By Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised the level of her animus towards Republicans by saying, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”
The comment has sparked a national discussion about Democrats’ recently acquired propensity to discard civility in favor of violence and bullying tactics. Some, like former Attorney General Eric Holder have supported Clinton by suggesting that when Republicans go low, Democrats should “kick them.” While others, like Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who is fighting for re-election, have called such comments “ridiculous.”
From my standpoint, the statement begs another question. If Hillary Clinton in referring to the Republican Party says she cannot be civil because it is trying to destroy those things for which she stands, then what exactly is it that Clinton stands for?
According to the Republican Party’s platform, it stands for American exceptionalism. It affirms the concepts put forth in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights, and that amongst these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It believes that freedom and economic freedom are indivisible.
The platform believes that people, not government, are the greatest stewards of our God-given resources. Republicans wish for peace and insist on strength to guarantee it. The platform seeks friendship with all peoples and all nations, and it is devoted to the support of the men and women of our military, our law enforcement officers, and our first responders.
And what are Republicans trying to destroy? They are trying to destroy all remnants of racism and discrimination. They are trying to combat socialism and collectivist philosophies whose aim it is to destroy personal liberties. The Republican Party is trying to destroy anti-Semitism. It is trying to destroy oppression, especially if that oppression stemming from ignorance. It is trying to destroy unwarranted violence, lawlessness, and anarchy.
So, after reviewing the things for which the Republican Party stands and those it adamantly opposes, the question for Clinton is: exactly what are those things that she stands for that she believes the Republican Party is trying to destroy? Really.
It’s an honest question.
If you can’t be civil with a party that is destroying those things for which you stand, and that party is the Republican Party, then what exactly do you stand for that would be so onerous to Republicans that they are out to destroy it based in its stated beliefs? And please, Clinton, don’t cop out by fashioning your response while including the words “President,” or “Donald,” or “Trump,” because the things that Republicans stand for as well as those they are trying to destroy are much bigger than any one person. At the very least, they are certainly bigger than the disdain any person may have for another.
And what has Trump done and said that is destroying what you stand for? In his recent speech in Pennsylvania, the President reiterated the bedrock points above, outlined what needs protecting and reviewed the successes of the administration.
A few examples:
“Democrats support a socialist takeover of health care that would totally obliterate Medicare. Republicans want to protect Medicare for our great seniors who have earned it and who have paid for it all their lives.’
“We’ve created over 4.2 million new jobs and lifted over 4 million people off of food stamps. We’ve added almost 600,000 new manufacturing jobs. They were supposed to be gone forever. African-American unemployment has reached its lowest level in history…women’s unemployment has just fallen to 3.6 percent, which is only the lowest rate in 65 years.”
“We are replacing NAFTA with an incredible brand-new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement called USMCA” (that strengthens the hand of the American worker.)
“We will not bend, we will not break. We will never give in, we will never give up, we will never back down, and we will never surrender. And we will always fight on to victory. Because we are Americans, and our hearts bleed red, white, and blue. We are one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God.”
So please, Hillary Clinton, answer the question if you can. Exactly what are those things that you stand for that the Republican Party and President Trump are trying to destroy? I eagerly await your response.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.
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