For Democrats, honesty isn’t the best policy after all.
The news that former Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke had dropped his doomed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination added one refreshing element to the usual cackling on the ABC talk show “The View” on Nov. 4.
It got the shrewish Joy Behar to blurt out an unexpected truth: Democrats need to lie about their goals if they ever expect to get elected.
To Behar, O’Rourke’s problem was not his vow to confiscate weapons — that “hell, yes, we’re coming for your AR-15s” — it was that he was stupid enough to be honest with the American people about wanting to wipe out one of the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
And the worst part was, her audience applauded.
The admission came when the panel was discussing what was left of the Democratic field after O’Rourke’s pained departure.
Resident conservative voice Meghan McCain called O’Rourke’s end a cautionary tale for Democrats who let the adulation of the base go to their heads.
“Beto, when my husband told me he got out of the race, I think he’s actually like a beta test for why going so national and being beloved by the media is always dangerous. … He raised $80 million, and President [Barack] Obama was drawing comparisons to him,” McCain said.
“He did a lot of, like, battleground culture war, and he ran as the most left, most ‘woke’ candidate. And look where he ended up.”
And that’s when Behar chimed in.
“They should not tell everything they’re going to do,” she said. “If you are going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected and then take them away. Don’t tell them ahead of time.”
There’s no denying there’s more than a kernel of truth to what Behar said.
Getting elected by twisting the truth isn’t exactly new to anyone in politics, regardless of party. But in 21st century America, with a biased mainstream media that no longer even pretends to cover politics fairly, Democrats have raised – or lowered – dishonesty to a new level.
Their last two presidents are probably better known for their lies than any truths they might have told (assuming, for the sake of argument, that they did tell one or two truths).
Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman” and Obama’s “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” are practically legends of lying in American politics.
But what Behar was encouraging was worse than either of those whoppers. She was talking about infringing on a constitutional right but deliberately dissembling about it in advance.
And social media users noticed.
Absolutely disgusting, as usual. She shouts at everyone to give up their guns as she hides behind armed security.
— Les Hayes (@realLesHayes) November 4, 2019
The fact that Joy Behar doesn’t realize that her advice to Beto is suggesting tyranny, but it’s OK if they’re the ones doing it to the deplorables. The Motto of the Democrat Party should be “Don’t tell them ahead of time!” https://t.co/yDKHKyKMQC
— James T Harris (@JamesTHarris) November 4, 2019
Joy Behar: Don’t Tell People You’re Taking Guns, Wait Until You Get Elected and Then Take Them…You Can’t nullify my 2A. Sorry Joy. https://t.co/7UvLnQzJvL
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) November 4, 2019
But this one really nails it.
Problem with these extremist like Joy Behar is they believe lies and deception are sound political policy. They fail to realize this is why we voted for @realDonaldTrump and will again in 2020.
— Covfefe Alaskan Patriot (@covefe67) November 4, 2019
The Democratic Party has never been a stranger to liars, of course.
But in the Trump years, the party has disgraced itself in ways that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago.
The lengthy, expensive, fruitless Russia collusion hoax and now the utterly baseless “impeachment inquiry” (a kangaroo court under the leadership of congenital liar and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, no less) are just more lessons for the American public at large.
No one, not even Democrats, believes Democrats much anymore.
The difference between supporters of the parties now is that liberals, like Behar, are perfectly willing to let the Democrats lie if it means they have a chance of seizing power.
The empty-headed audience of “The View” might applaud at the idea of lying politicians tromping all over constitutional rights, but the country is a good deal better than that.
Every sane American – even those who might not be totally behind President Donald Trump – has a duty to stop the Democrats cold.
And that’s the truth.
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