2016 Election, NewsEdge

Our Side Must Decide to Put the Sideshows Aside


By David Limbaugh

david_limbaughI wish the presidential debates could focus on what’s wrong with the status quo and solutions rather than on what one candidate thinks about another’s silly remarks.

I don’t want to hear Jeb Bush cajoling Donald Trump to apologize to his wife in front of millions of people. I don’t want moderators to force a food fight between Trump and other candidates about whether he should have his finger on the nuclear button. I don’t want them provoking a conflict between Chris Christie and Ben Carson over politicians’ expediency. And I sure don’t want to hear a candidate commenting on his rivals’ physical appearance. This stuff is embarrassing, is unproductive and trivializes vital issues facing the nation.

Such distractions may drive ratings or serve to diminish the conservative brand – to the delight of those stirring the pot – but they don’t advance the vital national discussion about the problems we’re facing. People serious enough to watch these debates want to hear the candidates’ positions on the issues.

There were many valuable moments last Wednesday night – candidate after candidate eloquently expounded conservative principles – but there would have been many more had the goal been a substantive debate. The overarching question in every presidential election is America’s future – which of the competing visions will prevail – but the stakes are higher today. With the advance of Obamaism – the fundamental transformation of America – we must decide whether we’ll have the America President Obama envisions or the one grounded in the American idea. We are no longer witnessing the slow, incremental march of socialism; we’re seeing statism piloting a jet plane.

The left is pushing its vision full-bore. But will the right respond with equal vigor? To do that, we will have to come to terms with our stark choices.

Do we want:

-A handful of blindfolded central planners flailing dizzily at 300 million pinatas or the market’s omniscient invisible hand, which dispassionately picks winners and losers for the good of the whole?

-Utopians punishing achievers and forcing equality of outcomes or constitutionalists promoting equality of opportunity?

-Politicians creating endless classes of victims or statesmen who will forgo demagoguery and lift everyone up?

-A Balkanized America whose ruling class dehumanizes people through identity politics and soft bigotry or an America that aspires to color- and gender-blindness?

-To leave our borders unprotected and vulnerable to invasion or to control our immigration process and encourage assimilation?

-A nation where political correctness selectively smothers free speech and religion or one that fosters our essential civil liberties?

-An America crippled by false promises of cradle-to-grave security or one grounded in liberty for all – one paralyzed by taxes and regulations or one poised for robust growth, which only freedom can bring?

-Socialized medicine, with its soaring costs and plummeting quality and choices, or free market solutions to reverse these problems?

-To bankrupt our country or to take the difficult steps to ensure its solvency?

-To surrender our sovereignty to global entities that actively oppose the American idea or to preserve our independence and remain a unique force for good throughout the world?

-An America in perpetual decline and conducting from the caboose or one that maintains peace through strength for our allies and ourselves?

There is a breathtaking contrast between the two visions, and we must ultimately unite around a candidate who recognizes the gravity of our circumstances and the urgency of implementing corrective measures. You can be sure the left fully understands the chasm that separates these visions.

I once asked whether Obama would finally change the nation enough that he would begin to like it. Apparently, we’re approaching that point.

After slamming America to everyone who would listen for seven years and using and abusing every tool at his disposal to radically remold it, he’s now telling us how wonderful it is.

He said: “I’m here to say that there’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America, especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world. … America’s winning right now. America’s great right now.”

But no matter how much destruction he’s wrought, a leftist’s work is never done. He is touting his progress, all right, but he also knows he’s got more mischief to make. He admitted as much when he announced he will resume community organizing when he leaves office. In this new role, he could be more of a societal menace than Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton combined.

Our work is cut out for us. Just winning the election won’t be enough. That’s why we have to pay close attention and choose the person most capable and willing to fight for America’s salvation. From now on, a serious discussion of the issues is nonnegotiable.

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  • Jon Exner

    What we need are real old fashioned debates not the Sunday morning question and answer shows extended to 3 hr. time slots.
    Pick one issue, like immigration both legal and illegal and let each candidate have up to 15 minutes to state their position when each candidate has stated their positions let each candidate have time to rebut the other candidates.
    This way the candidate has to be clear and precise on their positions and their rebuttal.

  • Franie

    David Limbaugh has absolutely clarified the choices We the People need to decide to accept, either we begin to rise above and demand justice and get rid of political correctness in all it’s forms, or continue the abysmal decline that will warrant a takeover and plunge us eventually into serfdom and fear for our lives and the lives of our children. Our country is spiraling out of control with socialist, fascist, and communist people at the helm. They have so weakened our standing in the world as a leader, a leader that oppressed countries rely on to give them a helping hand up. There is such a stark difference between democrats and republicans and their philosophies. Democrats wholeheartedly believe in ‘cradle to grave’ … creating a victim class that goes directly against God’s tenets of living a Godly life. They want to punish achiever’s and dehumanize people through identity politics and bigotry, they are the party of political correctness selectivity to smother free speech and religion, they also are the party solely responsible for wanting to surrender our sovereignty to the United Nations. We have a DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT now that leads from behind, weakening our military and making fatal decisions against the people of this nation and the nation of Israel with that Iran deal. Believe me, God will punish us for that.

    Republicans on the other hand, are ‘the party of being the best you can be’ with the talents and gifts that the good Lord has endowed each and everyone of us with. Republicans promote equality of opportunity, thereby lifting EVERYONE up. Republicans, as a whole, aspire to color and gender blindness, they want to control the immigration process and want to assimilate our new Americans to our way of life and freedoms. Republicans believe in civil liberties and want to insure our solvency as a world class nation, and you do that by maintaining peace through STRENGTH. Our military is our first force of defense against invasion AND INVADERS!

    We the People, need to keep a vigilant eye on the insidious incrementalism the democrats/leftist liberal progressives have been foistering on our nation. We see the destruction of their social medicine, obamacare, the destruction of our coal industry causing steep price increases in not only our heat and electric bills, but a blatant rise in the cost of living.

    David Limbaugh is spot on when he says, “From now on, a serious discussion of the issues is nonnegotiable.”

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