Another week, another atrocity, another storm of platitudes. (One difference: the preaching of the usual suspects about "gun violence" is muted.) As discussed last week, we'll continue to do our thing here.
PredictWise (unsurprisingly) claims that Trump and Clinton are the only candidates with any chance at the Oval Office. Depressing!
So we'll shake things up a bit on this end. We included Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson last month; today we'll add in the Green Party nominee, Jill Stein. I was shocked at her initial strong showing:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Donald Trump" phony||955,000||+370,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||721,000||+203,000|
|"Jill Stein" phony||269,000||--|
|"Gary Johnson" phony||24,900||0|
Jill (I call her Jill) is not a huge Israel fan:
✌🏾The US must stop supporting countries committing war crimes & human rights violations like Israel & Saudi Arabia: https://t.co/M77PxHvqds— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) June 6, 2016
She's a few meters more to the left than Bernie. So why the high phony score?
One example: Despite her background in medicine (it's Dr. Stein, thankyouverymuch) Mike Stone at Patheos noted her answer to the straightforward question: “What is your campaign’s official stance on vaccines and homeopathic medicine?”.
Instead of Stone's (and my) preferred answer ("Vaccines work; homeopathy is bullshit."), Jill provided (in Stone's words) "a long winded and evasive answer", and "a confused and muddled hash invoking big pharma conspiracy theory buzz: a convoluted political double-speak that would make the most jaded and cynical politician proud."
In this, Jill is merely following the Green Party platform. Generally speaking, the Greens combine the economic ignorance you would expect from socialists with the scientific ignorance you might not.
And there's also:
Stein Pledges To Pardon Snowden and Appoint Him To Her Cabinet.
My suggestion would be: Secretary of State, where odds are he's be less
negligent on matters of national security than Hillary was.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls Trump a 'faker,' he says she should
As it turns out, they were both right.
Unfortunately, she chose to "apologize" instead. ("I regret that I revealed my complete lack of judicial temperament," or words to that effect.)
I call your attention to the posting
Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton" because I am impressed by
the translated-to-French-and-back prose. Sample:
On Tuesday, Sanders formally took off his masks to expose the phony beneath while he formally counseled Hillary to grow to be president of america. All appreciate one will have had for Bernie’s philosophical consistency has evaporated. Instead of complete-blown, card-wearing communists, the left has now not had a unmarried philosophically constant candidate of their space of playing cards. All their communicate of loose school, loose healthcare, and top source of revenue taxes has been a lie to realize and wield energy over the ignorant plenty that believed them.
I agree! I think.
Well, just kidding. My guess is the original version is here.
On Tuesday, Sanders officially took off his mask to reveal the phony underneath when he officially endorsed Hillary to become president of the United States. All respect one may have had for Bernie's philosophical consistency has evaporated. Other than full-blown, card-carrying communists, the left has not had a single philosophically consistent candidate in their house of cards. All their talk of free college, free healthcare, and high income taxes has been a lie to gain and wield power over the ignorant masses that believed them.
Yeah, well, what are you gonna do?
Finally, a sobering report from Kevin D. Williamson from FreedomFest
in Vegas, baby:
Told You So". Kevin was skeptical about the claim America was about
to have a "libertarian moment", and one bit of confirming evidence was
the flameout of
Rand Paul's presidential campaign (before I even got a chance to vote
for him in the New Hampshire Primary). And so…
In the event, the two presidential candidates Americans got most excited about were Donald Trump, a nationalist, and Bernie Sanders, a socialist. Between the two of them, they make a pretty good national socialist. Trump won his party’s nomination and Sanders ceded his to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is (arguably) a little bit more of a nationalist and (arguably) a little bit less of a socialist but in many ways a much better distillation of the partnership between big government and big business that characterizes our current political moment.
RTWT, friends. Depressing but insightful.