Jan. 14 marked the sixth Republican presidential debate, with Ted Cruz arguably being the top headline going into the debate as he looked to further close the gap between him and Donald Trump, days before the Iowa caucus on Monday, Feb. 1.
While the positions of the Republican candidates in the polls have fluctuated from the last debate on Dec. 15th, their overall tone remained the same. The Republicans have a clear strategy, which is to feed off the fear of the American people. It is understandable why there is so much fear brewing from the emotions of American citizens, due to the emergence of ISIS and the severe federal debt, which has put the future of the nation into question. However, America is not on the verge of apocalyptic collapse, as the Republicans claim to it to be.
Whoever won or lost the debate is just a matter of opinion, even though candidates such as Rubio and Cruz received the most amounts of applause during the night, while Ben Carson appeared to have mistakenly taken a couple Melatonin pills before the debate went on air. But, what has held true throughout the entirety of the campaign so far is that the candidates who have relied on absurdity rather than logic have seen the most success in the polls. `
On the night of the debate, I sat on my couch, halfway asleep, as I, along with 11.1 million other viewers, struggled to make sense of the what was being shown on the television screen. Whether it was Trump comparing Syrian refugees to the Trojan Horse or the sudden chanting of “We want Rand!” from members of the audience, the GOP debate turned out to be yet another display of complete irrationality.
When asked about how to properly handle the situation with ISIS, Ben Carson gave the following response:
“…We have enemies who are obtaining nuclear weapons that they can explode in our atmosphere and destroy our electric grid. I mean, just think about a scenario like that. They explode the bomb, we have an electromagnetic pulse. They hit us with a cyber attack simultaneously and dirty bombs. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue at that point?”
As a 17-year-old who aspires to go to college and will likely experience events such as the consequences of global warming and America’s unprecedented national debt in the future, it is obvious that getting hit by an electromagnetic pulse is the not the top concern that I have right now.
While he failed to provide a concrete answer to the question, it is clear that Carson’s response was designed to invoke a sense of fear into the minds of the American people by creating this complete doomsday scenario. The field of GOP candidates have turned into a group of conspiracy theorists who are convinced that America will soon suffer a catastrophic end, and the only way to save our nation from prophetic collapse is by repealing Obamacare. And despite the backlash from many conservatives, Obamacare has actually been very successful with accomplishing at least some its original goals.
“In (Obama’s) administration, every weapon system has been gutted, in this administration, the force levels are going down to a level where we can’t even project force. Our friends no longer think we have their back and our enemies no longer fear us, and we’re in a much difficult — we’re in a much different position than we should be.” -Jeb Bush
If you go by the words of Jeb Bush or any other GOP candidate, you would be convinced that our military has now become a small militia comprised of a bunch of guys with assault rifles riding in the back of Chevy Silverados, thanks to Obama’s military spending cuts. However, if you go by pure fact, then you would realize that America still has by far the world’s most powerful military, as it spends more on military funding than the next seven countries combined, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) based on the latest data.
However, the biggest head scratcher of the night surprisingly did not come from Trump, but instead New Jersey governor Chris Christie:
“The president wants to do things without working with his Congress, without working with the legislature, and without getting the consent of the American people. And the fact is that that’s not a democracy. That’s a dictatorship. And we need to very, very concerned about that.”
Once again we find another moment of extreme exaggeration from one of the GOP candidates. Needless to say, Obama is not a dictator, and if for some reason that was the popular opinion, he would’ve been impeached a long time ago. While Christie may have convinced himself that Obama has risen up to dictatorial status, I think it’s clear that anyone who is knowledgeable about our government system will agree that it is impossible for a U.S. president to achieve enough power to be even remotely close to be considered a dictator. However, Chris Christie is not exactly the brightest when it comes to U.S. legislation:
“I don’t think the founders put the Second Amendment as number two by accident. I don’t think they dropped all the amendments into a hat and picked them out of a hat. I think they made the Second Amendment the second amendment because they thought it was just that important.”
While it was interesting hearing Christie’s own interpretation of the Bill of Rights, it’s not true that the Bill of Rights were ranked based on importance.
The GOP claims that the U.S. is in shambles thanks to the Obama administration, and candidates such as Ted Cruz firmly believe that Hillary Clinton poses a greater threat to the world’s future than global warming. Throughout the campaign, the GOP candidates have relied on exaggeration instead of fact to back up their claims.
While their strategy as projecting America near doom and gloom may work during the short term, in the long run there needs to be some message of hope from the Republican Party. During the debate, I heard countless times how much of a “mess” our country is right now (and how much more of a mess it will be if Hillary becomes elected). But, for what seemed to be upon hours of hours of incoherent rambling and blaming, not once did I hear a concrete solution to the problems proposed by the GOP candidates.
Tune in to the (supposedly Trump-less) seventh GOP debate tomorrow night (Thursday, Jan. 28) on Fox News Channel at 9 p.m. EST.
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