By: Hayden Cunningham
10.) “This reminds everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington, scoring points against each other, poking at each other, and telling each other that my plan, your plan. Look, we all have different visions for what is better.”Pete Buttigieg
Before we get in to the policies, our #10 is this statement by Pete Buttigieg. Every debate has the one guy who acts as the moral police officer of the stage. The event is a debate, Pete. The entire purpose of it is to argue who’s plan is better for the primary that you will score points in.
9.) “In terms of democratic socialism, to equate what goes on in Venezuela with what I believe is extremely unfair.”Bernie Sanders
Democratic socialism really isn’t a thing. Venezuela is one of the many, many examples throughout history of the failure of socialism. Sure you have a watered-down version of socialism to implement in America, but the result will be failure. The Scandinavian countries, for example, are based off of a capitalistic economy with a social safety net. You can argue that this is what these radical democrats want instead of actual, wide scale socialism. However, they continue to state they want full nationalization of all industries… which is socialism. This is something that AOC often repeats. Socialist, big government policies do not work and Venezuela remains a great example on why we should fear it here in the U.S.
8.) “The way we change our trade policy in America is, first, the procedures. Who sits at the table? I want to negotiate trade with unions at the table. I want to negotiate it with small farmers at the table. I want to negotiate it with environmentalists at the table. I want to negotiate with human rights activists at the table.”Elizabeth Warren
If you want to see our trade negotiations fail with China almost immediately, then go ahead and let unions be a part of the negotiations. See how China responds and see how much they’ll care.
7.) “Why are we losing to the gun lobby and the NRA? And is answer is this, we all know, everyone on this stage knows that our government has been overrun by money and corporate interests. Now, everyone here has a plan to try to curb those corporate interests, but we have to face facts. Money finds a way.”Andrew Yang
Once again, the NRA is painted by democrats as the face of mass shootings. The facts are that the NRA is not one of the biggest interest groups that fund politicians. It’s power comes from the millions of gun owners that are members. The power does not come from a large sum of cash they hand out to Republicans.
6.) “But for hard-working families across this country, costs are going to go down and that’s how it should work under Medicare for All in our health care system.”Elizabeth Warren
Costs are not going to go down. Taxes are not going to be stagnant. If we implement your policies, we will have to pay A LOT more in taxes. Even Sanders admits that for his plan, and you should too.
5.) “Well, do you think Trump is responsible for what happened?” And I said, ‘Well, look, I mean, obviously, he didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition.'”Kamala Harris
No he’s not. And while you make this statement, think about circumstances where President Obama criticized police officers and then multiple cops were shot in Texas. Or the fact that a Republican congressman was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter. Or the guy who stormed an ICE agency after AOC and the rest of the Democratic Party’s false remarks on ICE facilities. None of these were appropriate comments, and neither are a lot of comments our President makes. But I’m not going to blame these people for the actions of a crazy person.
4.) “Racism in America is endemic. It is foundational. We can mark the creation of this country not at the Fourth of July, 1776, but August 20, 1619, when the first kidnapped African was brought to this country against his will and in bondage and as a slave built the greatness and the success and the wealth that neither he nor his descendants would ever be able to fully participate in and enjoy.”Beto O’Rourke
Dude. While you ignorantly try to act “woke” to the African-American community and spit lies about race in America, remember all the white people who died in the Civil War and all those who stood alongside black protesters during the Civil Rights movement. Our country wasn’t founded on racism. We should all agree that America was founded on principles found in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and the horrific acts of slavery was incorporated for it’s economic and social purposes and was a dark part of U.S. history. It was a bad thing our country did, but it was not what our country was founded on. And to act like if you were living in 1619 you would have acted differently is absurd. If you were living in 1619 you would not have your 2019 view on life. Things were diffferent back then and people were different. It’s not justifying the horrible acts of slavery that occured, but it’s refuting the fact that these people founded the best country in the world on the act of slavery. That simply makes no sense. And now in modern times we are endemically racist? Stop trying to make America sound terrible and make people feel guilty for something that occured before we were all born.
3.) “I am [proposing to take away their guns] if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield… hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”Beto O’Rourke
Good luck with that. First of all, AR-15s and AK-47s are very different so don’t relate the two together. Second, this is unconstitutional. And I’ll avoid going deep into the gun argument because it’s a long discussion about what guns to ban and what guns to allow. I’ll just state these facts: 1.) Individuals have the Constitutional right to own firearms. 2.) Automatic weapons are practically already banned for civilian use and can only be used by the military. 3.) When the founding fathers wrote the second amendment they gave civilians the same muskets the military had. 4.) It’s not a ‘buy back’ it’s a confiscation…and the one in the 1990s did not work. 5.) There are people in other countries who deeply wish they had the right to own firearms to protect themselves 6.) Beto if you tried to get a gun, your background check should include your DWI.
2.) “Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime.”Joe Biden
Okay do people actually agree with this? The statement is so blunt and absurd it makes our #2. Joe, that includes so many bad people who you say should not get jail time. What you’re proposing is that the drug dealer who hangs out around schools selling cocaine and LSD to teens and getting them addicted should get ZERO days of jail time. I’d assume he is referring to people in jail who are arrested for only consuming drugs such as marijuana, but the truth is that people in jail for drug related crimes tend to be traffickers and dealers who do a lot of bad while they carry out their ‘business.’ The percentage of people in jail for simply smoking a blunt is small. And even besides drugs, nonviolent crime includes all white collar crime. Those people should get ZERO jail time for that? I’ll pass on that policy.
1.) “But we will also call out the fact that we have a white supremacist in the White House and he poses a mortal threat to people of color all across this country.”Beto O’Rourke
Honestly Beto when you drop out of the Presidential race, I will be shocked if you get elected in a legislative office again. When you and Cory Booker and nearly everyone on that stage calls President Trump a racist and/or a white nationalist, it makes me give him a little more leeway when he’s being a jerk on Twitter. I start to feel bad for President Trump. Look at his prison reform. Look at the fact that black unemployment rate is the lowest in history. The man is not racist. He says controversial things, he says inflammatory things, he says stupid things, but he is not a racist. And to act like President Trump has stirred up racial tensions is simply not true. The fact is that President Obama, the mainstream media, and the Democratic Party have caused an increase in racial tensions in America. And while President Trump is not great at fixing racial tension in America, he certainly didn’t start it.