The left’s new political strategy is blindingly obvious. Take every little thing a Republican says, strip it of its context, and turn it into a minor scandal. They’ve done it with Mitt Romney, they’ve done it with Ben Carson, and they’ve done it – repeatedly – with Donald Trump. A quick look at the polls should be enough to bring the effectiveness of this strategy into question, but they’re convinced this is the best way to go.
With that in mind, struggling Republican candidate Jeb Bush should be pleased with the controversy over his comments in South Carolina. Asked how the GOP could draw black voters to the party, Bush said, “Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and ‘get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.’ Our message is one that is uplifting – that says you can achieve earned success.”
Did Bush say that black voters only wanted government freebies? Did he accuse the black community of institutional sloth? No, but if you’re a Republican talking about race, the left is more than happy to read between the lines.
“That kind of rhetoric is deeply insulting, whether it comes from Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney or Donald Trump,” Hillary Clinton said on Facebook Monday. “I think people are seeing this for what it is: Republicans lecturing people of color instead of offering real solutions to help people get ahead, including facing up to hard truths about race and justice in America.”
Well, some people are seeing it that way, but not because that’s “what it is.” It isn’t a matter of opinion or interpretation. If you listen to what Bush said, there’s no way to argue that he’s “lecturing people of color.” He is presenting a conservative alternative to the usual Democratic platform. By assuming that black voters prefer free stuff to earned achievement, it is Clinton who treads into racist territory. Notice she didn’t deny that Democrats were indeed offering exactly what Bush claimed.
How could she, when one of her top campaign promises involves making college tuition, books, and fees disappear under her so-called New College Compact? And while Clinton has yet to announce her position on welfare, it’s clear that she has moved dramatically to the left since we last saw her on the national stage. With a self-proclaimed socialist breathing down her neck, she’ll be quoting Mao before the primaries are over.
Trump and Carson aren’t dominating the polls because their supporters agree with everything they say. They are dominating because Americans recognize that we can’t solve the issues plaguing this country if half the solutions are deemed racist or otherwise taboo. It’s high time our politicians started using plain language to espouse their views, unshackled from the constraints of political correctness. If that makes people uncomfortable, good! America didn’t become the country that it is by making sure no one ever got their little feelings hurt.
Maybe Bush is finally starting to realize this.