Reality: I am going to tear down your safe space! Brick by brick, I shall smash it with glee!
Cartman: What? Who is that?
Reality: You cannot stop me from getting inside! I am cold and I am hard, and my name… is Reality.

South Park Safe space 2015

five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were

C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters XIII

One of the great strengths and successes of the Democrat party has been the ability to peddle situations where the costs of their actions and inactions are not apparent.

From Ted Kennedy’s immigration bill in 1965, to the pull out from Iraq, to the scoring of Obamacare, to Global warming,  to the current college protests the democrats have thrived on selling either faux crisis or ignoring the long-term consequences of their policies for short-term political gain.

In a country as rich as the United States were actual danger is rare, at least if you don’t live in a democrat inner city like Baltimore, it’s not as hard as it sound and has been highly effective for the party,  but every now and then cold hard reality intrudes and throw a big wrench into this business.

Paris is such an event.

The Paris attack is everything the Democrat party hates, a deadly reality, taking place in front of the entire world that directly contradicts several of their most cherished memes:

Islam is not a threat
Pulling Troops out of Iraq ended a war
We don’t need troops to stop ISIS
Open borders are not a problem
Students attending expensive universities are oppressed
Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity

It’s even more deadly when your party base increasingly believes that there is nothing after this life.   The idea that fanatics can permanently end your existence at a metal concert or a sporting event or a restaurant has to be doubly frightening for the unbeliever.

Now under normal circumstances given a few days the Democrats and their media allies would have had time to come up with a coordinated message to answer this threat (not the Islamists themselves but the reality breaking through their defenses) but alas the attack took place the day before the 2nd Democrat debate, a debate that had been specifically designed to keep people from viewing it.

And in that debate the Democrats found themselves confounded by the great contradiction. Even with the blood still on the streets do they appeal to their base or to the reality of the threat? What would Hillary Clinton do? Let’s go to the transcript:

DICKERSON: Secretary Clinton, you mentioned radical jihadists. Marco Rubio, also running for president, said that this attack showed and the attack in Paris showed that we are at war with radical Islam. Do you agree with that characterization, radical Islam?

CLINTON: I don’t think we’re at war with Islam. I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists who have —

DICKERSON: Just to interrupt. He didn’t say all Muslims. He just said radical Islam. Is that a phrase you don’t…

CLINTON: I think THAT you can talk about Islamists who clearly are also jihadists, but I think it’s not particularly helpful to make the case that Senator Sanders was just making that I agree with, that we’ve got to reach out to Muslim countries.

And the same problem came up for Sanders

DICKERSON: Just quickly, do either of you, radical Islam, do either of you use that phrase?

SANDERS: I don’t think the term is what’s important. What is important to understand is we have organizations, whether it is ISIS or Al Qaida, who do believe we should go back several thousand years. We should make women third-class citizens, that we should allow children to be sexually assaulted, that they are a danger to modern society.

And that this world, with American leadership, can and must come together to destroy them. We can do that. And it requires an entire world to come together, including in a very active way, the Muslim nations.

And O’Malley

DICKERSON: Governor O’ Malley, you have been making the case when you talk about lack of forward vision, you’re essentially saying that Secretary Clinton lacks that vision and this critique matches up with this discussion of language. The critique is that the softness of language betrays a softness of approach. So if this language — if you don’t call it by what it is, how can your approach be effective to the cause? that’s the critique.

O’ MALLEY: I believe calling it what it is, is to say radical jihadis. That’s calling it what it is. But John, let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that all of our Muslim American neighbors in this country are somehow our enemies here. They are our first line of defense.

This unwillingness to say: “Radical Islam” was a topic of dry comment:

The three candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination had different ideas at Saturday night’s Iowa debate about what to call terrorists — but they wanted to leave “Islamist” out of any descriptor.

Political leads:

Hillary Clinton may have talked tough Saturday night about defeating terrorists, but her desire to avoid uttering one word immediately led Republicans to declare her weak.
That word? Islam.

Democrat worry

“I say this as a liberal, I would be concerned as a Democrat about the entire terrorism part of this debate,” Beinart said.

and GOP snark:

Homosexuality used to be known as the love that dare not speak its name. When it comes to Islamic terrorism, Islam is the religion that dare not speak its name. On this the candidates were all agreed.

This reality is a toxic thing to the left and as long as it is front and center it will mean that there is a chance to actually address this problem and in the long run save lives.

But we on the right need to face reality as well.  The Paris attack will only be toxic for a short time to the left’s worldview.  Like any infection this dose of reality will eventually be beaten back by the antibodies of self indulgence, self delusion and self righteousness of people who presume that as frightening as the attacks in Paris are, it’s not a physical threat to them.

We don’t have long to use this moment, we need to do so now while our friends on the left are still willing to allow us to help save their lives and our own.

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By A.P. Dillon

This past Tuesday was the first 2016 Democrat Candidate debate. It was held on CNN and was conveniently moderated by Clinton Global Initiative member, Anderson Cooper. Clinton and Sanders had the most talking time. Gee.

To summarize the debate, there was a lot of yelling, socialism, talk of ‘free stuff‘ and more yelling.  One could easily say the big take away is that America’s Democrat party is now openly socialist.

Most of the country might not know that, however.

The ratings for the debate are being billed as the ‘highest in Democrat history’ with preliminary numbers showing that only 11% of Americans tuned in. Based on that math, this debate looks to garner around half of the viewership for the first GOP debate.

For an alleged ‘substantive debate’, education and Common Core were basically ignored. Perhaps that is because all of the Democrat candidates back Common Core and would rather Jeb Bush take that toxic heat.

There was also quite a bit of complaining about the economy, the subtext of which was a hilariously sad assault on the failed policies of Barack Obama. Moreover, a bunch of rich, old white folks up on stage tried to convince us that they know what is best for our lives and, specifically, our money.

The field was old, white and weak, which lent itself to making Hillary Clinton look appealing in the way that the last sandwich on a heavily picked over buffet might. The majority of applause points came from rhetoric that is more applicable to the 2008 election cycle than this one.

A little recap.

Sanders: Went full socialist. You never go full socialist.
I kept waiting for him to yell, ‘MIC CHECK!” before each of his responses.
bernie and hillary debate oneSucked up to Hillary by providing cover on her email scandal, yelling “I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”   Um, Bernie? According to Google, they’re not sick of it.
Every answer he gave inevitably circled back to climate change and some version of  ‘the common good’. You know who else was all about the ‘common good‘?

Hillary: ‘I’m a woman. That’s all the qualification I need.’
Favorite quote of the night: “I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”  Err, what?
Also, ‘nothing is my fault’ and ‘I’ll make an arch-villain out of the NRA’. Can’t wait to see her poll numbers slide, but that will be due to the vast right-wing conspiracy.
She’ll likely be sending Anderson Cooper a fruit basket for letting her get out of answering some of the questions posed to her.  Bernie will get a basket too.

O’Malley: Hulk smash.
Highlights included ‘Baltimore was awesome when I was there’ and NRA is eeeeeevil!  Except when he gets cash from them.

Chaffee: Opening, middle and closing were all awkward as you can get. I imagined Chaffee asking himself, ‘Alright, whose arm is up my backside making my mouth move?’
Key bits out of Chaffee included, “I have no scandals” and I have no idea why I voted the way I did.  Also, he hasn’t changed on any issues, but party hopped anyway. What a hot mess.

Webb: The only one to say ‘All Lives Matter‘ and the only candidate who came across as reasonably rational on most issues. Also the only candidate to nail the ‘biggest current threat’ question by including cyber attacks. This of course means that you can hit Twitter to see the liberal feeding frenzy taking place on his political corpse.

Winner: Socialism.
Loser: The American People.

To round out the night, a response to Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

 

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ISIS is a real threat to the United States so we should get just about every other country to fight them on the ground..

but we shouldn’t fight them on the ground under any circumstance

 

Edward Snowden should be punished for breaking federal law.

 

But not Hispanics who might vote democrat

Or pot users who might vote democrat

and certainly not secretary of states who might be nominated By democrats for president

 

President Obama is a great president who has done a great job

But economy is a mess

and the rich are getting richer

and people don’t have good jobs

and only the rich are being helped

So we democrats have to change things.

 

All the enemies of America are Americans like the GOP

Saying “All lives Matter” is the same as saying:  “Nigger” .

 

The single greatest difference between Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama are her breasts.

Questions concerning race are reserved for black reporters

Questions concerning immigration & pot are reserved for Latino reporters

All of those conclusions are of course inferences from what I saw but if you but if you really want to understand the priorities of the Democrat voter based on this debate it can be done in just four sentences.

Lincoln Chafee:  I think we need someone that has the best in ethical standards as our next president. That’s how I feel.

Anderson Cooper: Secretary Clinton, do you want to respond?

Hillary Clinton: No.

That sums up the Democrats completely and it should be a GOP ad running starting today

 

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Before a debate it’s customary for candidates to attempt to lower expectations so that any showing is considered a success but I have to say this is the first time that I’ve ever seen a network do such a thing:

CNN expects ‘significantly smaller’ ratings for Dem debate

Of course you could try to get the various candidates to confront each other on issues and get some fireworks like we had with the GOP but that won’t take place:

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate the first Democratic presidential debate this week, and unlike the previous Republican debate hosted by CNN, Cooper said he won’t be encouraging confrontations between the candidates.

After all this is CNN and the MSM are liberals first and reporters second.  So what does that tell us about tonight’s event, it tells us several things:

It tells us that they don’t expect the large crowds who have turned up for Bernie Sanders to translate into ratings.

CNN has concluded that young people given the choice of watching bunch of geriatric democrats and watching doing almost anything else, they’re probably right.

It’s tells us that while Cheryl Crow might draw for the national anthem:

Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the first Democratic primary debate being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13.

They expect that as soon as the anthem is done her fans will turn away.

And of course given that this is democrat debate they risk Democrats votes turning away over the playing of the national anthem.

Finally it tells us that even with a full week of speculation concerning american heart-throb Joe Biden, will he show up, will they take that podium, what will the field do if he comes?

Even the Joe Biden card isn’t going to be enough 

Closing thought, what does it say about the Democrat field when their last best hope to get attention is Joe Biden?