The first thing that’s obvious from this video is that Rick Nolan is still living in the 1970s and 1980s:

For instance, this statement leaps off the page:

NOLAN: We need to revise our trade policy. Fifty thousand manufacturers in this country have moved out of this country in recent years and along with that, millions of jobs. And it’s because of unfair competition. An American manufacturer has to adhere to good health and safety standards for its workers, good environmental standards to protect the air and the water, not to mention Social Security and Medicare and workers comp and unemployment. And it was never fair to those manufacturers to say ‘Now we want you to compete with the rest of the world where, in many cases, they don’t do any of that. It’s unfair competition.

It’s insulting to manufacturers to say that they can’t compete with the rest of the world if other countries don’t implement the same regulations and programs as the U.S. has. That’s provably false.

American manufacturers outcompeted the rest of the world with those programs in place. The dirty little secret is that there’s fewer manufacturing jobs in the United State but that there’s more manufacturing, thanks to greater automation. If anything, that’s proof that manufacturers have outcompeted the world because they’re great innovators.

Here’s another mindless Nolan rant:

AARON BROWN: How would you reconcile the debt and the deficit to secure the solvency of the nation over the long haul?
NOLAN: There’s a number of things that need to be done. One is put an end to the wars of choice. They’ve cost several trillion dollars over the past decade. They’re going to cost us trillions more dollars going forward. That’s trillions of dollars that can be used to balance the budget and to reinvest in America.

There isn’t a thoughtful person who thinks Rick Nolan is serious about deficits and debt. That’s a serious question in search of a serious candidate.

First, “wars of choice” haven’t cost the U.S. “several trillion dollars over the past decade.” Democrats considered Iraq the war of choice. That was shut down before Christmas, 2011. Afghanistan, Democrats told us, was the location for the real war on terror. Two days ago, Lara Logan, the pre-eminent war correspondent in the business, delivered some sobering news about the war against the jihadists:

Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated…” Logan declared in her native South African accent.

The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban.

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Nolan’s war of choice is fiction. President Obama is essentially declaring the war in Afghanistan won. Lara Logan has reported from the front lines. She’s seen what the Taliban have done. This fight isn’t over. It’s true that President Obama is calling a ceasefire in Afghanistan but the Taliban hasn’t agreed to the ceasefire.

The reality is that Rick Nolan is still the same pacifist, ‘give peace a chance’ hippie wannabe he’s always been. The only thing that’s changed is that he’s wearing better suits and his hair is grayer these days.

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4 Responses to “Nolan living in a bygone era”

  • eric z says:

    Good for Nolan. Bush wars on the credit card were inherited by Obama. His error was not declaring victory and leaving two years ago. If that’s your beef with Nolan it is more cause to hope he wins.

  • Gary Gross says:

    President Obama put tens of billions of dollars on this nation’s credit card for PEU bailouts. President Obama put hundreds of billions of dollars on the national credit card in the form of Solyndra-style loans. All that the loans gave us were mountains of debt and an onslaught of bankruptcy filings.

    It’s insulting to hear liberals talking about declaring victory against the terrorists a month after al-Qa’ida killed a U.S. ambassador in the Consulate compound.

    Apparently, it’s more important to Democrats to declare victory than it is to defeat the terrorists. Here’s a hint to the Democrats: Don’t stop fighting until you’ve destroyed the terrorists and their sanctuaries.

    This is why liberals can’t be trusted with the levers of national security. They’re cut-and-run specialists. They aren’t particularly skilled at finishing fights & winning wars. See Viet Nam & Somalia.

  • I love your passion for freedom and how you question what politicians say. I wish everyone would. In the same spirit, I’d like to ask some questions to make sure we take the right path toward freedom.

    You mentioned the global war on terrorism. From my perspective, a global war involves taking my wealth using threats of imprisonment (taxes) and using it to send soldiers, equipment and supplies to distant places to follow the arbitrary orders of a politician like Obama who has a record of making me less free.

    So aren’t we less free as a result? I’m no longer free to retain that portion of my wealth. The soldiers in the military have very little freedom. They’re told where to live, what to do, what to wear, etc. by a central authority, basically like the oppressed people in a Communist dictatorship.

    Perhaps the military could defend my freedom if it was led by a guardian angel who respected my rights and private property. I know many of the soldiers do, but the Commander in Chief setting the agenda, Obama, and the Congress funding the war clearly do not… There may be a few exceptions, but the majority of these politicians are untrustworthy. They consistently violate my freedom to benefit their friends in return for political donations they use to spread dishonest political ads to get re-elected. That’s politics as far as I can tell.

    Even if politicians were honest and represented the people who voted for them, which I think is wishful thinking, I still cannot trust them to protect my freedom, because there are plenty of voters who want to control me and take my money too. As the saying goes, Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. So Democracy doesn’t make me free. In practice it makes me a slave to politicians, bureaucrats and or the voting majority.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like a dictatorship or a communist one-party system either!

    I don’t mean any disrespect. I’m just trying to understand your perspective on the GWOT. I’ve heard the argument, “terrorists aren’t killing me here, because our military is over there keeping them on the defensive.” But how do I know this is being done effectively. I can trust my friends who are military veterans or active duty, but I cannot trust the people setting the agenda. And as far as I can tell based on your thoughtful critiques of politicians, which I enjoy by the way, neither do you.

    When you think about all the people involved, hundreds of millions of families here and abroad. Is it advisable to place the life and liberty of so many people into the hands of D.C. politicians, to give them the centralized power to send battalions of our men and women into harm’s way? Are these politicians using the military responsibly to defend our freedom effectively or are they serving their own political interests at our expense? What does history show? Do the expressed intentions of government match the results of their programs and policies? I’d say never. Why would the government’s Global War On Terror be any different?

    Just a few questions that came to mind. I want to thank you for all that you do to promote freedom and individual rights. I respect and admire you for keeping the conversation going, and for informing the public. Thank you!

  • Gary Gross says:

    Get out of the philosophical world. You’re spending way too much time there to be free.

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