#DNC2016 OUTRAGE HANGOVER

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I am so grumpy today. How grumpy? Let me count the ways. This is going to be a political rant, but first I need to ask, “Whose idea was summer break anyway?” My 13 year old needs to go back to schoooooooooool!!!! Okay, on to the core grumpiness. Taylor Swift writes Grammy Award-winning songs from her distress; I write incisive and snarky political commentary. But, please, nobody nominate me for a Pulitzer. It would be unseemly.

Hillary Clinton – Ugh.

President Obama – Though he speak with the tongues of men and angels, and has not transparency, he is become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Bill Clinton – Ugh ugh ugh.

Michelle Obama – Please.

Corey Booker – Disgraceful.

(See? Pulitzer material.)

Hillary Clinton was the first woman ever to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party. Is there something wrong with me that I wasn’t even focused on that? Obviously it’s a big deal, but it was only when I saw the reverence on display that I remembered. I was focused only on her person, her politics, her track record, her chances for winning, her strategy for defeating Trump, her relentless attempts to make us like her, and her pantsuit.

I wasn’t focused on her sex because duh. A woman candidate for president. I kinda thought it was a given that we are there as a country. Women are the majority of citizens, the majority of voters, and the majority of college entrants. Women are paid significantly more than men if they have the same educational level, the same number of years in the workforce, and the same marital status. Only someone in the progressive echo chamber could possibly think women in 21st century America are getting a bum deal.

I would like to spend my rant skewering every single thing she said, but I’ll limit myself (somewhat) because I have other things to do today.

HILLARY CLINTON:

Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?

She apparently didn’t get the memo that we abandoned that motto looooong ago with our hyphen-Americans, English as a Second Language classes, ballots in Tagalog, etc. Our motto du jour is e pluribus even more unum: out of many, we are even more many with no unifying American ethos.

…we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.

That’s what Rome said.

[We are going to build a future where] you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in.

It was so nice of her to agree with conservatives on the issue of school choice.

It’s true… I sweat the details of policy – whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs.”

Unless it’s national security policy, in which case, she couldn’t care less.

Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too – because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.

And when she says, “clears the way for everyone” she means everyone…especially our enemies who can’t wait to exploit the SJW idiocy of women in combat.

“Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.”

Excuse me while I choke. If only the Wall Street Journal had published today’s “U.S. GDP Grew a Disappointing 1.2% in Second Quarter” in time for her to update her speech. Then again, it wouldn’t have mattered if they had. That’s why I’m so grumpy.

Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That’s real progress.

No, that’s real progressiv-ISM, which starts with a social justice agenda totally divorced from reality and backs in highly-parsed anecdotes and statistics to support it. Case in point, “Twenty million more Americans with health insurance” loses a bit of its luster when fleshed out with pesky details. The Washington Times reported that as many as 61 percent of Obamacare recipients were individuals who previously had employer or health coverage but lost it because it didn’t meet the requirements of Obamacare. Add to that the inconvenient fact that “more than two-thirds of the gain in coverage is a result of an increase in the number of people in Medicaid, the federal government’s health care program for the vulnerable poor.”

It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.

Is it wrong to deny the devastating impact of raising the minimum wage on the number of pink slips employers hand out?

…Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again.

Can a president ever, ever pressure mortgage lenders to issue NINJA (No Income No Job or Assets) loans again? (Please note the repeating pattern of starting with a social justice agenda—we want more minorities to own homes—totally divorced from reality—it’s extremely difficult to know who can repay a loan when they don’t have to prove they can. The one-two punch of the pattern is accomplished by artful acknowledgement of only half the problem: Wall Street then repackaged subprime mortgages and sold what were essentially junk bonds as safe investments to an unsuspecting public.)

I believe in science.

Now, this is actually good news. If she believes in science, it follows on naturally that she will have to acknowledge the gap in the fossil record (the Cambrian explosion) that points to something beyond current scientific dogma that we descended from apes. She will have to admit that even Darwin himself “openly acknowledges weaknesses in his theory and professed his own doubts about key aspects of it.”

It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can’t refinance theirs.

Only Donald Trump didn’t “ignore” personal debts with minimal impact on the rest of us but debts related to businesses that employed countless numbers of people. Given his Midas touch, I presume that the number of jobs lost in such a move were dwarfed by the number of jobs created. He’s filthy rich, yes, but as Hillary is so quick to point out, he didn’t get there by himself. He needs his employees as least as much as they need him.

We’re going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks.

Yet more debt. What about repealing some of the 129 new small business laws the Obama Administration enacted in 2014? Or a few of the 3,541 new regulations they spawned (See “The Economy and Small Business Regulation” in Hail to the Chief!)

We’re going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the “woman card,” then Deal Me In!

In the old days, women balanced family and work with marriage to a good provider, help from extended family, support of generous faith communities, and realism that we can have it all but not all at once. (See “The War on Women” in Hail to the Chief!)

A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.

She may have a point there.

I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.

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They think [Donald Trump] couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says – like when he called women “pigs.” Or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage. Or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability.

She’s correct. Awful awful stuff. Almost as bad as high-level DNC emails that call a woman a “bimbo”, mock the name “LaQueenia”, demean a DNC staffer as a “homo”, and discuss ways to use Bernie Sanders’ religion against him.

So enough with the bigotry and bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change.

Apropos of nothing, have you noticed that women are never referred to as ‘bombastic’? And men are never referred to as ‘shrill.’ Shame on all of us for having words that accurately reflect reality.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.

Again with the parsing. “So many measures” clearly does not include GDP in the 2nd quarter.

…I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together — black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance, under the same proud flag…

The DNC made sure of it by putting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance on the TelePrompTer.

…until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. But Hillary has been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions. She knows what’s at stake…for the soldier … and she treats everybody with respect.

Please note that what’s at stake for the soldier takes a disgusting back seat to what’s at stake for the Democrats if the soldier is stationed anywhere near Benghazi. And sure, lying to the families of dead Americans about a YouTube video is totes how I define “respect.”

I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.

With all due respect to George Washington, of course.

Well, America’s promises do not come with a price tag. We meet our commitments. We bear our burdens. (Applause.)  That’s one of the reasons why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when I took office.  (Applause.)

The meeting you want is in the room next door, the one labeled “You Can’t Handle The Truth.”

America is already great.

Quick! Somebody tell Black Lives Matter!

Hillary knows we can work through racial divides in this country when we realize the worry black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work…

Um, actually, there might be a skosh of difference between an individual losing his life (however unacceptable the reason) and a public servant sacrificing his life for ours. Just saying.

…they were the same values Michelle’s parents, the descendants of slaves, taught their own kids…

All right already! We get it! We’re horrible, awful people who enslaved other human beings. Whatever you do, don’t mention that we went from enslaving black people to electing a black president in a few generations.

…that’s why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries, and blend it into something uniquely our own.

That’s not what he said when Trump Tower had a Cinco de Mayo taco bar.

They tell voters there’s a “real America” out there that must be restored. This isn’t an idea, by the way, that started with Donald Trump. It’s been peddled by politicians for a long time — probably from the start of our Republic.

You mean the start of the Republic that is unlike any other ever ever ever? You mean it isn’t real, this America that so inspires the rest of the world (according to him)?

BILL CLINTON:

The speech wouldn’t even make a bad novel. No point in critiquing it.

MICHELLE OBAMA:

…I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves…

Hmm. I wonder if any of the hundreds of thousands of free men who died in the Civil War to abolish slavery ever worked on that house.

So don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth. (Applause.)

If she could bottle whatever it was that took her from “This is the first time I’ve ever been proud of my country” to “This is the greatest country on earth”, I’ll bet we could knock out the national debt.

COREY BOOKER:

Our founding documents were genius. But not because they were perfect. They were saddled with the imperfections and even the bigotry of the past…black Americans were referred to as fractions of human beings…

Were black Americans referred to as ‘fractions of human beings? No, they weren’t, and a sitting U.S. senator, should know better. Extended rant here. (Also, see American Exceptionalism in Hail to the Chief!)

Miscellaneous grumpiness:

  • The hug between President Obama and Hillary Clinton. I need to un-see that.
  • The family gushing. Enough already. I care what policy positions she holds, not what books she read to Chelsea when it was time to go night-night.
  • The double standard for grieving mothers. When the RNC gave Sean Smith’s mother a chance to speak, it was called ‘exploiting.’ When the DNC gave Michael Brown’s mother a chance to speak, it was called ‘honoring’.
  • Black Lives Matter disrupting the moment of silence for fallen police officers. I don’t know about you, but I really want to hear their grievances now.
  • Air-head celebrities joking that Donald Trump is an air-head celebrity. When I want to get my political acumen from Lena Dunham and Ugly Betty, I’ll let you know.

Okay, off to see Hillary’s America with the fam. I’m feeling kind of bad for George Washington so I’m wearing my Mt. Vernon cap to give him some props.