Last Thursday at the end of the DNC Convention as I was gutting out Hillary’s harangue, I kept getting a sense, of deja-vu. A feeling that I had seen this movie before.
Starting on Monday night, Michelle Obama flipped on her 2008 Convention speech, when she told us how for the first time in her life she had decided to be proud to be an American. You know, because up until Barack was nominated, America was a nasty, racist unfair, bigoted country. But now in 2016, as the Obama Administration is wrapping up, America has become all goodness and light.
Then Wednesday night President Obama took the stage and channeled Dutch Reagan with a “ shining city on the hill" speech about how great America has become under his tutelage. The economy is humming we were told. Jobs are plentiful.
Don’t worry about those Islamic-what’s-their-names, because we killed bin Laden. Thanks to Obama and Hillary the federal government is bigger and more powerful than ever, standing ready to deliver free college tuition, free housing, free healthcare, free lunches, free fill-in-the-blank. And because of this largesse, America is now more safe, secure, and prosperous than ever, and we are all one big happy family.
Oh, and Black Lives Matter.
Feel-good politics of the first order. Very different than the normal liberal message, particularly what came from Bernie and Hillary during the primary. They went from bellowing about a “revolution” to “stay the course” over the span of about two weeks.
And listening to these syrupy speeches, it finally hit me, where I’ve seen this movie before.
One of the biggest blockbusters of 2015 was “The Martian,” based on Andy Weir’s excellent book of the same name. Matt Damon plays astronaut Mark Watney, a sort of hipster-geek botanist who is accidentally abandoned on Mars, left to his own devices to find a way to survive for almost two years. Against all odds, setbacks and obstacles, he solves puzzle after confounding puzzle and is ultimately rescued. It is a feel good flick of the first order. Damon, his loopy, predictable Hollywood politics notwithstanding, is a damn fine thespian.
So as the DNC Convention drew to a close on Thursday night, giving way to the bevy of mainstream media sycophantic gushery, I realized that what I had been watching was a highly stylized, tightly choreographed remake of The Martian.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the last eight years, and/or you are actually inclined to believe anything that the Obamas or Clintons say, what you got for four days was a feel good production of the first order. But just like "The Martian," turns out that it is complete fiction. A great story that never happened. The movie took place on another planet, Mars. The convention took place on another planet; the one that exists liberals’ collective heads.
The real world is much different.
In the real world, ISIS is at war with us, busily murdering us right here in our backyard, moreso throughout Europe. On Wednesday, as the convention was in full force, FBI Director James Comey stated that, “At some point there’s going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before.” But out of 61 speakers on day one of the convention, ISIS was never mentioned. Not once. Many did however, demand we import more Syrian refugees. That’ll show those Republicans.
“Terrorist diaspora.” How’s that for a new phrase in our English lexicon? Kinda rolls right off your tongue, doesn’t it. Comey may have coined it, but Barack and Hillary get the Oscar for bringing it home in Technicolor.
Back in the real world, Barack Obama will go down as the first president unable to deliver one single year of 3 percent GDP growth. Not a single one. There are almost 100 million Americans out of the workforce; there are less people working today than when Obama took office. Given that fewer and fewer people are actually working, that iconic “city on a hill” Obama tried to take credit for is actually being plowed under to make way for Section 8 housing.
But let it not be said that there hasn’t been growth. Under Obama, the number of Americans on welfare has jumped from about 31 million to almost 50 million. This administration has been churning out thousands of new liberty-choking regulations, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. And despite huge tax increases our national debt has doubled, from ten trillion to twenty trillion dollars. And guess, what? Hillary vowed to stay the course. Good luck with all that that, millennials.
Against all odds, Mark Watney gets rescued from Mars. If Hillary becomes the 45th president, rescuing America won’t be so easy.
Patrick Murray (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) was part of a military-diplomatic exchange program between the Pentagon and Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Murray became the U.S. representative to the Military Staff Committee at the United Nations in New York under Ambassador John Bolton. After retiring from the Army in 2009, Patrick became the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Government is the Problem." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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