On the right side of the aisle, things look different. The list is probably shorter, but seemingly more succinct at the same time. For the Republican candidates the threat list includes: terrorism and the ideology of Islamic extremism; our dependence on foreign oil; taxes; the nation’s insecure borders; out-of-control federal spending; an incoherent immigration policy; federal waste; a lack of market competition in the health care industries; the “death tax;“ and hostile nations that develop nuclear weapons.
To be fair, no presidential campaign nor any administration is complete without adequate attention paid to both domestic and foreign affairs. And historically, Republicans and Democrats have almost disagreed as to how domestic and foreign matters should be prioritized, and how best to address them.
Yet from where I sit, the parallel universe analogy continues to hit home as I watch many of the Democratic candidates. Sure, healthcare in America is a mess. But Hillary’s plan for “fixing” it - - complete with her redistributionist economic model - - and her unwillingness to even consider that market competition could improve matters, is not something that I even recognize as American, nor can I fathom that her approach would improve the quality or availability of healthcare.
And, yes, faulty consumer products - - including “dangerous toys” - - is a legitimate problem. Yet it never occurred to me to look to the President of the United States to solve such a problem. In fact, hearing Obama’s explanation of how he’d “solve” the problem seemed even further removed from the true duties of the Executive Branch, than did President Clinton’s attempt to “solve” the baseball strike of the 1990’s.
But fortunately, both universes were disrupted about an hour after I saw Obama on CNN, with the news of former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto’s murder. The news was and still is horrific, and could bring about disastrous consequences. Yet in a way it’s a gift for Americans: suddenly, the presidential candidates of both parties will now be required over the coming days and weeks to tell us how they would solve a real, dangerous, international crisis.
I’ll be especially curious to see how Hillary’s eight years of “experience” has equipped her to handle this, or if Obama can offer a way to ensure America's safety - - just like he has promised “safe toys.”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.