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Assault on America, Day 175: It’s here! 2020 Democrats open (rhetorical) fire on each other!

First Democrat Debate
It’s show and tell time at the insane asylum as the day has finally arrived for the first Democrat presidential primary debate(s) of the 2020 nominating cycle, which due to the large size of the party’s field, have been equally divided into two forums on consecutive nights, each featuring ten ambitious hopefuls vying to oust President Donald Trump in next year’s national election.

Tonight’s edition includes Sen. Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren, Texas intellectual lightweight "Beto" O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. (Washington) Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Rep. Tim Ryan.

Thursday’s fight night offers poll leader and former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colorado), Author Marianne Williamson, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, Businessman Andrew Yang and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Looking back, four years ago the Republican powers-that-be took a beating for scheduling a “main event” and an “undercard” consolation debate to accommodate the GOP’s own large gaggle of hopefuls, but this year Democrats schemed to head off complaints by evenly dividing the candidates and then allegedly grouping them by luck of the draw. It didn’t exactly work out equivalent, however, as most of the race’s headliners (Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg and Harris) must wait a day to show up in Miami and compete while “Pocahontas” and “Beto” tussle with the likes of Corey Booker and a throng of unknowns most Americans have never heard of tonight.

People will certainly tune in to see “Uncle Joe” and Bernie (the “stars” of the Democrat circus) on Thursday, but is the crackpot nut from Massachusetts (Warren), “Beto” and “I am Spartacus” Booker sufficiently stimulating to convince the less-than-politically engaged to stay up late and listen to the socialists drone on about why their giveaway programs are the biggest and most costly? Or how many babies they want to snuff out through abortion on demand up until birth?

The moderators are all dedicated liberals, too. There’s Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Díaz-Balart. The starting time for each night is 9 (to 11) p.m. EST. Don’t forget the coffee and the no-doz!

What the Democrats will talk about is anybody’s guess. With so many candidates and so few individual speaking opportunities (for directed questions), time is of the essence to make an impression for the pols. Envision skaters in a roller derby going around turns trying to elbow each other out of the way! “Pocahontas” Warren (et al) will likely say something crazy, and she got a head-start on the delirium earlier this week.

Tyler O’Neil reported at PJ Media, “[Sen. Elizabeth] Warren re-introduced S. 1940, the Refund Equality Act, which would allow same-sex couples to amend past tax returns. According to a report from the Joint Committee on Taxation, the bill would direct $57 million in refunds. The funds would go to same-sex couples in states that had legalized same-sex marriage before the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Warren introduced an earlier version of the bill in 2017...

“Warren's bill for same-sex marriage reparations is far more straightforward [than slavery reparations] and is limited to couples in states that had legalized same-sex marriage before the federal government did. Even so, it relies on the claim that the federal government's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman was wrong before 2015. If so, why not extend the reparations back even further? ...

“Warren's push for same-sex marriage reparations enjoys broad support among Democrats in the Senate and those running for president. The legislation is cosponsored by 42 senators, including six presidential candidates: Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).”

In other words, “Pocahontas” proposes to compensate same-sex couples for a perceived delay in officially recognizing their nuptials, which, based on the issue being voted down in state after state, was universally unpopular with voters anyway. Tax advantages is the reason why the LGBTQ lobby wanted national recognition of same-sex “marriage” in the first place, arguing gay union partners were treated unequally by having to file as individuals rather than married duos.

Make no mistake, this issue has nothing to do with commitment or morals -- it was about money and power, and the left always wants more of those things vis-à-vis the liberty-loving self-determination core of the country. Add the fact Warren now seeks to retroactively “compensate” the hopelessly small number of people effected and it’s yet another instance of a national embarrassment propounded by Democrat party members.

Don’t we have better things to do on Capitol Hill? A healthcare fix, perhaps? An immigration crisis to deal with? A determination on presidential war authority in dealing with Iran? Common sense says this ranks about priority 998 out of a thousand more pressing matters.

But anything that buys Liz a few more minutes of media time is a winner for her; after all, “Pocahontas” doesn’t want to talk about her faux Native American ancestry anymore -- so she’d rather contemplate requiring Uncle Sam to cut checks to people who really weren’t harmed at all in a real sense (because the “right” didn’t exist). It’s just more vote buying, which every Democrat will desperately try to do this week.

It’s almost like there’s nothing too extreme for the representatives of the kook fringe to dream up these days, which is the reason why it’s vitally important for conservatives to rally behind President Trump’s cause. There are elements of every politician’s platform that deserve less than full throated support, but taken as a whole, Trump seems much closer to the so-called sensible center than anything Democrats are putting forth. Wait until one of the liberal debate moderators raises the slavery reparations topic, for example -- each one of Democrat candidates will step on each other to prop up some new and outrageous idea.

Democrats might even try offering compensation for cave women who endured being lugged around by their hair by club-wielding, knuckle-dragging misogynistic cavemen donning Trump MAGA hats. Nothing’s too dumb or contemptible for Democrats in the age of Trump. Reparations for same-sex partners? It’s nuts.

But not necessarily more so than Democrat notions of “climate change,” which will certainly receive more than its fair share of mentions on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Democrats can’t (or won’t) neglect the matter and remain viable with the rabid let’s-control-everything party base. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrote at the Las Vegas Sun, “Climate change is more than a looming disaster predicted to doom future generations. We are seeing the effects of climate change now, even here in Nevada, and have only a brief moment to make the changes that will salvage our future.

“If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, by the time my grandchildren reach their 40s, Earth’s atmospheric temperature will have increased by nearly 3 degrees Fahrenheit. While 3 degrees seems small, this change will have enormous and dire effects on everyday life. Increased temperatures will intensify droughts, food shortages, poverty, wildfires and human migration, diminish coral reefs and cause rising sea levels. These consequences are irreversible once they transpire, which is why it is crucial that action be taken immediately while there is time to halt these negative effects...

“Being aware of our energy usage, reducing waste and simply living more environmentally conscious can solve this crisis for our children and posterity.”

Mercifully, Harry Reid isn’t running for president and won’t join the 20 Democrats on stage in Miami the next two evenings, yet the candidates will definitely echo the former senator’s warnings and repeat the same unsubstantiated scare assertions to goad couch-sitting, air conditioning consuming Americans to rise up against the perceived polluters in order to change the entire planet.

The problem is some of the world’s biggest carbon producers (such as China and India) aren’t onboard with Reid’s line of thought. And you won’t hear it from any Democrat, but the U.S.’s energy producers are steadily moving away from dirtier sources and more towards clean burning natural gas -- which the country has decades and decades’ worth beneath the soil and oceans.

Accelerating energy production could be the single greatest thing the Trump administration has accomplished in its short time at the helm, reducing regulations and streamlining the permitting process for private companies, which is good for everyone, including government (more tax revenues). Soon the U.S. will be the world’s top energy exporter, freeing certain regions (like Asia) from over-dependence on oil from the turbulent Persian Gulf. Instead, they can buy it from us.

Such advances won’t be championed by Democrats running for president, however. “Climate change” requires the government to place a straightjacket on American businesses, not help them. The differences between the two parties’ worldviews couldn’t be starker.

If history is a guide, tonight’s and tomorrow night’s Democrat debates won’t do much to change the dynamic in the party race -- or in American politics in general. This week marks the beginning of the official process, the opening salvos in what will be a very long war to win the election.

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