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Nate Jackson / Jul. 29, 2016

Clinton Says, 'We'll Fix It!' Well, Who Broke It?

Predictably, she was the weakest part of her own convention.

The 2016 Democrat National Convention began with a conspicuous lack of American flags. Oh, a few were burned outside the hall, and other flags made an appearance, but it wasn’t until Thursday night that Democrats finally tried to appear really patriotic. Big flags were distributed throughout the hall for Hillary Clinton’s speech. Predictably, however, she was the weakest part of her own convention. She slammed Donald Trump and promised to fix all that ails the country. But that message was severely undermined by remembering who broke it in the first place.

Here are the lowlights:

“America is stronger because of President Obama’s leadership.”

The night’s first lie. America is anything but stronger because of the Obama-Clinton governing duo.

“I want to thank Bernie Sanders. … You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong. And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That’s the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together — now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”

She fought off more heckling from Bernie’s folks during her speech, but she’s right in one sense — the Vermont socialist helped push the party further left.

“My friends, we’ve come to Philadelphia — the birthplace of our nation — because what happened in this city 240 years ago still has something to teach us today. We all know the story. But we usually focus on how it turned out, and not enough on how close that story came to never being written at all. … By the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation. That’s what made it possible to stand up to a king. … Remember: Our Founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.”

It just doesn’t work for Clinton to co-opt our Founders, who crafted documents severely limiting the power of the federal government. Democrats advocate ever-increasing and unlimited government power into every facet of our lives, and nearly everything they push and do is contrary to our founding. No one has done more to trash the Constitution than Obama, who Clinton wants to emulate.

“[Donald Trump has] taken the Republican Party a long way — from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America.’”

No, Trump didn’t take us there — Democrats ruling from Washington did.

“I’ve been your first lady. Served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York. I ran for president and lost. Then I represented all of you as secretary of state. … The truth is, through all these years of public service, the ‘service’ part has always come easier to me than the ‘public’ part. I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me.”

Clinton’s humble-brag is obnoxious. She regularly tries to portray herself as the Most Qualified Candidate Ever™ while simultaneously some misunderstood private person. She is and always has been about one thing: acquiring power. The truth is every American knows Hillary, and few trust her, even if they will blindly vote for her.

“No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up. [My mother] made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith: ‘Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.’”

She’s right — on an individual level. Jesus never advocated big government and forced income redistribution to achieve those ends.

“Too many people haven’t had a pay raise since the crash. There’s too much inequality. Too little social mobility. … Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. … But none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. … I’ve heard from so many of you who feel like the economy just isn’t working. Some of you are frustrated — even furious. And you know what? You’re right. It’s not yet working the way it should.”

So which is it? Economic malaise, or incredible and underappreciated prosperity? GDP grew just 1.2% in the second quarter, continuing a historic streak of sub-3% growth under Obama’s policies. So why is she running as the status quo candidate?

“Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all. … We’re not only going to make all these investments, we’re going to pay for every single one of them. And here’s how: Wall Street, corporations and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.”

“Free” stuff on the backs of those who already pay the lion’s share of the taxes is a familiar and tiresome refrain. But it sure works for young people who stand to benefit.

“We need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And we’ll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. … I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.”

She attacked both the First and Second Amendments. Citizens United was a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling upholding free political speech as the Founders intended. She promises to overturn it, trampling the First Amendment. And her gun control proposals infringe on the Second Amendment while failing to solve any problems, all while framed in such a way as to make it seem as if Republicans favor giving guns to criminals and terrorists.

“I’ve laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. … It won’t be easy or quick, but make no mistake — we will prevail.”

As the chief diplomatic agent of Obama’s foreign policy, Clinton bears significant responsibility for the current disaster in the Middle East. The Islamic State exists because Obama and Clinton abandoned Iraq, wasting American blood and treasure for political gain. She led the charge to create a haven for the Islamic State in Libya. So it’s nice that she now wants to defeat it, but she helped create it.

“Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president.”

The problem is that it’s this woman.

Heaven knows we could rebut more of her speech, but we’ll grant mercy and stop there. This woman should never again step foot in the Oval Office, though the unfortunate reality is that it’s at least a 50/50 chance that she will occupy it.

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