In recent years, the Democratic Party has lurched so far to the left that we sometimes forget that there used to be rational and conservative politicians who were associated with it. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president on a platform that included a promise to lower taxes in order to spur economic growth and thereby increase revenue to the treasury. Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 promising to “end welfare as we know it.” I doubt that either Kennedy or Clinton would be able to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016 — they would be considered too horribly right-wing for their party’s taste.
I am sickened that the mainstream media has been showing images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s dead body washed up on a Turkish beach. It is a grotesque breach of basic human decency to exploit this toddler’s death in order to sell newspapers in the Western world. The number of companies that have used pictures of this child’s corpse is too immense to list. Suffice it to say that virtually every major newspaper has used these images. No matter what reasons are put forward, there’s no excuse for it. I guarantee you that The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Washington Post would have never shown a dead German child rolling around in the surf on their front pages. Those who claim that there’s some social responsibility to show these images are simply more manipulative and disgusting than their competitors.