One of the Oldies stations recently played a Cher song, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”. It reminded me of Democrat Party icons and panel of candidates for their Presidential nomination. Some wit should rewrite the song to include liars, clowns, race baiters and imitators, hypocrites and societal victims, but that would make the title and chorus much too long for a Top Forties hit.
Don't misunderstand. The Republican establishment could surely be hung with these same epithets, although an unbiased examination would show their transgressions are to a much lesser degree. In addition, while Republicans have a history of shaming their wrongdoers out of public office and public view, the Democrats seem to celebrate their offenders and elevate some of them to the status of demigods. This is not hyperbole, it is fact.
Some brief examples: Senator Robert Byrd, was described by fellow Democrats as “the conscience of the Senate” even though he had been a rabid segregationist and a former Keagle and recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan. When the winds of change swept his party, Byrd flip flopped to become a progressive on racial issues. Does anyone actually believe this epiphany was due to anything other than political expediency?
Ted Kennedy, who so callously and cowardly left Mary Jo Kopechne to drown and then lied about it, was later described as the “Lion of the Senate” by his fellow Democrats and by some writers. Lions are generally equated with strength and courage. The photograph of Ted Kennedy in his neck brace more accurately brings forth the feline image of a scaredy cat.
Al Sharpton, was an instigator in the Tawana Brawley fraud that falsely accused several men of kidnapping and rape in 1987. In 1991, he inflamed racial hatred and antisemitism in the Crown Heights area of New York, which caused the murder of an Hasidic Jewish student. Some years later, Sharpton again inflamed racial tension against Jews in the Freddie Fashions Mart scandal for the eviction of a black tenant. Fire was set to the business and seven people died in the conflagration. Sharpton has never apologized for any of these fabricated, death causing events, and yet Democrats running for office make the pilgrimage to Sharpton to receive his blessing, if not his outright endorsement. There is only one phrase to describe those politicians who would seek the support and approval of such an odious race provocateur: moral prostitutes.
Elizabeth Warren has an unhealthy relationship with the truth. Her claim of being a Native American has been debunked. She claimed she was “white” in her employment application at the University of Texas, but later was identified as a minority for an award she received at the University of Pennsylvania. She listed herself as “Native American” minority law professor at Harvard. Some have asserted that she didn't get her position at Harvard because she listed herself as a Native American. Who can believe that any University in the left wing academic cartel, (let alone Harvard), wouldn't pick any minority over a middle aged white woman? For the last few decades, the educational elite have been pushing diversity over competency.
California's Junior Senator, Kamala Harris presents herself as a strong proponent of women's rights. Her career was undoubtedly boosted by her boyfriend in the 1990's, Willie Brown. At that time, Brown was the California Assembly Speaker, the most powerful job in the state outside of the Governor. Kamala Harris was an attorney in one of the city offices in San Francisco. Willie appointed his girlfriend, Kamala to two state committees, the California Medical Assistance Commission and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. These jobs had annual salaries of $72,000 and $98,000, although Harris only served a little over a month on the higher paying job. Regardless of the questionable morality of accepting a high paying, low work job from a powerful lover, the other side of the coin is that someone who was more experienced and better qualified had no chance of getting appointed to those commissions.
As an old white guy, I hate to disparage other old white guys, but millionaire socialist Bernie Sanders and lifelong politician Joe Biden have taken buffoonery to a new level. Sanders espouses a system of government that has never worked, “democratic socialism,” has never worked, and it can't ever work because it violates basic human nature. It eventually deteriorates into totalitarianism to get its citizens to comply with its ever more authoritarian dictates. Venezuela is just the latest manifestation of what happens when a country votes in “democratic socialism”. Sanders critical thinking is as bad as his posture.
Joe Biden, who is approaching Harold Stassen's record for running for President, has a spotty record regarding his personal ethics. Biden had to drop out of one presidential race when he was caught plagiarizing the speech of a British politician. While he was Vice President, accusation have arisen that he threatened Ukrainian official if they charged his son with illegal business practices in that country. It appears that Joe's son made some very lucrative business deals in China when his dad was VP. All of that seems less harmful politically when viewed in comparison with the many verbal and confused blunders Joe has made on the campaign trail that have made him a laughing stock even in his own party.
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” seems like a step up from this group of amoral hypocrites