Last night, GOP presidential candidates gathered for another debate. Donald Trump, the current front-runner, was center stage, and made sure to tell everyone he was center stage. Rand Paul had a pretty good opening, as did John Kasich. Chris Christie managed to politicize the school closings in Los Angeles, and proved what a hypocrite he is by asking if mothers feel safe putting their kids on buses, while being one of many conservatives who refuse to do anything about gun violence. Marco Rubio implied President Obama doesn't love America, while Ted Cruz stated the president "refuses" to say radical Islam, something President Obama has explained.
Ben Carson spent a lot of time referring to his past as a pediatric neurosurgeon, while Carly Fiorina said she's been called "the B word," and that somehow qualifies her to be POTUS. If Hillary Clinton heard that, she most likely turned to an adviser, and said "Well, if that's all it takes, let's swear me in right now!" And of course, Trump talked about building a "great wall," how respected and liked he his (all while bullying and insulting other candidates), reminded us he is "good at things," and said there are tens of thousands of people with ISIS flags on their cell phones. Trump's cell phone claim was in response to a question about his ban on Muslims:
We are not talking about isolation. We're talking about security. We're not talking about religion. We're talking about security. Our country is out of control. People are pouring across the southern border. I will build a wall. It will be a great wall.
People will not come in unless they come in legally. Drugs will not come through that wall. As far as other people into migration where they're going, tens of thousands of people having cell phones with ISIS flags on them. I don't think so, Wolf. They're not coming to this country. And if I'm president and if Obama has brought some to this country, they are leaving. They're going. They're gone. (source)Ted Cruz talked about destroying ISIS and banning refugees, Chris Christie said terror is the "new normal" under Obama and Clinton, then told us "everywhere is a target" for terrorists. Kasich and Carson both want "boots on the ground" to fight ISIS, but as usual, forget there are people in those boots. And Trump doubled down on his desire to kill family members of ISIS, and shut down parts of the internet. Rand Paul responded to Trump:
If you are going to close the internet, realize America what that entails,” Paul said. “That entails getting rid of the First Amendment. It’s no small feat. If you are going to kill the families of terrorists realize there is something called the Geneva Convention which were going to have to pull out of.”
Paul said that following Trumps lead “would defy every norm that is America. So, when you ask yourself, whoever you are, if you’re going to support Donald Trump, think, do you believe in the constitution?” (source)There was eye-rolling, coughing, glaring, muttering, smirking. Ted Cruz brought Mark Levin up as some sort of defense against Marco Rubio. Jeb Bush said Donald Trump can't "insult his way to the White House," and Trump responded by insulting Jeb Bush. Most of the candidates want to expand domestic spying. Of course, we can't forget Ben Carson's very strange answer to a question about North Korea:
I do believe he [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] is unstable and China has more influence with him than we do. But we also recognize that North Korea is in severe financial straits and they have decided to use their resources to build their military than to feed their people and take care of the humanitarian responsibilities that they have.
We can capitalize on that. We can use that to keep Putin contained. He is a one horse show, energy. And we have an abundance of energy but we have archaic energy export rules. We need to get rid of those and make Europe dependent on us for energy, put him back in his little box where he belongs. And we need to do a lot of other things with the resources that we have. So that economic power works just as well as military power, perhaps better.
The military needs to be upgraded. You look at the Ohio glass submarines, the minuteman 3 missiles, the B-52 bombers, you know, if we don't get the military right nothing else matters.Donald Trump wants to kill civilians and shut down the internet. Ben Carson thinks Vladimir Putin should be in a box, and possibly believes Putin is the leader of North Korea. Carly Fiorina used the gender card after saying she would never use the gender card, and thinks a general who retired in 2003 is somehow connected to President Obama. John Kasich wants more war, as does Ben Carson. Ted Cruz thinks the Obama administration targets "law-abiding" citizens, while ignoring terrorists, and talked about horse thieves.
We can't let any of these people into the White House. Not even for tours.