“The government doesn’t care about profits, which is why it’s always in the red. It doesn’t care much about service either, which is why there are long lines at Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles. It cares only about votes.” – The Cynic at the Breakfast Table, a work in progress.
On Thursday, Hillary Clinton came to Hartford, not so long ago the murder capital of New England, to agitate indirectly against Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders – AND FIRE ARMS. Mr. Sanders is from Vermont and does not suffer from hoplophobia, an irrational fear of guns. In the hinterland of Vermont, guns are used to shoot game; in one-party urbanscapes such as Hartford, guns are used by drug dealers, gangbangers and young school kids to kill rivals and innocent by-standers. Anti-gun Democratic politicians now seek to forestall urban gun crimes by allowing lawyers to sue gun manufacturers – good for the lawyers, bad for law-abiding gun owners and good for politicians who hope to convince the lower orders that their measures will prevent mothers in cities from weeping over their murdered children.
Mrs. Clinton was well armed – not personally, of course. Wherever the Clinton gang goes – mommy, daddy and daughter – they are surrounded by a protective bubble of armed body-guards, all of whom are prepared to defend the leading Democratic presidential candidate and her loved ones against thugs bent on mayhem who generally obtain their weapons illegally, as did Adam Lanza when he murdered 26 children and school staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School more than four years ago. Mr. Lanza shot his mother, the legal purchaser of the weapons he used to mow down school children and school staff, because, among other reasons, she likely never would have sanctioned Mr. Lanza’s murderous assault.
Mrs. Clinton has not stressed during her primary campaign the real differences between herself and Mr. Sanders, a socialist U.S. Senator from Vermont, perhaps because she does not wish to alienate the affections of Mr. Sanders’ supporters, who are legion. In fact, the Democratic Presidential primary campaign has been placid and non-confrontational.
For instance, Mr. Sanders is a Socialist and Mrs. Clinton is not. Had Mrs. Clinton been around during the 32nd quadrennial presidential election in 1912 -- when Socialist candidate for president Eugene Debs was running against conservative Republican Party incumbent Howard Taft, Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt and Democratic Party candidate Woodrow Wilson – Mrs. Clinton would not have voted for Mr. Debs, later imprisoned at the behest of President Wilson. Mr. Debs was charged with sedition after he had made a speech in Canton, Ohio urging resistance to the military draft of World War I. Not only would Mr. Sanders have voted for Mr. Debs in the 2012 campaign, the true crucible of American progressivism, he likely would have protested Mr. Deb’s arrest, gladly sharing a side-cell with a fellow socialist presidential candidate. Thus far, Mrs. Clinton has attempted to piggy-back on Mr. Sanders’ frequent assaults on large banks and Wall Street -- which, by the way, he intends as president to abolish.
Connecticut’s “Gold Coast” in Fairfield has been a campaign piggy bank for both Democrats and Republicans on the hunt for campaign funds. Mr. Sanders’ campaign is financed by widows' mites and students whose quite considerable college loans will be paid for in a Sanders presidential administration by any redundantly rich millionaires who have escaped Mr. Sanders’ Gulag. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, on the other hand, has been financed by deep pocket millionaires who spend their off hours, when they are not drinking the blood of the proletariat, grinding the faces of the poor, a message iterated countless times by Mr. Sanders in the course of his campaign. It turns out there are more mites than millionaires. Mr. Sanders is now leading Mrs. Clinton in the race for campaign cash -- Sanders $46 million, Clinton $23 million.
If Mrs. Clinton has thrown few sharp elbows against Mr. Sanders, the courtesy has been reciprocated. Mr. Sanders has avoided penetrating comment on Mrs. Clinton’s several Achilles heels. On the eve of a major FBI investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s no longer “private” e-mail server, Mr. Sanders washed his hands of the controversy. He was sick and tired, he said during a primary lovefest, of hearing about Mrs. Clinton’s e-mails, some of which concerned the murder of an American ambassador and others by – dare we mention the word – Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, Libya.
Libya is Mrs. Clinton’s ill-advised Iraq war. The Libyan authoritarian ruler Mrs. Clinton overthrew was hiding no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) under his fashionable headgear. Indeed, Colonel Gaddafi was making cooing sounds towards Washington when Secretary of State Clinton and President Barack Obama decided to conquer him: They came, they saw, he died.
The result of the Clinton/Obama intervention in Libya was chaos, the same chaos that eventually played out in Iraq after Mr. Obama decided to quit the country following a diplomatic tiff with an irascible Iraqi President, since replaced. The Obama/Clinton team sent agents into Israel to destabilize Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign. Even a “secular Jew” – whatever that is – might have winced at such interference; but Mr. Sanders has said nothing to any of these points. In Egyptian elections, the Obama/Clinton administration supported the Islamic Brotherhood, a virulent anti-Israeli supporter of terrorism. It concluded with Iran, the new Islamic terrorist hegemon in the Middle East, an unsigned “treaty” that provided the chief sponsor of terrorist gangs in the Middle East with billions of dollars previously sequestered by a successful embargo – now suspended. None of these notes have been sounded by Mr. Sanders, a Eugene Debs pacifist, during his primary campaign.
The sound of silence in the Democratic primary campaign is crowding out a serious discussion of momentous issues. Mr. Debs, the socialist, at least confronted the quisling Democrats of his day with an iron fist. Even the prison bars of his cell shrank at the vehemence of his rage. This is what Mr. Debs said at his sentencing hearing:
“Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
Mr. Sanders seems content to bark at bankers and Wall Street financiers – which is why Mrs. Clinton, despite her frailties, will snatch the Democratic nomination from him.
Here in Connecticut, Mrs. Clinton has been embraced by the state’s all-Democratic U.S. Congressional delegation, prominent among them U.S. Senators Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both lawyers and both suffering from an excess of media adulation. They too, along with Mrs. Clinton, favor trimming the Second Amendment by allowing lawyers to sue gun manufacturers whenever a fourteen-year old fatherless child mows down another fourteen-year-old fatherless child in Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city. If you can’t prevent such shoot-outs in our urban Tombstones, you can at least enrich the lawyers.