Ron Hart: Fear and loathing of Washington make presidential race nuts
With all the fear and anger in this country, it’s been the craziest presidential campaign of my lifetime.
The numbers for Dr. Ben Carson, who was leading in many polls just last month, abruptly dropped when he was unable to convince folks he really did try to stab someone.
After yet another intemperate remark about banning Muslims, Trump surged in the polls. It’s like the play The Producers: The more outrageous Trump’s statements are, the better he does. I can’t wait for his “Springtime for Hitler” closing.
Trump began his rhetoric on Muslim extremism by lashing out at Iraq, calling it “The Harvard of Terrorism.” It made sense, since George Bush probably got into Iraq only because his dad went there.
Then Trump made his “ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. until we can sort out what the hell is going on” statement. Rand Paul put it more sensibly when he proposed temporary bans on immigrants from 34 countries that are active incubators of terrorists. Paul’s proposal was more savvy and more considered than Trump’s blustering. But in this election, that gets Rand Paul 2 percent in the polls while Trump's populist bombast gives him a commanding lead.
If we do ban all Muslims, it really opens the door for non-denominational terrorist groups to form.
Obama seems feckless, bureaucratic, aloof, arrogant, and in over his community-organizer head, yet he continues to lecture us and call Americans "racists." He has fumbled his duty to be a strong leader. He favors self-serving political rhetoric over action and always tries to blame Republicans. On national security and ISIS, he has been consistent in his position: fetal.
Obama traded five Taliban leaders for one U.S. deserter. At least one Taliban commander and another recently released Gitmo detainee have returned to the fight against America. It gets worse: the Thanksgiving turkey Obama pardoned at the White House recently fled to Syria and joined ISIS.
In September, Obama released Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard from Gitmo, which was not fair. How is this guy going to get another private sector job as a bodyguard with his résumé? His only chance is hiring on with our Secret Service.
As Obama assured us of his government’s ability to vet Syrian refugees wanting to enter the U.S., we learned that the woman terrorist who was issued her K-1 entry visa by our Keystone Kops government had consistently posted on her social media page that she wanted to wage jihad against America. They never checked that. Instead, they believed Malik’s answer to a real question (I am not making this up) on her Department of Homeland Security application: “Do you plan on engaging in terrorist activities while in the United States?” She said "No," and was good to go. Another e-Harmony success story.
The private sector would not hire you to make Subway sandwiches without checking your Facebook page for crazy. In business, owners are responsible and bad employees are fired — just the opposite of government. Our government wouldn’t see red flags at a Crimson Tide football game. Yet they will send in Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department if they see the Confederate flag at an Ole Miss game.
Obama runs his government and foreign policy like he is afraid someone is going to report him to the Department of Children and Family Services. He thinks this huge government morass he’s created can actually function. And Democrats think Camille Cosby is in denial?
America is now looking for decisive strength in a leader, and we are willing to give Trump some leeway on not being PC in order to make changes. The weak and historically cowardly French got hit by terrorists who shot up a concert venue, to the dismay of the civilized world. French authorities successfully tracked down some of the accomplices in the attacks and surrendered to them.
With all the NSA cell phone-gathering, snooping powers they had on us, our government let this terrorist woman in and did not thwart the attack in San Bernardino that had been planned since 2012. We spent trillions on a stupid war in Iraq which ended up supplying ISIS with the tanks and weapons we left there. But after eight years, we did find bin Laden! He was in his house.
A libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author, Ron’s a frequent guest on CNN. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.