John Podhoretz watched the Democratic debate last night and was not favorably impressed,

To call the Democratic debate Thursday night a travesty would be an insult to serious travesties throughout history — because it was, save for an extraordinary back-and-forth on Israel, a series of hostile exchanges that were alternately pointless and stupid when they weren’t entirely disingenuous.

“The Democratic debate was just old people yelling”, he says, adding,

Also, with the screaming they were doing, these two Social Security recipients came to look like they were battling over the last open seat on the board of the Del Boca Vista Condo Association. If they had been playing canasta, they would have accused each other of cheating and spilled their glasses of tea all over the card table in the game room.

You can watch the video of the full debate. Podhoretz did not exaggerate.

At least Hillary managed to find a normal-looking pantsuit to wear, an improvement over her cadmium-yellow jacket. Bernie, on the other hand, still can not get a hold of a little hair gel to keep what hair he has left from flying.

An evening of mutual hectoring in a loud voice would take a toll on any senior citizen. Bernie’s off to the Vatican, so we won’t know if he’s nursing his vocal chords during the long flight. Hillary cancelled her live town hall scheduled for today’s Good Morning America,

An ABC executive told that it was Clinton who cancelled at the last minute due to scheduling issues.

I can fully understand why. There’s no way, no matter my age (and Hillary is 68 years old) I would want, after a two-hour shouting match, to engage in a town hall debate (which takes preparation and rested vocal chords) within the same twelve hour period.

I’m old enough to remember the good old days when many vigorously objected to Ronald Reagan because he was 69 years old when he took office. Now we had the gerontology politics of Hillary, Bernie (age 74) and Trump (age 69).

In other GMA news, Ted Cruz  (age 45) is scheduled for a GMA town hall next Monday. If you missed his CNN town hall, you can watch the YouTube here.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.



Yesterday I found my self feeling burned out and decided to repair to a local restaurant to forget about the world, election and the lot for an hour or so.

Wanting to do more than just watch TV at the place I grabbed a book off a shelf right next to the back door. It was the 1921 edition of the History of the United States by Charles and Mary Beard which incidentally was the US History Textbook for Fitchburg High school back in 1934.

I managed to finish about 10% of the 600+ pages in my sitting. As I sat and read while waiting for and eating my supper it hit me how little of the information I was reading is known or understood by the adults of today let alone taught to students. More importantly there were bits that jumped out at me that is very significant in this election cycle.

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about both the minimum wage and “income inequality” yet most people don’t understand how many of the people who came to America in the early colonial days had little or nothing or sold themselves into bondage simply to get here. The historical norm was a form of servitude either to a Lord or to a piece of land. As the Beards noted:

“It has been estimated that two-thirds of all the immigrants into Pennsylvania between the opening of the eighteenth century and the outbreak of the Revolution were in bondage”

and the need for labor meant that the companies were not above kidnapping:

In 1680 it was officially estimated that “ten thousand persons were spirited away” to america. Many of the victims of the practice were young children for the traffic in them was highly profitable. Orphans and dependents were sometimes disposed of in america by relatives unwilling to support them. In a single year, 1627, about fifteen hundred children were shipped to Virginia.

And mind you all of what I’ve just quoted was NOT including the slave trade from Africa.

And even for those who weren’t in bondage the American Dream as we understand it today came from the unremitting labors of those willing to break their backs to make a go of it and even so had to deal with “quit rents” under Royal Charters that were in effect: “really a feudal payment from freeholders , an a source of income for the Crown as well as for the proprietors” (said proprietors being the Lords granted Crown charters and grants of land).

While rich throughout history have always had comfort and wealth In modern America the degree of comfort, pleasure and autonomy and relative safety that people at or near the bottom of the ladder live so dwarfs the condition of early American settlers (let alone the people of the rest of the world) that such a condition would have been considered an idylistic fantasy for those people for whom unrelenting toil and the threat of death by disease or warfare were the norm.

So the next time someone decides to give you a speech about the evils of “income inequality” as they text from their iPhone that gives them not only worldwide communication but access to almost the entirety of human knowledge of all time ask them the question that has never occurred to them between facebook posts:

“Income inequality compared to when?”


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