By: Daniel Strauss, Politico.com
October 28, 201
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s first real foray into attacking his Republican rivals centered on him ticking off a list of critiques he has with the 2016 Republican presidential field.
Kasich, at a rally a day before the next Republican presidential debate, lit into the field. He didn’t name names but critiqued a set of policy positions championed by multiple 2016 GOP candidates.
“I’ve about had it with these people,” Kasich said at the rally in Westerville, Ohio. “We got one candidate that says we ought to abolish Medicaid and Medicare. You ever heard of anything so crazy as that? Telling our people in this country who are seniors, who are about to be seniors that we’re going to abolish Medicaid and Medicare?”
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has acknowledged that he would like to gut Medicare.
Kasich went on, saying, “We got one person saying we ought to have a 10 percent flat tax that will drive up the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars” and there’s another challenger in the field who “says we ought to take 10 or 11 [million] people and pick them up — I don’t know where we’re going to go, their homes, their apartments — we’re going to pick them up and scream at them to get out of our country. That’s crazy. That is just crazy.”
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If the goal of Ohio Governor John Kasich was actually to alienate as many conservative voters as possible, his rhetoric of recent weeks might make sense. Kasich seems to be doing his utmost to gain the approval of liberal Democrats, who will occasionally credit his efforts but would never cast a single vote for him. Yet assuming he has any real purpose other than to be laughed out of right leaning circles, he proves here that he is clearly oblivious to the horrendous problems facing modern America, or what action is needed to fix them.
With the exception of Jeb Bush, no “Republican” candidate has gotten everything so completely backwards, while sanctimoniously professing to be ahead of virtually everyone else in the pack (Though admittedly, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina might give him some stiff competition).
Nevertheless, Kasich offers his inanities while ostensibly wearing the mantle of authentic conservatism. For him to claim any ideology other than liberal statism seems absurd, given his support for every leftist boondoggle from Obamacare to “Common Core.” Yet in his mind, such things somehow represent traditional conservatism, while Americans who hold to the Constitution, the rule of law, and an honest vocal support for those ideals are a grotesque aberration.
Kasich appears not only to be totally comfortable with leftist ideology, he’s also happy to adopt the liberal strategy of thoroughly distorting the words and intentions of real conservatives. His shrill insinuation that Ben Carson would leave seniors without medical coverage is no less despicable than the suggestion by Politico writer Daniel Strauss that Carson would “like to gut Medicare.”
However, reality paints a starkly different picture that completely exonerates Carson from their slander. Rather than leaving seniors consigned to the bureaucracy and limitations of the current system, Carson (a doctor) would strive to create free-market alternatives to give recipients greater options and thus improve cost and service. If, in the process, the “need” for Medicare diminished, all would benefit, including the taxpayers forced to fund it.
Elsewhere, Kasich climbs to a sanctimonious perch to castigate Donald Trump for wanting to deal with the illegal alien issue and restore America’s national integrity. Kasich paints a nightmarish picture of goon-squads invading “homes and apartments” where illegals abide, dropping them on the other side of the border to “scream at them to get out of our country.” Such falsehood and hyperbole, while totally befitting of leftist websites or CNBC (with whom Kasich has publicly stated he has no problem), is wholly without merit, and a complete distraction from the abysmal reality of the border crisis.
Furthermore, Kasich appears to regard the homes and apartments of illegals as suddenly sacrosanct and deserving of the legal immunity of foreign Embassies. Yet he has no problem whatsoever using the force of government to invade the homes of law-abiding Americans to confiscate their legitimately earned income and “redistribute” it among the illegal population as government “benefits.” He’s even willing to justify such government sanctioned theft as the essence of “Christian” charity.
While John Kasich poses little real danger of ever becoming the Republican nominee, his thinking must be regarded as a growing threat to conservatism, since he embraces so much of the polluted ideology of the GOP “Establishment,” and presents it with a level of sanctimony that was formerly the sole dominion of liberal Democrats. Unfortunately, as the GOP continues to degenerate from within, delusional leftist piety is gaining a greater foothold there as well. Clearly, John Kasich and others of his kind must be prevented from further defining the GOP, and conservatism itself, in their terms.
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