out of office in January of 2017. His pomp and circumstance has been seen for what it is, pompousness and circumvention. America has moved on and is focused on being free of him and electing his replacement.
As for who that will be, the crowds show who is lighting up stadiums and who is putting people to sleep.