CHARLESTON, S.C. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Donald Trump had another good political night last night — by sitting on his couch. The Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina started off with a whimper but ended with a bang.
The newly crowned front-runner, Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders had a large target on his back last night in Charleston, but the Democratic candidates came with squirt guns. In fact, none of his opponents had the time or skill to convince voters the democratic socialist is a radical who would ensure Trump's re-election. It was, arguably, one of the least productive presidential debates this election cycle, and perhaps in the history of presidential debates.
Comedian Bill Maher wrote: "While the world burns, melts and gets sick these children and opportunists running for president talk about a dirty joke from the 80s. What's the emoji for Losers?"
Filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore said: "The audience at the debate — tickets to get in cost up to $3,200. No surprise to see Bloomberg get some cheers. Is there any joy in watching this debate?"
Scrubs actor Zack Braff was the most succinct: "What a mess."
Comedian Billy Eichner saw it from another angle, which was both humorous and true: "What I really do love about the debates is that they're really one of the only times you see old people on TV."
Actor Adam Scott took aim at the much-criticized CBS moderators for not being in control of the mess: "The moderators of this debate smoked a joint together ... ."
According to Fox News, the Democratic candidates attacked each other 109 times, while mentioning President Trump only 29 times. While the Nevada debate was focused on cutting down to size Mike Bloomberg, or as Donald Trump would say, "Mini-Mike," the debate in Charleston was about dousing the fire and stopping the Bern. However, the rhetoric — usually polished, well-rehearsed and delivered in a timely fashion (by all but Biden) — was disjointed, sporadic and rather ineffective. Often, the candidates talked over each other; one time it continued non-stop between Buttigieg and Sanders for what seemed like several minutes.
While the candidates debated the issues, the alternate reality in which they live became more apparent, even though not a word was spoken about the social, cultural or what might be called the "sanity" issues: the supposed "rights" to prenatal homicide, sodomite "marriage," and forced acceptance of gender ideology and gender "transitioning."
Former vice president Joe Biden declared erroneously in one of his rambling monologues that gun violence has taken the lives of 150 million Americans. This came the same day he proclaimed to a rally of people that they should vote for him since he's running for the Senate.
Yet, in a Clemson University poll released today, Biden is up 18 points in South Carolina on his closest rival, Tom Steyer, who has been pounding away his "reparations" proposal to the state's majority-black voter base. Sanders garnered 13% while everyone else polled in the single digits.
Biden, similarly, has been pandering heavily to what he continuously calls "black and brown people." According to virtually all political analysts, the former vice president needs to win South Carolina to go on to Super Tuesday and beyond. If Biden does win on Saturday, the party of "diversity" would become a four-man race, all white, including a billionaire and a millionaire, with two white women and another white male billionaire trailing right behind.
If Sanders, on the other hand, surprises Biden and wins South Carolina, and then goes on to win many of the Super Tuesday states, the race could be virtually over. Sanders would be the first self-proclaimed socialist to run for president in a major U.S. political party.
The Catholic Church rejects socialism as a political or societal system. Pope Pius XI in the 1930s once said, "No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true socialist," and Popes Leo XIII and John Paul II condemned both socialism and unbridled capitalism as shutting out God and focusing on materialism rather than being person-centered.