Politics

Inconvenient Talking Points

The new fashion amongst the Dems is to label anything said they disagree with “Republican talking points.”

We saw it during the recent Dem debates when the press panel brought up questions a Dem didn’t like and even when a fellow Dem asked an inconvenient question. Warren used the “Republican talking points” gambit like a baton. Such is the standard of freedom of expression in the modern Democratic Party.

Another wonderful aspect of their communications strategy is message discipline, a practice I warmly appreciate as a former political consultant. No matter what the question, ignore it and return to your script. Almost all the Dems did it at the Detroit debates; Yang (on his $1000 bribe idea) and Gabbard (on her nuclear nightmare rant) used the tactic so much it rendered it bizarre.

Even we here at OpsLens see a version of it, as much of the Facebook commentary on our articles has very little to do with the article itself. It’s usually a grab bag of parroted slogans and misspelled diatribes on only the headline.

What these all have in common is a fear to engage in debate or a narcissistic obsession with one’s own alleged genius. Now, as a notoriously prima donna writer, far be it from me to condemn editorial narcissism. In fact, I have the sarcastic habit of exercising the “like” option for all of the most derogatory remarks about me in the comment sections of my pieces.

But I’m not paid to be responsive, merely to edify and entertain. And in the defense of comment writers, they can write whatever they bloody well please. However, in those running for the highest office in the land the mark should be set higher.

A failure to address issues either out of fear or political expediency bespeaks a calculated cowardice on other issues as well. Dodging an issue or a problem does not make it go away. It makes it worse and showcases the dodger as more of an empty suit than a leader.

Which is but one of the symptoms of a larger adolescent disease infecting the Dems. That malady, power at any cost, may fool childish and gullible audiences in Michigan and grasping pols across the nation, but there are still those who look askance at such shenanigans.

Those people are called adults.

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for OpsLens.com, a writer for American Greatness, and has been published in LifeZette. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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