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Assault on America, Day 302: Petty partisan divide the scariest part of Halloween, 2019

Hillary 2020
That’s a frightening thought,” I overheard someone say the other day. The person was reacting to a news report on TV that Hillary Clinton was dropping serious hints regarding possibly getting into the largely unsettled and flailing 2020 Democrat presidential race. Seeing as it’s Halloween, the time of every year when people seemingly embrace frightening things, perhaps the man was welcoming the probability of a HRCx3 fright-fest with opened arms.

Or in reality, the resurrection of a thrice-failed presidential campaign could be truly scary. Seeing as Hillary definitely resembles and acts like a certain cast member of a very famous fairytale movie (The Wizard of Oz, anyone?), she wouldn’t necessarily need to dress up in costume for folks to recognize her -- and frighten the bejesus out of them! But this particular citizen’s observation could just as easily have come from a Democrat or a Republican, since both parties’ members seem equally nauseated at the horrifying potential of another Clinton candidacy.

There aren’t many things that bring the two political poles together, after all, but Hillary Clinton and her traveling beclowning circus act is one of them. Talk about wanting to run kicking and screaming away from anything she’s associated with. We get it.

Republicans and conservatives dread hearing the woman drone on about Russian conspiracies (a conflagration she started and fanned) and the virtually endless pontificating and lying about “deplorables” and how awful half of America is (to the leaders of the elitist Washington swamp junta that dominates our country’s politics). Democrats worry about Hillary swooping in to “rescue” the party by killing any chance they might have to beat Trump in a year.

Clinton could have just enough spells tucked away in her witch’s bag of tricks to wrest the Democrat nomination away from the enfeebled likes of Joe Biden, Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren and Bernie Sanders. The others are a joke. Unlike the strong Republican 2016 field, the current crop of liberal Democrats lacks star power. The most visible candidate -- Biden -- has all kinds of credibility issues and they’re unlikely to be rehabilitated over the course of a presidential election campaign.

The rest of the Dems are simply too “out there” to consolidate a winning electoral coalition. People are beginning to scrutinize Warren’s wealth tax, for example, and they don’t like what they see. Maybe Hillary really could jump in and make the Democrats competitive in an electability sense. She’d have the backing of the Democrat establishment, a proven ability to raise money and a virtual army of motivated young-voter communism craving dimwits to populate the ranks of her campaign apparatus.

But will the traditionally wishy-washy and increasingly big government-sanctioning Republican suburbs go with the Democrats as they did in 2018? GOPers will need a solid plan to retake ground that’s purportedly been lost because of Trump’s presence at the top of the party masthead. GOP brains are mulling it over now. John Feehery wrote at The Hill, “Can the Trump administration come up with a strategy to mobilize enough base supporters to win back districts that he won in 2016 but Republicans lost in 2018? …

“[T]here are enough ... seats, 31 in total, where if Trump repeats his performance from 2016, his Republican team should be able to eke out a narrow majority. Twenty-five of these seats are an absolute certainty, I am told by a high-ranking House Republican who has looked closely at internal polling.

“For the president and his team, three things have to happen: First, they have to make the most of the Democrats’ foolish foray into impeachment... Second, Republicans have to seize back the tax issue... Third, Republicans have to find the right balance on cultural and social issues. They need to emphasize that they are both tolerant and traditional. Democrats are nether.”

Points one and two are obvious, so let’s mostly focus on point three. As soon as the Democrats’ polar impeachment expedition results in mass casualties and certain destruction in the senate, focus will again return to the greater distinctions between the two party worldviews in the national races. Voters get lost in the tax debate, which will most likely result in a wash for both sides. Half the country doesn’t pay any income taxes (yes, Mitt “Pierre Delecto” Romney’s infamous 47%) so they won’t necessarily be swayed by additional promises of tax reform.

And let’s face it, many of them (the liberal do-gooders who are more than happy to redistribute someone else’s wealth -- see Cortez, Alexandria Ocasio-) actually favor something like a confiscatory wealth tax anyway. Feehery provided the examples of New York’s and New Jersey’s suburban voters reacting negatively to the most recent tax overhaul (which limited the deductibility of state and local taxes) as a net-loser for Republicans. But while most persuadable residents of these places don’t like the new rules, they probably at least understand the reasoning behind making the system fairer, and would take out their angst on their high-taxing local governments instead.

Besides, would Democrat control result in a better tax structure? No way!

Which leaves cultural issues as the main driver for the 2020 election. Feehery highlighted the Democrats’ extreme agenda on a couple fronts -- disgraced ex-Rep. Katie Hill and her kinky “throuple” arrangement and the recent furor over a Texas court case involving the voluntary hormonal transitioning of a 7-year-old boy into a girl -- as the type of issues Republicans can exploit to expose the differences between tolerant but traditional practices and the Democrats’ “everything goes no matter how off-putting and wrong” orientations.

Feehery’s right, but he and other GOP establishment adherents should acknowledge the power of cultural and social issues in today’s America. With the two parties endlessly bickering over just about every political issue on God’s green earth, Republicans must repeatedly hammer on those things that make them representative of a better way of life for the citizenry. The fact is, most people don’t entertain the notion of bowing to every demand from the never-satisfied LGBTQ “community,” and Americans definitely value the concept of religious freedom even if they aren’t personally religious. And don’t forget, there’s the sacred right to bear arms (which was brilliantly explained by comedian Dave Chappelle recently).

Trump won in 2016 because his vision of America was embraced by citizens in enough states for him to triumph comfortably in the Electoral College, and here’s thinking he can repeat the feat if he continues to push an immigration-centered message along with the other pillars of American conservatism -- sound fiscal policy and an agenda that doesn’t run and hide from the culture war. Ordinary folks don’t appreciate being harangued by out-of-touch Hollywood celebrities and the Democrats’ increasingly radical stances on abortion-on-demand are bound to turn people off. But it’ll matter only if these things are prominently mentioned by Republican candidates running at all levels.

It’s a myth that concentrating on cultural and social issues loses Republicans elections in “moderate” districts. People will always be concerned about pocketbook matters, but they won’t stand for being talked down to the way the current Democrat presidential field is doing. No one (except for the hopelessly entitled, already an intractable liberal party constituency) expects free anything -- healthcare, higher education, childcare, mortgages, etc. Americans just want a fair opportunity to compete and political leadership that isn’t afraid to return fire versus the ceaseless onslaught of the left in its war to transform the country.

Needless to say, we don’t take to being lectured on meat-eating diets, heating our homes to a comfortable temperature or wanting a new SUV parked in the driveway. Why would anyone dispute common freedoms?

That’s why Trump won over so many in 2016. And that’s why Republicans will prevail in 2020 if only they have the guts to say “no” to the left’s provocations and intimidations. Democrats often accuse Trump and the Republicans of politicizing everything, but it’s they and their followers that obsess over his presidency and what it entails. A small grouping of them even turned last Sunday’s World Series game into a tasteless political gripe session.

Matthew Paras reported at the Washington Times, “President Trump was booed loudly after he was shown on the video board Sunday between the third and fourth innings in Game 5 of the World Series.

“After cameras cut away, a ‘lock him up’ chant shortly broke out afterward...

“Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Nationals Park after 8 p.m. with a dozen Republican lawmakers and several wounded warriors.”

As would be expected, the media made great hay about the brief incident, and so did liberal late night comedians such as Jimmy Fallon. The prevailing media spin was Trump is so vastly unpopular and destined to be impeached that not even the importance of a World Series game could hold fans’ attention when greeted with the image of the embattled president on a giant screen.

But a closer look at video of the moment reveals it’s a small smattering of “fans” making all the noise. What the media talkers failed to note was the disgusted looks on a lot of the attendees’ faces -- with the “silent majority” refusing to join the melee. Here’s thinking if a poll were taken of everyone at the game the boo-birds would’ve been in the definite minority. But a collection of morons standing up and chanting towards the press box (where Trump was sitting) doesn’t the whole of public opinion make.

As amply repeated ever since Election Day 2016, the dumb and uniformed always scream and yell the loudest while most Americans stand by welcoming the good things going on in the country and prefer to keep their views under wraps (or closed mouths) lest the unhinged leftist thought police silence them with violence or other severe condemnations (like social media).

The “Lock Him Up!” chant (and some prepared individuals even unfurled a banner that read “Impeach Trump”) was reminiscent of conservatives’ “Lock Her Up!” shouts in the 2016 campaign. The evidence suggests there was good reason for wanting Hillary Clinton in stripes and behind bars. In contrast, the case against Trump is as flimsy as the toilet paper draped over trees on Halloween night.

Politics in 2019 is a nasty business -- frightening to many -- and it doesn’t figure to improve over the course of the next year. Be it in the suburbs or at a World Series game, passions and emotions have a tendency to get the better of some people. Halloween once was a time for fun. Is it still?

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