The media is entirely focused on the personalities of the presidential contest. They are ignoring the issues. Who is up in the polls and who is down and who said what about the other occupies all of their attention.
The race is treated as an entertainment spectacle no different from a super bowl or world series. Ratings and sales drive the coverage. This is nothing new it’s the reality of modern elections and today’s media. Sadly the substantive issues are secondary or even less.
At best the issues are reduced to slogans and sound bites. Reasoned debate has little part in the campaigns.
It is up to teach voter to discover the truth. Tragically too few are able to do that and the media provides no help. Perhaps the most important issues are the Constitution and the Supreme Court. These are absent from the conversation. Skittles? That’s the headline.
Toss Personality. Use These Three Things To Judge Trump Versus Hillary
Many view this presidential election as a personality contest‚ but it’s really about the Constitution.< .h3>
From The Federalist: By Jeffrey H. Anderson, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Many view this presidential election as a contest of manners. The media spends its time debating the relative evils of statements made by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. What’s worse: saying a Gold Star mother “maybe…wasn’t allowed to have anything to say…it looked like she had nothing to say,” or saying that “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into … the basket of deplorables”?
Regardless of your answer, this election is about more than manners or a battle of personalities. The stakes go far beyond that. Much depends on whether the next president will do the following three things.
1. Preserve the Constitution
The Obama years have not been good for the separation of powers or for rule of law. At a spring 2011 Univision town hall, President Obama was pressured by a portion of his base to stop the deportation of young illegals via executive order. In response, Obama provided a helpful civics lesson:
- “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books … Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws … There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”
About a year later, Obama chose to violate Congress’s “very clear” laws, chose not to “enforce and implement” those laws, and chose instead to undertake actions that did “not conform with” his “appropriate role as president.” His administration announced that it would no longer deport most illegals under the age of 30 who had entered the U.S. before adulthood. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said almost nothing in response.
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2. Restore our Borders
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, immigrants made up 5.4 percent of America’s population in 1960, and that tally dipped to 4.7 percent in 1970. After 40-plus years of largely unchecked illegal immigration, that figure has now skyrocketed to 13.6 percent—nearly tripling—and it’s still rising. It has already surpassed the percentages reached during the great waves of immigration in 1880 and 1920. On its current trajectory, it will surpass the all-time mark set in 1890 within another eight years (see table 2). Yet Democrats and many prominent Republicans want to accelerate that trend.
A huge wave of illegal immigration clearly isn’t conducive to assimilation. This would be true even if Obama and his allies weren’t actively working against that time-honored goal. Indeed, the Obama administration doesn’t even like the term “assimilate” (“to bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, etc., of…”), preferring “integration” (“to combine… ; desegregate”). In that spirit, the administration recently released a policy statement in which it laments the emphasis placed on teaching immigrant children to speak English.
My Hudson Institute colleague John Fontewrites that Obama “seeks to replace the traditional ethos of patriotic assimilation, which encouraged new immigrants to think of themselves as Americans first and foremost, with one that prioritizes ethnic, racial, and gender identities over a unifying national identity.” Fonte adds, “There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton would consolidate and expand this project of balkanization.”
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3. Repeal Obamacare
Obama clearly considers his 2,400-page namesake to be the most important legislation of his presidency—which it is. It is the central legislative component of his project of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Six years after its passage, it is also ripe for repeal, with more than 200 polls during Obama’s second term finding it to be unpopular, while only three have found it to be popular (according to Real Clear Politics). Good Obamacare alternatives, which would replace its edifice of coercion with a foundation of liberty, are available—including the House Republican’s plan.
At the same time, the fate of our Constitution is increasingly at stake, as our entire structure of government largely hinges on having a president who—very much unlike Obama—will fulfill his or her duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” and maintain his or her oath to “preserve” the Constitution.