The hallmark of the modern Democratic party has to be passing legislation and instituting policy that makes everyone feel really good for a moment but pushes massive consequences down the road. The Obama administration has done it with growing entitlement programs like Obamacare, growing the national debt, ignoring illegal immigration, and more. The Iran nuclear deal will end up being the latest in a long list. Buck Sexton has the story and reaction on today’s radio show.
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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:
From a policy perspective, what the president is doing with Iran and the broader Middle East as well, you can see a pattern. It's one I think we should start to recognize for what it is. Because it's very difficult to deal with. And in a sense, it's almost like an Alinskyite subversion of democracy or subversion of a representative government. What they do is they make sure that policies that they couldn't get normally passed have a sort of time delay fuse on them, such that they won't be held accountable. Right?
So they plan things, whether it's health care, whether it's immigration, and now we see with Iran, do things that will give you a sort of political benefit today and the consequences are pushed down the line. Now, look, the best example of this and the one that is most obvious to many of us would be entitlements, which just in the last few weeks, the president has said, there's no problem with Social Security. There's no problem with the debt. Which is going to be $20 trillion by the time President Obama leaves office. No problem with any of this stuff. And, of course, it's easy. And it's very palatable and very profitable for a politician to say that's the case. Because you can say, this is the nice guy. This is the nice leader. The one that doesn't want to take away any of the stuff we have. Or change any of the promises government made to us. This is what we're running up against, time again. This is the Democrat playbook 101. You want to be the guy who promises things. Not the one that tells people that they actually can't have it. If you manipulate the time frame of all this stuff, that's not so hard to do.
You want to be the one who says, I'm going to give you stuff. Or I'm going to accomplish things today that you won't feel the consequences of for quite some time.
And also, I'm going to do things in such a way that you won't really know what's going on until it's too late for you to do anything about it. You're reading editorials about this. It's popping up all over the media. Now you're getting the real President Obama. Now you're seeing what Obama has always wanted to be as president. This is Obama released from the constraints of having to please the electorate and having to actually represent the will of the American people. You're getting the will of Obama now.
The aftermath of the midterm just became quite clear when he decided to go with an equity order on immigration. Why wait until not only after he's been reelected, but after the midterms. Because what we see. And this is where people say, I understand what Trump is getting at a little bit here. I understand that we should have this discussion. What the Democrats realize is that Americans across-the-board do not want illegal immigration. They do not want to live in a lawless society. They do not want to live in a country that does not have control of its borders. So they lie and they say it's not a problem. It's not happening. They tell us that they actually are doing more than ever to secure the borders and all the rest of it. That's why President Obama waited until after the midterm to take that action. Because if it was such a great idea and the American people liked it, well, why not do it beforehand. Let your party be judged by the American people on the actions it takes. That would seem to be rather straightforward. Yet, here we are. Here we are. Had to wait. Had to wait until the end.
With even the recent reform, or rather the commutations of prison sentences and the calls for reform from the president, the president is finally taking action on this. And this is something where he actually has some Libertarian support. There are other conservatives and other Republicans who are saying, yeah, we probably shouldn't have people who are first time offenders who are serving life sentences. That's not a good idea. We can do something about it. We can lessen those sentences. Wait until the end. Why? Democrats are, of course, haunted by a past of pandering, pandering to all sorts of constituencies in the country about, well, we don't want to have too many people that are locked up for crimes. And Democrats were essentially soft on crime for a long time.
And with the declines in this country and criminal activity that has been happening nationwide, there was a recognition that this is something that maybe they could change. So the president waits on that. But Iran is really the amazing test case for this theory that I have, right? It's the time delay fuse. And this is what they keep setting over and over again. And they can say whatever they want because we don't know. Not enough Americans figure out what's coming. It has to happen, right? Then you can expect there to be some kind of a revolt by the electorate. But if you don't know, the Democrats have the media on their side. They can do a lot of spin. With the Iran deal, I think they figured that would happen. They would be able to create a certain perception of this and by the time we figure it out because it's staring us in the face -- and in this case staring us in the face in the form of nuclear weapons, by the time we figure it out and it's clear -- it's too clear even for the propaganda to shroud it or to confuse people. The media won't be able to come up with a narrative that changes the discussion and then all of a sudden, yeah, I get that. Sure, I believe what they say.
This president will be long gone from office. Everybody who had made these decisions. But for them, for the very egotistical leadership we have in this country, the president, of course, is really in a class by himself in that regard, the fact that that is the case and that there won't be consequences necessarily for anybody because of the reckoning the American people will have with what's happened with the Iran deal. Which is, we have ensured a stronger, more dangerous, more durable nuclear-armed Iranian regime. By the time that could be a headline on every newspaper across the country because it's just so obvious, they will be gone.
And yet the president wants the victory dance now. The administration wants to spike the football in the end zone. They want the credit for this. They want the Nobel Peace Prizes for Kerry and whomever else. So they want it at the same time. They want both of these things. What we find out and what we see increasingly is that, no, no, it doesn't work that way. This isn't the '90s when the Clintons can kind of put out some kind of a meme and the media processes it and they just jam it down all of our throats. And we have no way of figuring out what's actually going on here. This was not what the president was expecting with Iran. This was not what he was expecting. He really thought that it would be something that he could at least get away with celebrating now. By the time we all figure out what's really happened, no accountability.
And that's really -- that's really the essential point here. That the Democrats are constantly doing things for which they're trying -- they're doing things and trying to evade accountability for their actions. Because at the heart of a progressive statist, they don't care what you think. They do not care what you think. And they also -- by the way, this is a big problem for Hillary because people know this about her. They don't care about your problems. You're just a bump in the road. You're just collateral damage to the grand policies of the better society that they're building by taking away your liberty, by deciding how much freedom you really should have. And if someone else is getting to decide all the time how much freedom you have, are you free? It's a fair question to ask yourself at this point.
But you're seeing it all now. It's all coming together. This crowning diplomatic achievement for the administration, that all of us look at it and say, no, no, the emperor actually has no clothing. And then the emperor is very upset. Wait a second. This is part of a pattern. This is not something that comes out of nowhere. This is something we should have been expecting. Because this is how the modern Democrat Party operates.
It's via the imposition of policies and the imposition of these things on all of us that we don't get a say in. And by the time everyone realizes what's happening, look at Obamacare. You want to talk about a time delayed fuse. Look at Obamacare. All the real stuff keeps getting pushed back, pushed back, pushed back. They're hoping to shape the ground. Create the narrative. And force feed all of us into this. And yet, with Iran, they miscalculated. He's getting his way. So in that respect, they timed this out perfectly. But they miscalculated what our perception would be. They thought that there would be a ticker tape parade waiting. And the American people looked at this and said, this is a capitulation. It is really the culmination of all of the greatest concerns that many of us have had about this administration. About this president from the start.
Go back even a few years. People were talking about an American retreat from the world stage. An obsession with multilateralism. Relying on international institutions, when American leadership and decisiveness is, in fact, much more important and a much more appropriate response.
Look at all of that. And what you see this week is that we were proven right. We've been right all along. The only problem is that being right doesn't stop the carnage in the Middle East. It doesn't stop the mullahs from their relentless pursuit, not just of nukes, but of hegemony across the Middle East. So we were right, all right. But it doesn't change the problems that we've been now saddled with by an administration that is much more concerned with ego than wisdom.
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