"Stronger Together" Really? Hillary's Campaign Promises
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What was missing? The price for your vote was missing,
[Sometimes what is left out of a speech is more significant than what is included. There is some magic to political speeches along the idea of "now you see it, now you don't" political promises.]
The Theme: "Stronger Together"
Amidst the furor
of sad Sanders delegates,
comes "Stronger Together".
The Convention And The Promises
It didn't start out with a rousing and unified chorus of "Happy Days Are Here Again" when the Democrats opened their national convention in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine as their candidates to run against Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence.
It may have helped that losing Democrat Bernie Sanders had already given the nod to Mrs. Clinton, but the soured Sanders delegates still wanted their voices heard and loudly.
Their frustrations were heightened by a Wikileaks publication of hacked emails from the Democrats' national committee that showed its biased approach to the party's primaries designed to give the nomination to Mrs. Clinton by their supposed-to-be neutral committee members.
Tensions lingered throughout their convention, with Sanders supporters vowing to hold Mrs. Clinton responsible for the elements of the party's platform that had been added to reflect key demands of those supporters of the "Bernie Revolution".
When that current subsided, the rest was a parade of supporters, dignitaries, celebrities, and family designed to qualify and humanize Mrs. Clinton as an experienced, caring, and compassionate candidate to be elected as president for the following four years.
The highlights of Nominee Clinton's prepared speech were a set of promises to Americans, promises that, if elected, a Hillary administration would accomplish and avoid.:
What was missing?
Notable among the topics not mentioned in Mrs. Clinton's acceptance speech were the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, the wars in Syria and in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, border security, illegal immigrants as a group, the vetting and the accepting of refugees into the United States, and the national debt.
All of those are problems the next president and the Congress must deal with, if they have not been resolved by Inauguration Day in January 2017, during outgoing President Obama’s last six months.
Those familiar with her acceptance speech will reply, “But she did mention immigrants!”
True, she said that, if elected, she would create “a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.” What she did not say clearly was that that pathway would be a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants already have a pathway to citizenship.
The truth is more than the half-truth.
A Hillary plan for “comprehensive immigration reform” would indeed be comprehensive. It would take the 11,000,000+ illegal immigrants, some known and most unknown, and reward them with something people all over the world desire: American citizenship.
And how would her comprehensive reform stop the illegal immigration?
Under Hillary’s vision there would be no wall, no tight border security. There would even be a reward, “a pathway to American citizenship. To win the reward, all any person in the world would have to do would be to enter the United States of America illegally.
Far from solving the problem of illegal immigration, Hillary’s open arms policy would make it far worse!
When so many of Senator Bernie Sanders “freebies” were added to Hillary’s own “freebies for votes,” her speech listed items sure to expand the national debt. Yet she also promised to pay for everything, while providing a meaningful job and good wages for everyone who wants one, and investment in those jobs, “investment not seen since World War II” when America was coming off a war footing, and service men and women were coming home with dreams and cash.
Far from solving the national debt and paying ‘for everything.” The Hillary/Sanders promises, actually promise all Americans, the born and the yet to be born, more national debt, if the promises are not hollow promises.
Then there are the $85,000.000.000 to be spent on the promise of free college, not to mention Hillary’s promise to refinance all the currently owed student debt, expand Social Security and fund all the other vote-winning promises.
Hillary’s opponent Mr. Trump may be under the illusion that he can keep all of his promises.
Voters are disillusioned, if they think Hillary can keep all of hers and all of Senator Sanders, or the 80% of his that made it into their party platform to win over his delegates for the unity Hillary needs to even get elected.
“The debates are coming, aren’t they?”
Oh, yes, the “debates are coming” but they won’t be like the Hillary-Sanders debates in the primaries that Senator Sanders said were rigged, or the divide and conquer debates of the Republican primaries. Nor will they be substantive like the Lincoln-Douglas debates of bygone years.
When we come down to the three Hilary-Trump debates prior to Election Day, the electoral votes needed to win the election will already be stacked in favor of the candidate who promised the most “freebies.”
Practicality and fiscal responsibility no longer have a prominent role in American elections.
The “gimmies” get, and Americans of every race, color, and persuasion are left holding the empty bag that needs filling one day, if not on the tomorrow some hope will never come.
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