Bernie Sanders' delegates Heather Mizeur and J. Darrell Carrington express why they are now supporting Hillary Clinton for president. (John Fritze, Baltimore Sun video)
In one sense, I was awed to see Hillary Clinton, the first woman to accept a major presidential party nomination for president, speak at the Democratic National Convention. It was a historic moment for the nation, for women everywhere and generations of female leaders yet to come. It was also a moment to remember women's history and the suffragettes who stood alone against society's norms to fight for equality and secure the women's right to vote less than a century ago ("Clinton's bet," July 30).
I listened to her acceptance speech with rapt attention but found some of her words troubling because I heard a deep disdain for our government and a disguised desire for a government-run state. "I believe that our economy isn't working the way it should because our democracy isn't working the way it should," she said.
Ms. Clinton conveniently blamed government and used it as a ruse for the dire state of our economy, the weakest since the 1930s. Doesn't she bear some responsibility as a leader on the U.S. and world economic and political stage? Moments later, she says President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden haven't received the credit they deserve for saving the U.S. economy. Huh?
The real clue is her apparent attempt to distort the Founding Fathers' intentions by promoting a monolithic view of American history, suggesting the founders "embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together." No, the Founding Fathers fought and battled a tyrannical British king to establish a new nation and government based on individual (not common) rights, freedom, liberty and justice. They established a republic of independent states united to support freedom and limited government. This is an important distinction.
The Democrats and Ms. Clinton remind me of the Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland" acting with impunity above the law (private computer servers, thousands of deleted emails we have not seen), changing and enlarging government to concentrate power in the hands of a few. The U.S. Constitution states that power rests with the people represented through their elected officials of which none shall be above the law. Queen Hillary and her elitist intellectuals believe they can make better decisions for individual citizens and our families than we can make for ourselves. That was the hidden message in her speech.
Don't be fooled by the Queen Hillary's promises. It concerns me greatly that society and the media are acting like "sheople," blindly following Democratic promises that may sound good and politically correct on the surface but underneath disguise the Democrats' real vision to create a socialist, state-run government. While Republican nominee Donald Trump has divided the GOP and is full of controversial bombast, he is not a career politician full of smooth double-talk. He represents change for our economy at a critical juncture in our divided nation. Mr. Trump authentically and freely acknowledges his successes and failures and has more real-world, successful negotiating experience in national and international business affairs than Queen Hillary.
As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once stated, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."