In 2016, the news-minding public endured an endless chant branding Donald Trump’s character and personality as “unfit” for office.
It was a slogan deployed against him by no less than President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Clinton debuted it in a major campaign speech echoed in a campaign ad featuring conservative writer Charles Krauthammer. In her speech, Clinton called Trump “tempermentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability, and immense responsibility. This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes.” Obama said, “the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.”
People who called Trump “unfit” for office in 2016 include Joe Biden; 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, USA Today’s editorial board in its first presidential endorsement ever, later presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Rand Paul; RedState editor and “lifelong Republican” Leon Wolf, author of the debunked “Fire and Fury” novel Michael Wolff, TV personality Omarosa, 2020 presidential candidate Rep. John Delaney, Republican former Sen. Gordon Humphrey, and the United Kingdom’s now-Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
It didn’t end when Trump took office, of course. This week, Trump’s niece Mary Trump has a new tell-all book just like all the others, also insisting he’s “unfit.” In the intervening time, we’ve heard the same buzzword from the FBI director Trump fired, Jim Comey; the national security advisor Trump fired, John Bolton; writer Andrew Sullivan; New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan; and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Clearly, Democrats have been trying to cement in voters’ foreheads the idea that Trump’s personality is unfit for office. Perhaps that’s because Democrats’ policies never have been as unfit for the office as they are now.
Just this week, in his first semi-public appearance in months, presidential Potemkin village candidate Joe Biden promised to be the farthest-left president in American history.
Reminder: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are two sides of the same socialist coin.
Joe Biden: “If I’m elected and this passes, I’m going to go down as one of the most progressive presidents in American history”pic.twitter.com/xPgpaEtbgk
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 28, 2020
That’s quite a claim, if you know any history. Together, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson slow-motion wrecked the United States’ institutions, replacing a society of individual accountability and responsibility with a society of buck-passing generational theft and an anti-American shadow Constitution. Even if your history knowledge only goes back four years, Obama’s presidency:
- saw the feds take over of a third of the economy through Obamacare and corporate bailouts;
- accelerated national financial collapse through unprecedented increases in taxpayer debts;
- further nationalized public education through an illegally imposed Common Core;
- misused federal power to surveil, harass, and subvert the opposing political party;
- appointed two far-left wack jobs of Supreme Court justices;
- sent guns to violent Mexican cartels that were used to murder Americans, then lied about it;
- effectively amnestyed 660,000 illegally present foreign citizens, forcing U.S. citizens to pay for benefits to them such as public education and health care;
- cut off perfectly legal companies from access to banking because of their politics;
- weaponized the Internal Revenue Service to harass grassroots political opponents and silence their speech;
- tried to force nuns to pay for abortifacients;
- forced public schools to put boys in little girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms;
- fomented campus kangaroo courts that punished anyone accused of sexual assault without a remotely fair trial;
- attempted to force medical providers to treat men as women and vice versa;
- nationalized the student loan industry and inflated the student debt bubble;
- used the National Security Agency to mass surveil innocent Americans and collect private email, phone, and other records;
- bailed out with taxpayer cash a terrorist regime that brutalizes its people (Iran);
- endorsed race riots in Ferguson, Missouri; and
- executed 783 scandals. Plus:
A friendly reminder:
—Fast & Furious
—ISIS as the JV Team
—Taliban Five & Bergdahl
—Clinton Email Server
—Disastrous Iran Deal
—Mocking Romney on Russia
—Awful Response to Putin Meddling https://t.co/v4bsqP9yuj
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 28, 2020
What could possibly be more extreme, especially since Biden was supposed to be running on “a return to normalcy” instead of extremism?
Well, to get a taste, let’s sample a bit of the recently released Biden-Bernie Sanders (socialist-Vt.) “unity task force recommendations” for Biden’s potential presidency. Now, let’s be clear: Biden’s campaign has explicitly signed on to this document. These are policies he has — or his minders have — put his name on.
Cutting Americans Off from Energy: The 110-page document opens claiming that “climate change is a global emergency.” Right now we are enduring what is claimed to be another global emergency, also claimed to have justified forcibly shutting down social activity, destroying the life’s work of millions of Americans who have built careers, businesses, and nonprofits, putting nearly a fifth of employed Americans out of work, and destabilizing the next generation’s future with anti-science school lockdowns.
Democrats repeatedly say, including in this document, that climate change is a global emergency. It is not at all far-fetched to think they would be willing to repeat coronavirus ruination, on even worse terms. “We agree with scientists and public health experts that the United States — and the world — must achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, and no later than 2050,” the document says.
The only way to do this using solar and wind power, as Democrats demand in the document, is to make the United States a low-energy economy. That’s an impoverished economy, a Third World economy. Ventilators cannot run on wind power, to say nothing of grocery stores, hospitals, and homes. Turning the United States into a Third World country is not a policy worthy of the United States presidency. It is unfit for office.
That’s just sample item one.
Institutional Racism: “We support re-issuing federal guidance from the Department of Education and Department of Justice to prevent the disparate disciplinary treatment of chilren of color in school and educational settings,” the unity document says.
This is referring to Obama administration rules that required public schools to discipline children according not to their actions but their skin color. This policy also made schools much more violent, impeding the learning of predominantly nonwhite children. This is a racist policy, and racism is unfit for the presidency.
In the document, Democrats pledge to also apply racial tests to judges, economic policies, criminal law and policing, and recipients of federal grants, among others. “Our courts should reflect our country,” it says, using the well-known slogans of today’s advocates for race quotas “…We will nominate and confirm federal judges who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.”
Democrats threaten: “Federal contractors should be required to deveop and disclose plans to recruit and promote people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans — and be held accounable for delivering.” They also pledge to increase taxpayer support for grants that are exclusively available to Americans based on their skin color. Again, racism, as we have heard from Democrats time and time again, disqualifies its practitioners from governance.
Treason Against the Constitution: The race prism is later mixed with promises of socialized medicine and housing as part of a “new social and economic contract with the American people.”
This is a direct violation of the president’s Oath of Office, which requires him (or her) to swear fidelity to the Constitution: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” This is the charge of the presidency, its raison d’etre.
The Constitution a president pledges to serve prescribes a government of strict limits, not the unlimited power to take what a person has earned and give it to other people for any desire under the sun. One of the natural rights the Constitution is supposed to secure is to one’s own property.
That’s because what a person owns represents his life — his time and labor. It can never be truly paid back after it is taken, because to take a person’s property is to steal hours, days, weeks, years of his life that he will never get back. It is to enslave him.
Democrats’ entire plan for governance is a plan to abuse American citizens’ natural rights to life, liberty, and property. For health care or education or housing or any other material good to be a “right” requires that other people be forced into labor to supply such goods. It is to proclaim a right to other people’s work, which is to say their lives.
A right to control other people’s lives is no right at all. It is an abuse of power. It is tyranny. Pledges to accelerate tyranny, which equal treason against the Constitution, utterly disqualify a person and party from United States government.